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Next stop Rapid City, South Dakota and to save ourselves a journey of c.800 miles, we cheated a little on our 'road trip' and took an internal flight from Chicago (sorry Iowa, we checked you out and there wasn’t enough en-route to make us want to spend a solid 3 days on your roads…although I’m sure you’re lovely – maybe next time, eh).
We picked up a Nissan Rogue at Rapid City airport which made us miss our Hyundai Sonata and in the ...
Drove the 240 miles in 4.5 hours to Rapid City, checked in and drove another 80 miles to Mt Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monument in 4 hours with frequent stops.
The great plains are aptly named as we started heading south from Dickinson their was grassland as far as the eye could see, without a tree in sight. The free range cattle men in the 1800's must have wet themselves with joy at discovering these lands.
Unfortunately for us ...
... the stadium and across the street to watch the game on a gargantuan TV that they could have watched by just staying at the game? It’s just one of those “you had to be there” moments. Long story short, the Cards won with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th, the place went crazy, and then the music started playing and people started dancing. It was just a really cool place to be.
The next morning was ...
Today we woke to rain, following our storm yesterday. Forecast was for it to clear so we planned to visit Sturgis for Breakfast and a walk around this Biker famous town. Of course we went to the Harley Dealership and then a walk up the main street which just coincided with A Camaro show.
there were plenty of immaculate vehicles on display.
A Quick visit to the Full throttle Saloon and with ...
... to the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site to get tickets for the tour. Since we were so early, we were on the first tour. They only take 6 people on each tour, so tickets are pretty limited. I didn’t realize it, but there were a lot of missiles all over South Dakota (and other states) during the cold war. They had these huge cables running underground from the missiles to the launch control site. The tour is of the launch control site and ...