I Hate Motorbikes
The fireplace inside Spearfish Canyon Lodge at Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota, USA
Timon Campground to Roubaix Lake Campground
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Day 44 - I toured the Black Hills. From my campsite I headed to town. My phone had been failing and planned to video the problem for the support team who are sending replacement. I found a stunning spot by a creek to film and rolled onto the grass. I head a booming voice “get that bike off the grass”. Spending most of my time in National Parks I questioned “Why?” and was met with a “because I said so!”. The man who appeared to be a ranger for the park surprised me with his aggression and I continued to egg him on until he gave me a good reason. Disappointed, he wouldn’t let me video his beautiful park, I headed elsewhere, making a complaint at the office on the way. It was a bad start to the day as I made it to Sturgis, home of the huge Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. I believe hosts 500,000 riders as Paul or Gay Zazryn can clarify. The bars, saloons and restaurants all carrying huge car parks at their front to hold all the cars/bikes. I decided to loop the hills after Instagram failed to post and I lost a lot of time. I headed down to where Mt. Rushmore was, a local saying morning is the best time to see it with the light. I took his advice and rolled through Custer National Forest and some nice roads. I found out why it’s called the Black Hills due to the tree bark and dark mountain stone. I headed up to Rochford where I turned a corner at 50mph to dirt and almost lost it! Unaware of the dirt for 30miles I continued up the bumpy soft road, the bike sliding all the way. I got lost in a farm thanks to Google and made it to camp by night. I discovered I lost my exhaust header bolt again from the bumpy dirt. I’d hit Rushmore tomorrow morning and booked in a new front tire at nearby Rapid City. They can replace it tomorrow. In the mean time, the weather predicted rain. So I stuffed my camp away and prepared for a wet one.