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Aug 25, 2015 - Rapid City

Rapid City is within 50 miles of Hot Springs. We spent the day seeing what the city had to offer: the Dahl Arts Center with a motorcycle-themed exhibition, the Pawnseum with its amazing inventory, and the historic Alex Johnson Hotel complete with a Starbucks in the entryway.

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Aug 20, 2015 - Back To Rapid City

Next stop, Rapid City to get the damage repaired on the fifth wheel. Luckily, even though the motorcycle rally at Sturgis was in full swing, we were able to go back to the Rapid City RV Park. Since the RV needed to be left at the repair shop for five days, they were able to put us up in an "apartment" attached to the main office building. We kept in contact with the repair shop to make sure that they'd be done in five days. The shop began to waiver on the completion date, making us pretty nervous, but in the end they finished on time and...

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Aug 3, 2015 - Harley Store and Dinosaur park

We went to the Harley store to see more motorcycles and lots of vendors there as well. We never made it to the actual store but did see some Renegade RV's also the HaulMark ones and many versions of trailers for pulling any variety of vehicles. The scenic rim drive is only partially open and we only got as far as the Dinosaur Park - it's being repaved . So we had a view of the city but not much of the outlying Black Hills.

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2015 Eagle trip

Aug 3, 2015 - Update continued

The trip from Memphis to Rapid City, South Dakota, was mostly uneventful. We took three days to make the trip, stopping at a KOA in Missouri, and a Mom and Pop campground in South Dakota on the way. On the drive though Missouri, I pulled into a Cracker Barrel for a pit stop. When making a left-hand turn into the parking lot, I cut too tight and pulled the trailer up over the curb and into a large boulder. It made quite a mess of a section of the left side of the fifth wheel, but fortunately the damage was mostly superficial, not impacting...

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Aug 2, 2015 - Wall drug and badlands

Today we went to the famous free ice water Wall Drug and saw motorcycles all over, were fortunate to find a parking spot in the row of cycles. The place was jam packed but we had Buffalo burgers in the restaurant that really moves people along - they get thousands of visitors a day here. We then took the Badlands scenic loop 240 and stopped at various pull outs to see the jagged rocks that are eroding quickly. We then went to the visitor center for a video about the Badlands and took hwy 44 back to camp. Because this is the back way we...

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Aug 1, 2015 - Minuteman missle silo and Air Museum

Today we rested up from yesterday and in the afternoon went to the aviation museum at the front gate. It is located within hangars from WWII that have rounded sections punched out on the sides, unusual. We then had our own guided tour of the base and the deactivated missle silo that was a training facility on this base. It was very interesting, we saw the truck that would take the rocket out for maintenance - ran on gas! Also saw the truck that took the warhead for maintenance, then went into the silo to see the rocket in place. There is...

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Jul 31, 2015 - Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse

This was a long day but weather is just outstanding, clear blue skies. We first went to the Borglum museum in Keystone that has many of his other sculptures. It also has a mock up of Lincoln's eye so one can see how he devised the way for the eyes to reflect and look life like. We saw motorcycles in Keystone all over and every vendor we go to has Sturgis merchandise. Then we went to Mount Rushmore, a new visitor center has been built since the last time we were there. There is a great view from the outside platform. One of the construction...

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Jul 30, 2015 - Sturgis

This is the 75th anniversary of Sturgis and they are expecting 1,500,000 bikes. The event officially starts 8/3 but there are activities on the calendar starting 7/31 so we decided to go today to beat the crowd. We saw motorcyles everywhere. Many of the streets are blocked off and motorcycles are parked in 3 rows, lots and lots of vendors. Because we were "early" we were able to find car parking for $10 one block off the main street - no telling how available car parking will be later on. We checked out bikes and vendors and saw some...

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Jul 29, 2015 - Rapid City

We arrived at Ellsworth AFB famcamp with no problem, Ray said we had a tailwind. The sky is clear as the coldfront from a couple of days ago cleaned everything out. This is a really nice famcamp. We have a backin spot but lots of room, full lenth concete pad that is level and nice picnic table with seats on all 4 sides. The pull thru spots might have been more convenient but they are closer together so I'm glad this is what we could get. There are motorcycles everywhere in the campground and tent campers in back of us too. We saw...

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Jul 20, 2015 - Rapid City, SD

Monday morning, we got up early as we had a 5+ hour drive ahead of us. Before we knew it we were on I-90 heading further west to Rapid City as we continued driving through farm land and then..... The Badlands. We have been to this area 3 times and I am still amazed by how stark this area is. There are just gray/white rock mounds and hills everywhere. Then we were in the Black Hills of South Dakota, a beautiful area of the state with lots of pine trees and beautiful green scenery. About an hour from our stop, we took a break at Wall Drug...

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Jul 13, 2015 - Rushmore & Crazy Horse

Today we visited Mount Rushmore. It was a must see stop in South Dakota. The Presidents are very impressive, carved into the mountain. The place is very nice. After Rushmore, we visited the Crazy Horse mountain. This place is the tribute to the Ogala Lakota Indian tribes. You know, the people the US government displaced so they could expand out west. The Crazy Horse mountain is being solely financed thru donations and sales of indian crafts. No government involvement whatsoever. This is a must see place. We also did a walk/shop tour of...

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Rolling Vacation

Jul 7, 2015 - July 7, 2015 a day in Rapid City

Before traveling to Rapid City to have a day of rest and relaxation, we took the Badlands loop road from the visitors center to Wall. This road is about 50 miles long and travels through Badlands National Park. It is a really interesting drive with lots of places to stop along the way. There are also a number of trail heads and places to walk out into the area and climb the formations. You just have to be careful of rattlesnakes. The are is quite hilly and at times offers stunning views across the plains. Then there are areas where there...

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