4. Deadwood SDAugust 14 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F
Annual motorcycle festival. Almost no masks! (Except us.)
Annual motorcycle festival. Almost no masks! (Except us.)
When we left the campground this morning to visit Mt Rushmore (previous footprint), the plan was to then drive back via Iron Mountain Road and spend an easy afternoon on our patio.
We changed our minds during our “breakfast with the presidents.” Seeing as we were already north of the narrow, curvy, slow-speed roads we have to negotiate to get anywhere from our campground, it made sense to check out a few more places before going back home.
So, we headed up to Hill City and beyond. We didn’t do much in any of the towns, so I’ll skip them for the time being and take you straight to Spearfish Canyon, which we entered from the south.
We debated hiking the Roughlock Falls Trail, but it was already 1:30p and we still had a ways to go before we started to drive back home. Instead, we just drove up to the falls area. Finding a picnic table hidden in the foliage, we had lunch first and then headed off on the short trail to check out the falls. There were enough people on the narrow, paved trail that we had to don our masks on and off, but it was well worth the walk down to the cascades that fan out over the rocks.
Back in the car, we continued our drive north, stopping to check out some cataracts and cascades. Bridal Veil Falls, which is visible from the road, had very little water streaming down the stone wall. It would have been disappointing, except that there was a mama mountain goat browsing nearby ... accompanied by its kid. The last time we saw mountain goats was at Tangle Falls on the Icefield Parkway in Canada. That was back in September 2009 ... a while back. So this was a particular treat.Read more
We dropped Kuma off at the animal hospital in Spearfish early this morning, had breakfast then hiked the Little Elk Creek trail, halfway between Sturgis and Rapid City. A wonderful trail bursting with fall colors, rock formations, juvenile trout in the creek and a good five and a half mile workout. We stopped in Sturgis on the way to pick up Kuma. Really quiet now... can only imagine what it's like during the August rally.
Kuma now has sparkling clean canines but is also missing his top three teeth some bone and a tumor that was causing the bleeding. Tissue sample sent for biopsy and we'll be following up with his vet in Gresham. 😞 Poor puppy...and he just celebrated his 11th birthday on the 12th.Read more
Heute ging es mit dem Motorrad nach Deadwood, wo wir die historische Main Street besuchten, eine der ersten Wild West Städte. Im Casino gewann David beim Roulette 9 US Dollar ;-). Hier in South Dakota gibts keine Helmpflicht und wir haben für die kurze Strecke davon Gebrauch gemacht.Read more
As we head East we are coming into contact with defining periods and events in Nineteenth Century American history.
The notion of the Wild West captured the imagination of a nation. One of the most famous locales in this time is the town of Deadwood. I mainly know of this town in the years from 1876 via the TV Series and I could not wait to visit. It was both as tacky and as interesting as I had hoped. The TV series from what I understand is fairly accurate (with the usual dramatic license accepted) and this allowed for some memorable scenes to be replayed in my mind as we walked around the small town. Along the way, useful information boards helped fill in the history, or further cloud the myth that has grown with time. We then walked up to the Mount Moriah Cemetery where both Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane are buried.
I'm glad we had a quick visit here and it helped to break up the driving with a bit of history and walking. And tacky giftshop purchasing.
The Wild West theme continued as we passed Sundance, the town that lent it's name to the outlaw Harry Longabaugh, better known as The Sundance Kid. It is also in this area that the extraordinary story of Hugh Glass played out. This 1823 story of survivial is behind the recent movie 'The Revenant'. All these events and places represent a defining time in history for this nation. This region is identified too by it's rugged terrain and history and yet that American hospitality is also ever present and welcoming.
We arrived at our motel by the early evening in the town of Wall. This town is best known for the Wall Drugstore which has been the number one stop-over on the way to Mount Rushmore since 1931. It just so happens that's why we're in the neighbourhood. So, today outlaws, tomorrow Presidents...
Song of the Day:
Will Smith - Wild Wild West (obviously!)Read more
Wednesday we headed to Lead, pronounced Leed, to visit the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. http://www.sanfordlabhomestake.com/
Then took a trolley tour of Lead and a surface tour of the Sanford Underground Research Facility. This is a definite must see!👍 Full of history and science. First as North America's largest and deepest gold mine and now as the site of an active physics lab studying neutrinos.Read more
I spent yesterday afternoon hanging out in Sturgis, listening to bands, and chatting with some amazing people. I've been invited to Las Vegas and Utah lol.
This morning I'm hanging out in Deadwood, most famous for the origin of the dead man's hand of poker, aces and eights. Will Bill Hickok was holding those cards when he was shot and killed here.
Tom Berenger is here to lead the Legends Ride. Oh my, he is still very sexy.
I'm getting some lunch now. Pulled pork on a bed of mac and cheese. There aren't a lot of green food options here. Shocking, I know. 🤣
That's all for now. Don't forget to be awesome! ✌️
Day 9 mileage: 124.7 (total 2470.3)Read more
Went to the trailhead in Deadwood to check out where we’ll start tomorrow...!!! Nice walk along there river w/ historical markers on the railroad/mining operations. Cool radial brick chimney that serviced 3 furnaces...135 feet tall in the day to get the smoke/fumes above the valley air! No thanks to being a hod carrier on that construction project 🥵 in 1870-something!Read more
I mentioned in the previous footprint for Spearfish Canyon — part II of today’s activities — that we visited a couple of towns as well, making this the third footprint that covers today’s story.
From Mt Rushmore, we headed north to Hill City and Lead, drove through Spearfish Canyon from south to north, and stopped in Deadwood on the way back. Our route was sort of a lollipop, with US-385 serving as the “virtual stick.”
We didn’t stop in Hill City as it appeared to be a place where one might visit the shops and such, maybe grab a bite to eat or a cold brew. Or ride the 1880 Train to Keystone. I had read that there was some public art, but the wood carvings didn’t appeal, perhaps because I saw no clear angles to photograph them without the clutter of shops getting in the way. I’m sure others who’ve visited the town would probably disagree with our impression ... and that’s perfectly OK. Each to his own.
We liked Lead. Coming up the hill into town, we parked in the municipal lot (free). The reason we chose the lot was that I glimpsed a couple of murals. Turns out that there is an overlook from the lot that looks into the Homestake Mine, once said to be the largest and deepest gold mine in North America. It apparently closed in 2002. The site is also famous in scientific circles for the underground laboratories set up here ... in the 1960s and again in 2007.
After walking up a short trail for a better look at the mine, and stopping to photograph the murals, we wandered up the street for a quick look-see. The town was very quiet ... very few people out and about ... restaurants and shops mostly closed.
So, we moved onto Spearfish Canyon for a picnic lunch and a drive through the canyon. Exiting through the north allowed us to loop around to Deadwood, which is on the National Historic Landmark registry.
We had no interest in the “gaming halls” as they refer to the casinos in Deadwood, but the Wild West ambiance had us parking the car for a wander down Main Street. Lucky us ... a driver who was leaving the lot offered us his parking ticket with still an hour left on it.
Turns out we were just in time for one of the Wild West re-enactments. It wasn’t terribly crowded, so we put on our face masks and “pulled up a sidewalk” to sit and watch the action in which Jack McCall, who killed Wild Bill Hickok, engages in a shootout. A small bit of fun. Mui tried to video the shootout, but the two gunslingers were too far apart, so we got no useable footage.
After a stop in an ice cream shop, we took a short walk, but the streets were now getting crowded. Hardly anyone was wearing a mask. No one was social-distancing. Time to call it a day.
Heading home, we decided to drive through Custer, fill-up the CR-V’s tank for our next driving adventure, and go back to the campground via the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park. The bison herds were gone, but we did see a number of them heading into the hills. A mule deer buck stayed put when we stopped to take a couple of photos, but the pronghorn buck refused to turn around and look at us.
It was 8:00p when we got back to the campground. A long 11-hour day of sightseeing ... but lots of fun, so no complaints.Read more
B: Is this what it’s like to be homeless?
K: Yep. Only thing missing is the shopping cart.
B: I can’t do this. I’m going to die.
K: We ARE doing this. So...you ARE doing this and
you’re NOT allowed to die. So that just leaves the
question of HOW you are going to do this.
B: How are you holding that on?
S: With a rubber band.
B: Wow, that’s the fanciest thing I’ve ever seen...and
I’ve seen Versailles.
B: I can’t get back on.
K: Stop with the fancy mounting stuff. Swing your leg over, put your balls on your top tube, your foot on the pedal...and push. (Yes, yet another “Mother of the Year” moment!)Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
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