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The next leg of the drive was along the prairies of Minnesota and South Dakota. The road was pretty much straight for the entire trip, and the view was largely unchanged - masses and masses of various grains and crops ready for harvest. The weather improved considerably from the previous week but the remnants of a recent snow storm were still clearly visible in some valleys and nearby mountains.
After 2 days and 15 hours of driving we finally reached our first checkpoint on ...
Busy busy busy! Where does one start?
Set off from Keystone early (well, early for us) and headed to the Iron Mountain Road on our way to Custer State Park, an amazing road with tunnels, bridges, switchbacks and hairpin bends (check it out with the link I put on yesterday).
After 13 or so miles we hit Custer state park. We had only driven a mile or so when we met our first buffalo. Man he looked a mean dude. Little did we know ...
... but think Brooke may be the only one of us living long enough to see it,Spent 3 hours there.
Then we went a run into Rapid City for a look then back to Keystone and a 10 mile run out a windey mountain road.
now it is time to take a stroll over to the saloon for a few beers to take the dust out the throat.
still 88 degrees here at 6.39.
A few beers later and still stuffed after our lunchtime "salad" (half a vegetable garden with ...
Crazy Horse was a famous Oglala Sioux leader who fought at Little Bighorn. He died on September 6 and the sculptor who was commissioned to create the statue was born on this same date, so the Indians thought it was a good omen for him to be the one to sculpt it. His name was Korczak Ziolkowski (don't ask me how to pronounce that!) and he was born in Boston. He was actually an assistant to the guy who created ...
... through the rest of the Badlands, and Ryan made an interesting executive decision that we would take the road less traveled (in his words, the "fun way") to the Black Hills. The fun way consisted of 60+ miles of gravel roads and very sparsely inhabited Indian reservation. Less than halfway through this adventure. Dave and Debbie informed us that they needed a gas station. With sporadic cell phone service, we determined that the nearest gas station was about ...
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