|Guernsey, WY to Crazy Horse, SD 57730|
|May 31, 2006|
|This morning I slept in as I was quite tired from yesterday. Instead of birds waking me up, I was hearing thunder and pitty-pat on the outside of the tent, not too good. I quickly called Claudia to get a weather report (cell phone coverage can be really handy). Well it did not look too good in Guernsey, but was reported better further north. I quickly broke camp, donned rain gear, and beat feet (rolled wheels).|
|Plan distance: 269 miles|
Plan time at posted speed limit: 7 hours 51 minutes
Actual distance: Today=287 miles Total=6,433 miles
Average Miles/Gallon: 39.6
Average Price/Gallon: $3.049
|11:05:21 AM A view of my campsight after hastily breaking camp. Again, not too shabby a spot. This state campground provided nil ammeneties for the $12 camping fee. I could have found a comporable spot outside the State Park, but darkness and tiredness took a toll on my better judgement last night.|
|Now somewhere before Lusk, WY I hear louder exhaust AGAIN. I stop and see that now the FRONT two nuts are missing, E-GADS. Well I stop in Lusk and ponder. There is a True Value Hardware store, but they do not have nuts 5/16" nuts with a fine thread. But, they point me to the CarQuest Auto Parts store around the corner. I look through the packages and find one pack (seven nuts) for $1.79. This is the correct size and the clerk loans me a ratchet and socket to perform the install. I torqued one nut on and then ran another one on as a jam nut. This has performed wonderfully all day. Why the dealers cannot perform this action is beyond me right now. Bottom line----I off again ;-)|
|1:33:05 PM The store that saved me in Lusk, WY
|2:01:25 PM The open roads of eastern Wyoming, heading for Newcastle, WY.|
|3:51:20 PM Adding another Great Face to the countryside.|
|4:40:28 PM I pass through Deadwook, SD. This is where Wild Bill Hickock got shot holding Aces&Eights. This is also the
location of the origional BOOT HILL. Both Wild Bill and Calamity Jane are buried here next to one another. The following pics document this.|
Calamity Jane is on the right!
|5:28:59 PM OF COURSE, being this close to the most famous Motorcycle Town, I had to got there and get a tee shirt or two. Not much else here when it's not Bike Week in August.|
|7:13:24 PM Heading South from Deadwood on Rt 385 there is a fun little enterprise called Boondocks. They have quite a few
old cars, an old garage, and a 50's diner. I could not pass this up for viewing or eating dinner. Some pics follow.|
|Serious case of "Helmet Head"|
|10:02:20 PM Crazy Horse Mountain
||This is really a First Class operation. Many Indian Artifacts in the Museum and on display. A much better visit than Rushmore!
|10:22:32 PM My campground for the night. Viewing the other direction, I can see the entire Crazy Horse Mountain in my backyard.
I'll get the pic in the morning light.|