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On the road again! Sept. 4ththrough Sept. 22. We have been planning a road to South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming for several months. It's a well-known fact that you have to leave a country before seeing some of its finest sights. And we are no different. The first destination is San Francisco, for the America's Cup and an opportunity to see Team New Zealand in action against Oracle. We're spending five nights with friends, Bob and Dale, in Orinda. Team NZ starts the series well and is 8-1 up, but we all know the final outcome: it's a win to Oracle..... Now, how did that happen? San Francisco is one of the world's beautiful cities and always a pleasure to visit. It's four days of seeing sights and dining with friends. A French Bistro at the ... read more
Wild Bill
At Caroline's Cousin's Dude Ranch
Caroline and John

North America » United States » South Dakota » Sturgis August 17th 2013

We were fortunate to be able to be part of the 73rd Black Hills Classic Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, in August this year. Bones (Raewyn) and I flew out to San Francisco and were picked up at the airport, by long time HOG friends, Pete and Suzette, in their Jaguar, where they fed and bedded us for two nights, with a full day of Harley Davidson and BMW Dealers to visit, also fitting in lunch and the Butterfly Gardens (sorta like pay back for dragging the girls to motorcycle shops). We capped off the day with a walk up their local mountain for 'Happy Hour' as the sun set, along with amazing views over San Francisco and the bay, followed by a most succulent BBQ steak, cooked to perfection by Pete. The next morning ... read more
Pete and Suzette
Amazing Plants
Like a Jungle


While driving thru 8 states there have been several shapes and sizes of "clumped" grass. Jess and I have discovered that we both have an issue with the phrase "bales of hay". Today saw us rising bleary eyed and before the sun in Bismarck, ND. After my freshly made waffle, we set out to see Salem Sue, the worlds largest heifer statue. Not only did we get a photo opp with Sue, we also got a panoramic view of New Salem, ND with sunflower fields, windmills, and rolling hills. The 2nd stop of the today was the Enchanted Highway in Regent, ND. The highway stretched 32 miles with 6 different scrap metal statues ranging from geese (currently worlds largest scrap metal statue) to grasshoppers. The favorite has to be fishermans dream. Everyone, get your fist pump ... read more
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North America » United States » South Dakota » Sturgis August 10th 2013

This was the last day in Sturgis. Went to Full Throttle Saloon last night to see The Jackyl , this place is Wild at night. Does anyone know that woman that photo bombed the nice photo that Len & I where trying to take? We road Iron Mt Road and Needles Hwy today. We had a wicked thunder storm in Hill and the new Gary waited it out. Have had a Great time with Len & JoAnn the last few days. A few more Road side attractions to see on the way home. Looking forward to sleeping in our own bed :)... read more
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North America » United States » South Dakota » Deadwood August 9th 2013

They came from near and far for the Atkins reunion. Roberta from Green Valley, AZ; Judy from San Luis Obispo, CA; Linda from Northville, SD; Susan and Kevin from Sausalito, CA; Mike from Sioux Falls, SD; Annette and Tom from London, UK; Tom and Leila and granddaughter Aleila from Sioux Falls, SD; Mary and Bob from Sioux Falls, SD; Betsy and Tim from Minneapolis, MN; Teresa and Matt from Des Moines, IA; Steve and daughter Ellie from New Plymouth, New Zealand. Our sister Peggy was there in spirit from heaven. After lots of searching, we found just the right place for the reunion: the Black Hills of South Dakota. We rented three houses with four bedrooms each. The Gilded Mountain Residences were just the right size for our daily get togethers and our nightly dinners. Each ... read more
MOM & DAD
TOM & LEILA with ALEILA at RUSHMORE
CRAZY HORSE

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North America » United States » South Dakota » Sturgis August 7th 2013

Perhaps the name is an omen of things to happen in this dirty little town in southwestern South Dakota. A broken spoke on any two wheeled vehicle is generally quite unwelcoming. Most of us are thousands of miles from home. And I doubt we carry an extra wheel in our chase vehicle, assuming we have one. The famous Sturgis Bike Rally and Broken Spoke began as a small event twenty years ago. It was geared for riders who loved the open road, looking for an adventure, and enjoying several days with their motorcycling brethren or sisterhood. That sounds like a car part for an auto owned by a female. The famous Black Crowes will perform on Sunday, August 4th. But the Broken Spoke campground is located eleven miles outside of town. The "town" resides on 600 ... read more
Orgy pool at The Chip
You must go to Sturgis!

North America » United States » South Dakota » Custer July 24th 2013

How do you celebrate a 12th birthday when staying in an RV touring National Parks? Horseback riding, of course! Maggie's wish for her birthday was to go horseback riding, and Todd worked non-stop in the morning to make it happen. After a brief tour of Bedrock City for Sean and Maggie (complete with a ride on a go-kart powered Flintstone-mobile), we ended up at Palmer's Gulch Stables, part of the KOA Campground in Hill City, SD. What a gift - for all of us! The boys had never been, and Maggie had limited experience. But the gentle horses were perfect for our novice group, the scenery peaceful and rejuvenating for your spirit, and the guides for our group entertaining and capable. We rode the Buckaroo Loop for about an hour, with Marcia and the kids in ... read more
Maggie's Motorcycle
Waiting to ride
Billy on Monk


Today was our first really long drive day - clocking in at about 9 hours. We kicked off the day with a yummy hotel breakfast - and once Jon had mastered the awkward bathroom taps - we were ready to roll. That is for a sum total of 5 minutes through town when we hit the railroad tracks and freight train rush hour. We sat at that crossing for over 30 minutes as we watched 3 freight trains go past. One of those trains had at least 110 cars! A little bit of wikipedia in the car and we think that one of those empty cars weighs about 230,000 pounds. Jon was “astounded” which was pretty cute. Once on the road again, it didn’t take long before we were on the long straight highway heading through ... read more
99, 100, 101, 102.....
The Badlands
More Badlands

North America » United States » South Dakota » Custer July 23rd 2013

Our first full day on the road! Check out our pics for a “tour” of the interior and its passengers. We are definitely going to enjoy this mode of transportation. Squeezing back into the minivan for our return trip is probably going to be pretty painful. We kicked off the day with a veritable shopping spree at Walmart. Then we headed north to Cheyenne, where we had a delightful lunch at Sanford’s Grub & Pub – a model of interior decorating to which Todd aspires. There was not an uncovered square inch on the wall. The entire pub was adorned with pictures of sports stars, license plates, neon signs, pop culture items, classic toys and games, and all manner of knick knacks and memorabilia. If Todd could transform our playroom into this he would. But the ... read more
Maggie in the loft
Looking to the back
Private bedroom

North America » United States » South Dakota » Custer July 14th 2013

I dag kommer vi tidligt op og det vil også sige at vi kommer tidligt af sted, dagens mål er Rapid City i Syd Dakota, hvor bl.a. Mount Rushmore, den med de fire præsidenter skåret ud i klippen er. Det er faktisk en dansker der i sin tid stod for at få det udført, en Gutson Borglum som først var en kendt kunstner her i USA inden han gik i gang med Mt. Rushmore. I dag kører vi i et landskab med mere bløde bakker og en væsentligt mere frodig vegetation. Efterhånden som vi kommer mere øst på begynder der også at komme flere og flere oliepumper. Ikke sådan nogle man sætter i biler, nej det er sådanne man slæber ud på sin mark hvis man er så heldig at have olie i undergrunden. Det er ... read more
Mads angrebet af sofaen
Andet Wyoming landskab
Stempelskylleren




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