July 14, 2021 Cannontracks - Black Hills https://new.spotwalla.com/trip/fad5-5fe4c-4716/view Pam invited me on my way back through South Dakota. We visited the Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen. The historic building used to house the telephone exchange system and there is a room full of telephone equipment among the exhibits. Notice the label on the rotary is the same as my grandfather’s phone. After the museum we went over to Wylie Park; there is a small zoo on site. And a train! Aberdeen was the short-term home of L. Frank Baum, you might recognize that name as the author of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Mr Baum ran a variety store in town for a year. Of course there is a yellow brick road. Through the Haunted Forest. With talking trees. Seriously, talking trees. This is a super awesome park. We rode the carousel. And then beer and a cheese platter. After visiting Pam, I had plans to meet Cannonshot, as he was riding in from Wisconsin. We agreed to meet in the small town of Martin, South Dakota. I got a late start, so I had to ride straight through… I stopped for a late lunch in Fort Pierre. I met Cannonshot and we rode 40 miles to Wounded Knee. And map-master Cannonshot asked me to take the lead. The Wounded Knee site was not what I expected. I did a bit of my own research about the events here in 1890 when 250 Lakota were killed and 25 soldiers died in action. Today, there’s the red wooden memorial, and a quarter mile away is the cemetery where unknown victims were buried in a mass grave. Finally, mountains! We stopped in the ghost town of Scenic. Cannonshot told me a bit about this place, that a religious organization purchased the town for $750,000, but he could find very little information about its past history. We stopped to pick up some dinner and beer. Yesterday and today I encountered a few restaurants which have closed their dining rooms; one had a sign out front stating “Due to lack of staff…” And so with Subway near Rapid City. We walked through the drive-through. Cannonshot had picked out a campsite in a national forest. I think today was among my highest mileage days of the entire trip.