We ended up in Rapid City South Dakota last night. Today we went to Mount Rushmore. It was about a 45 minute ride from our hotel.
We learned that 90% of the carving was done with dynamite.
The presidents were originally suppposed to be from head to the waist. But the sculpter, Gutzon Borglum died in the middle of the project. His son took over and didn’t want to finish it as planned… plus Congress cut the funding for the project.
We also visited Crazy Horse, another mountain sculpture. It is a work in progress… and will be for many more decades. Crazy Horse is completely funded by visitors. It receives NO government funds.
It’s original sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski died suddenly at age 73. He is buried near the base of the mountain. His wife and most of his ten kids have taken on his mission to try to complete the sculpture according to his wishes.
This i what it will look like when it’s complete in God knows how many years. It is a very slow process.
You can see the mountain just beyond the models pointing finger. It has a long way to go.
Then it was on to the Needles Highway. This winding road through some of the most scenic territory I’ve ridden was just breathtaking.
There are 10 mph curves… one after another, that twist up and down the mountain side. There were several tunnels through the mountains.
We had ridden quite a ways through some really neat curvy roads (thinking we were already on the NeedlesHighway) when we came upon a sign that said to turn right to get to the Needles Highway.
It was almost dark when we got through the 14 mile ride. Right before we exited Needles Highway, we saw a very large buffalo standing about 6 feet off the side of the road.. just grazing. None of us could get our cameras out in time to get a shot.
It’s late and I’m wiped, so I’m off to bed.