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Left Sioux Falls at around 0945 and headed west across the prairie lands of South Dakota.
Stopped at a town called Mitchell - we had seen isobars along the road telling us of The Corn Palace and so were intrigued. Needless to say it is the only one in the world and is uniquely American! The entire building is covered in corn and the theme is traditionally every summer. We didn't ...
... Day weekend, we felt lucky to find a site but the crowds did not appear though the campgrounds were mostly full with local folks, their atvs and fishing boats.
We left the campground and drove a few miles to Hill City to another trailhead for a bike ride on the Mickelson trail. We headed north on the trail from Hill City, again on a 3% grade upwards for about 10 miles where we reached the Redfern shelter and rested for ...
After an awesome breakfast in Custer at the Bakers Bakery, where the cinnamon rolls were the size of hub caps, we were ready to get stuck in.
Today we visited Wind Cave National Park which houses the 6th longest cave system in the world. It is 141 miles long, but explorers believe that this only represents 5% of its entire size.
It is filled with calcite ...
... and walls. Well that's the science lesson for today. Very interesting.
For our last stop of the day, we went to Mammoth Site in Hot Springs. This is a huge deposit of bones and skeletons from over 60 Mammoths that have been found, so far. It is surmised that there was a cave in this area much like the Wind Cave. However, the land over this cave collapsed in on itself forming a big sinkhole. Over time, ...
... to Wednesday, Bubba got us out of the place, dropped us at a park for the day where we bathed and scrubbed in a stream and enjoyed the truest fresh air. After reading in the sun, applying henna and cracking coconuts Bubba picked us up and brought us through the famous graffiti ally in Rapid City. Bubba cannot go unexplained nor unappreciated. His immense kindness, going out of his way to make us extra comfortable, was not what you'd think of when you first saw this burly ...
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