Day 19 Newcastle, Wy. to Rapid City, Sd. – 81 miles

5 Jul
Bike Ride through the Black Hills

Bike Ride through the Black Hills

Beautiful Biking, Clear Skies, Friendly Riders….We are happy!

The ride from Newcastle was 81 miles to reach our destination for the night.  We stayed in a former elementary school that was air conditioned.  The staff was very warm and friendly and we felt welcome in the center.  The day was challenging with some great climbs and descents through the Black Hills and Custer State Park.  We had several buffalo sightings and will keep looking for more tomorrow.

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We spent the night at this former elementary school that was converted into a Senior Center. The staff was very hospitable and served up a wonderful homemade dinner of lasagne, salads and home made pumpkin cake. Yummy.

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The people from South Dakota value their industry like this refinery. Even though it is stinky, ugly and noisy, it means “jobs” to the locals.

Sunrise in Wyoming

This is the sunrise on the start of our day at 6 am.

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The roads between Newcastle and Rapid City had wide shoulders and very little traffic – making it easy to enjoy the views.

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State #5 on The Big Ride Across America

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Insect clouds were so thick that the bugs collected on every part of our bodies. These insect patches were all through the Custer State Park.  The forests were lush and moist.

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Lush pine groves in the Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills National Forest

 

 

 

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