Friday, August 19, 2011

Wyoming to Nebraska to South Dakota

Yesterday - About 40 miles up I-25 from Cheyenne, Wyoming... we pulled over for a break from the strong winds.  This is what we saw at a glance of Jeff's back tire... YIKES!  This was a "God watching out for us" thing.  Not only did we decide to pull over, but where he stopped gave us a clear view of this crack in his tire.

We road on the side of the freeway with our flashers on, trying to make it the 14 miles to Wheatland, Wyoming, and hoping that there was a motorcycle shop that could replace his tire.

At the exit, we rode to the Chevron station where I asked for a phone book and/or if they knew of a motorcycle shop... immediately they told us of a guy with a shop just around the corner.  We rode to the shop, but it was closed up... so we rode back to the Chevron... where the clerk took the initiative to call Tommy at home.  He was just taking a lunch break and would be back in half hour.  So we went back.

Tommy DID have the tire we needed so we took it right in and on the rack....

... where Tommy and Joey got to work on it... and we discovered it had not one but 3 big cracks in the tire by the time we got it there.

We praise God for keeping us safe.  We got it fixed and were on the road again, headed for Nebraska, on the way to South Dakota.

We made it the 260 miles to Chadron, Nebraska, as intended, even with the unexpected event and some horrible wind.

All the motels in town were full... so we set up our tent at the Eagles Rest RV Park. 

We met a fellow full-time RV'er, who helped us out getting our tent strapped down, our air mattress pumped up, and provided us with morning coffee!

Our new friend, Vince.  He's been doing the RV life for 12 years.

It was cloudy when we woke up this morning, so we got torn down and packed up as quickly as we could, then left after our coffee.  We prepared for hitting rain, but it didnt happen... though the wind was horrific and felt cold while riding.

We made it into South Dakota...

... where our first stop was the Wounded Knee memorial.

We continued up the Big Foot Memorial Trail, on the way up to Rapid City.

We planned on taking a short break then continuing on to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, but as we headed out after our break, we decided we were too tired to tour the area.  Fighting the wind really kicks our butt.
So we took I-90 to Sturgis, where we got a very comfortable motel room, and we are here thoroughly enjoying the rest and relaxation.  (as if this vacation is difficult and stressful)

CHECK BACK SOON... for a continuation of Bright's 2 Wheel Adventures!


  1. That tire looked pretty bad.. God was surely riding with you. Sounds like you having quite an adventure. Ride safe

  2. I've never seen a tire crack like that. But I do know that finding a shop close and then having the tire in stock definitely has God's fingerprints all over it.

  3. I give thanks to God for protecting you on this trip.

  4. thank goodness the tire was fixed before something bad happened!..Vince looks like a great guy!!!


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