We started out the day at 8:00 sharp so we could make the 200 mile drive from the Super 8 in Wheatland, WY to Mount Rushmore. We stopped for lunch in Custer, SD and ate at the Buglin’ Bull then jumped back on the bikes and made it to the visitor’s center in just a few minutes.
Mount Rushmore was an awesome sight – it did not disappoint! Just walking up to the entrance you could see the mountain in the background and leading up to it was a walkway lined with all the state flags. I am so thrilled to have been able to see this in person! Being a native South Dakotan, I have always wanted to see it.
From there we went to see the Crazy Horse memorial. We got there just in time to see an informative video in the visitor’s center which was extremely interesting. Such a labor of love and dedication from an individual family who has worked tirelessly for over 50 years…and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Next, we headed north on 385 to Deadwood – the desired finish to the day. Robert found us a great hotel right downtown – The Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel. Great find! We ate a fabulous dinner – appetizers, salads, steaks – the whole works! Now it’s off to bed for the next day of riding. We’ll be going to Sturgis first thing in the morning then hopefully to Wall Drug followed by a ride through the Badlands.