Time to head east. Leaving Wyoming I took a detour to go and see the Devils Tower national monument. Native american legend goes something along the lines of 2 girls being cornered by a wolf. They prayed for god(s) to save them and the ground shot skyward so they were safe. Then they became stars I believe, which I assume is a good thing :)
The same day I also dropped into Sturgis, home of the famous biker rally. It was already long gone by the time I got there. It's a fairly unremarkable place really. Nothing to really mark it out as a great place for having a rally.
Although it is in the Black Hills area, which takes us on to Mount Rushmore. It's quite big in real life and you can get up close to it. I'm not sure why but I've always wanted to go. One annoying thing about the national parks and monuments system in the US is that they always seem to give you a weeks access for 10-25 dollars. When you only want to look around for a few hours and move on it is a tad on the pricey side!
Interstate 90 stretches right across the top(ish) of the states to Milwaukee. I drove along it pretty much uninterrupted for 3 days. The third day, the run into Milwaukee was over 500 miles. It's strange to arrive in a big eastern style city after being in the less populated north west. Most of you reading this will probably have guessed that the reason I went to Milwaukee, is that it is the home of Harley Davidson. Their new museum is not bad if somewhat overpriced. These two bikes seemed the most appropriate to include, replicas of those used in the classic road movie, Easy Rider.
Posted by David Newman at October 07, 2009 10:44 PM GMT