Warning Ignored, Sadness and Sillyness

by / Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Published in America 2014, Travel Blog
Roadtrip, Harley Davidson, Harley, Travel America, motorbike, motorcycle, Carhenge, Nebraska, Alliance

One hundred and fifty Lakota Indian men women and children died at Wounded Knee in December 1890. The Wounded Knee Massacre was effectively the end of the Indian wars and had a profound effect on the frontier west. The greats forts such as Fort Laramie were no longer required and were decommissioned and abandoned by the army. We were determined to visit Wounded Knee and the mass burial site despite being warned that the reservation is the poorest area in the USA and unsafe.

On a hot cloudless morning we rode through the rolling treeless hills of the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The road was deserted and the riding easy on the gentle curves. Finally arriving at Wounded Knee and after parking the bike we walked three hundred meters along dusty track to a tiny cemetery located on top of a hillock. There in the middle of the cemetery is the mass grave. No other person was to be seen so we spent a long time at this sad place before leaving. We rode a long time before words came to us again.

After fueling ourselves and the bike at the Pine Ridge township petrol station and realizing we were the only non Indians we decided it was time to move on out of there. We rode with haste and unease through a couple of the smaller townships that obviously were the reason we were warned about and to not visit.

The afternoon rolled on and the riding through the heat and never ending treeless hills on very good roads started to become monotonous. On and on and on. But wait! I am in the Salisbury Plains in England and there ahead in the haze is Stonehenge.  No I am day dreaming, this is the high plains of Nebraska not England and what I see is Carhenge. Cars painted grey and put in the ground to replicate Stonehenge.

Only in America!

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