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Trip Start Nov 17, 2008
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Trip End Feb 16, 2009


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Sunday, February 8, 2009

I left San Francisco at 4am hoping to get a good few miles in before I had to stop and rest.  Turns out I had to stop a lot sooner than I though I would.  An enormous storm came down from the north pole and dropped a shit load of snow over Canada and the northern half of the US.  I caught it at the worst possible time; trying to drive through a mountain range.  Half way through the Sierra Nevada mountains a road block was set up and cars couldn't go ahead unless they had snow-chains on their tires.  I didn't of course, but luckily there were plenty of opportunistic money grabbing bastards by the side of the road who would happily sell me chains for $80.  Not having 80 bucks I was completely lost.  I wasn't allowed to go over the mountain, and driving back, going south, and heading along another Interstate would be another full day's driving which I didn't have the time for.  I decided to go to a garage I had passed about 20 miles back, take a nap, then worry about what I was going to do afterward.

Having been driving for about 6 hours and only getting a few hours sleep the night before, I was a lot more tired than I realised, so my 40 winks turned into a 2 hour sleep. When I awoke the snow had stopped, so I thought I'd chance my arm and see if the police had taken down the road block.  Luckily they had, so I was able to drive on through the mountains to Reno, albeit at about 20 miles per hour because it was so dangerous.  I made it to Salt Lake City that night before I stopped again, a grand total of 800 miles in one day.   It was still another 1300 miles to Milwaukee and time was running short, so I pushed on the next day and decided not to stop, except of course for one last famous monument.

Mount Rushmore is something I've always wanted to see, for no other reason than it looks really cool.  First though was The Crazy Horse Memorial; something that hardly anyone knows about, something I didn't even know about until a couple of years ago when I seen it in a documentary.  It was started over 60 years ago and by the looks of it will take another 60 years to finish.  It's in the same idea as Mt. Rushmore, carving a mountain into a massive figure of Chief Crazy Horse on horse back pointing into the distance.  When (or if) it's finished it'll be almost twice the size of the four presidents and the worlds largest sculpture.  It's taking so long because it recieves no federal funding.  The guy who's carving it has turned down $10 million a couple of times, basically saying the US government fucked the Indians over, so why should they help now?

I arrived at night for both Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore, so granted that's probably not the best time to see them.  Bearing that in mind, they were still incredibly disappointing.  Mount Rushmore is so small!  I was expecting a mountain, which, technically it is, but still ... FFS... I was expecting something a little bigger than that.  The only cool thing about it was because it was so late at night I was the only person there (and I didn't have to pay), so having the entire mountain to myself was pretty cool.
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