The wind was wicked Friday night, the weatherman said it should die down after midnight. Didn't happen. I would have pulled the slide outs in had I known just how long and strong it was going to blow. Instead I was up before 5am because I just couldn't sleep with the noise of the wind blowing the awning on our bedroom slideout.
The gusts finally stopped shortly after dawn and the blue skies returned to the Black Hills. This is what we have been waiting for! I ventured outside and begin the process of re-positioning our rig. When we arrived the weather was just so nasty that we just parked the rig so we were off the road saving the final set up for better weather.
I unloaded the bike and unhooked the trailer, with Rudee's help we moved it out of our way. We weighed out our parking options. Our pull through site is plenty long enough but not real wide. We tossed around the idea of parking both the cargo trailer and the truck behind the motor home but this seemed too narrow. We settled on moving the motor home back about 10-12 feet allowing us to park the Dakota in front and keep the cargo trailer in back and use it as our "Harley garage".
While we were working we got to meet some of our co-workers who were out walking their pets, taking out their trash or just coming by to see what these two nutty people were up to. :-)
Once we got all the vehicles in their "proper" position we began to "build our nest" for the next several months. I got our clothes line rack mounted on the rear ladder, set up some of our patio carpet and even got our grille out in case we wanted to do some outside cooking.
We don't have a huge amount of "patio space" and there is a small pine tree that seems to be in the way no matter how we would have parked.
The view of our "boss" from the campground is kinda nice though!
We finished up our chores and took our first bike ride. The weather was a little cool so we stayed on the winding roads where we could keep our speed down and enjoy the ride. Our route took us past Mount Rushmore and into the town of Keystone. We checked out the camping spot we were originally assigned back when we thought we would be working there. Not bad but our view is better at Crazy Horse. :-)
We walked through some of the tourist shops at Keystone but really had no interest in buying anything. Back on the bike we road to Hill City following along the tracks for the 1880's train ride.
We took another break in Hill City since we didn't want to overdo Rudee's first bike ride since surgery. She did great though and we are looking forward to doing a lot of exploring on the Harley. I think we are going to like it here. :-) I'll keep you posted.