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Oct 2, 2014 - Belle Fourche, SD - Heading South

(Ron Writing) The weatherman is predicting a strong cold front will be moving into the upper Midwest with the likelihood of freezing temperatures. My weather research indicated the nearest town along our intended route that is likely to have above freezing temperatures overnight was Belle Fourche, SD, a little north of the Black Hills area. So we decided to pack up and head south. We got an early start and drove the entire distance – much more than we prefer to drive in one day but that seemed like the best option. This is a pretty long...

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Jul 23, 2014 - Center of the Nation

We visited the special town of Belle Fourche today. Belle Fourche jumped into the history books the day Hawaii became the 50th state declaring Belle Fourche as the geographical center of the nation. How did Belle Fourche receive the honor of being the Geographical Center of the Nation? This is what the National Cost & Geodetic Survey tells us: "Determining the geographic center of an irregular area on the earth's surface is a precarious business at best. There is no unique solution and none of any scientific significance. Several methods of...

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Aug 4, 2013 - Belle Fourche SD Geographical Center of the United States

Sunday was just to nice a day to stay around the camp, so Bandit and I hit the road to the town of Belle Fourche. Pronounced (Bel-Foosch). The links that are on this entry will give you the history of the town as well as some little known facts of the area. The town was very quiet this Sunday. The only sounds were the rumbles of the Harley's and maybe a truck now and then. Skies were a vivid Blue with a puffy white clouds slowly moving through. Belle Fourche was made famous because it is located in the Geo Center of the United States. The...

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Sep 5, 2011 - VCR Rally Ending

Today is the last day of the VCR Rally here in Sturgis, SD. Today we started off with a breakfast made by the hosts. Then we had our VCR Training. Then we took a break for lunch and resumed with some computer training. At 5:30pm we had a wonderful steak dinner with a baked potato, salad, and ice tea. Now we are packing getting ready to hit the road early in the morning. Have a long two days of driving coming up.

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Sep 4, 2011 - Center of the USA

Today we left for a touring day before the 4:00pm Social Hour and our Pot Luck to follow, then an auction for CARE. So we went to find the Geographical Center of the United States which was about 30 miles from where we are camping in a town called Belle Fourche. Belle Fourche has a nice Chamber of Commerce that has an incredible museum. Also they have a display for the Geographical Center of the United States but it is not really at that location. The location is about 12 miles further then you get on a dirt road with a 55 mile speed limit...

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Sep 2, 2011 - Do buffalo really jump? Where is the geo center of the US?

Well, buffalo don't really jump, they fall, when pushed over a cliff into a sinkhole. That's what the Vore Buffalo Jump is all about. This site is located in eastern Wyoming and was used by generations of native americans over a period of about 10,000 years. Before they had horses, they would slowly and quietly surround the buffalo herd and then "push" them to the brink of the cliff, where the buffalo would fall over the edge into a pit and could be easily slaughtered. This site is an active archeological dig site and we were able to go...

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Jun 17, 2011 - My Last Day in the Glorious Black Hills

One thing South Dakota has plenty of is wind. I could barely walk the path at Tatanka to see the sculpture - which is incredible - of 14 bison pursued by 3 Native American riders. When I first arrived at the interpretive center, owned by Kevin Costner, I saw a film taken on the day the center was dedicated and then heard a talk from a twenty something Lakota Sioux about the traditional ways of his people. His talk was much more in depth than other speakers I have heard. Each person got a packet of information to take home because it is...

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Sep 17, 2009 - To South Dakota

On the third day we had completed about 1,800 Kms when we decided to do an early finish to the day at a beautiful Bureau of Land Management campsite on the Missouri River at the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge in Montana. It was beautiful. It was quiet. It was hot. But we couldn’t enjoy the outdoors – thousands of wasps and no-see-ems. However, the night sky was incredible! I have never seen so many stars so clearly and so seemingly close to the ground. It was breathtaking and well worth waking up in the middle of the night because the...

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Sep 12, 2009 - Aladdin, WY

Today we went to a community sale in the big town of Aladdin, WY. Total people selling at the sale was 3 and not much to buy, but I guess that’s a lot of people for a population of the town being 15. The only thing we bought was 4 ears of corn. We ate at the Café again then stopped at a closed down coal mine on our way back to SD. Getting back to Belle Fourche where we are camped we went to an indoor flea market. Tonight it’s raining again and cold.

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Sep 11, 2009 - Sturgis & Deadwood, SD

Today we went to Sturgis, SD. The town was nearly closed up. Only a few of the stores in the town was open. We walked the streets and shopped the stores that were open, and then we drove over to Deadwood on Hwy 14A. Deadwood is a western town with casino’s in every store and hotel. Bo and I both tried our luck on the slot machines, but with no luck. Together we lost $10. We are big gamblers! We ate lunch at 3pm at the Buffalo Restaurant. Bo had bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich and I had chili. After that we crossed the street and went...

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Sep 10, 2009 - Devils Tower National Monument, WY

This weather here is so unpredictable. One day it’s cold the next it’s hot. Today when we got up it was in the 50’s and later in the afternoon it was 86. You just never know. We left today taking a day trip Hwy 34 then Hwy 24 to Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. On the way we stopped at a little Café in Aladdin, WY with a population of only 15. The food was really good. It was so good that on the way home we stopped again, this time having homemade coconut crème pie. We arrived at Devils Tower around noon, checked out the Visitors...

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Sep 9, 2009 - Travel Day

Well last night was the coldest night at 33 and Bo made the decision that we are not going to do the Sugar Beet Harvest. It will be too cold and we’re afraid of snow. He made the phone call to the people at the Sugar Beets at a Rest Area on our way to Wyatt’s Hideaway Campground in Belle Fourche, SD. With this decision made we will probably be heading south sometime the end of next week. Starting Mileage=104,978 MilesTraveled=102

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