That same day that I rode Iron Mountain Road 3 times in both directions, I packed up my campsite and headed towards the Badlands. I stopped briefly at Wall Drug for a bite to eat.
My timing was perfect as I arrived at the Badlands just before sunset. The shadows were long, which made the landscape even more dramatic.
Some panoramic photos that I took with my phone:
More sunset photos:
I ended up stopping at a hotel for the night near Chamberlain, SD I think. Somewhere along the way, my bike hit 25,000 miles.
If you have the option between stopping at a BP, Shell, or Kum & Go, which one are you going to choose. Insert your own joke here.
Along the way, I took a short detour to see the Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth, MN for the first time.
Back in the 1970s, I'm sure there were many committee meetings in a smoky conference room to ensure this view was non-offensive.
While I did stick to I-90 most of the way back from the Badlands, I still found a few last curves on the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway before arriving home.
In spite of the unpredictable weather and my wet boots, it was an awesome trip. I didn't take a comparable one in 2015 and have nothing planned (yet) for 2016. These blogposts are a reminder that I really need to do that. So do you.