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Badlands South Dakota – Ride Report #3(18 posts)

Badlands South Dakota – Ride Report #3Scot_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 GrasslandScot_Gore
Jul 13, 2003 5:54 PM
Out of Wall SD, you cross the Buffalo National Grassland to reach the Badlands.
First OverlookScot_Gore
Jul 13, 2003 5:56 PM
The Badlands drop away from the prairie and fall into these kind of Moonscapes.
First Descent to the FloorScot_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 RollScot_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 MoundsScot_Gore
Jul 13, 2003 6:03 PM
The yellow mounds get their coloring from deposits of volcanic sulfur from ancient volcanoes.
Looking BackScot_Gore
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 TopScot_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 CastleScot_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.

Happy riding.

John
The RoadScot_Gore
Jul 13, 2003 6:19 PM
Last OverlookScot_Gore
Jul 13, 2003 6:21 PM
Leaving the BadlandsScot_Gore
Jul 13, 2003 6:23 PM
That's all folks

Hope you enjoyed the reports.

Scot
The Badlands look great! nm.PaulNYC
Jul 13, 2003 8:29 PM
re: Badlands South Dakota – Ride Report #3mlm
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 7/11Scot_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.

Scot