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South Dakota-Four States in One

July 19, 2012

It’s hard to believe the Black Hills, the Badlands, the barren plains that we crossed in the 100+ degree heat a couple of days ago, and the lush prairie that we crossed today are all in the same state- what a variety!

Today’s ride, between DeSmet and Waterton,  was only 59 miles with gently rolling hills. It was a dream!

Here’s a look at how the landscape has changed. There are actual trees and lakes and greenery!

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This corn was approximately 7.5 feet high. I used myself as the ruler and it was nearly 2 and one-half feet taller.

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Along the way, in Bryant, SD, we stopped at Parkview Senior Care Center. They had cookies and cakes and juice and coffee. It really hit the spot and the residents were a lively bunch. I spent quite a while talking with Dev Horsted. He is 85 and explained that he had spent his work life as a blacksmith, which he found a satisfying job choice because he got to make useful things. I could certainly understand. I told him I love to make and repair things with my hands as well.

Tomorrow, we cross the state line into Minnesota.

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