Roadie protested and the temperature gauge shot up. So our breather turned into an hour to let the engine cool down.
It was fine after that but I decided to get it looked at as a precaution. It continued to run fine at higher speeds when the air flow cools the engine....but heat up more with stop and go traffic or curves. So on we went.
We ended up staying at a Walmart near Gillette, Wyoming. This was our first time overnight parking in a Walmart parking lot. I have heard stories of peoples bad experiences over the years but I must say our experiences were just wonderful. Our parking place was shaded, and quiet with a couple of other overnighters. We did some needed shopping and were on our way in the morning.
We drove a bit out of our way to go to Devils Tower. Normally I don’t drive out of my way for a single attraction but for some reason I wanted to see this one. It is located in the Northwest corner of Wyoming in surprisingly green hilly country. It was a beautiful morning drive with a great view for a reward....oh and coffee too.
What a splendid place to have my morning coffee.
More of the beautiful countryside near Devils Tower....
We went down into the Jewel Cave using stairs and ladders. Much of the time there were rooms that you could stand in and we were in a few that our whole group of 15 could be in together. We did see one little bat that was curled up and hanging from the cave roof totally ignoring us.
It was an interesting excursion into our unknown.
After our cave exploring we wanted to find a place to stay the night and then explore. We continued on to Crazy Horse Monument It was expensive. We paid for parking and went into the museum and explored a bit. It was very interesting. We enjoyed the Native American artifacts from the area Tribes.
It was disappointing to me to be asked to pay so much to view this monument given that so little of it is actually completed. Given the cost to just get out of your car it seems to me the cost of the bus to get up closer should be included. But that is just me on a more limited budget. It is being payed for with private money so this is not funded by any government agencies. When completed it will be HUGE, far bigger than the Mt Rushmore monument.
As interesting as the monument is, I enjoyed the museum/cultural exhibits as much. There was an exhibit on the buffalo that was very interesting. The pioneer soldiers understood the buffalo was key to the Indian way of life. Millions of buffalo grazed on the open prairie which would compete with farming and ranching. The Army was ordered to kill all of the buffalo to eliminate further difficulties. They were very nearly annihilated.
Only through active breeding programs in the 1900's were the buffalo spared from extinction.
What trip to South Dakota would be complete with out a visit to Mount Rushmore.
We of course had to add our heads to the mix.....
I was expecting the Black Hills, named for the darkness of the trees against the hills to be flatter ground....This is a major drive up and down, down and up.... Very slow travel but very beautiful. This is not a wasteland but a beautiful area that would require a lot of time to fully explore. At a visitor center we picked up a brochure listing all the attractions in the area. While most of those listed were the kind that cost money, there were nearly 100 things to see and do in the surrounding area. A trip to the Forrest Office would increase the number dramatically.