The Road to South Dakota Part 1

There’s no easy way to get to South Dakota.

Actually, I take that back. There is an easy way to get there, I found out (after speaking to a random woman at the nail salon), and it involves owning and operating a private plane. I’m not a pilot or plane owner, but I’m excellent at road trips. So, when I learned that the drive to Mount Rushmore was 22 hours, I felt like Google Maps was testing me, to see if I’d do it.

I wanted to go last year. And, I would have, had I not stumbled upon this adorable B & B where the owner brings your breakfast every morning on an ATV. The B & B was booked by the time I called last year, and I’m stubborn enough to refuse to go somewhere unless I get to go on my terms (this applies to everything). For this trip, my terms were staying in a tiny cabin and having breakfast delivered in a picnic basket. There was no getting around it.

So here we are, in St Louis, finishing the 1st day of our 3 day trek to Rapid City. Today consisted of driving through 5 states in 8 hours. Kentucky, you are a gorgeous gem!

I can drive for hours as long as the music is good. I spent last week downloading the music from my college days in full prep for this trip. Today, I polished off Lucy Pearl in Tennessee. By Kentucky, I was working my way through the Indigo Girls and Counting Crows. The rest of Missouri and Iowa will hear Tracy Chapman tomorrow. In between them all, my better half has thrown in Wu-Tang Clan, Tupac, Bone Thugs & Harmony and randomly, Kenny Chesney. You people can have your books on tape. We’ve got a full jukebox up in this rented Yaris.

Between singing, lifting our feet at every state line, & discussing Abe Lincoln A LOT for whatever reason, today was seriously so much fun. I know you don’t believe me.

Anywho, here we are in St Louis, prepping for what will be a 9 hour drive to Sioux Falls, SD tomorrow. We got here with enough time to do some sightseeing this afternoon. Below are some quick highlights!

First stop was for some amazing St Louis BBQ! Line out the door at this place and worth the wait.

First stop was for some amazing St Louis BBQ! Line out the door at this place and worth the wait.

View from our hotel room of the Gateway Arch!

View from our hotel room of the Gateway Arch!

Inside the St Louis Courthouse

Inside the St Louis Courthouse

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gateway arch

An idea of how large the arch is up close!

An idea of how large the arch is up close!

 

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