South Dakota Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Tuesday, August 24, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 4 hours on the Rapid City, South Dakota bike path system and more than an additional 1 hour at Mount Rushmore.  This was a total of more than 5 hours.

The South Dakota leg of the tour had a few highlights:

  • I was interviewed by KOTA Radio by telephone during the walk.  (I’m trying to obtain an MP3 of the interview and will post it if possible;
  • Fox News in Rapid City interviewed me while on the trail.  ( VIDEO IMMEDIATELY BELOW ); and
  • My wife and I toured Mount Rushmore (WOW IS ALL I CAN SAY).

FOX NEWS – KEVN TV Interview

After Mount Rushmore, we drove to Bismarck, North Dakota. It was an uneventful drive, except for the fact we lost an hour as we shifted to the Central Time Zone.  While that will cost me an hour’s sleep while in Bismarck, the good news is that I’ll get it back the next night as we’re going to Billings, Montana (which is Mountain Time Zone).

I took lots of pictures, especially of Mount Rushmore.  You can see them below.

As usual, I also recorded a podcast which can be listened to by clicking the button right below these words.

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Here are pictures from my walk.  The Mount Rushmore pictures start on page 3 of the pictures (so you may want to scroll there first if you’re interested in seeing those pics – they’re AWESOME !!!)


Here are 5 fast facts about the state of South Dakota:

  • South Dakota is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian tribes. Once a part of the Dakota Territory, it became a state on November 2, 1889.
  • The state has an area of 77,116 square miles (199,730 km2) and an estimated population of just over 800,000.
  • The state is bisected by the Missouri River, dividing South Dakota into two geographically and socially distinct halves, known to residents as “East River” and “West River”.  Eastern South Dakota is home to most of the state’s population, and fertile soil in this area is used to grow a variety of crops. West of the Missouri, ranching is the predominant agricultural activity and the economy is more dependent on tourism and defense spending.
  • The Black Hills, a group of low pine-covered mountains, is located in the southwest part of the state. The Black Hills are of great religious importance to local American Indians and the location of  Mount Rushmore, a major tourist destination.
  • Historically dominated by an agricultural economy and a rural lifestyle, South Dakota has recently sought to diversify its economy to attract and retain residents. However, it is still largely rural and has the fifth-lowest population density among U.S. states.

Next stop, Bismarck, North Dakota.