David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
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09/22  Plan B, Part 2
09/23  Canaveral National Seashore -- Freaky People
09/24  Seminole State Forest
09/25  Swimming in Pepsi
09/26  Arachnids
09/27  The End Of The Trail
09/28  Go West Young Man
09/29  Mountains in Arkansas? Who knew?
09/30  Kansas ain't so flat
10/01  Two Kinds of Flat
10/02  Points of Interest
10/03  No Place To Hide
10/04  Look! Grass!
10/05  Everyone repeat after me: Medo is not a jeep.
10/06  Without Incident
10/07  The Fever
10/08  Goodbye, Black Hills
10/09  Lunch with Bison
10/10  ''You're in Oregon Now.''
10/11  Sea to Shining Sea
10/12  My anemone's anemone is my friend.
10/13  Fast Times at Seven-Thousand Feet High
10/14  Redwoods and Grapes
10/15  Welcome to the Jungle
10/16  I live to move furniture.
10/17  Whole Lot of Critters
10/18  Deserts
10/19  ''Please state your nationality''
10/20  Essence of Guano
10/21  Cannonball
10/22  All Done
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Liverworks Productions
Nomadic 2013
Liverworks Productions
Texas Pig Hunting
Bicycle Trip 2014
Bicycle Trip 2015
Biking West 2015
Chickens and Pheasants 2016
Biking About 2016
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

Everyone repeat after me: Medo is not a jeep.


Rapid City, South DakotaMorning brought 34 degrees inside the car and four inches of snow outside. I'm glad I bought that big sleeping bag. After an hour or so of running the heater most of the ice and snow melted off, and I was able to hit the road. (Perhaps I should buy a scraper?) I must admit, those little front-wheel drive cars handle well in the snow.

Weather not cooperating with my plans, I headed over to Mount Rushmore to see what there was to see. And I saw what you'd expect.

I killed a little time in Hill City and then headed back into the Black Hills for a little driving around.

I met a guy scouting for mountain lions. People hunt them here. I guess that would make them angrier.

The Black Hills are criss-crossed by roads ranging from paved to gravel to grass to large sharp stones. Due to the snow, I avoided the grass roads, because I knew I'd get good and stuck. If I was only intelligent enough to avoid the sharp stones. So for the second time in as many days I found myself with a flat tire. Unfortunately, I destroyed this one. So for the third time in as many days I visited the local Wal-Mart Supercenter Tire and Lube Department. I'm getting pretty good at changing those tires.

Slightly discouraged, more tired of the cold, and increasingly numb concerning my shattered budget, I got a cheap hotel room for the night--cheap, but much nicer than anyplace I stayed while in Florida. Tonight should be the last *really* cold night for a while (it's currently 24 degrees out). I plan to spend another day or two in the area (avoiding sharp stones, thank you) before moving on. It's supposed to keep getting warmer until Sunday.

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