The Blackhills

Trip Start May 24, 2005
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Trip End Aug 20, 2005


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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Hi Folks, The Blackhills of South Dakota are a surprising beautiful place. After crossing the Great Plains which is stunning due to their scale but nothing could prepare me for the natural beauty of South Dakota. I did a one day tour which had Mount Rushmore, Custer State park & the Crazy Horse Monument. Crazy Horse will spectacular when it is finished. The original sculptor has died (after 40 years of work) and now 7 out of his 10 children - hey he did not spend all his time working :-), are continuing his work. The scale will be unreal, the hole under his arm is ten stories tall & his arm can stand 2,500 people on it! The tour I was on, was great but the breakfast & supper show was pretty poor, badly cooked beef & jokes about wives. I met some nice people including a couple RV Jockeys, they retired sold up everything and now travelling the US. One couple going from Charleston (South Carolina) to Alaska which is taking them four months, just enough time to head south for the winter. I had some crack in the bars where everybody seems to start their sentence with "Your not from around here" funny enough they did not believe I was from North Dakota when I told them :-) I had one drunk guy trying to tell me there was 52 (as opposed to 50) states, but I was good and resisted the temptation to say Afghanistan & Iraq don't count yet! We soon settled our arguments with a couple of shots of Jagmeister & red bull, surprisingly tasty.
The weather has been sunny but windy and the food plentiful and ok. Rapid City is very sprawled and without a car is very hard to get around. Every second shop sells car parts & the other one sells cars. I even went into a Wall-mart, where 75% of the staff are over 65 this is because they cannot afford to retire. The people I have meet have been friendly, chatty & nice but they nearly all retirees in the motel/trip. The bars have a strange mix of people but nearly every claims some sort of Irish heritage which is funny. Anyway I shall sign off now and go for a dip in the pool, life is soooo hard :-)
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