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A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« on: June 13, 2018, 10:06:14 PM »

I've been here since mid April and I've rode the Black Hills many times and every ride has been great.  There are a lot of motorcycles in the Hills.....maybe as many as cars and trucks but not near as many as during the rally of years gone by.  And not so many that the rides aren't very enjoyable!

Heading up Hwy 44 out of Rapid City, I stopped a couple of places to snap pics of Rapid Creek...









I turned north on US385........














 
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2018, 10:07:20 PM »


And turning left on Silver City Rd.....

15 mph twisties up over the top and down into the valley on the other side.....





As I'm coming down the other side I see a heard of cattle moving quickly up the valley towards me and I haven't passed a cattle guard.  Talk about free range cattle.....these girls and their calves are definitely free range and their on the move like there's even better food than this green pasture somewhere else.



And in just a few minutes they're on the road and it looks like they're headed up and over the top like escapees that they are....



When I got into Silver City (a city?.....there was a community hall and a volunteer fire dept. and some homes) I told somebody that there's a heard of cows out and on the other side of the cattle guard that I crossed after I left them and before I got to Silver City.  His reply "oh, they get out all the time....but they stay together".  OK......





Off in the distance is Pactola Resavoir.....the largest body of water in the Black Hills....




We have arrived in Silver City....the end of the paved road.  However, there are several dirt roads with signs that lead off in different directions.  Many dirt roads in the Black Hills if you're in a side by side, jeep or truck....









Notice the bomb sticking out of the ground in the middle of the farmers garden....









Time to turn around and head back out to US385.....




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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2018, 10:08:01 PM »

Next stop is Deadwood.....first stop is the business that restores old antique Indian motorcycles.










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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 10:08:43 PM »
























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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2018, 10:09:45 PM »


Next stop in this ride is Sturgis....




























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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2018, 10:10:16 PM »


This, to me, was the most interesting display in the museum....



































and finally, the ride back to Rapid City.....



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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 10:27:27 PM »

Great pictures.  :2vrolijk_21: They add to the anticipation of our first trip to the area.  :carrot:
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2018, 10:36:06 PM »

Great pictures.  :2vrolijk_21: They add to the anticipation of our first trip to the area:carrot:

In that case......I'll repost a bunch of the photos that I've posted on my facebook page over the past two months.  Keep an eye on this thread for new posts....

By the way, what is your first name?
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2018, 11:04:15 PM »

Scandinavian built Chapal In The Hills on Chapal Lane in Rapid City...









Mountain goats at the parking lot of Mt. Rushmore....






Iron Mtn. Rd, Wildlife Loop (through Custer State Park) and Needles Hwy. are "MUST RIDES" that you can do in one day, in a big loop....a number of one lane tunnels always creates huge traffic jams during the rally....














and deer, elk, buffalo and other wild life everywhere!!




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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2018, 11:08:10 PM »

Even around my RV everyday.  They pass through here in the morning and just before sundown.....headed to and from Rapid Creek.  These Hills are covered will all kinds of wildlife.  Not as much during the rally.....but they're still around and unfortunately, it seems like every year somebody is on the loosing end.  We saw it just a couple of days ago, coming back down out of the hills.
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2018, 11:09:23 PM »

Across the street, headed to the creek....and we are inside the city limits of Rapid City
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2018, 11:15:39 PM »

Needles Eye Tunnel......it's the smalles, narrowest of all the tunnels
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2018, 11:17:25 PM »

Very cool pictures, thanks for sharing!
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2018, 11:17:54 PM »

Big, huge buffalo will be right on the road.  Most of the time they'll leave you alone however, there's been more than one person that thought it'd be funny to rev their bike with the heard all around them.....just to be knocked off their bike.
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2018, 11:18:54 PM »

Where the buffalo roam....
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2018, 11:20:02 PM »

Biker Gnome checking out the four pres.....
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2018, 11:20:57 PM »

Pactola Resavoir....
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2018, 11:22:57 PM »

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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2018, 11:26:25 PM »

Absolutely amazing area.  :2vrolijk_21:

I was planning on having a Gopro on the bike for our NC/TN trip. It looks like I will use it out west also.
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2018, 11:29:56 PM »

Absolutely amazing area.  :2vrolijk_21:

I was planning on having a Gopro on the bike for our NC/TN trip. It looks like I will use it out west also.

We're going to be going out west when we leave here.  Where are you headed?
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2018, 11:31:37 PM »

LOL Sturgis is wayyyy west from here.....
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2018, 11:32:15 PM »

Ohhh, you're talking about here?   For those of us from out west, this area is more like the midwest.  And that area that people back east refer to as the midwest......well that's really the middle east but they never want to be referred to as the middle east.   :P
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2018, 06:08:15 AM »

Lol yes!
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2018, 09:00:51 AM »

JC, we’re arriving in Rapid City on July 2. Current departure date is July 6, but may hang through the weekend if we decide we need more than three days of riding. Would love to catch-up with you and Babe while we’re in town.

I still owe you a beer for helping plan the NorCal ride...that we haven’t taken yet!
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2018, 09:38:51 AM »

Thanks for the pictures JC. I like the gnome. :2vrolijk_21:
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2018, 09:47:21 AM »

JC, we’re arriving in Rapid City on July 2. Current departure date is July 6, but may hang through the weekend if we decide we need more than three days of riding. Would love to catch-up with you and Babe while we’re in town.

I still owe you a beer for helping plan the NorCal ride...that we haven’t taken yet!

Alan and I have a trip planned from San Diego to Nor Cal that will take in Yosemite, Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta, the redwoods, the north coast, Napa Valley, Hwy 101 south back to So Cal the first week of Nov.  It's eight days of long hours in the saddle with few rest stops for most of it.....if you're up for it.   :nixweiss:
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2018, 09:49:12 AM »

Thanks for the pictures JC. I like the gnome. :2vrolijk_21:

Thanks a bunch Terry.  Biker Gnome is my new road dog....he goes every where I want to go, stops when I want to stop and never argues and doesn't talk back. 
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2018, 09:59:04 AM »

Got to love those gnomes.
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« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2018, 10:29:26 AM »

JC great photos, thanks!

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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2018, 11:25:53 AM »

In Custer, SD....
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #30 on: June 14, 2018, 11:27:04 AM »

In Hill City.....
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #31 on: June 14, 2018, 11:28:06 AM »

In Custer, SD....
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #32 on: June 14, 2018, 04:17:00 PM »

JC

Beautiful bike you have to be on while touring that beautiful countryside!
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #33 on: June 14, 2018, 04:49:22 PM »

JC

Beautiful bike you have to be on while touring that beautiful countryside!

Yes, you, Kiro and I are fortunate like that!  It still gets compliments every time I stop some where.
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #34 on: June 14, 2018, 11:34:19 PM »

Alan and I have a trip planned from San Diego to Nor Cal that will take in Yosemite, Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta, the redwoods, the north coast, Napa Valley, Hwy 101 south back to So Cal the first week of Nov.  It's eight days of long hours in the saddle with few rest stops for most of it.....if you're up for it.   :nixweiss:
Gonna be big fun! All invited to join some or all of it.
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #35 on: June 15, 2018, 07:29:13 AM »

Gonna be big fun! All invited to join some or all of it.

As long as it's not more than four bikes total.   :P

Babe and I are going to take the helicopter ride through the Black Hills this morning....looking forward to that.
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #36 on: June 15, 2018, 07:54:54 AM »









great pictures.  maybe it's just me, but i got a kick out of the guy on the indian with the trailer having a picture of a guy on a harley heading down the road   :bananarock:
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #37 on: June 15, 2018, 09:42:00 PM »



Babe and I have been staying busy here in the Black Hills.  Yesterday afternoon we went in the truck and explored about 30 miles of those dirt back roads.  Again (and as usual for the Black Hills, we saw a lot of wild life) but we came upon this little calf laying in the grass right beside the dirt road.  Thought he may have been hurt so we stopped for a second.  Nope, not hurt.....apparently we disturbed his little nap as his mother came up out of the creek, crashing through the buses.  LOL   Time to move on.....




 About 18 yrs. ago she and I did a helicopter tour over Sturgis during the rally and this morning we did a tour over Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills... our ride is landing....



and our pilot is a young lady with a dream job.  Babe thinks she's probably bored.....same short flights, same routes (of four choices) multiple times a day....



and the view from my seat....















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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #38 on: June 15, 2018, 09:42:45 PM »

Many of you will recognize Keystone, heading up towards Mt. Rushmore.



Mt. Rushmore, upper left corner....







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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #39 on: June 15, 2018, 09:43:38 PM »



The Mt. Rushmore visitors parking lot to the left of center, Mt. Rushmore on the right.....




Horse Thief Lake and Black Elk Peak......the highest peak in the Black Hills and in South Dakota at 7,244 feet











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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #40 on: June 15, 2018, 09:44:17 PM »



This is the tunnel on Hwy. 16 leading into Keystone....






and back in to Keystone.....






If you haven't been here before......you will not recognize this little town during the rally when it has a few thousand Harleys taking up every foot of available parking....










This lady pilot gave us a great flight and we're back on the ground.  Now for a ride all the way through the Black Hills to Spearfish....

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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #41 on: June 15, 2018, 11:45:39 PM »

wow, that looks amazing!!
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #42 on: June 16, 2018, 12:21:35 PM »

After our ride in the whirlybird, we went for a ride on my bike.  Stopped by the Dahl Brothers wood carvings....these guys are about the best their is at their craft....




and Babe went for a ride on the famous eagle scooter....








and I went for a ride of a different kind.....















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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #43 on: June 16, 2018, 12:22:50 PM »


And a few shots of Keystone from the ground (well, 2nd floor as we ate lunch)....







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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #44 on: June 16, 2018, 12:23:55 PM »


And the 1880 Steam Train.  Babe and I have an appt. tomorrow to take the train from Keystone through the Black Hills to Hill City and back....looking forward to that.






and finally on the road through the Hills.  I have to say that they've always taken very good care of the roads and highways through the Black Hills and that continues....

I had an interesting conversation with this group of BMW riders from Wisconsin.  Had to inform them that being from Wis. and being on BMWs that they let them out but they will not be letting them back in when they return....





Babe was getting comfortable for this 1/2 hr. traffic stop.....


















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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #45 on: June 16, 2018, 12:24:27 PM »








Brown trout, rainbow trout and cuthroat trout.....






And it just occurred to me.....we ate lunch in Keystone first.  Then we ate lunch a couple of hours later in Spearfish.    :huepfenlol2: :huepfenlol2: :huepfenlol2:
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #46 on: June 17, 2018, 12:46:37 AM »

And the 1880 Steam Train.  Babe and I have an appt. tomorrow to take the train from Keystone through the Black Hills to Hill City and back....looking forward to that.






and finally on the road through the Hills.  I have to say that they've always taken very good care of the roads and highways through the Black Hills and that continues....

I had an interesting conversation with this group of BMW riders from Wisconsin.  Had to inform them that being from Wis. and being on BMWs that they let them out but they will not be letting them back in when they return....





Babe was getting comfortable for this 1/2 hr. traffic stop.....
















I am really looking forward to seeing pics from that train! That will be an amazing ride..
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #47 on: June 17, 2018, 12:52:45 AM »

I am really looking forward to seeing pics from that train! That will be an amazing ride..
And though I am really fired up about getting the BMW in a couple of months, seeing that group I just don't ever see myself looking like them...
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #48 on: June 17, 2018, 08:11:08 AM »

And though I am really fired up about getting the BMW in a couple of months, seeing that group I just don't ever see myself looking like them...

I got you a day-glo flourescent vest for your birthday and a white helmet for xmas.   :huepfenlol2: :huepfenlol2:
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #49 on: June 17, 2018, 09:03:00 AM »

Although I am not retired yet. I am enjoying yours through the pictures you are sharing. Thank you JC,  :2vrolijk_21:
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #50 on: June 18, 2018, 09:19:49 AM »

Maybe you guys can change the image of the BMW crowd.
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Re: A day ride through the Black Hills.....
« Reply #51 on: June 18, 2018, 09:40:02 AM »

I got you a day-glo flourescent vest for your birthday and a white helmet for xmas.   :huepfenlol2: :huepfenlol2:

now DAT'S phuny rat dare..... :huepfenlol2:
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