(Warning - photo loaded blog post head!)
And we are home! Our South Dakota motorcycle trip is history. When you say you are going on a motorcycle trip to South Dakota, most people think you are headed to the Sturgis Rally in August. We are not big on those type of rallies, just a little too much excitement for this old biker couple! But we are brave enough to make the trek on our own and battle whatever elements Mother Nature can produce in the month of June.
This photo is deceiving. Our trip began with dodging rain storms followed by strong winds that had our bike leaning at an scary angle. I've become pretty brave when it comes to riding behind my trusty driver under most circumstances, but the 50 + mph winds were a challenge.
One of our first stops was The Badlands National Park. Beautiful, eery and fascinating landscapes that years of erosion have created.
Zooming in to get a closer look!
We rode the famous Needles Highway. No problem getting the Harley through the tunnels, but definitely a challenge for the RV's and tour buses. One advantage of visiting the area in early June is the light traffic. I had time to jump off the bike, have D turn around and drive back through the tunnel so I could snap a pic for the blog, without any one else traveling by for several minutes.
This is the best we could do for a "Close Encounter" at the Devil's Tower. We were cold and running out of time to hike the trails around the base.
After all, we had to get here, before they closed! Being this close, we had to stop on our way back to our B & B. Sturgis seems like a pleasant small town. Hard to believe it turns into mayhem during Rally week!
We spent our last full day in South Dakota, roaming more of the windy roads of the Black Hills. Crazy Horse was more interesting than we thought it would be. It's kind of sad to think that such a gigantic project will likely not even be finished in our children's lifetimes.
We stayed at the Peregrine Pointe Bed and Breakfast while exploring the Black Hills and the areas near Rapid City.
The owners and hosts, Eileen and Warren. If you are ever in the area, we would highly recommend this place! Breakfasts were wonderful too!
On Thursday, we loaded for our trip back home. Of course, it was one of the prettiest days of our trip! Although we wished for a little warmer weather, we kept reminding ourselves that it was so much more pleasant than riding when it was 90-100 degrees! One reason we probably won't return in August for the Rally!
We left I-90 behind and took some of the less traveled roads on the way to Iowa. There is a lot of flat land in South Dakota (and that comes from someone raised in Kansas!) but we did see a few interesting things. This old grain elevator was one. Another was the cattle roundup on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, complete with several authentic cowboys. Unfortunately, someone wouldn't slow down long enough for me to get my camera out for that one!!