Bob Barnes, the man who has been cycling to all 50 U.S. state capitals in one year, spotted two major landmarks while he was riding through South Dakota and North Dakota recently.
But beyond that, happy memories of his positive interactions with residents of these states and his experiences in both states have stayed with him.
Barnes, 52, of Syracuse, N.Y., reached his 43rd capital, Pierre, on May 27. He arrived at capital no. 44, Bismarck, on June 2. Amid his journey through the two states, Barnes said he experienced historic sites, a memorable meal and "jaw-dropping" scenery at a national park.
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Barnes arrived in South Dakota on May 24.
The very next day, he rode through the city of De Smet, where the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes are located.Wilder, an American author, wrote the "Little House on the Prairie" book series. She and her family lived in De Smet for several years. Barnes said he had no idea Wilder’s home was in De Smet until he noticed signs three blocks away."I was like, ‘Wow that is really cool,’" Barnes told Fox News Digital. "That was the real deal. That was a nice experience." NEW YORK MAN CYCLING TO ALL 50 STATES MEETS LONG-LOST […]