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State Capitols · Midwest Tour
Day 7 - Monday, July 16, 2007
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Rapid City, SD

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We've visited 35 state capitols so far. But the capitol of South Dakota in Pierre is just stunning. Not only does it look like a capitol (unlike Louisiana :), but the black dome really sets it apart. See the pics below.

From Pierre we drove South on US-83 to I-90 and turned West. As we drove West the terrain gradually changed from flat prairie to rolling hills. I was VERY glad to leave the flatness behind. Pretty boring.

Tonight we are camped in Rapid City, SD. Tomorrow we'll visit Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial and Devil's Tower.

We've been paying around $3.15 - $3.20 for gas lately. My friend Ralph emailed that the gas price back home in Aiken County is $2.66 - $2.79. Interesting and disgusting :)

Here's News... Several people have emailed and/or called wanting to know an email address where they can send suggestions and comments about this web site. Here's the address: This address will work only during the trip. After that it will once again suffer from benign neglect :)

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The capitol of South Dakota in Pierre. Magnificent. Note the blue/purple flowers. Here's a close up of the flowers. Very pretty. This man made lake is right around the corner from the capitol. I thought the reflection was kinda neat. Even dinosaurs lag. That's a joke for my dog friends :) The sheep is a bonus.
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Drive Time:
Begin: 11:00am
End: 7:30pm
Net (includes stops): 8 hrs, 30 mins
Trip Mileage:
Begin odometer: 35,333
End odometer: 35,525
Net miles today: 192
Average MPH: 22.6
Total trip miles: 2,600

Gas Mileage:
Average MPG to date: 14.0

Gasoline: $55.00
     Price: $3.139/gal
     Bought in: Rapid City, SD
Food, ice, etc.: $18.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00
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Several thoughts and laws from Chickensoup in TX:

Murphy's First Law for Wives: If you ask your husband to pick up five items at the store and then you add one more as an afterthought, he will forget two of the first five.

Kaufman's Paradox of the Corporation: The less important you are to the corporation, the more your tardiness or absence is noticed.

The Salary Axiom: The pay raise is just large enough to increase your taxes and just small enough to have no effect on your take-home pay.

Miller's Law of Insurance: Insurance covers everything except what happens.

First Law of Living: As soon as you start doing what you always wanted to be doing, you'll want to be doing something else.

Weiner's Law of Libraries: There are no answers, only cross-references.

The Grocery Bag Law: The candy bar you planned to eat on the way home from the market is hidden at the bottom of the grocery bag.

Lampner's Law of Employment: If you leave work late, you'll never be noticed. If you leave work early, you'll always meet the boss in the parking lot.

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Some more grandparents stories from Bill in Louisville:

My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, "62."

He was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you start at 1?"


After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. At last she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?"

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