|Wildlife in Badlands.|
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|Girls hiding in the sidecar from the sun.|
We went shopping and I thought that Wall drug (famous tourist trap in Wall) would also have groceries but they only had souvenirs. Since they typically don't fill one's stomach we continued our search for a grocery shop. On the way to there, we saw one biker lady which looked very familiar.
There was also a bike from NYC and Skippy remembered that this was the lady which we met in NYC when we loaded our bikes at the day of our departure. We saw her before but where was she now? We did our shopping and came back through the village when suddenly somebody shouted after us. And there she was – Agi from New York City with her fiancee. Now what were the odds of that?
|We got some company from a neighbor at Wall.|
Then it was time to enter Black Hills National Forest, see Mount Rushmore, ride through Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park. We saw plenty of wild life there. Prairie dogs were watching us riding by, deers were eating grass besides the roads, “mountain goats” were standing on the top of the rocks almost like statues and there we saw a buffalo. A few minutes later and there was a huge herd of them – fascinating creatures. One does not want to mess with them so I took it easy and suppressed my urge to get closer in order to get a better shot :D
|Been there, seen it - done that!|
|and then there was a whole bunch of buffaloes.|
|Nice break spot.|
|Ulpu found a nasty cactus with her paws!!!|
It had been again a long day of about four hours of riding and four hours of breaks, shopping etc – a full eight hour working day and that in hot weather. When we were in the mountains it was a bit cooler but as soon as we descended it got hot again. We entered Hot Springs, found a campground and called it a day. Now quickly building the tent (and milady put up her hammock), taking care of girls, writing the blog, dinner and off to bed.
The next morning was rather chilly – only +11C and it stayed with +20C comfortably cool during the entire day. The streets were once more rather boring all the way to Scottsbluff, where we looked for a night in a motel. Skippy got more and more tired and needed a decent good night sleep which she typically did not find when we camp.
|Great morning view from the campground at Hot Springs.|
We spent the night in a motel in Scottsbluff. We needed a break from the mosquitoes and a good internet connection to plan the upcoming days. We went to the cheapest hotel which was listed on the Tourist Info leaflet and when we arrived we realized that the entire motel was gone. The foundation, a sign and the office building were the only indices that the motel existed some time ago. We picked the next on the list and got us a deal.
|Skippy made delicious veggie nori rolls for dinner :)|
It rained and sizzled during the night and we were happy not to be in the tent. The next morning we went first to Scotts Bluff National Monument. Actually it is a rock formation and then somebody had the great idea to title it monument and it costs something to get in. I made a U-turn in front of toll both, took a few pictures and we continued south.
|Scotts Bluff National Memorial.|
Next stop was Kimball. No sign which said “Bobby was here” - Skippy was disappointed ;)
The reason for that was that authorities have a Titan 1 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on display in the Gotte Park. As I read later, the top third of the rocket has been blown off by a storm some years back and not been rebuilt. According to some comments in internet about 200 of those were hidden in Nebraska. What else to say – humans are the greatest enemies to humanity!
|ICBM - the upper third got destroyed some years back by heavy wind.|
Ever since we left Minden we were on a mission! On the 24th of August there was supposed to be a GoTopless event in Denver (as it was in many cities all over the world). Therefore the rest of the day we tried to stay awake when riding on those flat plains of Nebraska and Colorado. It was not easy!
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