Milwaukee to Sioux Falls - July 7, 2017
Harley Museum to Madison, WI - PFC Joshua Markel Memorial Ride
Today is a late start as well as a short day. Our day covers the 297 miles from Milwaukee to Sioux Falls, SD. We recognize that we have pushed hard for several days and have several more hard days ahead so we felt it best to vary our pace so we don't burn out. Essentially, we are taking a bit of a break to enjoy some of the places we are seeing. Let's face it, this is a road trip of epic proportions and you have to stop from time to time to take in the sights, sounds and smells in order to truly appreciate the trip. Nonetheless, we can't forget we have a mission to accomplish and we cannot rest too long.
As we said, today was going to be a bit of a late start as we felt like a stop in Milwaukee wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Harley-Davidson Museum. America has always had a love affair with motorcycles and what better way to showcase this American icon.
After a stroll down Harley's memory lane, we will load up and prepare for our departure. From there we will travel approximately 75 miles to Madison, WI where we will have to wish a fond farewell to our new friends that hopefully decided to join us for this leg of our journey.
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The day ends in Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota. This will be the next to last stop before we cross the border going into Canada.
Sioux Falls was originally established by the Dakota Land Company of St. Paul and the Western Town Company of Dubuque, Iowa in 1856 when they organized to claim the land around the falls for its beauty and potential for water power, but was abandoned during the Dakota War of 1862.
Fort Dakota was established in what is present day downtown in May 1865. Many former settlers eventually returned and as the population began to grow, the Village of Sioux Falls was later incorporated in 1876 snd subsequently given a city charter March 3, 1883
Madison is the state capitol of Wisconsin and home to the Wisconsin Badgers. The city's origins began in 1829 when Federal Judge James Doty purchased over a thousand acres of swamp land with the intent of creating a city in the 4 lakes region. When the territory of Wisconsin was formed in 1836, the territorial legislature convened and was tasked with selecting a Capitol. On November 28, 1836 Madison was voted in favor of becoming the Capitol of the newly formed territory. Named after James Madison, our 4th US President, the city's streets are named for the other 39 signers of the US Constitution.