Wednesday 11 July, 2012

Day 28 – Badlands


I marvel again at how much can change in just an hour or so of travel. The lush and dynamic black hills give way to the badlands in less than 100 miles. The landscape has an alien, blasted quality. Even the soil has a lifeless, corrupted appearance. It’s no wonder early explorers called it bad [...]


I marvel again at how much can change in just an hour or so of travel. The lush and dynamic black hills give way to the badlands in less than 100 miles.

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The landscape has an alien, blasted quality. Even the soil has a lifeless, corrupted appearance. It’s no wonder early explorers called it bad lands.
The interesting rock formations end abruptly – the great plains have arrived. I’ve dreaded spending time in the nation’s breadbasket. The flat farmland makes for straight roads and monotonous scenery. Turns out my route only has about a day of this, so it actually makes for a nice change of pace. I take advantage of the good roads and sparse population to test the Yamaha’s top speed. I don’t find it, but I find my own.

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I end the day in Aberdeen. My waitress at the hotel asks how I ended up in “this gem if a town”. I tell her it’s halfway between the black hills and northern Minnesota and seemed to be the only town large enough to have a decent motel. We talk about small towns and how they all have different attitudes and vibes. This one has none of the virtues of a small town and the bad attitude of a big city. I sincerely encourage her to move.

4 Comments

  • Jack VanHesteren says:

    Wow, again !! Do agree that there does not be much of the scenery there in the “Badlands” that could encourage us to want to move there. Sounds like you gave that waitress great advice !!!! lol

    Cheer up, we know there is a lot of beautiful scenery and many nice places to enjoy in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, etc………..(Lots of relatives who are looking forward to seeing you, and spending some time with you, also.)
    Love, J&M

  • Scott Nelson says:

    Have a great time in my home state!

  • Jack VanHesteren says:

    Scott, We hope all is OK & that Thursday-12 July is still being a fun day for you. Do feel that we can guarantee that Houston will be GREEN when you arrive!! We are now about 5 inches ahead of normal for the year, and have experienced rain daily for the past 5 days…. Life is good here, and we are hopeful that today is an awesome one for you. Love, J&M

  • Jack VanHesteren says:

    P.S: It is in the mid-70′s here this evening, going down near 70 this evening. Temps in the 80′s tomorrow. Hope it will be around the same temps when you get here. That would be great for the fishing and beach !! J&M


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