Driving for Dreams: Time Passing Faster than Miles

The irony of the name Rapid City is not lost on me!  I’ve been delayed here for a day and a half with a flat tire, cell phone issues, and a maxed-out credit card due to mistakes from Tmobile’s billing.  So I’ve been stuck in Rapid City, South Dakota and I spent more time there than I planned to!  Originally Rapid City wasn’t even going to be an overnight destination.   After waiting more than 8 hours and multiple phone calls to AAA, CAA, and TD Gold Travel Club, I was still stranded.  I was feeling very discouraged because of the distance I’ve yet to cover and the time clicking away faster than the miles were.  I camped out at the McDonalds in Rapid City hoping to get things resolved so I wouldn’t need to spend another night in a local hotel and instead hit the road.   I met a cowboy named Johnson and he came over to ask why “such a pretty girl looks so sad”.  We started chatting – including an offer to marry him (??) and he made a couple calls.  An hour later, his friend who has a tow truck came and jacked my MINI up in the parking lot and added a patch over the rear passenger side tire.  I ran over a cat eye in the road and had a bolt about 1.5″ in diameter stuck in my tire.  My rim is slightly bent too (could have been previously or from something else) but it was determined I was only leaking air from the bolt hole.  I offered to pay for the service but instead they were just happy to see me hit the road again!  I took photos and video of the adventure in the McDonald’s parking lot on my iPhone but then restored my iPhone to factory settings to try and fix the no calling/no data issue and didn’t backup the phone first.  Since I hadn’t connected to wifi, my camera roll didn’t update and I lost over a dozen photos :(  The memory will always be in my mind and I’m grateful for their assistance!   I headed towards Keystone, SD to do a quick tour of Custer State Park, Iron Mountain Road (rock tunnels), and Mount Rushmore.  Custer Park is incredible!! As I’ve found with all national and state parks so far (2 and counting!) the roads are some serious blacktop… beautiful paved and barely a crack.  Such a treat for my MINI baby after putting her through the stress of Toronto roads.  To be honest, it doesn’t feel like I’m driving the same car that I push day to day in rough Toronto city gridlock.  The fact that the vinyl wrap was completed literally the night before I left helps her feel like a new car… Anyways, I digress.  Custer Park was incredible and I did the “Wildlife Loop” road which was the perfect time to see animals as it was “magic hour”.  The photos turned out incredible as well!  Also, a bison came RIGHT UP to my MINI and I swear he was hoping to hitch hike!! DSC00353 DSC00356 DSC00357 DSC00358 DSC00359 Ok it’s time to hit the road again and the blog isn’t finished!! Many more stories and photos to share!  I’ll catch up with you over lunch! XO LILCOOPR

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