The next leg of our trip was the longest (12 hours). I was legitimately nervous that I wouldn’t be able to sit in a car that long, but… we actually broke the trip into smaller parts so we made without a divorce.
Our first stop was 2-3 hours in to see my sister-in-law, Dr. Jenny. We were able to catch up with her at work and benefit from her skills. She also let me borrow her lumbar pillow which is seriously a lifesaver (thanks J-star)!
Next stop was Omaha, NE to go to Whole Foods to refuel and stock up (and yes, we researched Whole Foods locations).
Another piece of valuable information learned on this trip (aside from cruise control) was that each year a giant Harley motorcycle rally takes place in Sturgis, South Dakota. So us and 200,000 motorcycles drove along highway 90. That fun crowd provided a lot of sightseeing along our South Dakota portion of the trip.
We stopped again in Mitchell, SD. Thankfully, the Corn Palace is located there. Yup, it’s a small arena with corn and hay for all the decorations. I’m not sure what else to say about that.
I have to tell you, the drive was gorgeous and I finally (sort of) got the feeling of being on the open road and being able to go in any direction (kind of empowering guys). Anyway, this was the sunset as were making our way toward the Badlands.
We got an hour away from the Badlands and called it quits, but we did stay at a cowboy themed hotel which was pretty awesome. Next up – the Badlands, Wall Drug, Rushmore and Custer State Park.