return road trip day 07: south dakota to chicago

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Driving day. I had breakfast at the hotel, mostly since I needed my cup of tea. On the road at 11am. This was the only pic I took, lunch at IHOP. I had berry brioche french toast, hash brown, sausages and scrambled eggs.

We drove from South Dakota through Iowa. I took over driving midway through Iowa. At 8.25pm we finally reached Illinois and back in Blue Island just before 11pm. Overall trip over 5,000 miles.

#33 new us state: south dakota

Tasks #31-33 are to visit 3 new US states. Tasks #31 and 31 ware Wasthington and Alaska respectively, when Mum and I went on the Alaskan cruise. I had to decide which state to use as task #33; on the roadtrip from Chicago to Portland and back I visited 7 new states: nebraska, wyoming, utah, idaho, oregon, montana, south dakota. Nebraska was a drive through, wyoming had yellowstone, utah had salt lake, idaho had twin falls, oregon had portland, montana had part of yellowstone and an interesting prison museum. I decided on south dakota, the last new state, because of: a) it’s a state I’d never expected to have the opportunity to visit and b) there were so many things to see.

Trip posts: deadwood and crazy horse, mount rushmore, bear country, badlands | flickr sets: deadwood, mount rushmore, bear country, badlands

We stayed in a motel straight out of the 1950s called dakota cowboy inn:

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ate buffalo steak:

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visited Deadwood, a wild west gold rush town with a dubious history, which it tries to maintain today:

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got a rock from the crazy horse mountain, knowing that the monument won’t be completed in our lifetime:

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suitably awed by the mount rushmore national monument:

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drove amongst bears at bear country:

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and entered an alien landscape at badlands national park:

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