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Old 08-09-2011, 11:32 AM   #15
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John, I was in a little place near Jones Gap State Park not far from Marietta, SC. About a a quarter mile below the big cliff that marks the NC/SC border. Nice place.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:50 AM   #16
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OK, update time. I'm camping in Chadron State Park just a hair south of Chadron, Ne. GREAT state park, no water or sewer but they have a nice dump facility where you can also fill the water tanks. $18/night, plus park entry if you hadn't already bought an annual entry ($20). I had. Wonderful swimming pool with a good view. (Several Nebraska state parks have these view pools~!) Chadron is absolutely great for a place to stay.
Yesterday I took the tow rig up north, first to Mt. Rushmore then to Deadwood. Bikers all over the freeway. Bikers with dead bikes littering the side of the road. People towing trailers with bikes everywhere. Deadwood was filled to overflowing with bikers, bikini clad girls washing bikes, people looking at the girls, and barbecue stands, and free beer at the casinos. Hopping place! Warning: They charge to go see Wild Bill Hickock's grave. Turkeys...where is their respect? I made my way on over to Sturgis, which was even crazier than Deadwood. Musta been thirty thousand or more bikes there. Dragged Main and washed up at the Full Throttle Saloon, where a great time was had by all, including me. The Full Throttle is certainly the largest bar I've ever visited and is bordered on the east and west by twin railroad bridges that were relocated from somewhere or other, put on pilings, and outfitted with tables, chairs, and little sun umbrellas. There must be fifteen separate bars where you can get a beer, maybe twenty places to get various foods, lots of tattoo shops, a naughty underwear store, a place for bikers to do burnouts, scantily clad girls dancing on bars, even more scantily clad girls being painted, tshirt shops, and about ten thousand people all having a great time. (It was early) Quite a scene! After a decent interval, I dragged Main back through town and headed on east to Rapids City, then south through Badlands National Park and the Oglalla Sioux Indian reservation. Big, long, fun day. Sturgis during rally week is not for the faint of heart, but for the intrepid traveler, who just happens to be there it's a lot of fun. There are some dynamite bikes on the street and on display in the bars, casinos, and vendor tents. ANYTHING related to bikes is available in Sturgis during bike week.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:26 PM   #17
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:12 AM   #18
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Greetings from Wyoming, the Cowboy State! I spent the night on Alcova Lake southwest of Casper. $7, pit toilets only, no hookups, but it was a lovely lake and a lakeshore campsite. Shredded a trailer tire yesterday but changed it out with no problem. I love double axle trailers; changing a tire is so much easier when you can just run the good tire up on a ramp and change the other one. Big O of Casper came through with a correctly sized tire to replace the shredded one. This update is from Lander, a nice little town at the base of the mighty Wind River Range. You sure have to watch gas here, it's easy to find yourself low between stations.
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Splitrock, you sure live in a nice area!
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South Dakota is pretty in areas but has a bad climate . . . hot and very humid in summer, very cold and dark in winter.
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:12 AM   #21
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I continued on from Alcova Lake, Wyo. to Lander, over South Pass (Wind River Range) across the Green River and into Idaho. The high desert of Wyoming changed into heavily agricultural and quite beautiful countryside. Wyoming had some terrible grades, climbs, and general tough trailering. The upside is that there is no traffic at all. I hit I-15 and rolled into Pocatello, where I'm visiting my son for a few days. Next goal: find a longer term place to stay in Boise while I check it out for a site to overwinter.
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:50 PM   #22
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Crazy Horse Heroic Megasculpture

For all of you that are eaten up by curiosity as to how the gigantic Chief Crazy Horse sculpture is coming along in the Black Hills of South Dakota, here is a picture taken this week.
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I'm leaving Wayne, Ne. tomorrow after a stellar week+ with the kids and grandkids. I'm heading over to Chadron Ne. and plan to see the Black Hills area if I can avoid the Sturgis crowd. Could be tense. I don't do well in the midst of hordes of drunks and nekkid women. Drunks, anyway. I've done 8 good days in Wayne at the Lion's RV Park. A good time was had by all!
Small world out there, I was the guy in the Avion there.
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Small world indeed! Have a good stay in Wayne.
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OK, I finally washed up in Caldwell, Id. about 25 miles west of Boise. I'm staying here for a month (at least) because it is handy, not too close/far from the freeway, has nice spacy spaces and a pool. $345/mo. Neat place. So far Boise looks like a prime candidate for overwintering with cheap rental housing, a reasonably good ski hill 16 miles from town, and it seems like a really nice place. The run from Pocatello to Boise/Caldwell was a piece of cake. Grades not too severe, pretty flat, nice scenes of the Snake River on occasion. Comic relief was provided by Mountain Home, Idaho which is flat, hot and dry. The wheat harvest was in full swing all along the way. The weather here is great: high 80's/low 90's for highs, mid fifties for lows. I'll stay in Caldwell until it gets too chilly to use the pool and then find a place nearer Boise for the winter.
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I've enjoyed watching your trip. If you need a getaway, try the City of Rocks State Park in Southern Idaho. Absolutely beautiful with pretty new campground in a setting of incredible rock formations.
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