Saturday, June 22, 2013

Day 9 - Deadwood, SD - Gillette, WY

Day 9 - Deadwood, SD - Gillette, WY

We started the day under funky skies, but we were optimistic and away we went. Our first stop was in Hill City, SD at the Rabbit Bicycle Shop, really the only mechanic on the Mickelson Trail. The owner was very nice and of course we bought a couple of t-shirts. Right across the street was the World's Largest Teddy Bear Collection.
Then it was off to Mount Rushmore, Keystone, SD. To get there we took the extremely scenic Needles Highway. Well worth the ride. As we traveled along the weather improved slowly but surely and by the time we got to the heads, it was a beautiful day.

Then we were onto Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs, SD. It was a beautiful ride into the park and we saw a whole herd of antelope who decided to cross the road right in front of us and then hung around for pictures. Then we had the pleasure of seeing buffalo just lazing around in a field. A short time later there was the huge buffalo on the side of the road and he just stood there and let us take his picture.

We had lunch at the Hitchrail Bar & Restaurant in Pringle, SD

 Championship Trophy for being the best Spam Chef.....
Unique art outside of the Hitchrail Bar & Restaurant
Then we were off to Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer, SD. It was a very scenic ride out there.
Then on our way to Hewlett, WY, we decided to stop at the Oldest General Store in Aladdin, WY. Population 15 and holding! The saying is that when a lady in town gets pregnant, a fellow leaves!This is were I stopped during the cross country ride in 2008 and Marnie stopped in 2011. No running water and only an outhouse, but it is a cool stop with a liars bench out front.
Then it was off to Devils Tower, Hewlett, WY.
Then it was time to call it a day, so we drove a ways west to be closer to our adventure tomorrow and ended up in Gillette, WY.  As we made the turn onto the main street in town this is how we were greeted...

So this is all for now. More tomorrow!

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