June 6, 2011 Another great day! Beautiful scenery and great weather.
The day started with a good breakfast at the hotel. Whole wheat pancakes with Starbucks coffee got the day off to a good start.
From Devils Tower, we drove back southeast to Deadwood, SD. This is the town of cowboy fame, where Wild Bill Hickock was killed. After parking the car, we walked out to Main Street and found the saloon where the event occurred. After viewing the exact spot where it happened (supposedly), we drank a beer, I called Gary to wish him a happy birthday, and we went outside and walked up and down the street to get a flavor of the town. It's pretty much a touristy place, with a number of bars, some small casinos, and a couple of hotels. It's a neat place to visit.
I had been here 8 years ago, and I could see some progress on the monument, although it is progressing very slowly. But it is a huge feat, and will take a lot more years to finish it. It is just amazing. When we left, Bar said it was her favorite place so far (which she's said each day). A great stop.
Towards the end of the loop, I smelled anti-freeze from the engine of the car, and noticed that when we stopped, the engine temperature would go higher. It had not done this earlier in the trip. It never got really hot, but something is going on that is not right. When we stopped for dinner (which was very good; we had a bacon, lettuce, tomato, and salmon sandwich with garlic roasted potatoes--delicious!), I looked under the hood at the engine to check for obvious leaks, but saw none. Antifreeze level was low in the reservoir, but it was not empty. So, I'll check it again in the morning before we leave for the day and, if I can't see any problem, we'll keep an eye on it. We're 1,800 miles from home and don't need car trouble.
Tomorrow--Mt Rushmore, Needles Highway, and Badlands.