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Nickgt40 03-14-2012 12:32 AM

Anyone From Rapid City, SD?
* I know this isn't technically the correct section, but I'm hoping somone will see the thread either here or in the Mid West sub forum

I'm going to be driving across the country in my focus for the All Ford Nationals in Pennsylvania. I'm planning on driving back to CA by way of highway 80/90 and Rapid City seems like a logical place to stop for me based on timing.

Does anyone on here live there, or any surrounding areas?



Nickgt40 03-14-2012 12:11 PM

12 hour bump.

BLRich1 03-19-2012 09:02 PM

Nick, I didn't see a similar thread in the Midwest section. Did you want this one there? I can move it if needed.

I know there is someone that posts up in that section from Rapid City but I can't remember who.

Nickgt40 03-20-2012 01:37 AM

I put it in the general midwest chat. Feel free to move this over there though just in case.

lightning2nd 03-20-2012 05:08 AM

i live in Sioux Falls, SD

BLRich1 03-20-2012 05:23 PM

I thought it was you, but I didn't feel like tracking you down.

Nickgt40 03-20-2012 05:56 PM

Well, between the two of you maybe you can help me on the route below:

From Lincoln to Rapid City specifically: Seem like a good way to go? Suggestions, better options?

BLRich1 03-20-2012 06:34 PM

when google it from my house (NE Lincoln) it has you going back up to omaha, straight up I-29 and straight west on I-90. I actually drove a good chunk of that section of I-29 today and there were some lane closures.

The other route it recommends (only 4 minutes longer duration) zig zags on some highways but it looks like it would be a decent drive. the majority of NE's highways are in very good condition and you shouldn't have any issues. Cell coverage may be spotty in areas.

Another thing you may need to worry about driving highways if finding premium fuel, if you need it. My parents took their Z3 on the back highways to Mount Rushmore and they had a hard time finding a place to fill up.

I'm guessing that created more problems than solutions, but something to think about. Hopefully Lightning will chime in with some more info.

Nickgt40 03-20-2012 06:42 PM

Thankfully my car is still pretty stock in the engine bay so 87 works fine.

What about speed limits? I drive for a living so I have no problem doing long stretchs of highway, I'm just worried about taking smaller roads and getting held up by 18 wheelers or driving through a bunch of 25mph small towns.

BLRich1 03-20-2012 07:26 PM

the long stretches are all 60 or 65, most being 65. when you come up on towns most of them are small enough they don't make you slow down too much, usually down to 25. some of the larger towns you may have to drop to 35 or 25.

It looks like Valparaiso, Columbus, Neligh (never heard of it), O'neill, and Spencer are only ones you will have to go into town. Most of the other ones look like you skirt around or through.

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