South Dakota seems like a normal-sized state until you decide to drive across it. In one day. And with either headwinds or crosswinds tormenting you the entire time. I mostly set the cruise control to 55 mph and watched the scenery go by. And amazing scenery it was. No picture I took really gets across how BIG the sky is here, how far you can see, and how wide open everything is. I’m not saying drive across the state, but at least visit it sometime, it’s got some beautiful landscapes.
And it has the Missouri River. One reason I wanted to cross the state on US-212 was that in January, from a plane flying Seattle to JFK/NYC, I saw this from the air and thought it would be cool to see it on my trip.
South Dakota also has some quirky sights.
This next one is not a trick photo, the cross is bigger than the church. The pickup truck shows the scale of both.
And this is where I ended the day (Rocky Point State Park near Belle Fourche), hard by the western border of the state, ready to jump into WY tomorrow to spend 3 days near/at Yellowstone.
- Miles Driven: 367 long, hard miles (2179 overall)
- MPG: 11.6 (14.7 overall) Note: Headwinds and crosswinds all day, 7 hours of it.
- Side trips: None.
- States/Provinces: South Dakota