United States 3 July: McLaughlin, South Dakota - Bowdle, South Dakota
South Dakota Friends
Putu enjoying the peaceful environment as we settled into the Moodairy Ranch for our accommodations last night. We were unexpectedly and pleasantly treated to a wonderful sunset ride by Charlotte Moser who owns the 800 acre farmland with her husband Don. These photos did not have time to be entered on yesterday's report so we thought we would share them here.
The accommodations were charming as the cabins were designed by Charlotte and Don over the years as guest houses.
800 acres of farmland and pastures was a pleasant sight after running on the hilly highways in South Dakota.
Charlotte has been working on this farm since she was a young girl and still has the strength and love for the land as she takes us for a ride on her pickup truck to one of the higher pastures to watch the sunset.
These curious cows were wondering where we came from and what we were doing 'trespassing' on their territory. They were quite peaceful and friendly about our presence though.
In the morning some of us ran towards our next destination from McLaughlin after leaving the very memorable Moodairy Ranch.
The U.S. flag was flying everywhere in honor of the 4th of July coming up to celbrate the declaration of American Independence in 1776.
On the way to Mobridge two friendly locals who owned the nearby U Haul rental business came out to offer their goodwill and share the Peace Torch with us.
After a long morning of hilly running we reached the town of Mobridge where we were warmly welcomed by Mayor Gene Cox and some of his staff and some local residents as well.
The town has been shaped by it's rich Native American roots and railroad prominence, both in the past and present. It's location as a prime crossing for the Missouri River has played a significant role in the growth and settlement of the town.
Mayor Gene Cox shares the Torch and our Certificate of Appreciation for greeting us here with City Manager Christine Goldsmith and Finance Officer Heather Beck.
Our women's team of Putu, Nayaja, Mananya and Kshema are ready to run their miles now in the hot afternoon sun.
The men's team who ran in the morning drive by in our RV camper to prepare dinner as the afternoon team covers the last miles of the day.