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Jun 7, 2016 - Keystone, South Dakota

If you ride a motorcycle, the Black Hills are pretty close to perfection. Today, we head to Iron Mountain Highway. We study the map. Route 385 North goes past Crazy Horse and connects to 244 east to Keystone. But, wait. What about 89 North? Route 89 north is called Sylvan Lake Road. It is perfect. There is no traffic and there are no straight sections. We love it. At Sylvan Lake, we turn left onto the lower part of Needles Highway. We briefly join 385 before turning east toward Keystone. We stop in Keystone for a late breakfast. Our...

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Aug 27, 2015 - Mount Rushmore

I have always wanted to visit Mt. Rushmore. To see it in person was more impressive than I ever imagined. Concept and design by Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941). His son, Lincoln, was also instrumental in completion of the monument. The sculptor and a scouting party went on foot and horseback in 1924 and 1925 to locate Borglum's dream of a solid granite peak for a memorial to democracy and the heroes of the nation's western history. Borglum was a creative genius, a person who could see presidential faces in granite rocks. He died before Mount...

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Jul 9, 2015 - Mt. Rushmore

Jainan – I really liked South Dakota, I’d even go so far as to say it was my favorite state. I liked the rolling hills. We did a lot of driving, during which we saw lots of billboards, especially for the Corn Palace (It is exactly what it sounds like, a palace made of corn) Me and Taira begged mom to let us go to the Corn Palace. It was a small disappointment because it was more tourist attraction than corn, but still cool nonetheless. Then we went to Wall Drug. Wall Drug was WEIRD. I really liked Mount Rushmore. It was interesting how they...

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East Loop Trip 2015

Sep 7, 2014 - 9-7-2014 Mt Rushmore

Mount Rushmore & Needles Highway! The drive from Sundance, WY to Mount Rushmore, SD usually takes 1.5 hours and this is flying down I-90 at 75 MPH (Maybe 78 MPH). But today we stretched it to over 5 hours! How, you may ask, can you do that? Well, it was very easy and beautiful. Just as you hit Spearfish a scenic highway offers its followers a wonderful view of the Spearfish Canyon. This twisting and winding road follows creeks, rivers and canyons through the Black Hills National Forest with plenty of places to stop and take in the views....

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Jul 29, 2014 - Mt. Rushmore

Yesterday we visited Sturgis (about 25 miles North off I-90) where the 4th Annual Motorcycle Rally kicks off Aug.4th-10th. Lots of bikers have been here since we arrived at the KOA in Rapid City Sunday. "Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally is one of the largest bike rallies in the United States. The Rally includes concerts, races, bike shows, exhibits, organized rides, and a full schedule of entertainment." Late yesterday we stopped at the Crazy Horse memorial (about 35 miles South) and then went to visit the Mt. Rushmore National Monument near...

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Jul 20, 2014 - Keystone, S.D.

This update covers our visit to Keystone, South Dakota. There are so many awesome towns to visit in this area, we have been busy beavers every day of our stay here. Just driving to this town we passed hundreds of places that would be interesting to visit, one was a drive through bear park. We will definitely be going back to that one. We saw several museums, a Christmas Village, even a reptile garden. I would pass on the reptile one anyway. I do not like snakes. :-) I am adding a few pictures just from this drive today to show you how much...

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Jun 11, 2014 - Mt. Rushmore

Our hostess at the B&B made us a wonderful breakfast of fresh fruit cup, pumpkin pancakes with spiced apple syrup, bacon, watermelon, orange juice, peach muffins and coffee. YUM!!! We visited Mt. Rushmore this morning and again this evening to see the light show. Very moving evening ceremony. At the conclusion of a presentation and video, they light up the mountain. All active and retired military personnel in the audience are then asked to come down to the stage for the lowering of the flag. They all are asked their names and military...

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Our Dakotas Trip

Aug 22, 2013 - Bear Country, U.S.A.

We had two things planned today - Bear Country, U.S.A. and the Badlands National Park. We got to Bear Country, U.S.A. on a recommendation from Katie Cole. It's a unique drive-thru park featuring all kinds of wildlife. We saw bears, wolves, elk, buffalo, coyote, and reindeer. It was really cool. After the drive-thru, they have a walk-thru to see the baby bear cubs and other smaller animals. We were lucky to see the cubs in a playful mood, climbing trees and playing with each other. We ate our picnic lunch outside before we left for the...

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Aug 21, 2013 - Amazing Sights

The morning began with a Prelude that wouldn't start. We had it jumped last night when we arrived at camp, since it wouldn't start when we tried to remove it from the carrier. So we had it jumped by a kind gentleman at camp. Garry parked it in front of Waldo, so we could jump it in the morning if we needed to. We needed to! After a little research on line and a couple of phone calls, we went to the local hardware store in Hill City. We purchased a new battery and we were on our way. Hill City is the first western-like city we've seen on our...

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Aug 18, 2013 - Holy curvy Narrow roads Batman (alias Black Hills SD)

Hello to all of you from Mitchell South Dakota. This saga may take longer than I have this evening on my Birthday but I will start and continue later if I fall asleep. We left Chewelah Washington and headed east through Spokane, then Butte where we spent the night in a rest area parked along side the big rigs with diesel engines running all night but we were tired crawled into bed and fast asleep. Then the next morning we motored through Billings where we had intended to spend the night and instead pushed into South Dakota through Wyoming....

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Aug 15, 2013 - Ft. Hayes, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Needles Hwy, Custer State Park

Very busy day, up at 4:45 am and did not get back to motel till 9:00 pm. Had a very hard rain last night that woke us up at 3am. No rest! Coach pulled out this morning with lots of fog as we drove to Ft. Hayes to have a cowboy breakfast. Pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy. Yumo! Ft. Hayes is where Dances with Wolves was filmed. Lots of western buildings too. Found out that over 50 movies have been made there and around that area. We transferred to a local tour bus for the day. First stop Mt. Rushmore, then took the Pigtail Trail (very...

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Aug 15, 2013 - Mt Rushmore/Custer State Pk/Crazy Horse

Anther very very busy and long day up at 4:45am and not back to the hotel till 9:00pm! Traveled to Ft Hayes this morning for a cowboy breakfast which included pancakes, sausage gravey, sausage links, biscuits, coffee, & juice. After breakfast we visited the Movie Set of "Dances with Wolves" then boarded a tour bus that took us on the Iron Mountain Rd, which consist of pig tails and switch backs along the way taking us through the Black Hills National Park. Mt Rushmore was our first stop and after spending an hour there we continued to...

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Judy's Travels

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