North Dakota was pretty boring. Also, empty. Moving north one layer of states cuts the population down hugely, doesn't it? South Dakota had a fair amount going on every few miles, and was teeming with bikers heading to Sturgis. There's a whole lot of nothing through vast stretches of ND and Montana. Central Minnesota was, in contrast, well-dotted with farming communities. Lovely ones, with red barns and church steeples rising up to tell you where the towns are.
After this drive through Montana, I have decided to change the working name of that story I'm always wittering on about from "the Montana story" to "the Wyoming story". Wyoming is more like what I have in mind. The sky is bigger in Wyoming. (Don't ask me to explain that; it just is.) It's also possible I could make some of the ranching territory in eastern Montana work. Meh. I'm probably going with Wyoming.