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Old 06-23-2012, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Yes, but 79 is 4 lanes from Maverick all the way into Rapid City.
Now think about that. You spend a day and a half on the Interstate and then you come to the Black Hills, your choices are a) nice wandering highway going throught the Black Hills where you can see Crazy Horse, Custer, Hill City and then, depending on if you continue up 385 to take 44, you'll see Sheridan Lake, Pactola, Johnson Siding, Canyon Lake, or take 16 through Rockerville into Rapid City, past Bear Country, Reptile Gardens, Duhamel's house.... or, b) get on a 4 lane and head into Rapid City. hmmmmm. which one should I choose???
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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EH... It depends. Pickup and trailer or moving truck or a car load of grouchy wife and kids and a dog with gas... I'd put the giddy up on. If we are all happy and dumb then yes I'd take 385 to Hill City and slide down the hills.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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EH... It depends. Pickup and trailer or moving truck or a car load of grouchy wife and kids and a dog with gas... I'd put the giddy up on. If we are all happy and dumb then yes I'd take 385 to Hill City and slide down the hills.
Yes, very true. If it's late in the day, Hotsprings to Maverick and then head North on 79. Quick and easy.


At least I didn't say North on 385 to Brownsville, turn right, and go through Benchmark, Novak, Tomahawk, Nemo and on in that way.
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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Thank you all for the advice/suggestions. I think I will take the I-25 route. I looked into Fort Collins, and there is a well-reviewed Holiday Inn Express there, which is my preferred chain when travelling. So I think I will stop there, which will make my first day's leg be 9 hours, and the second day 6 hours. That should give me enough time to take the long way and go through the Black Hills if I choose. Thanks for the tip about the toll road around Denver, I looked it up and it's pretty cool how there are no booths, it's all done automatically with photos of your license plate. I'll be sure to post after my trip is complete to let everybody know how it goes! Thanks again!
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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Yes, very true. If it's late in the day, Hotsprings to Maverick and then head North on 79. Quick and easy.


At least I didn't say North on 385 to Brownsville, turn right, and go through Benchmark, Novak, Tomahawk, Nemo and on in that way.
I like Nemo Road.

Ellsworth, good luck!
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