Day trip to the Shrine of Democracy...
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Hooked
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Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:13 am quote
We have been traveling for the past week in our motorhome - today was all about riding...

http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-shrine-of-democracy.html

We took the scoots from the RV resort where we're staying via twisty back roads to Mt Rushmore. Gorgeous day, great roads, a nice meal with a close-up view of the Memorial, fun ride back.





Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:55 am quote
Looks like a great trip. Been to Rushmore and the Black Hills a couple of times. What a great part of the country. Glad to see you're able to enjoy it.
Hooked
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Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:06 am quote
We lived in the northern Black Hills for a couple decades, so we know where the good-riding roads are! This is my favorite place to ride and our reason for spending the better part of the summer here.

Being geezers, our parking permits for Mt Rushmore were only $5 per bike (usually $10) - makes it worth it to just bop up there for breakfast with the Presidents when we feel like it.

The roads get clogged up during the Sturgis Rally, but the rest of the time it is pretty mellow with the traffic... well, once you're off a main tourist road like Hwy 16.
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Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:19 pm quote
Captain Jim wrote:
We lived in the northern Black Hills for a couple decades, so we know where the good-riding roads are! This is my favorite place to ride and our reason for spending the better part of the summer here.

Being geezers, our parking permits for Mt Rushmore were only $5 per bike (usually $10) - makes it worth it to just bop up there for breakfast with the Presidents when we feel like it.

The roads get clogged up during the Sturgis Rally, but the rest of the time it is pretty mellow with the traffic... well, once you're off a main tourist road like Hwy 16.
How's ol' Crazy Horse comin' along?
Hooked
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Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:48 pm quote
Great stuff Cap't! Thanks for sharing.

Eric
Hooked
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Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:19 am quote
That a beautiful part of the world, enjoy yout stay.

Suggest ya ride Spearfish Canyon while your in the Black Hills area. Ya might want to check out the Moonshine Gulch Saloon in Rochford, a fun place to visit. Take a look: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g54786-d4831460-Reviews-Moonshine_Gulch_Saloon-Rochford_South_Dakota.html

Paul
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Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:25 am quote
Captain Jim wrote:
We lived in the northern Black Hills for a couple decades, so we know where the good-riding roads are! This is my favorite place to ride and our reason for spending the better part of the summer here.

Being geezers, our parking permits for Mt Rushmore were only $5 per bike (usually $10) - makes it worth it to just bop up there for breakfast with the Presidents when we feel like it.

The roads get clogged up during the Sturgis Rally, but the rest of the time it is pretty mellow with the traffic... well, once you're off a main tourist road like Hwy 16.
Thanks for the report. When I was last there that parking permit was good for a whole year, but I only needed to see it once a year.
Hooked
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Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:11 pm quote
Live to ride, ride to eat - an 90 mile ride for lunch that took us past Mt Rushmore once again (didn't stop there this time)...





Lots of great roads in this area...

Hooked
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Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:06 pm quote
Our time here in the Black Hills is getting short - more fun riding in the southern Black Hills today. And, yes, a stop again at Mt Rushmore. A couple laps of Iron Mountain Road. Cruising through Custer State Park. Perfect early fall weather.

http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2018/09/thats-way-to-do-it.html









A video of the Pigtail Bridges on Iron Mountain Road...

Molto Verboso
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Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:19 am quote
Fun!
Shrine to great people that had power and gave it to the next elected president to maintain democracy.
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Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:41 pm quote
...and I thought you had been here?

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Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:32 am quote
My favorite place near Mt. Rushmore is Custer State Park, just south. We rode the loop road and had to stop for 200 Bison crossing the road.
In a car you're isolated, but on a bike, you're out there with the big animals.
The lodges had fabulous food, not like the National Parks vendors.
I can't wait to go back.
UPDATE: Oops, I see you've covered Custer State Park in other posts. Sorry!I will check those blogs and wish I was there.
Hooked
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Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:50 am quote
Best Time to Ride?
Are the roads normally that uncrowded when Sturgis is not happening?

Is there a sweet spot date for good temps and uncrowded roads?
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