In 2007, a good friend of mine Sandi K and I rode our motorcycles from Southeastern Michigan to Rapid City, IA to visit Mt. Rushmore.
It was a trip of a lifetime…to Mt. Rushmore in Rapid City, S. Dakota. We rode west across MI, taking the ferry across to Wisconsin, then up through Madison, across Minnesota, into Sioux Falls, S. Dakota and through the Badlands Nat’l park and Buffalo Gap, on to Rapid City. Rapid City was our headquarters for 3 days, where we spent those days touring — Mt. Rushmore, and many other amazing American monuments including the Black Hills, Devil’s Tower and Crazy Horse.
We rode up to Sturgis (SD), Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood, and across the Wyoming state line to Sundance, Newcastle, Guernsey, Chugwater to Fort Collins, CO. Across Colorado up to Nebraska, up through Missouri then Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and home. 3,776 miles and 12 days. Oh yes, we have lots of stories from that trip.
These are a couple pictures I took of Mt. Rushmore — I believe I used the disposable camera that day, these pictures are poor quality, which I regret. Being there, walking the elevated paths all around it, and viewing it from all sides through the trees was remarkable, inspirational and unforgettable.
George Washington – The First President of the United States: “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered…deeply…finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”
Thomas Jefferson – The 3rd President: “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.” “Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”
Theodore Roosevelt – The 26th President: “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president. To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, right or wrong – is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
Abraham Lincoln – The 16th Presdient: “Don’t pray that God’s on our side, pray that we’re on his side.” “Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.”