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USA ROAD TRIP, DAY 4 AND 5

18 September 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

Day 4: Des Moines, IA to Winner, SD
Day 5: Winner SD to Hill City, SD

The day starts two hours later than I wanted it to. Late night, a comfortable bed and no alarm call means I’m packing in a panic. This will be the second day I’ve split from the group I’m riding most of this 21-day tour with and I don’t want to be arriving hours behind them.
Des Moines is a handsome city, but I need to get back on the road. Following my Garmin’s advice, I jump on the Interstate, but after nearly 1000km on the motorway yesterday I can’t stand any more of it and leave to cut diagonally across Iowa’s farm country.
It’s on this route I start seeing the quiet Midwest towns with wide avenues, 1930s, and earlier, brick-built civic buildings that are now boarded up.
It’s also on these roads I start seeing, and smelling dead skunks. The odour is so bad I start holding my breath when I see one ahead.
The day’s riding on my own is great. I’ve got faith in the reliability of the Yamaha, I’m listening to music in my headphones and the Garmin is letting me navigate around when I get bored of the road I’m on. The only downside to the day is staying in Winner, South Dakota. Not a great place to visit.
The next day I stick with a group for the first 80 miles, riding west on dead straight two-lane. The first petrol stop takes forever, so I set off on my own again, aiming for Wounded Knee. This historical site is on an Indian reservation, and is remembered for a massacre of Native American men, women and children in December 1890.
From there it’s into the Badlands National Park and on to the Harley-Davidson riders’ Mecca, Sturgis. Before this trip I didn’t know much about South Dakota, but the roads here are amazing and the scenery so varied, for the moonscapes of the Badlands to the pine-covered Black Hills.
After dropping off my luggage at the Lodge I ride out to Mount Rushmore to see the carved presidents faces to end an amazing 650km (400 mile) day.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

by Gary Inman

Day 4: Des Moines, IA to Winner, SD
Day 5: Winner SD to Hill City, SD

The day starts two hours later than I wanted it to. Late night, a comfortable bed and no alarm call means I’m packing in a panic. This will be the second day I’ve split from the group I’m riding most of this 21-day tour with and I don’t want to be arriving hours behind them.
Des Moines is a handsome city, but I need to get back on the road. Following my Garmin’s advice, I jump on the Interstate, but after nearly 1000km on the motorway yesterday I can’t stand any more of it and leave to cut diagonally across Iowa’s farm country.
It’s on this route I start seeing the quiet Midwest towns with wide avenues, 1930s, and earlier, brick-built civic buildings that are now boarded up.
It’s also on these roads I start seeing, and smelling dead skunks. The odour is so bad I start holding my breath when I see one ahead.
The day’s riding on my own is great. I’ve got faith in the reliability of the Yamaha, I’m listening to music in my headphones and the Garmin is letting me navigate around when I get bored of the road I’m on. The only downside to the day is staying in Winner, South Dakota. Not a great place to visit.
The next day I stick with a group for the first 80 miles, riding west on dead straight two-lane. The first petrol stop takes forever, so I set off on my own again, aiming for Wounded Knee. This historical site is on an Indian reservation, and is remembered for a massacre of Native American men, women and children in December 1890.
From there it’s into the Badlands National Park and on to the Harley-Davidson riders’ Mecca, Sturgis. Before this trip I didn’t know much about South Dakota, but the roads here are amazing and the scenery so varied, for the moonscapes of the Badlands to the pine-covered Black Hills.
After dropping off my luggage at the Lodge I ride out to Mount Rushmore to see the carved presidents faces to end an amazing 650km (400 mile) day.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

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