I do like the flexible posts they use out here to separate the lanes in construction zones. They are a lot less threatening than the concrete barricades we are more familiar with. Around Wall, there was a long stretch of two lane as they reconstructed the two eastbound lanes. From the amount of crushed rock laid out so neatly, I realized that when they decide to rebuild a road out here, they go all the way.
In WalMart, we picked up bottled water and some hair shampoo while returning a three-pack of defective underwear I bought in Waynesville, North Carolina on our last trip. I like that you can do that. Then we followed the GPS instructions to to a Culver's restaurant where I had a mushroom Swiss butter burger (I love the flavour) and Sandy had a very good order of chicken tenders. The man who took our order told her that if she was having the Culver's root beer, not to add ice because it would cut the special taste. Good to know. They give you a number for your table and then bring the food when it is ready. Sandy had a caramel cashew sundae for dessert.
We fueled at a Pilot station that didn't require a Zip Code for pay at the pump and then continued west on I-90 towards Sturgis. Sherm called to say they were having lunch in Newcastle, Wyoming and would see us soon.
We got off the big road in Sturgis and followed 14A to Deadwood. I had forgotten how curvy the road through the canyon and up the mountain was. As we drove through Deadwood, we saw a new establishment advertising a Randy Travis concert on Wednesday. We found later that Travis was very ill in Texas and was not expected to be here. We arrived at the Gold Country Inn at about 2:00 PM.
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