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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!


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.

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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