West by Southwest, 2009 travel blog

Missouri River

Another view of the Mighty Missouri

Many South Dakota rest areas had these teepee structures.


We started our day out with breakfast at Wall Drug in the Western Art Gallery Cafe. Breakfast was better than the bison burger and fries we had yesterday. And, of course, we each had a few cups of 5 cent coffee. Since we had to rush so much yesterday, we took a few minutes to shop around. I found a couple things that might find their way into Christmas stockings.

Wall Drug is the ultimate in tourist attraction with its block long group of stores offering every conceivable tourist trinket and a wide variety of T-shirts. It is not the kind of place we would go very far out of our way to see, but it was fun, especially since we could walk from our campground and it was at the exit for Badlands.

Back out on I-90, it was slow going as we had to stop often to torque tires. Thankfully, all the rest areas along the way were open and occurred about every 50 miles. We stopped for lunch at the rest area in Chamberlain. It turned out to be a great place for a long break. With its location on the Missouri River, it had a nice Louis and Clark museum. Well, I say nice, but we could only look in the windows because it is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Having gotten a bit of a late start, then loosing an hour as we crossed into the Central time zone, and with all those extra stops, this has turned into a long day. We’ll be ready for bed early.

Tomorrow will be another travel day putting us into Iowa along about Des Moines.

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