Most people consider the hours spent on the Interstate highway system across the great American plains to be terribly boring, and it sure can be, but once you get away from the boring slab and start following the paths of the early explorers and settlers, you can get a better appreciation for the area. I really enjoy taking photos of old building and windmills, so everytime I have driven across the plains, I have wanted to stop and take photos, but unfortunately that isn't possible while traveling the super slab. I have always wanted to take a trip on the back roads through the plains, so when I started reading about the Trans South Dakota trail, I knew it was something I had to do. Earlier this spring we tried to take a trip to Moab Utah and unfortunately a vehicle failure terminated that trip before we even made it out of Wisconsin. Every time we tried to change the date we were met with some sort of a problem so we eventually scrapped the idea for this year. I still really had the itch to travel and I also had a new bike that I wanted to put some miles on. Once I received the GPS tracks for the Trans SD trail, a plan was hatched to make a run on it. Collarbone and I got most of our gear packed up and left Wisconsin on a Friday night after work. We slabbed it on I-90 for 3 hours or so, fighting huge cross winds and eventually pulled into a hotel in Albert Lea Minnesota and called it a day. Saturday morning left us with another 175 mile or so of slab to reach Sioux Falls, then we hung a left and headed to Yankton South Dakota where we were going to pick up the route. After a quick stop for a headlight replacement, the some grub and gas we were off on the route! This route was called the Trans South Dakota trail, but almost all of the route we were going to ride today was in Nebraska, on the south side of the Missouri river. Here is an overview of the route: The red sections are parts that we did that weren't part of the route we had. There were two times we had to deviate from the route to find fuel or lodging, and at the end of the route we kind of did our own thing to finish up the route. After crossing the Missouri river in Yankton, we hopped on the route and were immediately following the path of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. We followed some very nice curvy roads that had great views of the river, then we got our first section of double track. There were a few cool small communities and plenty of great views.