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Old 05-19-2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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The Black Hills (Not the rally!)

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First ride report here. I went to the Black Hills in South Dakota last week, May 11 and 12, from my home in Sioux Falls, SD. Not really much to say other than showing pictures. My goal with the trip was the cure my straight-roads blues of the Midwest, and it was a success.



I left Sioux Falls on I-90 West, and exited at the Winner exit, hoping that HWY 44 would be an interesting alternative to I-90. I was wrong. All it did was take longer and subtract time from the ACTUAL riding I wanted to do in the Hills. The Badlands were scenic, but i've seen them a dozen times (I've lived in Sioux Falls all my life).



Finally got to my hotel in Deadwood: The Black Hills Inn and Suites. $48. Yes please.



After a break in the hotel room I hit Spearfish Canyon on my way to Spearfish for dinner. Smiles all the way:









The next day I snugged my chain, checked air pressure, checked out of my hotel, and hit the northern half of the Nemo Road. Turned left on Vanocker Canyon:





I did Vanocker a couple of times, buying gas in Sturgis in between romps, then the remainder of the Nemo Road. Stopped for some homemade truffles and coffee (I can't remember the name of the place) in Hill City, picking up a couple mint truffles (I hate mint) to bring home for my wife.

Next, it was off to Needles Highway, which was nice for the scenery, but fairly boring and slow riding. A park worker took this shot:



Of course, buffalo, just hanging out:



Then I did Iron Mountain road before stoppping for a very late lunch at a deli in Keystone. Then it was off to I-90 again for the boring ride home. Today I'm putting on my new rear tire and chain/sprockets. :)
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:02 PM   #2
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Nice pics! Looks like it was a relaxing few days.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:57 AM   #3
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Looks like fun.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:38 PM   #4
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Well done, I grew up in the black hills, Rapid City. There is some nice riding both on and off road there. Thanks for the pics!
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:06 AM   #5
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Thanks for reading/looking. It was a great time indeed.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:28 PM   #6
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This area is on my bucket list.
Nice pics.
Thanks for the report.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:34 PM   #7
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I've been there three times on a bike. Three times in a cage. The place is a magnet drawing you back time and time again. Thanks for the pics.
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:05 PM   #8
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Nice pics. I rode around Deadwood in 2009 and loved it
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:31 PM   #9
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Rochford road that turns off hwy 85 just outside Deadwood is a nice ride too, i found it a few years ago and always make sure i ride it when i am out there each year, it turns to gravel at Rochford, about 20 miles from 85.
One year i was out there in Rochford on the Harley and decided what the heck, rode the gravel to Hill city, nice ride, only about 2 houses between Rochford and Hill city.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:29 AM   #10
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Rochford road that turns off hwy 85 just outside Deadwood is a nice ride too, i found it a few years ago and always make sure i ride it when i am out there each year, it turns to gravel at Rochford, about 20 miles from 85.
One year i was out there in Rochford on the Harley and decided what the heck, rode the gravel to Hill city, nice ride, only about 2 houses between Rochford and Hill city.
Ah yes, I hit that road a couple years ago, but not on this trip:


(...back in my cruiser days )
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:40 PM   #11
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