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We have stopped in Pine Ridge, South Dakota! We had to fill up gas after driving around 79 miles. This cost us $14.80 to do so. While we stopped here, we met one of the local people that lived here! He lived in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation! He was a very interesting person who told us about his family history and that they had been living in Alliance for centuries! We are now headed to Keystone, South Dakota to see Mount ...
... is now at my back.
This wind farm generates just shy of 250 000 MW annually, enough to power about 37 000 homes. The windmills also generate about $5k each per year in royalties for the farmers whose land they are on. I am sure their individual placement is determined by some set of rules, but from my vantage point, I-70, it looked pretty haphazard. If they were on my land I would insist that they were laid out according to a grid, and the blades would all have to ...
... she couldn't place my Jersey accent. Even though 385 is a 2 Lane Hwy., the speed limit is 65 mph and there's very little traffic. Unfortunately, we got stuck again in a major rainstorm for about 80 miles. We would have pushed onward; however, we were told that there are no accommodations between Alliance and Seneca Nebraska. We took a hotel room in Alliance and called it a day. 180+/- ...
... but the highlight seems to be Carhenge. Yes, that's a bunch of dead cars planted and arranged to look like Stonehenge. Of course, I had to go see it. Also drove historic area - some nice, some pretty tired looking places.
Pretty funny leaving Sunrise campground this morning, and getting to Sunset campground tonight. And what a marvelous sunset!! Drove all the way to the west end of town to watch it across the prairie.
... to 200 visitors a day. It is free and it is one of those roadside attractions that make a road trip fun and unpredictable.
We got some pictures, a postcard, and Alison get her squished penny. Everyone was happy and we moved on to our next destination: Bayard, Nebraska where Chimney Rock is located.
Bizarre but fun!!!