Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sturgis Day 8

Weds Aug 9 Carl led the group. Sorry very few pictures. We started out by going up Spearfish canyon to Cheyenne Crossing. After stopping for a drink, we headed up the hill to the turn for Rochford. It was a nice easy putt to Rochford and not to busy when we got there. After more liquids we headed to Deadwood for a little gambling. I lost and left and went back to camp to relax before dinner with Terresah down in Rapid City.

I like this Indian Scout.

Me in front of the Moonshine Gulch Saloon.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sturgis day 7

Today Tuesday Aug 8 started out cool again. The mornings have been in the mid 50's. After breakfast I finished my blog and then went for a walk around the campground. I met Serenity (campground owners daughter) at the concession stand and gave her a T-shirt from the 1988 Sturgis rally. I've done this the past few years.

Later that evening I took another walk around the campground and took some pictures.
I thought it would be fuller by now. A smaller crowd is just fine with me.

And this is my spot. The brother-in-laws vehicle and trailer next door..

In between I went for a ride. I left the campground and headed out US212 to Alzada MT. You go from SD through WY and into MT in 20 miles. I headed for the Stoneville Saloon. It was topless tuesday. That meant the bartenders and anybody else that wanted to could go topless. I ended up not staying long. It was getting very crowded in a short period of time.

I only have G rated pictures on my posts.

Big crowd by 11am.

I left the Stoneville Saloon and took a circuitous route, ending up at Warren Peak fire tower.
Before leaving the tower I checked the radar and decided to head back to camp. It worked out that I missed all the rain, even the rain that fell at the campground.

A couple other pictures when I stopped to strech my legs.

The radar when I got back to camp.

I also got to see the train headed north with about 50 cars. It's main customer is the Bentinite plant in Colony WY. It's the product of 1000 uses. look it up.

It's carried in these style cars.

Not sure about wed. Maybe Spearfish canyon. We are to have dinner with Terresah in Rapid City.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sturgis day 6, the big circle

Today Monday Aug 7th I decided to go down to Hot Springs SD. My friends there have a rock, antique, jewelry and glassware shop. It was good to see them and have some time to visit. I also stopped and took a few more pictures today.
A lot of the buildings in Hot Springs were made from the same type stone. I wonder where the quarry was.

And then there is the theatre.

After leaving Hot Springs I took the long way around to get back to camp. This way I avoided the rain around Hill City and Custer SD. I took a few photos around the Edgemont SD area. I was amazed at the number of BNSF locomotives being stored at that location. It must of been 200 of them. I know the coal business and the North Dakota oil business is down, but I was still surprised by the numbers.

I wonder what this buildings purpose was when first built? School?

Mileage for the day was about 285 miles.
A nice ride all in all. Not much traffic and good roads.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sturgis days 4 & 5

The last two days have been more riding and not so much picture taking. Saturday Aug 5 we started by going to Sturgis for our shirt and patch shopping, we also met our friend Gabi and had lunch at the VFW. Then it was off for a ride down Boulder Canyon to 85 North. There is a local road that cuts across to Whitewood that we took to get to SD34 West. It was a very good road. We followed 34 west out of Belle Fourche to the Stone House Saloon.A nice outdoor setting near the WY border. On the inside of the old house you are free to leave your mark. I found mine and added 41st to it, and went over the faded letters. When we finished there it was back to camp to relax. Pictures to follow.

Will post the rest of the photos when I find a better wi-fi signal.

On Sunday August 6 we started with breakfast at the VFW. This has become an annual thing. We always try to follow breakfast with a ride and this year was no different. Our friend Terresah joined us for breakfast and the ride as my passenger.
We left sturgis and got on the interstate for about 6 miles to the Whitewood exit where we got on SD34 headed west. At the WY border the road number changes to 24, we followed that to Devils Tower where we took a few pictures. It was very busy with people going up to the tower. Upon leaving we decided to look for a new suppossidly paved road, wrong it is still gravel, so we just stayed on US14 into Moorcroft and picked up the interstate back to Sundance WY for lunch. After lunch we followed the frontage road all the way back to Spearfish SD, which is where we got back on the interstate to Sturgis to drop Terresah off at her car. It was then back to the campsite to relax.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sturgis Day 3

This morning Aug 4, I met up with my cousin Paul and his crew, Angel, Mike, Mark and. We left Spearfish at 9am and headed South down the interstate to Rapid City, then continued south on 79 to hwy 36 and over to Iron Mountain Road heading back North. When you approach from the south and go north you get to see MT Rushmore through the tunnels, very cool. the pictures don't do it justice.

After a stop closer to the monument we continued on to Hill City for lunch.

After lunch we continued to meander north towards Spearfish. Stoped by Pactola dam for my annual picture.

After that is was nemo road and Vanocker Canyon back to Sturgis Then on to Spearfish. About 225 miles for the day. Tomorrow I'm going into Sturgis at 10am to meet friends, hopefully get a nice ride in if the weather stays good. They say chance of showers.