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Jul 27, 2010 - Day 15 & 16

We arrived in Spearfish, South Dakota to Elk Ridge Campground another RV parking lot, this time filled with coaches, Kent has been drooling ever since we pulled in. The place is brand new and all the amenities are excellent! The view from our patio is of the Black Hills and clear skies have brought our companion, the full moon, into view every evening. Heading south we rode through Deadwood and on to Sturgis. A city in preparation for a BIG party there were souvenior vendors on every street corner. Thirsty, we visited a couple of...

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Jun 16, 2010 - Little Brothers

From High Plains RV Park, north of Rapid City & south of Sturgis, South Dakota, just off of I-90. Ahhhhhh…..yes, in the land of Sturgis, South Dakota, the Black Hills, the world-renown mecca as the annual gathering place for a half-million or so motorcycle riders……that being 499,990 Harley riders, 3 Honda riders, 2 BMW riders & 5 riders of other assorted brands; where men will be boys & women will be girls, at least those women who are brave enough to venture along into the two-week long party of people who attempt to relieve all of the...

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We're Wingin' It

Jun 6, 2010 - Spearfish, SD and Devil's Tower, WY

On Thursday we left Custer heading north to Rapid City then west to Spearfish. We will be spending the next week at Mountain View Campground in Spearfish. It is a nice campground, it has cable TV that is better than the no TV we had last week in Custer but the wi-fi is only available at the hot spot that happens to be near the laundry room. We decided to stay here in Spearfish and take a day trip by car to see Devil’s Tower rather than take the motor home the additional 60 miles into Wyoming because there isn’t much to see in the northeast...

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Jun 4, 2010 - Cody, WY

Our trip across Wyoming was spectacular. We came over a high pass and in the far distance was a snow capped mountain range. When I say far, I mean far. We drove a hundred miles to reach the Big Horn mountains. Three hours and another hundred miles and we were over the mountains. It was a beautiful if tedious drive. The scenery was ever changing. From rugged rock formations, to streams, to snow, to a magnificent waterfall that carved a canyon, we were constantly amazed. Tonight we are in Cody. It is really quite charming and we enjoyed...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Spearfish, SD

South Dakota remains one of my favorite states for driving. The roads are fast and smooth, the scenery spectacular. From the rich farmland in the east to the grasslands of the mid-section, to the surreal Badlands, to the magnificent Black Hills, this is a state of endless change. South Dakota must also be the billboard capitol of the world. Mile upon endless mile, there is no shortage of billboards for the driver's reading entertainment. Wall Drug is, of course, the master of the billboard. As soon as you cross into the state, Wall Drug...

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Oct 1, 2009 - On the Road Again

The truck transmission arrived a day earlier than expected, so we were able to head west again Thursday afternoon. Thanks to Philip Motors in Philip, South Dakota for making us a priority in their shop! Between the break down and an early winter storm (as I type, we are driving through snow in Sundance, WY) we have decided to skip the Grand Teton's and stick to I-90 up to Montana. This area of the country is really fascinating - you could easily spend a week or more exploring the Black Hills (lots of hiking trails and caves we didn't see),...

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New York to Alaska

Sep 24, 2009 - Spearfish, Deadwood, and Beyond

Spearfish Canyon runs from Spearfish, SD some 36 miles to near Lead, SD. The canyon is not tall as others, but provides many unique and beautiful views. A river follows the road for most of this distance providing many places to stop and enjoy the rushing water, and 3 water falls. Carley liked our many stops and a chance to get wet. Unlike many of the scenic routes we have traveled this road had several private homes, and cottages hugging the canyon walls and while having a river for a front yard. We used day 2 to kickback in preparation...

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Sep 12, 2009 - Spearfish, SD - Chris' Camp

Our trip from North Dakota down to Spearfish, SD was about 273 miles. That included an eighty mile detour to see the Enchanted Highway. This is a county highway that runs from Gladstone, ND straight down to Regent, ND. About every four or five miles down this highway they have these huge metal sculptures depicting life on the prairie - very unusual. We also kept passing more and more fields of hay all the way down. These hay fields have been a constant every since we left Glacier National Park in Montana. There is no doubt in my mind we...

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2009 Alaska

Aug 15, 2009 - Spearfish, SD

Spearfish, SD is on the Wyoming border and is also located next to Sturgis which is famous for its motorcycle rallies. In fact we just missed the rally, they had over 500,000 motorcycle enthusiasts two weeks ago. Thank God we missed it. Also in this area is Deadwood, SD, a famous western town, now a casino haven. We visited Deadwood the first night we were here to get a good meal, all you can eat prime rib and snow crab for $15 a person, this is one of the cheapest meals we have had in a long time. Then after eating to loose some money at...

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Adventures in 2009

Aug 14, 2009 - Spearfish, SD

We left Custer in route to Spearfish, South Dakota bright and early in the morning. It started raining pretty hard along the way. We drove through Deadwood, SD which was a very wild west town in the late 1800's. If fact, the wild west figure Wild Bill Hickock caught a bullet here and is buried in boot hill here in deadwood. Thereafter we traveled to Sturgis, South Dakota which is the site of a huge biker rally every year. it took place about a week before we arrived though there were still quite a few bikers still in town. The whole town it...

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Jul 14, 2009 - Great Falls to Spearfish

Wind forced me to stay in a motel in Great Falls and this morning when I went out to my car and pressed my remote entry button, nothing happened. Then I recalled that after I was in bed last night, I realized that I had not unplugged my camper from my car’s electrical system, but I was too lazy to get up and take care of the matter. I just hoped that the battery would not be drained, but as usual, my careless attitude got me into trouble. I made my request for help known by opening the hood of my car and draping the battery cables over the...

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My Great Adventure

Jul 13, 2009 - Devils Tower

We spent 2 nights in Medora. We went down town and walked around, and went to a couple of museums. We ate lunch at Chuck Wagon Buffet. It was a OK lunch, but nothing special, so we went to Elk Horn Cafe for supper and had a much better meal. We got up on Monday morning to a rainy windy day. Packed up and headed for SD. The weather got better as we went South. We got lucky and went between 2 storms. After setting up camp we drove into Wyoming and went to Devils Tower. We seen some beautiful country. On our way back to the campground a storm...

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