Day 3: Champaign, IL –> Sioux Falls, SD (707 miles)

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Date: Sunday, August 28, 2009
Route: Champaign, IL –> Sioux Falls, SD
Odometer: 11332 –> 12040

Perfect weather for riding today.  Spent a little time taking pictures in Urbana in the morning, the palce was pretty dead in the morning, the semester hasn’t started yet.  Headed out on I-80, then onto I-380 through Cedar Rapids.  Cut across on the really tiny state road 20, stopping for lunch in tiny Wellsburg, IA which is deep farm country and I got a couple of surprised looks from people who’d likely never seen Connecticut plates, and probably never on a bike.  Met a guy on his way from Des Moines to Chicago on a Kawasaki Vulcan III, complete with speakers blasting hard rock.

Hit I-90 in the late afternoon and rode into Minnesota with a view of lakes everywhere, lived up to the state’s nickname.  I had to stop at the Tail Fins malt shop which advertised classic shakes and malts, and they were excellent, even if the decor was a bit over the top.  I guess everyone needs a gimmick nowadays.

Pressed on to Sioux Falls getting there just as the last rays of light set and I could check into the Motel 6.  Stepped into town to eat the “world famous” barbecue at Farmer Dave’s which was welcome relief from the strip mall hell that most of Sioux Falls is.  As I rode back to the motel I was passed by a couple of Ford Probes with noisy pipes and kids on 600s tearing up the streets.  Ah, to spend a warm, late summer evening cruising around Sioux Falls with friends before everyone heads off to wherever they’re going in September.