After calling all around Sioux Falls, Amanda finds a place that should have a fitting tire just about 10 mins away. We go to "Competition cycles", leave the bike and head for breakfast nearby.. I have a delicious tuna melt and then we go back to see if theres any progress with bike... Seems like a trusthworthy old mechanic is just balancing the wheel as we return. New Shinko tire, balancing, some lube paste on the rear drive splines, and the trips first top up of oil, and we are on our way. 217 dollars must be concidered ok, as its only about 3 hrs since we first called them... The mechanic claims to the "goldwing guy" around town, but his claims are backed up by an identical 79 GL with vetter fairing and a 1100 also sitting around the garage..
Riding today was tough, mostly due to heavy crosswinds. It was like a never ending wrestling match with the bike... Crossing the Missouri River I felt the front wheel jumping one meter to the side in one leap! But it was also a very beautiful ride through south dakota.
Crossing the great plains is a humbling experience. Its just so huge! Gas stations were 100 miles apart so i got a little nervous there.
Out in the middle of nowhere after one hour without traffic, all of a sudden theres a guy with a stop sign next to the road... Ok some road work ahead and we have to wait for a pilot car to lead us through.. Then a car comes after us in line. The guy jumps out and starts to talk to us. Hes very nice and it turns out he has a finnish wife so he has been to sweden many times. We speak about the trip and he gives us his business card, because he wants to now where we will end up. Amanda sees his card and says "wait a minute... Youre from the town Gary? Where we tried to fill gas before we almost stranded the other day?" And the guy goes: yeah sure! I pump gas in Gary!
So this actually was the guy that closed his station early when we were trying to get gas the other day, so that we almost ran out of it!
In that way its a small country...,
The rest of the ride was beautiful and we reached our motel at sunset... Evening was spent with beer, grilled cheese, sallad, and then a late evening dip in the motel pool!
Tomorrow we will enter the Badlands, and I guess it will be even more scenic then!
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1979 GL1000 Vetter