Today is just a slab day, I90 to Sioux Falls then hang a right on I29 to Kansas City for 680 miles. I've got my riding position figured out by now so I can ride without a tremendous amount of pain from my ribs. I'm out at good sunrise to get after the business at hand.
|It's a nasty fog as I leave out of Rapid City but it is what it is.
|Then to provide me with some minor amusement, here come some more of the Wall Drug signs.
|They extol the various virtues of the place ...
|and the absolute necessity of stopping there ...
|for anything and everything that you could possibly ...
|ever need or want ...
|as you make your way down this lonesome bit of interstate.
|They really turn it up a notch as you near the exit.
|And just in case you missed it they warn you that this is your last chance to be rescued from your awful state of need and want.
|I have stopped before and found that their food was actually quite good and definitely plenteous. But I am not going to avail myself of their wares today.
|I90 across South Dakota is pretty void of traffic and I really don't mind that at all.
|As I pass by, I remember that this complete town was built for some western movie. The movie failed but the property owners kept it up and now it is a tourist attraction. Over the years they moved original historic buildings from other areas and reassembled them here.
|It's time for BlueBelle and me to take a break so I pull into a Pilot along the way.
|I get back after it as I have a ways still to go and it's just me, BlueBelle and the slab as it stretches out before us.
|I pass by this interesting railroad bridge that stretches quite a long way.
Then I come to these modern monsters sitting like they are waiting for their next victim.
|I do hit another construction zone but al least it ain't gravel and for that I am thankful. I've about enjoyed all the gravel and construction zones on this trip that my heart and body can stand.
|Something you don't see back east is these double rigs. You see the shorter pups but out here they run two full length trailers in tandem.
|Soon I cross over into Iowa right at Sioux City and I know I've only got about 250 more miles to cover for the day.
|Then I am back in another construction zone but at least the pavement is smooth and the traffic is moving and there are no pilot trucks to be seen.
|I always have to laugh at this water tower and give the Saap Brothers credit for being original in their promotional efforts.
|Today I'm just clicking off states one by one and I ease into Missouri which will be the last one for the day.
Their corn looks good and again I wonder if this crop will end up on somebody's dinner plate or in somebody's fuel tank.
|I have to chuckle at this road sign because I've come along way but not that far. But at least the direction is right.
|Soon I pull into my Super 8 Motel for the evening just north of Kansas City.
|I ask the clerk if there's some place nearby I can get super and she directs me to a nearby dining establishment. When I make my drink request (a half gallon of ice water), my server takes me seriously and brings me a pitcher and a big glass of ice.
|One of their house specialties is country fried steak and mashed taters smothered in gravy. I go for it and I am not at all disappointed. It is very tender and very tasty ...
|and I leave no fragment behind.
|I waddle back to my room and collapse into a food coma and it's not a far journey til it's lights out for me.