1997
 
Traveling
 
FROM
Lincoln, Nebraska
TO
South Dakota and return with Jen my sister

Home
NOTE:

The details below are a true record but the names of people have been changed to protect their identity.

The numbered points are only there to force the map generating program to reflect the actual route taken and need not necessarily have anything to do with the text.

Day 1 - Monday, May 26

0.0 10:12 Leaving from home ... Super Saver.
10:32 Leave McDonald’s (coffee $1.60).
86.0 11:44 Leave I-80 for NE-2 to go through Grand Island ... very foggy as we go further west, then drizzling rain
2 photos, Platte R., Grand Island - 1) 1/1000 sec. @ 4.5, 2) 1/350 @ 9.5.
The fog seems to be lifting a little, but we’ll see what happens as the day wears on ... lots of water in the streets in Grand island as if they have had a really strong downpour.
112.5 Looking at the edge of the clouds towards small town of Cairo and the water tank appears to be shining in the sun ... it is possible that we may drive under this cloud bank and the day will start to clear up
Driving through Cairo we came out into sunshine ... still sort of cloudy, but it is much brighter.
155.0 1:13 - 1:36 Mason City, pop. 160 ... lunch at a picnic table just off the main road.
Passed a nice pullover for a picnic after Mason City and just before coming into Ansley.
162.0 1:55 Leaving from stop in Ansley ... Historical Marker in Ansley is in quite a pleasant park with washroom facilities and picnic table near a beautiful pond - reflection pictures and pit stop
178.0 2:33 Leaving Broken Bow.
Since going through Anselmo and looking to the southwest it looked as if the sky was clearing and the sun shining, we have quite dreary weather again with drizzling rain and clouds hanging quite low.
229.9 3:28 Turning into Nebraska National Forest just west of Halsey.
245.0 3:59 Turning north on US-83 after stopped for 4 pictures.
276.4 4:37 32 miles south of Valentine - entering Valentine Wildlife Refuge.
278.0 4:41 - 4:44 Just before leaving the Wildlife area we pulled off to the side of the road to look at and identify a pair of swans - we think that they are Trumpeter Swans, and, looking through the bird check list they seem the most likely.
Unfortunately the rain is still with us and coming down quite heavily.
 
310.0 5:51 - 6:04 GAS - Valentine, NE - $1.369/gal - 17.0 gals - $23.26
 
319.6 6:18 Just crossed the Nebraska/South Dakota State Line.
385.9 7:28 Turning off US-83 to join I-90 going west.
388.4 7:31 Entering Mountain Time Zone which means it is now only 6:31.
425.6 7:02 Left I-90 to go into Kadoka.
427.0 7:05 Best Western H & H El Centro Motel ($44.94).

The day’s total - 427 miles
Trip Total - 427 miles

Day 2 - Tuesday, May 27

427.0 7:45 Leave B/W H & H El Centro Motel.
447.1 8:07 Turned off I-90 for The Badlands Loop.
450.0 8:15 - 9:06 Prairie Homestead.
451.1 9:10 Entered Badlands National Park.
457.5 10:45 Leaving the Visitor Center.
480.6 1:14 Exiting Badlands National park.
488.2 1:27 - 3:19 Wall ... lunch at Wall Drug.
488.6 3:21 - 3:41 National Grasslands Visitor Center.
501.0 3:57 - 4:17 Cheyenne River Rest Area and Visitor Center.
554.0 5:16 - 6:39 Sitting Bull Cave - dog tooth formations ... Jen, a cave tour guide back in Mount Gambier, South Australia, was interested in seeing the dog tooth formations - very interesting ... we went down ladders into the cave and it was quite a climb coming out!
555.4 Back at the road.
564.1 7:04 - 7:14 McDonald’s, Rapid City - 54¢ for two coffees.
7:48 US-14A at Sturgis.
607.0 8:11 Arrive Best Western Hickok House, Deadwood.

The day’s total - 180 miles
Trip Total - 607 miles

Day 3 - Wednesday, May 28

607.0 8:37 Leave Best Western Hickok House, Deadwood.
607.8 8:56 Leave the station Visitor center.
620.6 9:34 Leave K-Mart ($4.75).
617.1 9:15 Junction of US-85 with I-90.
620.1 9:18 Getting off I-90 to go into Spearfish.
 
623.0 9:46 (leave) GAS - Spearfish, SD - $1.329/gal - 13.094 gals - $17.40
 
633.9 10:00 Leaving US-85 to go onto SD-34, heading towards Hulett, WY - 42 miles.
Pictures of ranch gateways were taken in South Dakota before crossing the SD/WY State Line.
642.8 10:15 Entering Wyoming “LIKE NO PLACE ON EARTH” - route SD-34 becomes WY-24.
649.3 10:24 Aladdin, pop. 15, El. 3,740 ft.
649.4 10:57 Leave Aladdin’s 100 year old store ($1.31 pot scrubber) ... the sun was shining when we left the store.
658.1 11:14 Patches of blue sky, first for about three days - very exciting.
660.8 11:17 We were just having a bit of a laugh - we think it is only 48 hours since we left Lincoln (actually 50 hours and 5 minutes from home) - it seems like a week!
664.0 11:24 Alva, pop. 50, El. 3,995 ft - in the Bear Lodge Mountains.
666.6 11:28-11:41 First view of the Devil’s Tower ... picture ... wayside stop - flowers.
669.4 11:49 Leave - eagles and red rock.
671.1 11:55 Leave - creek valley and cows.
671.7 12:00 Leave - bridge, tree, etc ... all picture stops.
672.5 12:02 Entering Hulett, pop. 429, El. 3,755 ft.
672.7 12:06 Leave - Welcome to Hulett.
680.1 12:18 Leaving after crossing Belle Fourche River ... stopped for washroom.
12:35 Entered Devil’s Tower National Monument.
684.1 Prairie Dog Town.
684.9 1:12 - 1:44 Lunch stop ... woodpecker ... oriole.
689.0 1:53 - 4:17 We hiked the trail around Devil’s Tower and had afternoon tea before leaving.
Stopped at Administration Center and had a lovely chat with one of the female rangers - she had recognized us from earlier in the day when we spent considerable time watching the prairie dogs.
691.9 4:49 Left the park
692.0 4:51 Leaving from store where we had stopped for a postcard.
717.0 5:25 - 5:33 Sundance ... Texaco ($5.34 - Anacin and Jen got coffee - 35¢ for one or 69¢ for two).
717.3 5:34 Entering I-90 at Sundance.
738.2 5:54 Just crossed the State Line back into South Dakota.
750.7 6:08 - 6:13 Passion Play site.
753.8 6:20 Turned onto US-14A east, the Scenic Byway through Spearfish canyon.
771.0 7:09 Noticed patches of snow among the pine trees along US-14A and US-85.
773.1 Came over a hill where the road for Terry Peak turned off - have sun behind us and fog in front of us.
784.0 7:34 Back at Hickok House, Deadwood.

The day’s total - 177 miles
Trip Total - 784 miles

Day 4 - Thursday, May 29

784.0 8:52 Leave Hickok House, Deadwood to go downtown, then back past the motel to go south to Mt. Rushmore.
785.0 9:38 Leaving the Public Parking at the east end of town.
786.1 Groceries (magazine $1.32).
787.0 10:07 Leaving from by Hickok House.
789.4 10:13-10:35 Lead ... we took US-385 south from here.
812.6 10:58-11:02 Buffalo paddock.
816.7 11:12-11:13 Pactola lake.
817.2 11:20 Leaving Pactola Lake.
831.8 11:4 39 miles from Hot Springs! Wonder if we’ll make it tonight!
834.1 11:46 Turn off on SD-87 to go to Sylvan Lake and on to Custer State Park.
840.1 12:09 Enter Custer State Park - $6.00.
840.5 12:13 - 1:54 Sylvan Lake ... we had our lunch here and enjoyed hiking around the lake.
842.3 2:03 Eye of The Needle.
2:25 Chipmunks.
842.7 2:29 Mountain goat.
843.3 2:42 Cathedral Spires.
3:14 Junction with US-16A.
860.7 3:30 Bridge over French Creek.
881.4 4:37 Turning with US-16A onto Iron Mountain Road.
899.5 6:40 Leaving Mt. Rushmore, 2 hours and 18 miles since we turned onto iron Mountain Road.
Keystone - Four Presidents Best Western Motel.

The day’s total - 118 miles
Trip Total - 902 miles

Day 5 - Friday, May 30

902.0 7:56 Leave Four Presidents Best Western Motel in Keystone.
902.1 8:05 Leaving from the parking lot next door!
905.2 8:28 Leaving profile of Washington carving on Mt. Rushmore.
913.3 8:44 Junction of US-16 and US-385.
913.6 8:46 Just passed the sign for Hot Springs 41 miles. I believe we saw a sign yesterday 46 miles to Hot Springs!!
919.4 8:53 Turn off to go into Crazy Horse Monument.
920.1 8:57 - 10:30 Crazy Horse.
920.8 10:35 Back on US-385.
924.3 10:43 Custer, El. 5,318 ft.
944.3 11:13 Turning off to go into Wind Cave National Park.
945.3 11:16-11:40 Wind Cave National Park - no tours available until later.
946.2 11:44 Back on US-385 after continuing on past the Headquarters of Wind Cave National park.
947.9 11:47- 1:53 Buffalo Mineral Lick.
954.9 12:04 Finally made it to Hot Springs, pop. 4,239 - that is 24 hours 21 minutes or 124 miles later!!
 
956.0 12:06-12:15 GAS - Hot Springs, SD - $1.339/gal - 15.494 gals - $20.75
 
956.4 12:30 Leaving Hot Springs ... many buildings of red stone line the streets.
964.6 12:44 Turned off US-385 to go west into Angostura Dam and recreation Area, a South Dakota State Park,
967.0 12:55 - 1:22 Angostura Recreation Area State Park - had lunch overlooking the lake.
968.9 1:26 - 1:40 Lookout, Archeological Dig - pictures?
987.0 2:09 Leave Historical Marker - Oelrichs.
999.3 2:23 - 2:29 Stopped for Roadwork - at the South Dakota/Nebraska State Line ... from here we had a pilot leading the traffic in a convoy.
1,015.5 2:52 Junction with US-20 west of Chadron.
1,030.4 3:10 - 3:15 Butte Country.
1,035.9 3:27 - 3:38 Information.
1,040.6 4:16 Leave Fort Robinson.
1,063.1 4:42 - 4:48 Harrison - coffee.
1,131.0 6:16 Arrive Scott’s Bluff.
1,134.0 7:30 Leave Scott’s Bluff after having driven to the top of the bluff and stopped at the various lookouts
1,137.0 7:38 Circle S Motel.
1,141.0 Back at Circle S Motel - end of the day.

The day’s total - 239 miles
Trip Total - 1,141 miles

Day 6 - Saturday, May 31

1,141.0 6:48 Leave Circle S Motel for Chimney Rock.
1,160.9 7:15 - 7:23 Chimney Rock Overlook.
1,162.7 7:50 Back at the highway.
1,173.2 8:09 Leave - sign.
1,235.0 9:19 - 9:43 Ash Hollow Visitor Center ... picture (0) Ash Hollow Historical marker.
1,235.8 9:47 Back on the highway ... a picture of boots (1) on fence.
1,238.3 9:55 - 10:32 Windlass Hill ... we walked to the top of the hill and back.
Pictures: flowers (2 and 3), yellow flower (4), yucca (5), trail (6), sign (7), looking over hill (8), trail ruts (9), yucca flower (10).
1,263.0 11:00 Ogallala.
1,348.0 1:13 Gothenburg - Sod House.
1,349.5 1:28 - 1:35 Gothenburg - Pony Express Station.
1,350.5 1:39 - 1:50 McDonald’s.
 
1,352.0 1:52 - 1:57 GAS - Gothenburg, NE - $1.329/gal - 15.1 gals - $20.07
 
1,540.0 4:46 - 5:14 Photo Shoppe to leave films so Jen would be able to look at all the pictures before she left for Australia,
1,544.0 5:27 HOME!!

The day’s total - 403 miles
Trip Total - 1,544 miles




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