We had no intention of driving all the way to the Black Hills today. But we did. We left Chappell, NE at 9:45 AM with a destination of Alliance, NE in mind. It was a midway point between Chappell and Hermosa, SD where we have reservations. Well, reservations starting on Thursday. Once we hit Alliance, it was still morning, so we just kept on going. The temperature was approaching 100º and we were searching for a cold front :)
The terrain north of Alliance on Hwy 385 was a little more interesting than the drive from Chappell which was mostly flat and dry; almost desert-like with a bumpy, rough highway. 385 soon became quite hilly with decent sized grades to climb and descend which Lucy handled with ease unless a big dump truck pulled out in front of her :( Lucy has more oomph than our yellow friend and he slowed us down on this climb.
Luckily, the road was also much smoother than the first stretch so we just sailed on.
Much farm land and recently harvested straw bales.
As we traveled on, the terrain changed abruptly to green forested hills and rocky mini-mountains.
Signs warned us to watch for wildlife so, camera ready, I watched. And I watched. And I watched. As I watched, the terrain turned back into rolling prairie and cows, horses and beef cattle were as wild as it got :)
The next thing I knew, we were in South Dakota and I missed my state sign photo op!
The closer we got to our destination, the prettier the views became.
It was down to 89º when we pulled into Heartland RV Park at 2:00 PM-not necessarily a cold front, but it sure beats 105º! They, luckily, had a site for us even though we were a few days early. I had tried calling them several times on the way, but kept getting a fast "circuit" busy. Turns out, they had a medical emergency in the park earlier and their phones were out of commission while that was going on.
We'll be here for 3 weeks while we explore all that the Black Hills have to offer. Stay tuned...
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