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    Solo ride
    on: Jun 28, 2017, 06.14 pm
    Jun 28, 2017, 06.14 pm
    My third attempt at this post.

    I just returned from a 9 day, 3464 mile, trip from beautiful Wayne County, Ohio to the Black Hills region in South Dakota/Wyoming/Montana. On the way out I did two 500+ mile days which was too much for this old body. I stayed for 3 nights at Bell's Motor Lodge in Spearfish, South Dakota. It's an old fashion motel that was very basic, clean and had good wifi. It was not expensive. Old fashion motels were used instead of motel chains for the most part.

    I did three day rides of riding in the Black Hills and surrounding area. After the first two days I returned to Spearfish and the third Black Hills day I worked my way south through the southern Black Hills and into Nebraska.

    I avoided interstate highways for most of the trip though on a few occasions it was just practical to us them. For example, I-90 across South Dakota was a no brainer. The speed limit is 80mph so just set the cruise to 85 and lean into the prevailing wind that was out of the southwest that day. For the most part I followed US highways. On the way out US 30, 61 and 20 were prominent routes. On the way back I used 385, 30, 34 and 24 were important routes. Most travelers use the interstates so the US highways had little traffic or police surveillance except in the little towns through which I passed.

    What would I do differently? Stretch the trip to 12 days so I could take the time to stop and smell the roses or at least take a few more pictures or go into a few of the museums that looked interesting.

    All in all a great time. Oh, the attached image is the approximate route.
    Last Edit: Jun 28, 2017, 06.23 pm by Bludy L
    My mother asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said "a biker". She said I'd have to choose one or the other.

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    Re: Solo ride
    Reply #1 on: Jun 28, 2017, 06.16 pm
    Jun 28, 2017, 06.16 pm
    A few images.

    Last Edit: Jun 28, 2017, 06.23 pm by Bludy L
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    Re: Solo ride
    Reply #2 on: Jun 28, 2017, 06.17 pm
    Jun 28, 2017, 06.17 pm
    A few more.

    Last Edit: Jun 28, 2017, 06.24 pm by Bludy L
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    Re: Solo ride
    Reply #3 on: Jun 28, 2017, 06.23 pm
    Jun 28, 2017, 06.23 pm
    from the Antique Archeology store in Le Claire Iowa.

    And some more scenery.

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    Re: Solo ride
    Reply #4 on: Jun 28, 2017, 08.15 pm
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    *Originally Posted by Bludy L [+]
    A few images.

    looks like a nice trip!! Where was this second pic taken?
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    Re: Solo ride
    Reply #5 on: Jun 29, 2017, 04.30 am
    Jun 29, 2017, 04.30 am
    Badlands National Parks in South Dakota.
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    Re: Solo ride
    Reply #6 on: Jun 29, 2017, 05.57 am
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    Got my National Parks Senior Pass this spring in Casper, WY.  Got to see Crazy horse and Rushmore.  Did you check out Yellowstone?  OK looked at your Map.  Give yourself at least four days to do that place justice.
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    Re: Solo ride
    Reply #7 on: Jun 29, 2017, 09.21 am
    Jun 29, 2017, 09.21 am
    Bludy L, looks like a great time moulding with the bike. Wide open spaces, time for thought. What extras to fit, and most important, when to stop. Sounds like another trip is already in the planning. Thanks for the words and the photos. :047: :047:
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