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Metamorphosis: Skeptic to Motorcycle Momma in 30 Days
Metamorphosis: Skeptic to Motorcycle Momma in 30 Days
A 30 Day 12,000 Mile Cross-Country Odyssey
Published by JimmieS
Wyoming to Iowa

DAY 7 - Sheridan, Wyoming to Murdo, South Dakota

Today we continued our ride east, leaving Sheridan for a speedy ride down I-90 to Gillette where we had a big breakfast, then continued on I-90 to US-14 to see Devil’s Tower National Monument.

We parked the bike in the visitors center and chatted with another rider who was heading home to Washington. He had attended a big BMW rally in South Dakota and had some route recommendations to share with us.

We learned the Indian legend that the scarring of Devils Tower was caused by a bear’s claws trying to get to an Indian princess in hiding on the tower top. Never did figure out how this monolith magically appeared out in the middle of nowhere.

As we continued east on US-14 we had a moment of terror and excitement as a little fawn darted out almost right in front of us. Some really hard braking and heartfelt thanks for ABS saw both the fawn and us continuing on our way, none the worse for wear. Judging from the amount of road kill we’d been seeing it wouldn't have surprised us if the fawn were an orphan.

We crossed the border into South Dakota, where the weather changed almost immediately and signs welcoming bikers to Sturgis abounded. We got into Rapid City just as the thunderstorm that had been building decided to dump. We waited it out in a gas station and then went ahead to Mt. Rushmore.

Boy, has Rushmore ever changed since I was last there. Concessions, covered parking, shopping -- are all new to me. 90 well-spent minutes later we were back on I-90 making tracks east again. The ride across South Dakota's Badlands was very very hot. By 5:00pm Lynda had just about melted and the town of Murdo was on the horizon (as well as a nice steak dinner and a clean air-conditioned Best Western).

There is a lot to see in the area. We missed Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer State Park, Badlands National Park etc. We decided that this is an area we need to come back to and spend some time exploring.

The day’s route…

DAY 8 - Murdo, South Dakota to Belmond, Iowa

This was a travel day. We needed to get into Iowa where I still have some family. So it was a continuation of the ride across on I-90 into Minnesota and then a quick right turn onto US-169 into Iowa. We arrived in my home town around 4:00pm.

Wonder how this thing handles the twisties...

It was also a day that reminded me once again just how dangerous weather can be. The long and short of it is that we got caught unprepared in a severe thunderstorm on a country road, with gusting winds of 60 – 70mph, driving rain and hail, not to mention the thunder and lightning. I knew we were in a severe storm when I saw the "Storm Watchers" out looking for funnel clouds. We made it to the motel, finally, got dried off and went out for Mexican. The bike weathered the storm OK, but my camera got toasted.

The day’s route…

DAY 9 – Belmond, Iowa

With family and friends for the day. My home town's main street looks the same coming and going

Actually I'm kind of proud of this little town -- it was celebrating its 150th birthday.

The day’s route…

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By Helmetdance on 09-01-2006, 02:05 PM
Re: Metamorphosis: Skeptic to Motorcycle Momma in 30 Days

Wow! Great story Jim and looks like I have the honor of making the first comment. Your trip has enable me to re-live my August 2004 and August 2005 trips. You and I have stopped at so many of the same places all over the country that next time I read your story I'm going to have to count them. You and Lynda obviously had a terrific time. I bet it was really tough to pull in the driveway and close such a great trip, yet so rewarding to look back and enjoy the memories.

Thanks for taking the time and effort to share this story with the rest of us and congratulations on returning home safely from an epic journey of a lifetime!
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By Dep on 09-01-2006, 02:37 PM
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Wow...what a great trip! I hope to be able to do the same thing one day, just travel across the whole country. Come on retirement!

Thanks for sharing the ride with us. I'm looking forward to reading your wife's comments on your website.

Ride Safely,
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By BlackST on 09-01-2006, 08:47 PM
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Great!!!! Fabulous!!!

Thank you for sharing!!!
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By ogmike on 09-02-2006, 05:59 PM
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Excellent trip thanks for sharing
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By JimmieS on 09-02-2006, 09:10 PM
Re: Metamorphosis: Skeptic to Motorcycle Momma in 30 Days

Hi Mark, Dep, BlackSt, and U2 Mike,

Thanks a LOT for the comments. When Gary told me that they were going to pubish my article I was so Jazzed! It's so hard to believe that we spent thirty days on the road seeing and missing so much. We both want to do it again "Right Now", but know that we'll have to wait a while before that happens. I feel very honored to be amongst a select few in this part of Pashnit to have our journey documented and residing next to Marks, Kimbers, Papa Kens - etc. etc. Thanks again you'all are great!

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By Sbyllek on 09-04-2006, 11:03 AM
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What a great telling of your incredible journey.
It has been a dream of mine for years to do just what you two did...
Some day hubby and I will...
In the meantime, thanx for sharing your experience and making the wait just a little bit harder!!
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By olseng2002 on 09-06-2006, 01:59 PM
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Jim it was great reading your adventure and thank for the help with mine. Sturgis was a blast and I can't remember most of it but the stories sound the same. It's not about the Desitnation, but the Journey to get there. Few Have heard but my Harley broke down in Winnamuka NV where I was forced to buy the only bike in town.'06 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600. There was no way I was going home early. By the way If there is anyone interestted in the bike it is for sale. Thanks again for the story
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By Orson on 09-22-2006, 11:07 PM
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Holy moley!

That's a trip and a half!

No...that's TWO trips and a half!

Thanks for posting all those pictures
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By Papa-Ken on 09-28-2006, 02:14 PM
Re: Metamorphosis: Skeptic to Motorcycle Momma in 30 Days

What a trip and followed with an article to describe your adventure. You can be very proud of this article Jimmie as it will bring happiness to many that read and ride along on your tour.

Thanks for sharing it with us........Ken
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