Today wasn’t so much about miles as it was about seeing some stuff.
My day started a little later than planned due to an alarm setting issue. Oops! Not a big deal,i actually woke up about a half-hour later than I planed. I had breakfast at the hotel, then charted out my route for the day using my free tourist map that I picked up yesterday. I decided to head back toward Devils Tower to get one last look and to stop at the gift shop and get a sticker for the motorcycle!
After that stop I got back onto 14 to 90 to get to Spearfish, South Dakota so I could drive the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. It was a nice ride, but nothing like I’d seen on previous days. The speed limit was 35, and even keeping near that speed was enough to run into even slower traffic, so I just rode slowly and enjoyed the scenery.
I’d planed to stop at the Broken Boot Gold Mine for some touristy fun, but despite their brochure claiming “open until mid-September” there was a sign that said they were closed after Labor Day, so I moved on toward Deadwood. I enjoyed the HBO series and wanted to see some of the things it was based on, but not enough to pay to look at the cemetary, and the rest of the old buildings seemed uninteresting and filled with casinos, so I moved on.
My next plan was to stop at the Sturgis BMW motorcycle dealership and get a t-shirt, which they actually had, so at least that wasn’t a disappointment. The people there were really friendly and helpful, and one of them gave me route advice to my next stop, and a lunch recommendation. I left the dealership and had a cheesesteak at Rosco’z (the z is supposed to be a backwards s I think).
After lunch I rode the Vanocker Canyon to Nemo Road, headed south to Johnson Siding, west a bit on 44 to 385 south, then 16/16a through Keystone to Mount Rushmore.
I didn’t really expect much from Mount Rushmore, but it was actually interesting. I did a short guided ranger walk, the ranger was very knowledgable and funny, which made the tour enjoyable for me. After the tour I finished the walking loop through the artists studio and checked out some of the exhibits before heading out. I learned some interesting things today!
I drove back to Keystone and found a room for the night.
Total miles: 4423