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Old 08-08-2012, 12:36 AM   #29
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I have never managed to hit the Corn Palace when it was open but have some fun shots of the outside of it. Walls Drug is one of my favorite places to wander through. One of my favorite stops when going West to East or East to West, is Cabella's HQ store in Sidney, NE. Great place to let my dogs stretch their legs then I go wander around and do a bit of shopping for Christmas gifts (ok and maybe for myself LOL) and usually try to have lunch there.

There are many nice Cabella's but the HQ store is my favorite for sight seeing
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if you do the route to Tennessee, here's a neat campground Village of Rantoul // Parks & Recreation // Prairie Pines Campground it was created from the trailer area of the air force base. Very nice, giant sites, lots of trees, and cheap (No longer anything like a traditional trailer park).

or, consider selected parts of this route great river road national scenic byway - Google Search

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Due to the limitations of Google maps, I ended up having to break the map into two pieces, the route east and the route west to add anything more.

So far, here's the update general route going west, it's still fairly basic.

Westward Bound - The Great Northern Redneck Adventure

And here's a couple maps I'd like to do, but are kinda near the pipe dream range due to raising the extra money ($500 over my original budget to go all the way to Charleston, providing gas stays at an average for $4.009) needed to add the extra miles.

Westward Bound and Down - Tennessee added

Altantic, Ho! Eastern Seaboard at last!
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Just a reminder. Most campgrounds in the upper Midwest close about the end of October. Make sure you are south enough to not run into this problem.
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Don't know how far east of the Mississippi you want to go, but if the weather is cold, you may just head south along the Mighty Mississippi, to about Memphis. The corp of engineers has a lot of very nice campgrounds along the route. Then the weather will be a lot better for heading East again. And, lots of civil war sites along the way.
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I just couldn't get my head around a multi story parking garage at a National Monument!
And if it's a "NATIONAL" monument, already supported and paid for by taxpayers, why do people have to pay to get in to see it?
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"Wall Drug - Can't truly know how tacky a tourist trap is till you've been there at least once to say, "Yeah, it was just like you said it was."

Yes, it is truly tacky, but I believe South of the Border on I95 holds the all time tackiness record.

"Mount Rushmore, Custer National Park, Crazy Horse Monument, The Badlands - Only ever seen photos of these places, more national parks and monuments I've wanted to visit."

Did them all in the last couple of weeks. We found no need to go in to Mt Rushmore and pay $11 for parking. Drive the Needles Highway and there are some great photo spots, better than close up. Crazy Horse is a commercial development, very tourist trap. Good photo ops from pullouts on US385.

Custer State (not National) Park is worth spending a lot of time if you are into nature and wildlife. We drove the Wildlife drive twice a day, early morning and late afternoon. Drive it counter clockwise in the morning, clockwise in the evening so the sun is always behind you.
You want to take care going to Rushmore... when our kids were young, we rented a van to go and DH scraped the side of it by a tunnel that was cut from rock. No lights in it, and I'm not sure how it happened, been a long time ago, but we were glad it was a rental and that insurance covered it. I think it was on a guard rail when he got over to let the one coming through the tunnel get by him before he took his turn. You'll encounter height restriction there also... wish I remember what road it was on for you. We did that trek and half of us ended up really sick with a flu bug from the east side of Dakota to the center. by the time we made Rushmore, they all felt better.
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Just a reminder. Most campgrounds in the upper Midwest close about the end of October. Make sure you are south enough to not run into this problem.
Depending on how things line up, I'll either be back home by the end of October, or fairly close to .

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Don't know how far east of the Mississippi you want to go, but if the weather is cold, you may just head south along the Mighty Mississippi, to about Memphis. The corp of engineers has a lot of very nice campgrounds along the route. Then the weather will be a lot better for heading East again. And, lots of civil war sites along the way.
Thanks, I have eye balled that southern route in the event that I-80 is socked in by the time I start back west with ernest.

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You want to take care going to Rushmore... when our kids were young, we rented a van to go and DH scraped the side of it by a tunnel that was cut from rock. No lights in it, and I'm not sure how it happened, been a long time ago, but we were glad it was a rental and that insurance covered it. I think it was on a guard rail when he got over to let the one coming through the tunnel get by him before he took his turn. You'll encounter height restriction there also... wish I remember what road it was on for you. We did that trek and half of us ended up really sick with a flu bug from the east side of Dakota to the center. by the time we made Rushmore, they all felt better.
I'll go slow, depending on how the tunnels line up, I may have to go down the center to make it through, possibly.

I think the last time I measured I'm around 11-12' tall at max.
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