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Tuesday, June 15, 2004 - Mobridge, South Dakota
Today we mainly followed the Missouri River from Pierre, South Dakota to Mandan, North Dakota taking state routes 1804 and 1806 wherever possible. The routes are named after the years the expedition passed through.
We traveled on rural paved roads and gravel roads. The gravel roads here are fairly smooth and well maintained. Better than a lot of Pennsylvania paved roads. At first the scenery was like yesterday, fairly flat with large lumps but it gradually changed to lumps and buttes. Sometimes you could see the road for miles ahead - straight and narrow. We made many stops to look at beautiful vistas. Even the junk yards were pictureque.
Near Mobridge, SD we stopped at the Sitting Bull and bullet-riddled Sakakawea monuments.
We saw our first herds of buffalo (not wild, but fenced in) and our first sage brush. We stopped by a prairie dog village and opened the windows so we could hear the barking squirrels as Lewis and Clark and their group called them. We must have seen thousands and thousands of head of cattle and a lot of horses too.