Hi there from Spearfish.
It was a 270 mile ride here from the dusty town of Jordan in Montana.
The weather was really hot and through the ride – the weather changed pretty often; from clear blue skies to heavy rain in the distance either side of us – rain to the east and rain to the west. We did get a little wet on two occasions, but the showers were very short-lived and we quickly dried off in the heat.
I put another video together to give you and idea of how long and lonesome some of these roads are. You will see the weather changes in the video – also, look out for the dead deer by the roadside.
The first 200 miles were in Montana – then we cut a corner of Wyoming – crossed the Powder River and then crossed into South Dakota. The first town there was Belle Fourche – the geographical centre of the United States – including Alaska and Hawaii.
Eleven miles southeast of that town, is Spearfish – named by native Americans because… well, they speared fish in the river here.
The video shows the Motel and the bar we went out to for a superb steak – The Bum Steer, serving all local beef. The bartender was very friendly – he even treated me to my second glass of wine.
On the way back, we saw a bunch of Harley riders – preparing for their own road trip – I kid you not, many Harleys travel this way!
Yesterday we rode through Spearfish Canyon – very pretty. This is part of Black Hills National Forest (Take me back to the Black Hills, the Black Hills of Dakota – remember it?)
We stopped for breakfast at Cheyenne Crossing
– if you can read this, it gives a little of the history
Jan entertained himself while waiting…..
and he DID it
We then carried on to Deadwood – famous in westerns – and then Sturgis – very famous in the motorcycling world
We were looking for some good leather riding boots for Jan – but it was all commercial rubbish with Harley and Sturgis logos so we quickly rode back to the motel.
Tomorrow, we are back on the road – the whole of South Dakota to cross – so we’ll see you down the road 🙂
2 Replies to “July 20th – From Spearfish, South Dakota”
I rode across Montana too. It was much greener when I was there and I only remember getting wet in Glacier National Park but it had the lot, rain, sleet, fog and ice.
Glad you are travelling well.
Rod and Del sends her best.
There’s a lot of drought across the USA at the moment Rod. Even Colorado has had terrible forest fires – burning for weeks. The High Plains are like a dust bowl in places and most of the creeks are dried out. Makes me wonder how people get by!
I remember your photos of Glacier and, yes, it was pretty poor viz, lol.
Best to you and Del too 🙂