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Old 09-06-2012, 02:03 PM   #341
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:17 AM   #342
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Sorry for the delay in updates. It's been a series of irritating "Grrrr-osities" these last couple of days. First: Verizon is supposed to have awesome coverage, but I'm finding my calls are constantly dropping up here in South Dakota. I tried uploading stuff at a couple of rest stops, but it would never finish the action and timed out. So... I'm taking an hour or so here in the Kemps Kamp where i stayed last night to say HI... I'm doing okay.

Second: The passenger side windshield wiper crapped out. The motor is running, but whatever mechanism makes the blades go back and forth isn't attached or working or something. I can't tell. I just feel grateful it was the PASSENGER side that died and not the DRIVER's side!!!

South Dakota is full of contrasts. I love the open farmland - in limited doses. Driving through hundreds of miles of open nothingness with nothing to see is almost as dangerous as trying to drive at night when I can't see anything. Lack of visual input makes me sleepy! Not good! But once I hit the badlands, it was all good. I stayed the night at the Badlands National Park and watched the sunset. Then I got up in the morning to watch the sunrise. Beautiful alien landscapes. I rode the scooter for all of 5 minutes before realizing I just can't ride in the cold without gloves anymore (once upon a youth, yes... now not so much). So I loaded the scoot back onto the bus and headed the rest of the way into Mt. Rushmore.

And this is where the third Grrr moment came in: the crane wouldn't lift the bike off the trailer. Once again, I am very grateful I discovered this problem while the bike was Loaded On The Bus instead of on the ground. But it was extremely frustrating. I really, Really, REALLY wanted to ride through the black hills. This is such gorgeous country! I just bought gloves at Wall Drug store too!!! WAAAAAAH!

Yeah, that's my pity poor me moment. I'm over it for now.

So, now I'm off to Devils Tower in Wyoming. It's about 4 hours from me in the bus. I'll post some more in a couple of days.
In the mean time, please go see all the photos I've added to the website: http://mindmyway.com/cross-country-tour/
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:24 AM   #343
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WOW! You have been busy..... Good to hear all is OK and Thanks for the update. Kinda had us wondering there for a few days......

ENJOY your trip, stay safe...

PS.... Is it really cold enough for gloves there already......LOL
Still in the 90's here in Tennessee until this weekend, but next week we're right back up near there
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:51 AM   #344
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lol you got to drive I-29? if you took it in to ND you would be bored of the plains!! you stop and see mt rushmore?
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:06 AM   #345
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here's a good link to bookmark for traveling: http://www.allstays.com/c/road-guides.htm

Also for road closures: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/

Watch the weather. It's rapidly getting to the point where it can be nice sunny & warm one day, cold, nasty with chance of snow the next.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:01 PM   #346
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Thanks again. More photos and updates on the website. Added another 59 photos.
Had a (minor) panic attack over a technical difficulty ... problem averted after a couple of calls to friends. All is good and now I know

Got to go shooting in the back country. Also got to drive my cousin's jeep over some gnarley terrain! Real honest-to-god 4 wheel driving and rock crawling. Awesome fun!

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Old 09-13-2012, 05:08 AM   #347
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wishing you more great traveling!
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Happy Trails, Thanks for the update........ Good to see and know all is well and that you are still rolling...
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San Diego is full of elietest pig dogs. Here to see my brother but the campground does not. Take skoolies. Grrrrrr
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contact,browncrown he'll know where to camp out there.....he on skoolie here
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