Just finished the DAKAL this week. This year had historic rainfall in South Dakota and the western part of the state was definitely showing it. We encountered several road closures, trail closures, and bridges out but were able to complete most of the track. It is a great ride and well worth going. I learned a lot this trip about adventure riding, bike advantages and disadvantages, tires, and the ability to persevere. Unforgettable experience through rugged and beautiful country. The Hills may not be the Rocky's but Bill is not exaggerating when he says on the DAKAL website: "This is not just a gravel road ride." The DAKAL is no joke and should be taken seriously. The loop idea is brilliant. Between riding out there, riding the DAKAL and back home we put on 1700 miles. 6 days honestly would have been ideal. So many cool places to stop along the way! I cannot imagine doing this in four days with my VStrom! Can't wait for the next ride! Thank-you to those who put this route together!