Retired and Riding. Northern US Tour

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  1. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    July 7, 2020 Chamberlain South Dakota

    We left Storm Lake around 9:15 and began the left, right, left, right to keep us on a north westerly course towards South Dakota.

    The weather and temperature were perfect and the sky mostly clear. We continued to stick to the secondary highways which had posted speed limits of 55. There was virtually no traffic.

    We crossed into Minnesota around noon and decided to take a quick caffeine break. I re-did a route and took off the no highway avoidance. We had just crossed over Route 90 and came to the realization that we were 2.5 hours out if we jumped on it. Our secondary road route would have been 3.5 hours so we opted to hop on and make some miles and time.

    We quickly crossed into South Dakota where the speed limit jumps to 80. We cruised along averaging 75-80 for 45 minutes when we got off to grab gas and to close up our “stitches” as the temperature had dropped.

    Back on the highway we continued at our previous pace getting us to our destination at 3:00. We pulled into American Creek Campground which is right on the Missouri River. We didn’t have reservations and the tent sites were full but when I told them we were staying two nights they put us on a RV site for tent pricing.

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    Jumping back to last night on Storm Lake we were at Storm Lake Sunrise Campground. We were treated to a spectacular sunset and unique cloud formations.

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    Tomorrow we are going to tour some of the local sites. Also I will get the pictures from our P&S camera and get them posted.
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  2. Davidprej

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    I'm a little confused. You went from Storm Lake, Iowa to American Creek Campground in South Dakota via Missouri? "We crossed into Missouri around noon". Hmmm!:hmmmmm
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  3. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    Good catch. Minnesota. Thanks!
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    Ha! I am geographically challenged, so I never assume.
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  5. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    We have Wi-Fi so I broke out the computer and took all the pictures off the P&S camera. I also took screenshots of our track for the last several days.

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  6. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    7/8/2020 Wednesday Chamberlain SD

    We wanted to see a couple of the local sites today. We suited up and went two-up and headed northerly. The views were breathtaking. After spending a few days riding flat and straight through crops of corn, soybeans and wheat as far as the eye could see having hills and curves and views to the horizon was a nice change. After all that is why we rode all the way out here.

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    We rode west across the big bend dam and started to work our way back south to connect with Route 90 and back towards Chamberlain.

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    One of the main attractions in Chamberlain is the Dignity Statue. It is perched high on a bluff with its' back to the Missouri River. Here is a link to a site that explains its' history and significance.

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    We stopped for lunch at a local Mexican Restaurant. Patti had been craving Mexican food. And what goes great with Mexican Food? A Margarita of course. That was Pattis'. I had the Modelo.

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    Our next stop was The Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center. Here is a link. http://aktalakota.stjo.org/site/PageServer?pagename=alm_homepage

    It was very impressive and definitely worth the stop.

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    Here is an updated cost per day:

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  7. Davidprej

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    Great pics. I really appreciate the expense breakdown. I'll be retiring at the end of the year and plan to do a lot of riding, but it depends on how much it costs. So that's very helpful.

    Is there a way to designate the nights when you stayed in a hotel and when you camped? Obviously, hotels are more expensive, so I assume the $51 charges were hotels and the others were camping, but you know what they say when one assumes! Tks.
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  8. danisOTR

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    We've tracked all of our expenses by category for years. We have an elaborate spreadsheet that we update at least every other day. We track day-to day, month-to-month which feeds a sheet that calculates average spending by category and average spending per month. It helps keep our spending in check. It is separate from the Travel Expense one that I am posting here. Doing this made it easier for us to decide that we could retire when we did.

    The 51/night was an AirBnB. With the exception of the home stay with Blancr the rest has been camping. If I keep maintenance cost out of the tracking we should be able t come in under $125/day. If we get to do some BLM and or stealth camping it will bring cost down.

    We normally have a breakfast bar, one decent meal then crackers and cheese and such later in the day. Sometimes our "meal" may be a sandwich that we split. Last night we had chicken alfredo from the grocery store which was $6.00.

    Hope that helps.
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  9. danisOTR

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    Today we rode 160 miles on RT 90 from Chamberlain to Wall, SD. 2.75 hours as there was interspersed road construction for a total of 30 or so miles.

    Much of the road surface is reinforced concrete. They were tearing up 15 miles of the west bound lane. There were dozens of pieces of heavy equipment breaking up the concrete. Others were slicing the rebar. Finally others were re-contouring the sub-surface for whatever they plan to put back down. I got a picture of some of this on my P&S and will post when I get decent WiFi.

    Thirty minutes east of Wall we started to see some on the badlands in the distance to our south. It was a big change from everything we’ve been seeing up to now. There was a scenic pull off but it really only provided views of the plains to the north.

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    We arrived in Wall around 1:30 and quickly found the campground we set up for the next three nights. I was too late to get anything in Badlands that we could ride our street bike to. It is not the best campground we’ve been to. It took us a few hours before we should put the tent to get decent shade. image-2020-07-09-17:07:43-409.jpg

    While we waited for the sun to move to the west we went to the infamous Wall Drug. Don’t waste your time. Tourist trap. We knew that but hoped we be able to fine a tenting tarp. No go.

    Off to groceries and much needed ice. Provisions acquired we walked back to our camp and continued to assess the shade. I tried our ground cloth as a tarp which although worked well I was concerned that it would tear.

    We set up under the 25’ tree on our site. I flanked the tent with our motorcycles to get a little privacy.

    Tonight we’ll have corn on the cob, salad and steak. Should be fun using the jet boil.
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    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    We need oil changes and I’ll need new tires in the RT soon. Any recommendations in SD or Wyoming?
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    Patti looks a little warm :-) - but still able to smile for the camera - good sign!
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    7/10/2020 Friday Wall SD

    Today we set out to go through the Badlands. We delayed our departure as it had rained and was still spitting. We finally left at 9:15. BTW the Marmot Limelight performed flawlessly in the rain.

    We fueled and got on Route 90 headed East. We got of the exit at mile marker 133. We chose this so we could also visit Minute Man Missile Historic Site.
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    We are of the generation that remember the duck and cover drills. I’m sure a lot of you do too.

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    Here a some other shots for the site.

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    We then rode a few miles to the entrance to the Badlands. I already have a lifetime national park pass and we were able to buy one for Patti this year. $80 and lifetime access to all the National Parks. Worth it!

    We started a slow ride on route 240 that bring your through the park. There are numerous pull offs for viewing. I’ll put up just few photos now as the bandwidth suck and it is taking a few minutes per picture to upload. Also I also have dozen on pictures on our P&S that I have to download.

    As with most spectacular places photos don’t do it justice. I can say that those of you who have gone through the Badlands know what I’m taking about. Those who haven’t should.

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    I'm in Spearfish. Spearfish has a great city campground with shaded spots, showers etc and Spearfish Creek runs right through it. As to Maintenance, Sturgis BMW is a good dealership but, if you have your own filters I'm happy to offer the use of my lift and tools etc. I can also do tires if needed. Shoot me a PM if that might be of interest.
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    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    Thanks to bigjohnsd we will be going to Spearfish later next week. With Johns guidance I ordered tires from Rocky Mountain ATV. I also orders oil change kits and brakes for the RT from Beemer Boneyard.

    Got to love this community.

    Thanks John!
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    Nice to see you back on the road after the Mexican tour, which was just an excellent documentary. Glad you are safe.
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    Brilliant.

    I’m really enjoying this... thank you for taking the time to document and share.
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    John is the absolute best. As you were writing that you were headed west, I actually thought of John being the type of guy that would help you out. So awesome to see that he chimes in and he tells the absolute truth about the campground at Spearfish. I have been to many across the US, but this is one of my favorite hidden gems. My daughter and I stayed there last week. It is a no brainer to me when in the area of where to stay.

    There have wood for campfires and cooking, great grassy sites with tree cover, a cold stream running through the campground and clean/well appointed bathrooms. Pro tip: take a look at the light poles in the campground, they are bright at night and also have power outlets on them to charge devices.
    The city park is also right there and has some neat history.
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