Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Photos...of stuff

Those tracks there? The Oregon Trail. 

Decisions, decisions...oh, wait...*

Range horses, Lyman County
Lower Brule, foreground; Fort Thompson beyond the river.
Hand-painted sign on U.S. 14 west of Pierre
BIA Highway 5, Lower Brule, looking across the Missouri River/Lake Oahe towards Fort Thompson.
Approaching Eagle Butte on S.R 63
The scariest thing about these monstrous hay trucks is seeing all the ejected hay bales along the roadside. A round bale  can weight between 1,000 and 1,400 lbs, so at 65 mph, that's gonna hurt. 
Bridge across the Missouri River/Lake Oahe above Pierre. Interestingly, the body of water in all these pictures is always the Missouri/Lake Oahe. It's a big dammed river.

*Sturgis, South Dakota is the site of a world-famous, legendary gathering of bikers every August for a week of loud noise, drunken debauchery, showing off to other like-minded individuals and generally displaying all those behaviors that make people hate motorcyclists, and with good reason. It is an opportunity for accountants, dentists and middle-management to play in a 'Wild-Ones' themed playground. It is like Mardi Gras without the religious overtones, the haj with pork and beer. Some bikers wouldn't miss it, many motorcyclists wouldn't be caught dead within five hundred miles of it. Your correspondent is firmly in the latter category. Also, the distinction between 'bikers' and 'motorcyclists' is not to be taken lightly. 

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