We did call an audible to the master route plan. I will riding 72 miles to Union Center today. The reason is that after I finish we want to spend the afternoon in the Badlands National Park. This route takes us more south and makes the drive to the National Park significantly shorter. Longer riding and shorter driving (hmmm, I may not have thought that one through).
So now we are off to the Badlands. The Badlands are large rock formations that were originally covered in water and the sediments formed different colored layers and when the water receded, erosion exposed the layers (ya, just call me Chris the "Geologist Guy.") They really are amazing and it's simple to take in this natural beauty. There is a ring road (HWY 240) that goes through them all so you just drive, periodically get out at view points, ooo and ahhh, take pictures, then your done. It was great.