Pretty Toastie today - Crazy Horse Mountain
06.18.2007 27 °C
Arrived at Rapid City after a toasty ride across South Dakota. The motorcycle has a temperature gauge – it showed 108 degrees. Having ridden in the Mojave Desert years before helped me have the knowledge and proper equipment for extreme temperatures. Hydration is the key – had to keep drinking water until my belly was full. I also have a vented summer riding jacket, which turns your body into a wick, so that requires more drinking water. And I have a cooling vest. It is made from a material that absorbs a huge amount of water. After flooding it with water, as I ride the wind flows over the vest, the water evaporates, making it act like an evaporated cooler. It not exactly like riding with air conditioning, but it make the heat a more manageable. Depending on the temperature and humidity, it needs to be recharged with water about every 1 – 2 hours. The vest in not effective in high humidity. I tried it in Louisiana and quickly found that was a mistake – the water would not evaporate!!!!
Today I was talking to another rider who was going south from Alaska – he was in emotional shock regarding the heat. His next stop was going to be the next motel. He was going to ride at night. Tomorrow is to be cooler.
Saw Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Mountain. Needless to say, Rushmore was very enjoyable, but Crazy Horse Mountain was fabulous. Several years ago I saw a PBS program about how this site got its start. One man, who had worked on Rushmore, had a dream of doing something with his life that would be remembered. He was approached in the late forties to do this mountain sculpture as a tribute to all of the American Indians that were mistreated by the US government during the 1800 hundreds. He has since died, but his wife and 7 of his 10 children continue to “work” the mountain. The entire project was and is financed without the aid of government money. He was a pure entrepreneur. When looking at the mountain, it appears that not much has been done, but to put it into perspective, all four heads on Mount Rushmore are smaller than Crazy Horse’s head. The hole under Crazy Horse’s arm is the size of a 30-storey building. In my view, it is an amazing project. One of the highlights of my trip.
Give yourself a treat and put this monument on your agenda next time you travel to South Dakota. You will not be disappointed.
About 2 – 3 days back to Kelowna – seems like a long time since I left. I hope I don’t look older. ;-)
Bye for now….Allen