I have been traveling a lot between April and early October. Some of it enjoyable, other not so. Not counting local driving/riding I have covered 20,000 miles, half in a cage with family and half by motorcycle. So this 3000 mile trip would be part of the motorcycle half of the 20,000 miles. It would be a leisure getaway with a buddy of mine on motorcycles.
We left the 27th of September to ride the Black Hills. I always enjoy them. This trip proved everyone correct as to the weather this time of year...expect anything.
The trip was good with one day we opted to "hole up" one more night as a weather delay plus my buddy was not feeling well. I thought we'd have to turn around but the one day delay made him and the weather good.
We stopped at the Wa****a Battlefield National Historical Site near Cheyenne, OK, then over nighted in Dodge City. The weather delay occurred in Murdo, SD.
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WHAT IS IT WITH THE WORD WA****A? THE **** ARE SUPPOSE TO BE S, H, I, T! IT IS NOT A NAUGHTY WORD AS IT IS PART OF THE WHOLE WORD. Would association be ***ociation?
Oh well to travel on: from Murdo we rode through Badlands National Park looping around to Interior, SD. We headed south to Wounded Knee before going west to Hot Springs, SD.
On our way to our hotel in Keystone, SD we visited Custer State Park. The pass is multi day so we returned the next day after visiting Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and enjoying the Needles Highway.
After a good night of sleep we headed out early for Sturgis, Deadwood, and Lead. On the way to Sturgis we took the Norris Peak Rd to Nemo Road, yep, it took us to Nemo. There appeared a fork in the road so we took it. This road is Vanocker Canyon Road.
This route to Sturgis was awesome. I have been to Sturgis during bike week and during the "normal" season. I have never been impressed with Sturgis but this ride there made it great.
Our plans were with a maybe trip north to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, just because but there was too much bad weather on its way, as in snow. After Sturgis we encountered very dense fog on our way Deadwood and Lead. Leaving Lead we headed to Newcastle, WY, accompanied by plenty of wind.
While staying east of I-25, we avoided interstates as much as possible on this trip, Cheyenne, WY, would be our lodging for the evening. The next day we would be riding south but east of I-25 to Rocky Ford, CO. From there we angled SW to I-25 and Raton, NM, for the last night before completing our trip home to the Dallas area through northern New Mexico and the Panhandle of Texas.
These last two days of the ride were over very familiar territory so we made very few stops. It was a good trip since we were well prepared for the cold and wet. But the sunshine made all better.