Our drive north on I-25 went to just north of Cheyenne, where we switched onto US Highway 85 at exit 17. Then we drove into the great Wyoming empty. The emptiness continued for miles and miles. We teased about UFO's and kidnappings in the night, discussed what used to be in the empty and abandoned buildings en-route, counted cows and birds along the way while driving north through miles and miles of empty.
We found gas in Torrington, laughed at local bar signs in Lingle, passed the Stagecoach Museum in Lusk (didn't stop), finally turning right onto US 18 at the rest area at Mule Creek Junction. We turned north onto South Dakota 89, stopping for photos at the Bicycle Sculpture in Pringle, SD, before picking up US 385 in Custer. We passed the Crazy Horse Memorial, talking about how it didn't look so different than it did on our last trip. The weather had been wonderful all day with the deep blue skies and a few puffy clouds. Turning right onto SD 244, we followed that to Mount Rushmore. This is where we found differences since our last trip.
|View of the court with state flags|
|Photo from the railing with the amphitheater|
|Starting the Presidential Trail|
|Closer photo from the P Trail|
|Presidential Trail is all TREX|
|Lincoln peaks out|
|Looking up to George|
|Trail side rocks and trees|
|The steps down|
|Roosevelt in the shade|
|Looking back at the causeway, restaurants and stores|
|One of the compressors used on the mountain|
|And the story about it|
|View on the way back up|
|Getting ready to leave|
|My only close-up photo|
Getting to Mount Rushmore had us driving north through Denver on I-25 to US 85 at Cheyenne, then US 18 at Mule Creek Junction to SD 89 at Pringle to US 385 at Custer then east on SD 244.
Total Road Trip miles were just over 1500 and we felt we saw a lot in those 2 days and really got away from home/work.