|Badlands South Dakota Ride Report #3||Scot_Gore|
Jul 13, 2003 5:52 PM
|We spent the last couple of days of the South Dakota vacation in Wall. Last ride of the trip was a loop through Badlands National Park. It was like biking on the moon. Here's the route. It's legal to bike on the freeway in South Dakota, but I wasn't too crazy about the idea, so I got my brother in law to come pick me up. Here's the route:|
|Buffalo National Grassland||Scot_Gore|
Jul 13, 2003 5:54 PM
|Out of Wall SD, you cross the Buffalo National Grassland to reach the Badlands.|
Jul 13, 2003 5:56 PM
|The Badlands drop away from the prairie and fall into these kind of Moonscapes.|
|First Descent to the Floor||Scot_Gore|
Jul 13, 2003 5:57 PM
|Shortly after the first overlook the road goes down to the level of the canyon.|
|Side View on the Roll||Scot_Gore|
Jul 13, 2003 5:59 PM
|This is where you get the feeling of biking on the moon. You look to your side and see this:|
|Climb Up the Yellow Mounds||Scot_Gore|
Jul 13, 2003 6:03 PM
|The yellow mounds get their coloring from deposits of volcanic sulfur from ancient volcanoes.|
Jul 13, 2003 6:10 PM
|Here's a shot back at the climb up the Yellow Mounds. The far curve is the one from the previous shot.|
|Back on Top||Scot_Gore|
Jul 13, 2003 6:17 PM
|I've climbed back above the valley floor. From this vantage you can look across and see portions of the grassland that have resisted erosion and see how where I'm standing and the grass across the valley used to be a continuous level plain.|
|Have Fun Storming the Castle||Scot_Gore|
Jul 13, 2003 6:18 PM
|Do you think he'll make it?...||JL|
Jul 13, 2003 6:38 PM
|It will take a miracle. (Great movie) :)
Looks like you didn't need a miracle, but you had a great ride. All of your reports were awesome. Sure makes the rolling hills and green of the East seem pretty boring. Great reports (All 3). Thanks for take them.
Jul 13, 2003 6:19 PM
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|Leaving the Badlands||Scot_Gore|
Jul 13, 2003 6:23 PM
|That's all folks
Hope you enjoyed the reports.
|The Badlands look great! nm.||PaulNYC|
Jul 13, 2003 8:29 PM
|re: Badlands South Dakota Ride Report #3||mlm|
Jul 13, 2003 9:08 PM
|These have been great pictures. I did a tour through the same area last year with Coyote cycling out of Texas. However, we didn't get a chance to do the badlands... maybe next time.
I really like your pictures of the Buffalos. I definitely remember my nervousness at having to ride so closely to such an imposing animal.
|I'm thursty just looking at that lunar landscape!||Tig|
Jul 14, 2003 5:26 AM
|Incredible place and great report. I had to stop and get some water before looking much more. Thanks for sharing.|
|I really enjoyed these!||jtolleson|
Jul 14, 2003 2:04 PM
|What was your total mileage for this route? Also, was this recent (ie. within last few weeks?)
My other half is from Rapid City and we've done some SoDak riding, but not in Badlands. You have me intrigued.
|Badlands Ride was last Friday 7/11||Scot_Gore|
Jul 14, 2003 2:18 PM
|One way from the Wall Econolodge to the Amoco off the freeway exit was 40 miles. It's freeway or dirt roads to complete the loop, I opted for the support van.
Glad you enjoyed it.