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Sturgis Motorcycle Museum

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum

Wild Bill Gravesite

Original Saloon No. 10

Shooting of Wild Bill

NIxon Stature Downtown Rapid City

Summer Nightz

Much more leisurely paced day than yesterday although it was nearly as long. Originally planned to wrap things up by 5 at the latest but it ended up being 7:30 by the time I got back to the hotel.

Started the at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame arriving just as they opened at 9 AM. I thought this might end up be rather lame and that they would simply be capitalizing on the rally. However it was quite well done. Lots of old motorcycles many of them Indian brands but also numerous Harley Davidison and some Honda, BSA, and Triumph. There were bikes from the early 1900's through early 2000's w/ the bulk of them seeming to be from the 30's and 40's. Saw a number of pictures from the rallies over the years but after going through the museum took a drive down Main Street and tried to image what it must be like to have 500,000 bikers in such a small town!

After the museum drove the 20 miles to Deadwood where the first order of business was a bus tour. Deadwood is not that big a town so a good portion of the tour was spend up on the hill in the Mt Moriah Cemetery where "Wild Bill" Hickok and Calamity Jane are buried. Tour was only an hour but for $10 I can't complain. Always some interesting stories and bits of information come out of these things. After the tour had lunch at the Stockade. At 3 caught the reenactment of the killing of Wild Bill in the No. 10 Saloon. This was about 25 minutes long and started out w/ the actor telling the story of Wild Bill's life which too up most of the time since the actually shooting of Wild Bill only took a few minutes. Also during the afternoon I had walked up and down Main St a couple of times. Mostly consists of restaurants, shops, and casinos. All of the saloons also have gaming of some sort. And as Wild Bill said about No. 10, "it's the only museum w/ a bar in it".

Next I drove the 5 miles up the hill to the Sanford Lab Homestakes Visitor's Center. Homestakes Mining Company was a gold mining company that had been in business since the late 1800's until it closed in early 2000's when the price of gold dropped and they closed the mine. Sanford Lab's bought the mine and began using it for scientific experiments. There are currently 1000 scientist working underground in the old mine shafts conducting experiments related water quality, geology, and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). Can begin to say I understand what this is but it sounds like it could lead to communications being channeled through the earth instead of through the air. There was a 45 minutes tour which included a trolley ride to the top of the mountain to look at the hoists that take the scientist up and down to what they call the 4850 Level (feet underground) where the scientists do their work. Again, a worthwhile tour.

Rather than head back to I-90, took US 385 which cuts through the Black Hills National Forest. Nice scenic drive but not much civilization. Wanted to walk around downtown Rapid City to check out the statues of each of the presidents. Turns out they have a "Summer Nightz" street festival on Thursdays in the summer so I spent some time there including having dinner.

Like I'd indicated, it was 7:30 until I got back to the hotel so a much longer day than I had anticipated but I was glad I did the all the things I did. It was a great day for the steps!

Steps 11661/73923 Bike 13.1/13.1

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