Chamberlain South Dakota to Rapid City South Dakota
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We crossed the Missouri River this morning, and began riding across the prairie lands of South Dakota. As we cruse along Highway 90, we notice buffalo, prairie dogs, pheasants, and lots of billboards. Super Dave, aka Wrong Way Dave, and the Grey Ghost decided to follow the world’s largest GPS down the highway (just in case).
Cruising down the highway it is easy to imagine the time when the Native Indians ruled the land. The days when they roamed about the great prairie land following the seemingly endless herds of buffalo. But not all was good, so the young Americans had to make some important changes. Today as a result of those changes, we are all free to enjoy modern conveniences like fenced-off private property, billboards, and of course, fees just to see the land.
We decided to drive through the Badlands, and speaking of fees: it only cost us $10 per motorcycle! A whole $5 less than a car or mobile GPS unit! What is that I'm hearing? If we don’t like paying for the privilege to see our public land then why don’t we just hike in and walk through the Badlands? Well that too can no longer be done as it costs $7 just to walk. So much for "the land of the free". $35 dollars poorer, we passed through the area known as the Badlands. The Badlands are very beautiful in their own way. Sparse of vegetation, these rugged canyon and mountain formations are amazing to see.
After visiting the Badlands, we headed to Rapid City to check into our hotel.
Later that afternoon, we visited Mt Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monument (which is still under construction). All very impressive to see and visit. Afterwards, we stopped in a small town called Keystone and had dinner. As we shared a bottle of Pinot Noir, everyone marveled at Super Dave’s great job in finding the hotel without even a single U-turn. Ok, maybe that subject was never discussed, but it should have!