We spent a couple of hours at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument before we hit the road again on to our next destination: Rapid City, South Dakota. This leg of the trip, however, didn’t quite go off without a hitch. We crossed into Wyoming for a measly 30 minutes and managed to get pulled over for speeding. This was Skyler’s (and mine for that matter) first time to get pulled over since we were teenagers. So needless to say, we both freaked out a bit. We were both on the verge of crying and apparently the cop could see that so he was very kind to just let us off with a warning. In our defense, it was a speed trap. The speed limit dropped coming down a hill and towing the trailer Skyler decided not to hit the breaks but coasted instead. Apparently, that wasn’t a great idea. It was definitely a little awakening for us both though, and we watched our speed like hawks the rest of the trip! I guess we all need a good reminder from time to time.
On the way out of Montana we were able to get our pictures with the state sign. Some nice bikers were kind enough to get it for us! And we also managed to get one at the Wyoming state line as well.
I was even able to snap a couple of photos of the scenery on this four hour drive. Red mountains and open fields…
Along the drive we quickly learned why it was so hard to find a hotel within a reasonable price range for this trip…we just so happened to be in town during the 71st annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It’s only the biggest biker rally in the U.S. with nearly half a million people in attendance, and we were passing through town right in the middle of it! Bikers were everywhere, which was pretty cool and added a little dimension of excitement to the atmosphere.
Once we arrived in Rapid City, SD we headed straight to our hotel to check in, drop off the trailer, and head out to our next adventure…one I was super excited about. We stayed at the Holiday Inn there in Rapid City, which was a very nice hotel. It was evident to me as soon as I walked in that it was a John Q. Hammons property because of the beautiful open atrium with water feature. The hotel was clean and modern and our room was nice and spacious! Definitely one of the nicest Holiday Inn’s I have ever stayed at. And it included a free breakfast…pretty sweet!
But, like I was saying – we checked in and headed out to see something I was extremely excited about…probably the highlight of this whole road trip…