To accommodate the five of us and our luggage, we hired a Chrysler Town and Country, which has a lot of space and comfortable roomy seating.
Starting out from Lawrence, we travelled towards Kansas City, crossed into Missouri and turned north up the i29 aiming for Sioux Falls, where we were booked into a hotel for the first night. For that day we had to travel around four hundred miles.
For the two weeks before we started out for South Dakota, the weather had been very wet and flood warnings abounded around both the Kansas River and Missouri River areas, but we were heading north and away from the worst of the rain. The air was misty with humidity and had been, and still was, much cooler than usual for the time of year.
The i29 runs up the west side of Missouri and into Iowa following the course of the Missouri River which forms the state border. Just over the Iowa border is a town called Hamburg, which suggests Germans settled there in the early days.
|That's nice of them.|
Once in Iowa the Missouri River continues to form the state border, but now between Iowa and Nebraska and about half way to Sioux City, it runs past Omaha.
|There were two of these unusual sculptures one on each side of the flyover|
|A small farm|
|A huge farm|
|A small collection of agricultural machinery. This shows only a small selection snapped as we drove by. Many lots were much larger.|
|A roadside sign made from a water tower|
Sioux Falls is so named because of the rapids and falls found at that part of the river. The area, once a hazard to river travel has become a park area. We were not able to visit the park because we still had a long journey ahead and could not spare the time.
So in the morning we set off once more, this time heading west on the i90 towards Rapid City. From Sioux Falls to Rapid City is just under 350 miles, practically all the way across South Dakota. So that part of the trip was a journey of several hours. We were heading for a place the other side of Rapid City and would have to leave the interstate for smaller more countrified roads and we did not know exactly how long that section would take, so we needed to get going.
Next post, Day Two.