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Just a few miles outside of Kadoka, this morning we started seeing signs for the Badlands.  Even the gas stations are all dressed up in Wild West exteriors and we saw genuine Cowboys at this one.  Had to laugh at the coin operated horse on the front porch.  That’s the only horse I’ll ever ride — my allergies won’t allow me to get near anything with fur, hair or feathers.  The landscape quickly changed and we got our first glimpse of what the Lakota Indians call “mako sic meaning “land bad.”image.jpeg

The national park is more than 242,000 square miles of protected buttes, pinnacles and spires.  We were awed by the enormity and majesty of it all and stopped at quite a few of the view points to take it all in.

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It was another incredible day — very few clouds — glorious sunshine.  The temperature rose steadily to a high of almost 40 degrees celsius or 100 farenheit.

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What a dry and inhospitable environment it seems and yet there’s obviously enough moisture to sustain grass & trees.  No luck seeing Buffalo but Chris pointed out some Bighorn sheep.

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After leaving the Badlands we made our way to Wall and the famous drugstore. We didn’t take the time to tour the whole property but wandered through a few stores like the one selling leather goods.  Look at all those pretty cowgirl boots !! I caught Chris flirting with a saloon gal and we popped into the tiny chapel.

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Next up was the Harley dealership in Rapid City. They were expecting us and took the bike right in for a full tune-up.  And there were lots of comfortable leather couches & chairs, complimentary cold drinks and free wifi. We chatted with Chip and Brenda Roy from Brighton, Ontario who are also on a long distance trip. It was nice swapping stories of life on the road.  Took about 4 hours before we were on the road again with a new front tire, an oil change and the assurance that all systems are go.

We’re spending the next two nights in Deadwood and maybe a third so we can fit everything in – Mount Rushmore, Sturgis and Needles Highway.

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Love & hugs from the road…

 

 

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