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Like a lot of us Im snowbound for the moment. Put together my spring trip to Florida and posted this morning . Now I’ll give my summer of 2010 trip out west a shot.
The Plan, start on Long Island in NY , drive on my own to my sons house in St Louis Missouri and pick up my daughter who was visiting them. From there my daughter and I would drive up to Custer State Park in South Dakota and spend a few weeks exploring. That was the plan anyway……………..
Started of at 330AM from NY and drove 804 miles in less than 20 hours to a RV dealers parking area where I overnighted. Free is good! ?
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After a good nights sleep and a little RV supply shopping in the morning I proceded on to my sons house near St Louis, actually in Columbia Ill. He had some 2x10s waiting for me in the garage which I cut up to level my rig
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It was brutally hot in St Louis, over 104 during the day, a sopping wet humid 104. We visited the zoo, our favorite was the cold Penguin House, and ate in some nice restaurants.
Jonathan and his wife Heather
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After a couple of days my daughter and I left for South Dakota. We drove up through Missouri and across Nebraska. We slept at a truck stop on I-80 in Nebraska the first night. This was my first time this far west. So much open space. The smallest things caught my attention, like this Interstate gas stop, surrounded by nothing but corn as far as the eye could see.
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The GPS routed us to RT 2 in Nebraska ,which was 250 miles of a one lane in each direction road, paved , but the few roads that intersected were dirt. It had a very active railroad line with some very long freight trains. At a stop to rest this train lumbered by unexpectedly while Sammy was freshening up in the camper bathroom. She thought there was an earthquake before she realized it was a train
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We arrive at Wind Cave National Park, in the southwestern corner of SD. The campsight was 12 per night. No electric. Nice and quiet.
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With the promise of unschedualed fun
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The camp ground is fenced in to keep the bison from damaging the rvs and trampling the tents. We took the cave tour. Wind Cave is , I think, the 5th largest, in legth cave in the world, with plenty of “box work” the honey comb formation on the roof of the cave
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We took a couple of hikes, seeing wildlife
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And nice photo ops
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We then went north about an hour to Custer State Park. It’s a large park, with lots of campgrounds, all nice quiet and not to big, each with its own personality. Custer has a herd of 1500 bison , free roaming. Beautiful scenery and great hiking. We stayed at 5 different campgrounds, my favorite was sylvan lake. Heres some photos , starting with horse trail rides out of Blue Bell campground
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Stockade Lake
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Sylvan Lake
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Legion Lake with Badger Clarkes cabin, worth the look
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We drove the senic drives, Needles Highway, and Iron Mountain Road. We couldn’t get through the first tunnel on Needles and had to turn back. To narrow by a foot.
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But Iron Mt was totally doable
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Rushmore in the background.
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The wildlife loop in Custer
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Then nearby MT Rushmore . I was unexpectedly moved by the monument, tears and everything. What a wonderful country
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Then 6 hours further west to Devils Tower……………where
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I received a call that a job schedualed for 3 weeks later was moved up. It was come home or loose weeks of work. In this economy, home it was.
A strategic retreat through BadLands National Park where we stayed the night
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Then 1800 miles in less than 3 days home.
I was floored by what I saw out west, the early departure left me wanting more. I’ll be back.
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Looks like a fantastic trip. Thanks for sharing the experience and the photos. I hope to get up that way next summer.
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Great of you to share your experiences, loved the pictures also. Been to a few of those same places and your right the west is wonderful and I also want to go back.

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Absolutlely phenominal pics. Very beautiful. I am an Eastcoaster too and have always dreamed about touring the west.

Thanks for the great pics Steve. Looks like you and your daughter had fun.

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Now that's more my kind of wild life! Looks like the start of a really nice trip. Hope you and your daughter get to continue it later.


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Another very nice trip report from a TC'er. I'm beginning to wonder whether truck campers make good reporters, or if good reporters gravitate towards truck campers, but your collective reports, and Silversand's cataloguing, are top rate! Kudos...


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Thanks for posting. I enjoyed your pictures, but I have always considered the Dakotas as being in the midwest. You have lots of great places left to see in the real West.

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Nice Pics, thanks for sharing

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You were definately in God's country. My daughter who lives in Queens says most New Yorkers are not aware there is life West of Ohio.

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Thanks, I enjoyed your trip report. Looks like you covered the essentials this time. I hope you will be able to bust out, resume your trip, and carry out the rest of your evil plans before to long.
We're not stuck in snow or anything bad like so many but I have a couple days off and need to get long over due home projects out of the way then close out my books for the year and setup next years books.
I need a trip.


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