Day 10 – Custer, South Dakota

Occasionally a day or a moment can change the trajectory of a person’s life. Taking this trip is one such example. Another nearly occurred Tuesday. Twice.

We broke camp at the facility where we stayed near Badlands National Park (much more on that in a separate post) and headed for Rapid City, South Dakota. Along the way the altitude changed from about 2400 feet in Badlands to about 5000 feet in Rapid City. The winds were more moderate and we traveled a very deserted stretch of US 44 from the national park up to interstate 90 just east of Rapid City.

After a break for fuel and lunch, we made our way into Rapid City. Being from New York, I consider myself familiar with impatient drivers. Heck, I are one. 😉 But within 60 seconds of arriving in Rapid City I realized these drivers make New Yorkers look tame. I was cut off 3 times before I’d gone 2 blocks.

As we approached one intersection where the light was green in our favor, a driver going in the opposite direction and needing to make a left turn decided it was in HER favor to turn right in front of me. I pounded the horn and stood on the brake but KNEW there was no way to avoid hitting her. Somehow we stopped short of her tail end.

We made our way out of Rapid City without further incident and drove the rest of the way to our destination, French Creek RV Park in Custer, without incident. Mostly.

At about 2:15 as we drove onto the property and located a vacant RV slot, I noticed the leading left wheel on Cody was pointed in a direction other than forward. I continued watching it as we inched forward and the wobble was unmistakable. I got out to check and, sure enough, we had thrown 3 lug nuts, sheared off 2 lugs, the remaining 3 lug nuts were backed half way out, and the holes for the lugs in the rim were twice the size they should have been. I don’t know how many more miles we’d have traveled before the wheel flew off but I can’t imagine it would have been much.

The population of Custer is less than 2000 so I was not optimistic about getting this fixed any time soon. But two quick phone calls later, Bob Anderson of Anderson Auto Sales was on his way to our site. By 6:30 Tuesday night we were once again road-worthy. Amazing! Thank you, Bob!

On arrival

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2 Responses to Day 10 – Custer, South Dakota

  1. Jim says:

    I would’ve hit her and smiled while doing it.

  2. Robin says:

    Another Wow!. You got to love the Bob Andersons of the world. Thank you Bob Anderson!