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April 2, 2021: Mt. Rushmore Edition

I'm on a 34-hour reset here in Rapid City, South Dakota and, being so close to Mt. Rushmore, I couldn't pass up the chance to see it. Although, the rental car was pretty pricey due to low volume of cars.

After picking up the rental truck (RAM 1500), I headed out to Mt. Rushmore. They are doing a lot of work, but I did get to see the monument. The rental car agent also suggested seeing the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park, which is just south of Mt. Rushmore. Lots of Bison, Pronghorns, and Donkeys. I drove by the Crazy Horse Monument, but didn't want to spend the $12 to go inside, so just took a picture from the entrance booth. It is still a work in progress. Only the head has been carved. Then headed to Deadwood, South Dakota, which is a quaint historic town (the entire town is a National Historic Landmark), where Wild Bill Hickock was shot. The town reminds me of Eureka Springs.

Lots of great scenic roads around Mt. Rushmore that are almost as good as the monuments.

I've included a few highlights below and then a link to the full album below.






Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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Can't wait to park near something interesting. My highlight for walking exercise was 1+ mike walk to check out the accident scene in CT last Tuesday, then back to the truck. Got to chat with a few truckers. Day 3 otr training in the books!


Over The Road

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Chief Brody's Comment
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There is a trail near the Pilot in Sturbridge Massachusetts. I-84 . It's somewhat of walk to get there (2.3 miles).





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Two Harbors Minnesota. Birthplace of 3M. Lake Superior is a decent walk from the Kwik Trip.






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Evanston, Wyoming July 2021.

The Pilot at exit 102 off of I-80 has a lot within easy and ambitious walking distance. The Wyoming Visitor’s Center is a half-mile walk. They have captive herds of bison. Bear River State Park is right next door. Bear River State Park has several miles of gravel hiking trails along and around the Bear River. Very easy trails. Several miles of more challenging trails lie beyond the State Park boundaries. The trails are multi-use so you will encounter mountain bikers.

A paved walking path, the Bear River Greenway, lies just west of the Pilot. You can access that trail through an unofficial trail. Just walk southwest from the parking lot and you will see it. The Bear River Greenway south will take you to the Bear River State Park. Heading north and west, the Greenway will take you to the “ice ponds,” to the historic railroad district, and the historic downtown district. The ice ponds were used around the turn of the century to put ice in railroad cars carrying produce. In addition to a historic railroad depot, the railroad district also has some exhibits about the Lincoln Highway, which was the first transcontinental highway f,rom New York to San Francisco. The Lincoln Highway was replaced with US 30 and I-80.






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