Travel from Ft McCoy, WI to Rapid City, SD
08.05.2010 - 08.05.2010 88 °F
We traveled from Ft. McCoy, WI to Rapid City, SD, a distance of 671 miles and it took 11 hours and 22 minutes. The drive was pretty uneventful. We crossed from Wisconsin to Minnesota within 1.5 hours crossing the mighty Mississippi and then traveled along the river for about 10 miles. The view was spectacular! The State of Minnesota contains hugh farmland that is covered in cornfields (see picture). We saw cornfield after cornfield. The beginning of the State is rolling hills but soon flattens out. Then you could see for miles and all you see is farmland.
South Dakota on the other hand starts out very flat and stays that way for 250 miles and then the hills start showing. The interesting thing about South Daktoa is the lack of trees. You can literally see for 30 miles because the area is so flat and there are very little in the line of trees (see picture). We stopped at a large Cabella's in Mitchell, SD. Great store, got some nice t-shirts at a good price. The interior of the store was quite interesting. The back wall was designed like a mountain with all the animals that would be around (see picture).
We arrived at our campground around 4:30 P.M. MST (6:30 EST) and setup (which takes about 15 minutes with the Scamp) so that we could relax for the evening, do a bit of laundry and get some rest after 2 days of driving. Tomorrow we will travel to the Badlands and tour around there and then go to Mt. Rushmore in the evening because they have a lighting ceremony that we are told is quite nice. Look for more pictures tomorrow.