Golf, Fort Laramie and drinks

FORT COLLINS, CO — Monday marked the third day of my Western Road Trip.

I took off from Custer, South Dakota, on US Highway 18 and stopped in Hot Springs at Southern Hills Golf Course. It’s a very nice course in the Black Hills. I played and walked nine holes and, surprisingly, my golf game wasn’t too bad for it being the first time this year.

Tee No. 1 at Southern Hills Golf Course

After golf, I hopped in my car continued on my journey to Fort Collins, Colorado. The mountains became much more prevalent as I got closer to Colorado. I was surprised how high the speed limits were on a two-lane road in Wyoming! In Minnesota, you’re lucky to see the speed limit reach 60 M.P.H. In Wyoming, it’s 70 and I was always getting passed by people.

Some of the scenic traveling in Wyoming is breathtaking. There is nothing like traveling down into a valley and seeing for miles, with mountains in the distance.

I stopped to see Fort Laramie. Checking out national monuments is not something I’m a huge fan of, but I really enjoyed seeing this fort. A lot of the buildings have been preserved and I stopped to read the placards and take pictures. It was cool to see some of the old firing weapons that were used back in the 1800s.18301391_1531395290225368_7248244401244906087_n.jpg

The “bachelor” officer house.


A Gatling gun that was used back in the day.
This is where the calvary was housed.


After spending about 30 minutes at Fort Laramie, I called it a day and headed to Cheyenne for gas and lunch.18268663_1531395383558692_7545317156537877870_n.jpg

Cheyenne is a short drive to Fort Collins and after checking into my hotel room, I went downtown to check out some bars.

I stopped at Whisk(e)y, where they have the third-largest whiskey selection of any bar in the country and the largest in Colorado.

The guy made me a whiskey sour with an egg white. I’m not a huge fan of those kinds of drinks, but this one was very good. After finishing my drink and food, I headed next door to a bar where they were serving $2 taps. I watched some basketball, then walked around the downtown area.

A whiskey sour made with an egg white

Fort Collins is a very interesting town with a good downtown square, but I don’t think I would want to live here.

All in all, it was a great day of driving, enjoying a few drinks and some good food.

I’m off to Utah in the morning with a stop in Steamboat Springs for some more golf. I’ll be traveling through Roosevelt National Forest, which means it’ll take some time, so I must get some rest.


On the road to somewhere

Custer, SD — After having fun last night, I woke up this morning feeling somewhat refreshed, even after drinking the night before.

I had breakfast at Schmidtmans, then showered, packed my bags and hopped in the car to begin the second stage of my trip to Custer, South Dakota.

The drive was over 350 miles, so that meant significant time in the car. However, I really enjoyed the drive. Once I got to Chamberlain, the drive seemed to fly by. Chamberlain is where the Missouri River runs through South Dakota on Interstate 90 and started the beginning of The Badlands and leads into The Black Hills.

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The Missouri River.

What a great drive. Honestly, it was an awesome time. I spent time flipping between music and audiobooks. This is great country.

I stopped in the famous town of Wall and had an old-fashioned chocolate malt at the Wall Drug Store. I also bought some gifts for some pretty good prices.IMG_3300


The “main drag” of Wall, South Dakota.

Once I got to Rapid City, the mountains became more noticeable and really stood out. I headed south to Custer and it was a great 40-mile drive through the mountains and several small towns.

When I arrive in Custer, I checked into my hotel and got all settled. I walked down the main drag, which is about half a mile to the Pizza Mill, which I picked out beforehand. I ordered a personal pan pizza, and it was fabulous. They even had Summer Shandy in this small restaurant that didn’t seat more than 20 people.IMG_3316


Walking up and down main street, these people live a simple life. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and it makes me wonder, “Would I like that, too, someday?”

I certainly think I would like it, but for now, I’ll stick to what I have going on.

You’ll hear more from me tomorrow!