Hardin to Bozeman, MT with a stop in Big Timber.

A big sleep for the wife after a big flight and long drive. Hardin had the Milk Bucket Bakery and Cafe open. A scrumptious home made All American breakfast of perfect eggs, thick sliced bacon, fabulous scratch breakfast potatoes, homemade biscuit and coffee. GIB!

A single table honoring veterans on Memorial Day. A lone table and chair with a single candle, a folded upside down American flag, a flower and flag and a plate of sliced lemon and salt. The lemon for the bitterness of loss and the salt from tears. It was really quite moving and had touched the owner to do it. Me too.

Off we went with a stop in Big Timber for a picnic lunch in front of a Carnegie Lubrary
Great little town

A rainy drive to the Sapphire Motel in downtown Bozeman. Weather a little iffy, stay tuned. Big peace out Tres dog

Custer, SD to Hardin, MT and a stop at the Little Bighorn National Monument.

A wrap of the ride this yesterday morning and bittersweet goodbye to all the rider friends. On to Hill City, Ft Hays and Rapid City.

Historic working theater in Rapid City
Lobby of Alex Jackson Hotel
Custer Battlefield Trading Post for Lois and Chrysa
Kokopelli in a different role
Little Bighorn Battlefield Nat’l Monument
Museum/Visitor’s Center

Great overnight in Hardin, MT. We are to Bozeman today. Big peace out Tres dog

Day 5-Last Day-George T Mickelson Trail-Custer State Park to White Elephant and back to Custer, SD-30.1 miles and 1068 feet of elevation.

Featured image: John and I kitted up for weather and went towards the park. We got turned around at the stockade exhibit.

Nice lake

John and I returned to Custer and he went back and I did some of the trail he did the other day without me.

Sanator trailhead
White Elephant trailhead

It was great week. Wife tomorrow. The world will return to its right axis. Big peace out Tres dog

Day 3-Crazy Horse Mountain, Mt. Rushmore and Custer, SD Courthouse Museum.

A long day yesterday got me to take a rest day today. It was a great decision. First stop Crazy Horse Mountain and Museum. Great museum and story.

Chief Henry Standing Bear, a Carlisle educated Native American, wanted to create a legacy of its own heroes and Crazy Horse was the one that was chosen. He asked a Polish immigrant’s son, Korczak Ziolkowski, to create the monument. Korczak was a self taught sculptor but, was well received and an award winner. After WW II service, Korczak agreed to sculpt the Crazy Horse Memorial.

Younger Korczak

There are 3 generations involved in the memorial. They refused 10 million dollars of US grant money so that it’s mission of memorial, museum and university could not be diminished.

Some artifacts from Korczak’s home.

On to Rushmore

Talked to fisherman and said lots of rainbow trout were caught yesterday but, not today.

A quick lunch and turn in Custer. 1880 Courthouse.

Gold miner monument

Devils Tower tomorrow.

C2C Reunion tour-Day 1-George T Mickelson Trail-Hill City to Deadwood-52.1 and 2719 feet of elevation.

Featured image: South Dakota Trail Guide Ernie, John, Tres dog and Chrysa.

A great breakfast by Anne and the shuttle took us to Hill City. I rode with Chrysa and John from my year 2016 C2C. Just letting the pics fly. Long but great day today.

Photo credit: Janet Casto
Photo credit: Chrysa Niewald
Photo credit: Chrysa Niewald

Lead SD

Gold mine

It was a big day. Tired blogger. Big peace out Tres dog

Big Sioux River Greenways Trail-25.2 miles and 489 feet of elevation.

Featured image: John and I at Sioux Falls on the trail. John on his e trike.

A great breakfast at Phillips Ave Diner with fellow coaster Jim and his wife, Lois. Great food and visit. John and I ran a quick errand and headed out a little later to make it warmer. Chamber’O’Commerce day.

A side trip to the field of the Sioux Falls Canaries
Buffaloes or Bisons?
Our hotel

A great fish and chips lunch with a great local root beer, 1919. Gib. Lazy after ride and lunch. Drive to Custer for week long coaster reunion tomorrow. Peace out Tres dog