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Scenic, South Dakota Sat Jul 16, 2005 10:58 pm

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:34 pm    Post subject: Scenic, South Dakota Sat Jul 16, 2005 10:58 pm Reply with quote

While at the KOA Campground near Interior yesterday, I spotted a vehicle with Michigan plates. The van belonged to a geophysics professor at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. This man knows the Morrison family--friends of mine--from Pickford, Michigan. (Hi, Carl!) It was nice to talk to another "Yooper." [For those of you not from Michigan, let me explain. A Yooper is a person who lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, commonly referred to as "the U.P."]

We enjoyed the comforts of the KOA Campground and were slow to leave this morning. We finally got on the road about 9:30 a.m. The town of Interior was about four miles from the campground. Once we got to Interior, we bought drinks and food for the road and headed out in the beating sun.

As Brandon mentioned in his post this morning, the heat is our biggest challenge right now. During the day our water supply got so hot that it was actually making us feel sick when we drank it. We had some apple juice with us that ended up tasting like apple cider in the afternoon. The problem with the area is that there is no place to hide from the sun. The distances between homes is extremely long.

You are probably wondering what the terrain is like now. The road is flat and the area around it is sandy and grassy. The scenery in the distance is mountainous and rocky. Today we walked through the Badlands National Park, which essentially looked like the rest of the land--except there was no fence surrounding it.

One of the "cool" things that happened today is that three nice ladies stopped as they were driving by and gave us some Powerade. Several hours later, they passed by again. That time they stopped and gave us grapes and Gatorade.

One of the "not so cool" things that happened was that we had another flat. The tire was basically ruined; thankfully we had another spare with us.

Today we met a young couple who are spending six months driving around the country trying to decide where to live.

By the end of the day, we had logged 37 miles. We finished walking very late today; in fact, it was dark when we got to Scenic, South Dakota. Scenic is a very small town with a gravel road running through it.

It is 10:30 p.m. (Mountain Time), and Brandon and I are sitting in the Old Longhorn Bar, "the Pride of Scenic." After a grueling day on the road, it feels wonderful to be sitting here watching TV and eating pizza while drinking cold water. As the only customers, we are basking in the pleasure of being indoors and relaxing. In a few minutes we are going to set up our tent across the street on a grassy lawn.

Tomorrow we have our sights set on logging 40+ miles and getting to Rapid City. We intend to check into a hotel and live it up! Just the thought of a clean room and showers will help us keep moving down the road.

Some of you have written that you are praying for us each day. Your prayers and good wishes are always appreciated.
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