We continue the next day with a ride out to the Badlands. This is an area of bentonite
clay that erodes badly every time it rains. If you look close you can see a person
in the center of the photo. Those runoff gorges are deep.
The road winds through the cliffs and valleys of the area for about 30 miles. The
faces of the bluffs are striped horizontally with red, grey and yellow. The whole
area is covered with patches of these bluffs interspersed with sections of prairie
and prairie dog towns.
We also stopped at the "Wall Drug", a world famous tourist trap.
It consists of a series of adjacent buildings that have been combined into one large
tourist shopping mall. The aisle leads from front to back with different "departments"
opening off it. Then you can wend your way through this door or that and get totally
On the way back we had a horrendous side wind from the right. We thought the run
to Center of Nation had a bad wind, it was nothing, this was BAD!!
About halfway back to Rapid City we stopped for a Pepsi at "The World's Smallest
Biker Bar". This is the back side. It used to be a two-car garage but now sells
beer, soda pop and has a small stage and a pole for dancers. We were the only customers
at 11:30 in the morning and no dancers were in sight!
After a stop Firehouse Brewing for lunch and at the Honda dealer for a new headlight
bulb we rode to the Stav Kirke. A duplicate of the wooden church in Borglund, Norway. The
woodwork in these churches is very fine. The entire building is made of wood in
a post and beam construction style. There are carved panels at the alter and by
the doors. We had seen and toured several of these churches while we were in Norway.
That ended Saturday and we were glad we had survived the wind on the freeway.
On Sunday we rode the Needles Highway again, but this time in the opposite direction. It
is still spectacular.
We are on our way to Deadwood, the gambling center for the Black Hills. This is
an old gold mining town from the late 1800's. It has gambling casinos down both
sides of the main street. Bikes are parked everywhere and lots of people are wandering
and looking but the slot machines are nearly empty of gamblers. We are here to look
and so that Kathy can donate $20 to the one armed bandits. I'm doing the latest
upload of these pages, the gambling does not interest me in the least.
But I did find this motorcycle from Colorado very interesting.
Notice the front fender, here's a close-up of it.
Tomorrow will be a maintenance day, laundry, replace the burnt out headlight, etc. We
don't plan on doing any riding. Our Italian friend Maurizio and his group will be
arriving during the day and we will go greet them.