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The drive from Iowa to Wall, South Dakota was long and boring peppered with billboards against the farmland. We left at 7:15 am CST and arrived at 6:30 pm MST.

Jason was a trooper with so much driving. He even stopped at a rest area to participate in a meeting for work. Once we set up camp he spent the rest of the day (night) working. The night before he was up past midnight to make up for the long travel days.

We also caught the tail-end of the Sturgis motorcycle rally going on in the Black Hills, and although there were signs all over warning everyone about heavy traffic and slow speeds, we didn’t encounter anything but open roads—and extended single lanes of traffic due to construction :)

We ended up spending that night at Sleepy Hollow Campground in Wall, SD, which was two blocks down from the Main Street and the home of Wall Drug. As we were settling in to our site, we disconnected the toad and discovered the battery was completely dead. One of our neighbors tried to help us jump the battery but it was too far gone; not even a whimper of an attempt to turn over. Fortunately the Saturn is a pretty light-weight car, and Jason was able to push it out of the way, allowing us to back Edelweiss up, closer to the hook-ups.

After asking around, we found that there were no stores or shops in the area that could sell us a new battery, so we ended up just pushing the car into place the next morning as we packed up to head out to the Badlands.

We walked two blocks to the famed Wall Drug – it was fun, but a little overrated. Yes, the coffee is a nickel and the ice water is free, but it’s over 4 bucks for an old-fashioned soda fountain drink. Yikes!

It’s big and kitschy and filled with chotskies and western wear for sale.

Ultimately, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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