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Last week Bride and I had planned a trip on our new to us Road Glide Special eastward from the St. Louis area over to West Virginia and points south to N.C. and loop back home. The storms changed that route.
On the day we were to leave I pulled up National Radar and it looked like going northwest was our best dry shot so the Black Hills became our new destination.
The plan was to stay off the super slab as reasonable as possible.
We made it 50 miles from home and then the rain suites came out but we only had to wear them because of rain that first day. After that we stayed dry for the next eight days of out trip and only pulled out the suits in the mornings for a bit of warmth.

I've been through the Black Hills and the Badlands before but it was just a ride through on a loop through the west. This time it became a destination.

We took super slab 29 from St. Joe MO. to Highway 2 in Nebraska City and went on through on the Nebraska Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway until we hit South Dakota. A very beautiful ride with much open space and a lot of rolling hills. Seems like the best way to get to Sturgis from the east,, if you have the time.

Running through the Lakota Reservation we ran across the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Veterans Cemetery. This wasn't here the last time I came through.
Its the first National Native American Cemetery. A really nice place to honor Native Americans who sacrificed all so that we could be free to ride across this great nation.








We cut through some of the Badlands.



And then popped out on highway 90 to go by the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site which is a museum built on top of an old missile silo.
Inside there is much information and displays on the Cold War and the history of the missiles. Very interesting place that was closing up soon so we didn't get to hang out there as long as I would of liked to.



 

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After crashing out in a Rapid City Hotel the next morning we headed to the Black Hills to ride through Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway which took us through Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Rd, Custer Park, Mount Rushmore, Keystone, Hill City and etc. It took us a day and half for this just because there is so much to stop and look at.

My bride and my girlfriend on one of the many lookouts.


Great riding in dem dar hills


A whole lot of buffalo in Custer State Park. They are tasty. I had my first buffalo steak in Hill City on this trip.


Getting ready to thread The Needle


Threading The Needle
https://youtu.be/OcbapY9u2Is

After playing around in the hills we went over to Deadwood.


A lot of good deals in deadwood since the rally is over. I got a full sheep skin for 60 bucks. It really made a difference on the back side on the trip home. No more Monkey Butt Powder needed.
 

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After Deadwood we rode Spearfish Canyon Rd. north with a stop at Bridal Falls.


From Spearfish we ran over to Sturgis for the night.


Found The Knuckle Saloon and Brewery. If you like micro-brews their Knucklehead Red is pretty tasty. Goes well with beef their tips.


The next morning we went over to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. A real treat.


They have a lot of very cool bikes in there. many museum pieces. Some old original paints but my favorite out of all of them is Senator Daves million mile FXRT.




 

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Next it was time for a ride up to Devils Tower. We took the back way in on SD 34 and WY 24. Stopped in the small town of Aladdin for a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie.


I had to swipe this photo off the net. Mine sucked


BTW if you have an extra 800,000 smackers layin around you can buy the whole town. Comes with a general store, cafe, 15 room motel and a trailer park.

On the rode to Devils Tower.


After walking around Devils Tower and watching a couple guys climb the thing we took the same roads back to Sturgis for another stop at The Knuckle and some sleep.
The next morning we started for home. Headed south on Vanocker Canyon Rd. This is a good'n.


If your ever out in the Sturgis area and looking for a place to stay out of the normal hotel I recommend the Nemo Guest Ranch.


We didn't stay there this time but I've camped there in the past as I was passing through. A good place to stay in the Black Hills with camping and some cabins. They have a really cool old player piano in the general store that plays "When I'm 64".
 

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We exited the Black Hills on the south end and took the Gold Rush Byway (385) down through Nebraska. Much beautiful scenery as we traveled.


Shadow shot of two content people on a wonderful machine as the sun was setting low.


The worlds best and most fun fly swatter.



Man,, I'm glad I bought this Road Glide.
 

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There's nothing like being on the open road on a motorcycle. Having ridden through the very same areas 9 years ago, your photos took me back to that beautiful part of our country. I commend you and your bride on the sparse luggage for such a long trip. If my wife and I took this same journey, she would have to follow me in a car with all of her luggage.
Again, thanks for sharing.

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It's a thing of beauty up there. Vanocker Canyon is a really nice ride for those who have never done it. It looks like you guys picked a good time to go up there too, probably little to no traffic up in the hills since tourist season and the rally are over.

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Thank you for the trip report, I enjoyed it!
 

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Wow lols like a great ride. Thanks for sharing. Really enjoyed the pics. Hope to do that ride someday.


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I hope you do too. There are so many good places to see here in the US of A but that is one that I think it should be on every riders bucket list.
 
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