Your favorite vagabond is in a public library in Rapid City, South Dakota… no cell phone reception, but at least the intarweb tubes reach out here. I spent Wednesday in Cactus Flat, a non-town that is comprised of gentle prairie hills and no cactus. There I played with prairie dogs and probably contracted rabies from the one that nibbled on my finger. Thursday was Wall, a town that’s sprung up around the ridiculousness that is Wall Drug. This whole part of S.D. is a bizarre mix of nature wonderland & crass commercial tourist trap. The history in & around Wall Drug is fascinating, but I could do without the miles of Western kitsch. I caught a very clutch ride straight to exit 59 in Rapid City and hoofed it here to the library, in spitting distance of SD-16S which should take me to Mt. Rushmore (if I can get a lift). I will probably spend tonight & tomorrow around here, also trying to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park (home to the largest buffalo herd). There’s a ton to do & see in the Black Hills, but not a) without wheels b) without lots of cash. This area is beautiful though and very different from IN & OH etc. My computer time is about up… thanks for cheering me on and all your prayers.