Badlands and Mt Rushmore
Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
69Trip End Aug 13, 2010
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Along our drive through South Dakota we are definitely aware that we are heading toward Sturgis where the huge biker rally occurs every year. This year being their 70th anniversary. Bikers are everywhere and the event doesn't even start for another week. Lots of big rigs and tour buses pulling trailers full of bikes down the highway. We were told by locals that the airport fills with private jets that have bikes shipped in for this event! I was told the event normally will draw 1/2 a million visitors. There is talk that they are expecting close to 700,000 heads for this one! Anyway....lots of bikes on the road here.
On our way through the state we took the scenic route through the Badlands National Park.
After the Badlands we pulled into this really crappy tourist trap town called Wall. We had been folowing the billboards for the last 200 miles (Heavy advertising. About 1 sign every 5 miles it seemmed like!) for this place so we felt like we had to check it out. The couriosity was getting to us. Here we had a fairly lousy lunch with even worse service. The little town was packed to the brim with tourists. Most looked just as bummed as we were to be there. We left there and drove on to see Mt Rushmore up in the Black Hills.
We checked into an RV park off of the I90 in this town called Black Hawk. It's nice here, cheap ($17 with our discount), full hookups, good wifi and a decent laundry room. Vonnie knocked out a lot of our laundry this evening.