Hi all, New member here - I've done a lot of reading in your forum and finally joined. I decided I would post about a ride I did last May (a while ago I know) to get the ball rolling for me. After reading many ride reports, I hope I don't bore anyone to death. I wanted to take my fiance somewhere on the bike, but since she was new to it, we didn't want to do anything crazy. Our trip was set to be about a week from Minneapolis to Yellowstone National Park and back. I spent the months prior to the trip acquiring gear that would help on our journey. I must admit, I hadn't taken a trip of this length yet either as I was used to riding sportbikes mainly for the past 10 years. I had gone on long Saturday and Sunday rides with friends, but this trip would be the beginning of new adventures for me, straying far away from home. Day 1: We set off right after rush hour. Heading south from Minneapolis towards Mankato and eventually across southern MN and SD on 90. All was well and after about an hour on the road I stopped to check on things and top off the fuel. My fiance had discovered riding at freeway speeds was going to be taking it's toll on her neck muscles. I reminded her we had about 2000 miles left on our journey but that she would get used to it. She was a little sad and it made me worried that she would have difficulty early on. We continued.. Southern MN and SD is about the least exciting travel one will ever do. Long, straight, flat nothing-ness for miles and miles. And the heavy crosswinds add to the drain and strain on the body while sitting still for great lengths. I've never ridden to Sturgis or been in SD for that matter, but I was starting to wonder why people bothered. Not much to see here. Except maybe a biker on the side of the road catching a glimpse of the view.. The background gives an idea of what the riding out here is like. On the other hand, if you're like me, you've never really ridden on the back. My fiance tells me this view also becomes a bit redundant. Meanwhile, at home.. We stopped in Chamberlain, SD for the night on the river. The next day we would hope to see something more than grass and blue sky. Day 2: We made our way across SD enduring more boring freeway miles. Eventually we hit the badlands and things start to finally get interesting. Our plan was to see Mt. Rushmore but then continue on. I would have to save the wonderful badlands for another ride. Mt. Rushmore was a must see for me since I had never been. Much smaller in person (we did get closer than these photo's suggest). The hills around the park are a great ride, and because we were early in the season, few cars were on the road yet. I can imagine once it's tourist season, this would've been an RV parade at 15 mph. Like every large monument in the US, it's quite commercialized. But still a site worth seeing if you haven't. We ended up staying that night in Custer, SD which was a nice little town. Again, it was very quiet since it was the off-season. The trip was about to get much more exciting though..