Thank God It's Rest Day! (TGIRD) Number 3 if your counting and believe me I am. Due to some scheduling modifications to ensure both Skip and Jack could join me this, I just completed a 9 day streak (566 miles) and following the tough ride yesterday I was ready for a break!
On tap for today was a mixture of site seeing, getting Jack off to the airport and some general chores in and around the RV. I thought this was a biking trip but it turns out to be the biking and RV repair combo. More on that later....
waitress if there was significance to the tribute to The Duke and she said "Nope, the owner is just obsessed with John Wayne." Got it. I just thought that was interesting.
We hit the first of our two tourist stops today, Mt Rushmore. We have all seen pictures of this monument hundreds of times but it really was cool to see it in person. The overall experience was awesome. I stress about RV Parking at places like this but they had a designated spat and directed me right there. Nice! We couldn't spend too much time there but watch the video on the making of the historical carving and of course the obligatory selfies!
The next stop was Crazy Horse. Similar to Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse is a statue being carved from a rock in the Black Hills mountains. It is a tribute to Native Americans and I was pleasantly surprised there is a complete master plan for the area including museums and a college. Though already impressive, once the vision is realized it will be incredible. Yes more selfies!
We got Jack to the airport in plenty of time to check in his bike and board his plane, hopefully both will arrive together this time. It was a pleasure to have Jack along for part of the ride (A BIG part). I have him down for 512 miles! Well done! Well, it is back to just Cheryl and I for 17 days until Kyle and Casey join. Wow, let that sink in. My body hurts just thinking about that.
On our way back to our RV park I missed a turn to get on the freeway (big surprise there). I pulled into a Chili's parking lot to turn around and Cheryl's exclaimed in excitement, "A Chili's!" I was somewhat taken aback because I had always thought of Cheryl as a Red Robin kind of gal but she told me that all the Chili's in Oregon and Washington had closed down and she has been carrying around a gift card with $23.90 on it for years. So we pulled in and had a beer and a snack. For once my poor sense of direction worked in my favor.
The highlight of the day was a FaceTime call with the family. We text a lot but there is nothing like seeing them in real life. It was so nice to catch up. Cheryl and I miss you all very much.
Well I'm back on the bike tomorrow (solo). Weather has cooled quite a bit and it may even rain! We are thinking about calling an audible on the route. Not 100% sure so I'll let you know tomorrow.