Not sure what to say about the Dakotas. They are what you’d expect? Okay maybe I thought there would be more elevation but otherwise it’s just large rolling fields. Even though there are farm fields and wide open grasslands as far as the eye can see they still use every inch for productivity. Lining all the roads throughout the two states they grow their hay and straw and every few miles you will see a tractor trailer pulled halfway off the road while a huge tractor uses a spike to lift the large spiral hay bales and precariously perch them onto the trailer bed. Then the truck blows out a ton of black smoke and moves up a few hundred yards to the next bale, that would be agonizing sitting essentially stranded halfway onto the highway for hours.
South Dakota was ramping up for Sturgis bike week. Holy shit. So many bikers. Every campground in an 80-mile radius was jammed up with a bunch of noobs. Everyone had these impressive rigs that I’d kill to go racing with and all they were doing was trailering their bike to tool around to different saloons. These “badasses” get out there on the highway at 80 MPH to then try to communicate with each other with hand signals while riding side by side in a lane. I can’t tell if these are the ones who have laid a bike down already or who are about to. There were all kinds of different bikes (I’ve never liked Harley type bikes but there were so really slick looking ones) but everyone only wore one of two colors: black or blue denim. Unless you are into biking I wouldn’t recommend getting into that traffic jam because even google maps was taking me down dirt and gravel backroads to avoid some of the spill out from major saloons. Unfortunately, I didn’t stop and grab any photos.
Mount Rushmore was just cool. It’s just one of those things you gotta see yourself. I included lots of photos for it to speak for itself, just check out all the detail in the close up shots.
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The Minutemen Missile silo Delta-09 was an amazing and sorta scary thing to be able to go up to, it even kinda looks like it’s off limits but it’s really to keep the cows out haha.
In North Dakota I was visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park and found a USFS (United States Forest Service, very similar to BLM land – either free or low cost) campsite just a few miles from the entrance. When I arrived there was no one there, surprise surprise, and went to the info board to find that it cost $6 a night.
This info board is just one of those two post wooden signs with a small little roof over it. Not only are they typically the primary marker of free/cheap outdoor adventures (think hikes, campgrounds, waterfalls, etc.) they mark the start of all the wooded disc golf courses I love. Seeing one of these signs just puts me in a good mood.
However, they had no way of taking the money, there was no envelope, no donation box, no anything whatsoever except a laminated 8.5x11 saying it costs $6. Long story short: I didn’t pay and no one came by ever. No other campers, no cars, no rangers, no humans, just deer. And these deer were close, even closer than they let you get in Yosemite.
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