- A Motorcycle Ride Report /w Pics - Sturgis 2012' - Page 3:
Back on track, the repair only cost me an hour.
A sign like this is usually a good indication of an interesting route.
This could be the “oldest Indian trail in South Dakota” running from Pierre to the Bad Lands. What a score, I just ran across it.
The trail heads south along the western side of the Missouri river, nothing but great.
The gravel road runs through a little town that has a large rodeo type structure in the center. I thought a fair or something special was going on but it’s just a normal town round-up.
The place is a buzz with riders, most looking like they are still in grade school. What a great way to raise kids. I grew up with girls who had horses, I thought they were so cool.
It is getting late but I’m here to take pictures and this is the type of lighting that is hard to pass up.
I rode hard all day but still missed the perfect Badlands lighting by maybe a half an hour, I’m just miles before the park. Being in the Badlands Park with this lighting would be great, hopefully next time.
My tent gets set up in the dark but I have been here before so I know the perfect spot, just a mile from Interior South Dakota, in the heart of the Badlands.
The Wagon Wheel Bar is right next door, interesting and fun as always.
I sleep well in a tent after a long days ride.
The day is perfect for riding. My map shows secondary roads that are most likely dirt, They lead into the Badlands from the south, the ‘back way’. I plan to meet up with my friend Don and his new bride who are on a ride in the area. I was hoping to show them a little town in South Dakota that has some fun bars and a cool main street.
Interior feels like it has been invaded my motorcycles. I just need to chill out for a second and look at a map. Almost instantly, some biker dude walks over and wants to talk. His story starts out “to make a long story short…” I tried to listen but all I wanted to do was get the heck out of there, and ride the park.
This is the back road into the badlands.
There is almost zero traffic here.
I did meet three other dual-sport riders, they were big BMW dual-sport bikes. I retuned their waves with the traditional motorcycle adventure salute but they were either not adventure people or I caught them by surprise.
The Badlands are not as dramatic as on the main paved roads but Bad all the same, and I prefer this type of riding.
Badlands South Dakota, always a good ride.
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