South Dakota 2012

Beautiful South Dakota

Dagwood on Day 1
Day one on the way to Scenic, SD

I had the camera most of the time. I tend to not take many pictures because it makes you stop and fiddle with the camera instead of just enjoying where you are.  But, I did take a few and there is photographic evidence that Dagwood was there (aside from all the glamour shots he took of me). 

Prairie Wind Casino to Wounded Knee, SD

We had a great last day of riding from the Prairie Wind Casino to the Tatanka Lodge. Rolling hills with cattle and horses-- we were ever on the look out for buffalo but did not see any. Stopped at Big Bats in Pine Ridge for a Gatorade. The traffic in Pine Ridge was serious! Stopped at Sioux Nation grocery store too. Got to the Tatanka Lodge and the manager, Jenn Robertson, made us a delicious salmon dinner (or supper depending on where you grew up).

Custer to Hot Springs, SD

Severe headwinds (30-50 mph) convinced us to abandon our plan to do all 109 miles of the trail down to Edgemont. We headed into Hot Springs instead, which is what everyone advised us to do anyway.

Hill City to Mt. Rushmore and back

Took Old Hill City Road to Keystone - surreal landscape terminating in a bizzare vacationland of Keystone. Then a punishing 3-mile climb up to Mt. Rushmore. Ate a bison burger, looked at the carvings, talked to some nice Tennesseeans, rode back a different route.

Want a good workout? Ride over Mt. Rushmore.

Deadwood to Hill City, SD

The Mickelson Trail is pretty cool. The weather was great and we shed our jackets and helmets and enjoyed miles and miles of easy climbs and luxurious descents.

Saw a marmot.

Rapid City to Deadwood, SD

Bikes in a park in Rapid City

Huge climb out of Rapid, saw some wild turkeys, stayed the night at a place called Trout Haven where you can catch a fish and they cook it for you. Meandered into Deadwood feeling awesome because of the three-mile coast down into the town.

Scenic to Rapid City, SD


Camping was cold and windy, made some coffee and took off. First fifteen miles or so were fun, but then a weather event blew in, it rained, turned remarkably cold and gusty. The last few miles were hard. Dinner at Firehouse Brewery. Motel with hot shower!

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