7:30- Leave our motel an hour behind schedule.
7:48- Over the Mississippi and into Minnesota! Progress!
8:48- “All the Mexicans here are cows.” - Duddy. We are weirded out and slightly relieved by the lack of ethnicity.
8:56- Wind farms are creepy.
11:32- Kellie starts her first driving shift.
11:49- “We have ice ice baby”, sign at Minnesota gas station we stopped at.
12:08- “ONLY 355 more miles to WALL DRUG”, Minnesota billboard.
12:38- “Your butt was warm last night, it was nice.”- Maggie to Duddy
12:40- South Dakota! Yay!
12;47- “Aw Shucks, just stop at the Corn Palace”- South Dakota billboard.
1:57- “201 miles to WALL DRUG” billboard.
3:54- Done with lunch. Duddy starts her shift. (The photo is where we stopped for lunch on the Missouri River.)
7:50- After doubling back over 3 hours because Laura left her wallet at a gas station, we are on our way west once more. (After Duddy’s 3-hour shift, we stopped for gas. Laura had the group bank card for group purchases such as gas and hotel rooms. She realized her wallet was missing. We tore the car apart looking for it and eventually found the receipt for the last gas station we were at.
The photo is Laura pumping gas. Right after the photo was taken, she got gas on her hands and put her wallet down on the back of the car…and left it there. We found the phone number for that station on our receipt and asked them if they found a red wallet. They had. The only thing we could do at that point was double back three hours and push back our plans to see the Badlands to the next day, even though we would have to pass them to get to our accommodations for the night- the Elk Haven Horse camp. After many frustrated, quiet hours of extra driving, we made it to Keystone, SD and slowly made our way up the mountain to the camp. It was dark, it was raining, there was lots of creepy thunder and lightening, the excessive tight turns, single-lane rock tunnels, and pig-tail bridges were insane, and the drive up was intense, to say the least.
Day 3’s log will have photos from the mountain during the day, which is actually very pretty and not creepy at all. And you can see Mount Rushmore in the distance on some of the turns!