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Old 05-25-2014, 02:18 PM   #1
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A week in Black Hills SD - 2014

Back to the Black Hills of South Dakota. This year we have MacNoob and Mark96 as well as Brian from up north who's not an inmate here yet.

It's a 12 hour run in the van with two KLRs loaded in the back. No troubles at U.S. Customs again this year. Brian met us at the hotel after a long trek from northern Manitoba with his KLR in the back of his pickup.

Scott and Rodica were our hosts this year at White House Resort in Keystone.



Someday I'll figure out how to best keep my photos in order.

Before Memorial Day there's not much open for breakfast in Keystone. So the plan is a snack out of our room fridge then a little ride somewhere for food.

Hill City Cafe is a popular spot, about 30 minutes away down the twisty Old Hill City Road.



A little Texas Scramble is a good start to the day.

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Old 05-25-2014, 02:33 PM   #2
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Off to explore the bush. (You might notice my KLR gets several different windshield treatments - I was swapping them around, and my pics are not necessarily in the right order anyways).

You'll see lots of trees downed. Between the Pine Bark Beetle infestation and a severe storm this winter, many areas lost nearly all their pine trees, some snapped off halfway up from the force of the winds.





Possibly a chainsaw should have been in our kit.





Often a ride through the trees will bring you out to a high meadow.



These are below Cicero Peak.





A little pose for our own Kawasaki ad, at the base of Cicero Peak road.

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Old 05-25-2014, 02:38 PM   #3
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I wonder where the heck we are? Was surprised to see marked, mapped roads and trails all over the place. Still glad we had two different maps and a GPS though.



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Old 05-25-2014, 02:43 PM   #4
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Hi MacNoob, the first 2 pictures showed up, the others have a ? mark box ..

I'd like to see them , I want to go up to south dakota this september
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Old 05-25-2014, 02:44 PM   #5
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try it now ...

September after Labour Day should be awesome in that area, after most of the tourists have gone home.

Also, check out last year's trip at

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=894306
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Old 05-25-2014, 02:48 PM   #6
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ok it works now, I will check out that other trip of your too.

looks like great country to ride in!
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Old 05-25-2014, 02:55 PM   #7
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Looks like a great time. Spent a couple days there last year and definitely going back but will be in the off season for sure. It was really busy last year as we were there the week before bike week in Sturgis. So much to see and so many places to go. The one thing that confused me was that the maps all had named roads but when you got out there they were all numbered with no cross reference available that we could find so yes a good GPS is a near must. Hmmmm wonder if you can buy a gps card that has all the maps with proper names and/or numbers on it?

Time to go a googleing
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For commuting to different areas of the hills - motorcycle-friendly pavement:









Just watch out for speed limits!

We did actually have one stop, but performance warning only was issued.

Wildlife can also be an issue:



Stay away from the buffalo during calf season (now).



They're big.



Some kind of antelope? Someone posted Pronghorn Antelope.



Mountain goats


Rocky Mountain sheep. Apparently the sheep population of the park is descended from 6 sheep (a gift from Canada) that escaped some 100 years ago.



These guys are less scary than the buffalo. They gathered at the fence to see what we were up to. Or maybe the tractorlike KLR sound drew them in.



Big horny bull!

Apparently, his name is Norman.



Also, deer are plentiful. Keep a close eye out in the evening. They like to run alongside you then suddenly cut in front across the road.

I think we need to pack up a bunch of wolves and mail them to the Hills as deer control.
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Looks like a great time. Spent a couple days there last year and definitely going back but will be in the off season for sure. It was really busy last year as we were there the week before bike week in Sturgis. So much to see and so many places to go. The one thing that confused me was that the maps all had named roads but when you got out there they were all numbered with no cross reference available that we could find so yes a good GPS is a near must. Hmmmm wonder if you can buy a gps card that has all the maps with proper names and/or numbers on it?
I'd only consider travelling there prior to Memorial Day or after Labour Day. I don't like heat or crowds.

We had uniformly awful weather reports - cold, rain, etc. every day.

You can see from the pics how terrible the weather was.

The Garmin GPS we had showed some road names and some road numbers. There are USFS maps you can pick up (Motor Vehicle Use Map) that show all the tiny trails by number. There are a couple different numbering systems in use!
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Gravel!

Major routes are paved. If you want to avoid the pavement, great gravel KLR roads usually get you to the same places.



This little estate sold before I got there. Too bad. The garage and house are part of the same property.







Brown areas in the trees are usually Pine Bark Beetle damage.



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Food!

We ate pretty well.

Baker's Bakery and Cafe in Custer has adequate KLR parking and serves a good breakfast. Don't miss the fresh donuts....



Weekend prior to Memorial Day is Custer State Park Open House. Free pancake breakfast in a classy location:





Hitchrail Bar and Restaurant in Pringle:



Fantastic burger and home made fries for something like $7!



"Our Place" in Custer is full of Harley-Davidson and Betty Boop knick knacks:



And has a daily breakfast special for $5.50 (French Toast with 2 eggs, sausages, and coffee or tea today):



Another day, another breakfast special:



Black Hills Burger and Bun - just finished the burger, couldn't resist the Brownie Sundae ($3.50):



Cousin's Big Chair Pub and Pizza south of Deadwood - makes a mean pizza:



(also, just toss your peanut shells on the floor).
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Failed attempts

One of our failed attempts.

Bogus Jim's Lookout - Road 428 off the Mystic/Rockford road:



Led to some 4-digit numbered trails...



Which led back into the bush until we found too many downed trees to continue:



"I think we need to go that way...."



Some trails just deadend into old forestry or mine sites:



Custer Peak looked promising at first:



But we shortly ran into too much snow to continue (this was the first snow, more was just a little up the hill):



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Old 05-25-2014, 06:31 PM   #13
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Oh Canada!

Looks like a great ride! My buddy and I are talking about making the trip soon. Might bring my DRZ from Ontario...
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Mark which road is this?
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