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Thursday, February 18, 2016

2014 Black Hills Moto-Camping-Fishing Adventure - Part 1

February in Minnesota is a time to finish up winter modifications on your bike, plan that big summer trip, and/or reminisce about past adventures... because it's freezing fucking cold out.  For me, it's time to do the latter.  At the end of May 2014, I packed up my Road King and took a solo moto-camping-fishing trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota.  I didn't get around to blogging about it... until now.

I assume this is making some sort of artistic statement.  I really don't know.

It was very warm when I left so I was riding in a t-shirt.  While cruising along, I took a bee to the armpit.  It hurt and I had to pull over.  It's difficult to see, but here's the stinger I pulled out of my skin.  It's the second time I've had that happen.  The first time was to my neck.

My destination for day one was Pierre, SD where I had a campsite booked.  In case you didn't know, Pierre is the state capital (no, it's not the Corn Palace in Mitchell).  I typically take I-90 out to South Dakota but stayed north on US-212 instead.  You don't lose much time and it's a far more enjoyable ride through small towns and down 2-lane roads.

I stayed at Farm Island Recreation Area.  I sprung for a cabin so I wouldn't have to unpack and repack my tent and it was only $40.  It had A/C which turned out to be awesome since it was pretty hot that day and the mosquitoes were hungry.

I did a little fishing at the campsite and made some brats once it got dark.  I had to get firewood and food supplies in town.

The next morning, I was treated to a beautiful sunrise and then I packed up and continued west.

The skies started to cloud up and this would be a consistent theme throughout my trip.

And the angels sang... "Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!"

After having a snack in a prairie dog town...

... I headed through Badlands National Park.  I've been many times and can't recommend it enough if you haven't.

It rained off and on.

The story continues tomorrow!

2 comments:

bssheffieldmn said...

"The Parade" in Clark, SD! On the west side of town you'll notice a the lineup of cars and several other interesting pieces, collectively known as the Ken Bell Conversation Pieces.

http://www.clarksd.com/bellart.htm

You also rode through my hometown of Faulkton, SD on your way out on 212. Looks like a fun trip!

Gophers and Cheese said...

Thanks for the link! I didn't know what that was. The trip was awesome. Keep checking back as I'll be posting photos from the trip into the middle of next week.

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