Bike Tour 2012
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).
Day One, still on Pine Ridge
I really loved the rolling hills. Saw lots of horses-- many followed us or came up to the fence to check us out.
The bar in Scenic, SD was (in)famous. Now defunct. The only thing open in town is the Post Office. We camped in Scenic at the end of Day One.
Scenic was obviously prepared for the heavy drinking of its heyday. Hence, the drunk tank next door to the bar...
as well as the two celled jail down the street.
An interesting barn I saw covered in metal. Pretty cool looking.
And, a beautiful tree lined part of the Mickelson trail.
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).
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.