Saturday's ride in the Black Hills started just before 7am. I had apparently caught the family cold in addition to an allergy flare-up, so I was hoping for something to blow the junk out of the body.
I chose to ride the pavement pass back to Deadwood and then hop onto the Mickelson rail trail.
The climb up the pass loosened up the snot rockets and I quickly felt pretty good. I pushed the pace on the ride while still enjoying the views. I looped back to hwy 385 via Custer crossing and ended up back at camp 38.5 miles later.
Although the "Mick" is just a rail trail I would highly suggest hitting it. In fact I saw several campgrounds just off the trail. The trail is 108miles long so it would make an excellent 2 or 3 day ride/camp trip. Just load a pack with a change of clothes and a credit card. Hmmmm.....
Now we are in the middle of our 11hr drive back to Des Moines. We just passed through Sioux Falls, so we are almost home.
BTW-the pic was from the trail near the top of the pass.
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