Day 97 - Ellendale to Aberdeen - Two Far 2021 - Sooo... Far - CycleBlaze

July 14, 2021

Day 97 - Ellendale to Aberdeen

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Good weather, good roads, mostly tailwinds, mostly flat - what's not to like?  We had a good ride today and entered state number 13- South Dakota.  

We stopped at Casey's on the way out of town to supplement the meager breakfast offerings at the motel.  The parking lot was full of bikes and bikers - this kind.

These guys were from Minnesota and headed to Red Lodge, Montana.
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If you look closely, you can see a guy working on his mower, which broke down while mowing the right-of-way. He said his boss mows the right-of-way for free and in return gets all the hay they bale.
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Bales waiting to be picked up.
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It was only five miles until we got to South Dakota.

South Dakota, great faces, great places
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Just past that billboard was this historical marker, erected in 1956.
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We checked the back side of the marker and it was a nice salute to North Dakota.
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We stopped for a break in Frederick, SD.  They have a Community Store, which we found is run by a membership co-op.  The co-op was started in 1985 when the store owners retired.  The community got together to buy and run it so they would have a store in their town.  All the women working this morning were very friendly.  One of them had her son, CJ, with her.  He was a delight!

CJ loves to take pictures!
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Mike ObermeyerApparently he doesn't like shoes. He is color coordinated with the though.
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He was not quite ready to take the bike for a ride.
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Keith A. SpanglerHe'll be touring soon!
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Men's room in the Community Store. This is for very short men or the very well endowed :-)
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Leaving Frederick, we passed the old city jail.
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A South Dakota prairie barn.

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A mass of overgrown trees and shrubs

Is there something in those trees?
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An old house still standing in there
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Here is another partially hidden house we saw.

An earth covered home. The prairie seems like a good location for this kind of home.
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We could not identify this crop. Later we learned that they were cutting and baling cattails. Because of the drought and lack of forage, area farmers are harvesting anything they can.
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We thought there was a retail farm equipment dealer fifteen miles past our last stop.  I was counting on the next restroom!  We got there and learned that it was a private farm.  A couple of the guys working there were kind enough to let us use their bathroom.

Logan and Casey in the maintenance shop of L&O Acres.
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L&O Acres is a very large operation.  Casey hold us they farm over 36,000 acres, which equates to over 56 square miles! 

An operation of their size requires lots of equipment. Here are 7 of the 9 large tractors they own.
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As well as six combines. I figure that equates to about $10 million worth of equipment just in these 2 photos. I can not imagine how many pieces of smaller equipment it takes to run an operation of this size. Also note that there is not a speck of green to be seen!
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In Aberdeen, we rode downtown to find the local museum.  They have a beautiful county courthouse.

The Brown County Courthouse
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The Dacotah Prairie Museum is housed in a building from 1889.

The earliest known picture of this building - in the 1890's
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The original owner was a bank - this old vault is on the second floor.
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The museum was OK - it mainly reflected life in the 20th century in the local area.

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Something I had never seen - a crank telephone from the 1920's.
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Alain AbbateI guess people got a lot of crank calls back then.
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And something we all have seen. I think it was phone booths inside buildings that had these seats. The outdoor phone booths were more utilitarian and less cozy.
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There was a diorama of a prairie with depictions of the grasses and animals.  I got a picture of the sign below it, but somehow I missed getting a picture of the exhibit.  

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There was an exbibit in a upstairs gallery of wooden models done by a local artist.  Kerry loved these.

All the parts were wood and most of the models were 2' long or larger
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Info about the man who built all the models.
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Today's ride: 44 miles (71 km)
Total: 3,588 miles (5,774 km)

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