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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?)

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We stopped for  breakfast at Cheyenne Crossing

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– if you can read this, it gives a little of the history

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Jan entertained himself while waiting…..

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and he DID it

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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 🙂

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