Our names are Scotty and Fiddy and we hitchhiked to all 50 state capitols in 50 consecutive days. We started in Times Square on October 10th 2006 and ended in Honolulu on November 28th 2006. It was awesome. Email us: hitch50@gmail.com. Thanks to everyone who made it possible, it was fun! Read about our trip here.
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South Dakota is cool.

Crissy drove 200 miles to Pierre on Saturday morning to help us out with rides. While we were all pretty excited about the craft fair going on in the hotel, but we pried ourselves away and hit the road. She gave us two options for the day: Go east to Sioux Falls, or go west back to Rapid City and check out Mt. Rushmore. Easy question. No American road trip would be complete without a trip to Mt. Rushmore, so we headed west.

Crissy is a radio DJ at HOT 93.1 in Rapid City, SD. She put her kids, husband and concert plans on hold to hang out with us on Saturday. Her radio DJ personality comes through right away. The clever, quick wit morning DJs possess was obvious when the first sentence she said to us was “craft fair! Sweet”.

On the drive back to Rapid City we stopped in at the famous Wall Drug for some famous free ice water. Wall Drug is one of those tourist traps, which stays alive because of the hundreds of billboards littered throughout the surrounding highways. After seeing the tacky ads for hours it would be almost criminal to pass by without having a look around. We did have a look around and even spent some money. Freddy got a new belt buckle, while Sammy got a new hat.

Crissy took us by her radio station to have a look around and meet her husband Adrian. Like many radio DJs he does not go by Adrian on the air, rather working for two stations under two different ‘on air names’. Those clever DJs, I always thought radio just attracted the cool named people, but it’s all a front.

Later Crissy and her Pontiac took us into the Black Hills to see Mt. Rushmore. It’s definitely one of those attractions you need to see to understand. But hopefully these sweet photos will do some justice.

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After Mt. Rushmore Crissy elevated her status to a true "Drive-A-Saurus-Rex". She offered to drive us all they way to Mitchell, about 300 miles away. We arranged a ride to come meet us a little bit closer in Chamberlain, but it’s still a long way. Crissy’s distance for they day ended up being over 860 miles. That’s good for top-three in the long distance ride category. Thank you for being such a road warrior Crissy, we appreciate it.

Brad came to meet us at Al’s Oasis in Chamberlain. Al’s Oasis is yet another South Dakota highway tourist trap; full of tacky and useless merchandise, like this. As nice as South Dakota is, it seems like their economy is reliant on tourist traps like Al’s Oasis, Wall Drug, drive through zoos, forests full of all the American president’s statues, the ‘original’ General Lee and some mountain with guys heads on it. I guess that’s just another reason why South Dakota is cool.

After Crissy passed us off to Brad we headed to Sioux Falls. Along the way Brad took us to the Puk U bar for a drink and the most spectacular tourist attraction of all...

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Amsterdam there is a sign that says

WALL DRUGS 3825 Miles --->

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Lisa A. said...

That video is great!!!
I hope the corn palace lived up to your "expectations" ;)

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scotty and Fiddy are back! We are still trying to determine if they the naughty twins or the good twins??!!

8:26 AM  
Blogger Matt Elke said...

when are the two of you going to be in vegas? i'm already planning on walking bliss down the aisle and the deposit on my elvis costume is non-refundable!!!!

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Freddy (1383 Miles from Wall Drug) said...

I was wondering if you were going to make it to Wall Drug. One of my pals had a Wall Drug sign in his living room in East Van before he moved back to Oregon.

3:46 AM  

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