Day 4

Trip Start Jul 11, 2008
Trip End Jul 27, 2008

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Monday, July 14, 2008

The trip gets adventurous! Vince making the entry today. This morning we started in Colorado, at the smelliest spot yet. The whole area smelled like steer manure. We got moving before breakfast and crossed into Wyoming. We were on our way to meet my brother Ron and his wife Robin for breakfast at an IHOP near their home in Cheyenne. B**chin" Betty, the voice of our GPS (borrowed from the nickname of my work's multimillion dollar voice caution system for aircraft) had the directions nailed on this leg. Of course she didn't calculate in the delays due to construction. We made it in plenty of time, and met Ron & Robin for a nice breakfast. We had a couple of the Discover America Specials (what else?). Got some nice pics. You can definitely see the family resemblance between and my little brother. After breakfast and visiting a while it was time to hit the road again. On the way out of Cheyenne, I waved to our friendly C-130s of the ANG. The ride today was quite long, and compared to the fantastic scenery of the last couple of days it was mostly, well, boring. Not ugly - just gently rolling hills and lots of farmland. We crossed over the Platte River and Old Woman Creek (I think so named because it was dry and cracked). We made good time and didn't stop till we got near Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. On the lookout for a reliable restaurant the boys spotted a Pizza Hut (oooh boy, IHOP and Pizza Hut in the same day - we're such connoisseurs). But again the area was not crowded. The high gas prices are keeping crowds down. Lucky for us though. Cheryl and I had a Pazone - a pizza calzone cross. Lots of gooey cheese that you can see Cheryl working on in the pic. And the boys eating again, they do other stuff too, I think. Then we started the climb up Mt. Rushmore. And missed the turn - wizzed past it and started down Mt Rushmore. We spotted a couple places to make a turn, but it was steep hill and could stop in time to make the turnout. After the 3rd try - we started smelling something. No it wasn't some steer manure stuck on the RV from this morning. It was hot brakes! So we are coming down this steep mountain and the brakes are overheating. True adventure! I spotted a turn I could make and we leaned around the corner. Then pulled onto the shoulder of the road. I put "The Beast" in park and there we sat waiting for the brakes to cool. We got out and spotted a deer nearby. And waited for the brakes to cool. We sat inside and relaxed. And waited for the brakes to cool. It started sprinkle. And we waited for the brakes to cool. You can see the pictures of us sitting and waiting. Eventually I deemed the brakes ready and we turned around and made it to Mt. Rushmore. It was great place to see. We spotted some more wildlife, deer and bighorn sheep. Did you know the Lincoln was supposed to be on the other side of Washington, looking over his right shoulder? The design had to be changed due to a flaw in the rock. Also 90% of the carving was done with precision dynamite charges. Sound like fun. On the way out 2 of the deer decided to run in front of us. Good thing the brakes were cool and stopped fine. More adventure! We took it easy back down the mountain and into the campground. The campground is really nice, with a snack bar, ice cream, a full service restaurant, pool, etc. We had a campfire and roasted marshmallows. Nice end to a busy day.
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