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Well we decided to follow the Missouri along the back roads to Pierre. We viewed the state capitol and took a short break from all the driving. Closer to Rapid City we contemplated exchanging the car as ( thanks to a truck) it has two cracks in the windshield....but decided against it, maybe tomorrow :-). We had a nice Apéro and some really good wine. Strangely, despite all the driving, we called it a night soon. Planning to get up early ...
... as planned then. On completion of the sculpture, a University and Medical Centre are planned as well. At present they have fantastic buildings housing museums, workshops etc etc. The head of Crazy Horse is 9 stories high and is the largest sculpture in the world. It will be 563ft high, 406ft long, the horses head will be 220ft high. 14m tons of granite have so far been blasted with dynamite. They have 2 x D9 Cats working up there now on the nostrils of the horse and ...
... into a party extravaganza.
After checking in we drove the 30 or so miles to Mt Rushmore. We both had heard average things about. The huge faces staring down at you were impressive and imposing in equal part. The sheer scale, combined with the likeness of the actual subjects was amazing. It took them nearly 14 years (1927 - 1941) to complete the project.
After the initial awe, we watched a 20 minute movie of the history of the monument and the symbolism ...
... We retraced our route back through Deadwood to Nemo. We were going to stop at the 60's and 70's diner called The Boondocks but it was overloaded with bikers so we turned down the Nemo Road off Hwy 385. After we passed through Nemo, we couldn't continue any further due to a motorcycle accident according to an employee of the Fire Department.** We, and many other vehicles, were forced to turn around and find another way (for us) to ...
... Jane are buried.
We watched the to street theatre enactments of a shootout and then the enactment of Bill Hickoks demise and finally a stage show enacting the original trial of Jack McCall. Really interesting history in the area and the Black Hills attract bikers from all over the riding is spectacular although it has been all trip.
Tomorrow we head South and to the Badlands of South ...
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