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Gary
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« on: May 16, 2009, 07:20:58 AM »

Now that I've got this National Park/Monument Pass it's burning a hole in my pocket and I'm looking at new undiscovered adventures.

I've always had Mount Rushmore on my list of things to do and looking at a map of the Black Hills it looks like a must do now! Looks like there are a boatload of Natl Parks in that area alone.   Grin

So I'm looking for suggestions, feedback etc from anyone who's been or heard tell.

Not sure when I'm going but it has defintely moved up on "the list" and for this summer. I really don't have any interest in the big Sturgis rally so whenever that is going on I don't plan to be there.

Jim, didn't you make it up thataway on that trip you made when you joined Nick & I several years back (2004?) to Alamosa?

Looks like it's only about 700 plus miles from my area.  Wink

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http://www.nps.gov/moru/planyourvisit/upload/Big%20Map.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2009, 09:37:40 AM »

the sturgis rally is the first week of August and everything of any kind of lodging for as much as 100 mile area will be booked up a year in advance and may be even for the weeks before and after that week as well
if you ride iron mt, road south to north watch threw the bridges theres one that will frame mt. rushmore in the distance
needle highway is a great ride as well
if you take the interstates east or west ride the up wind lane going threw over passes as the cross winds will move you over a lane in less then a blink
i was up there in the late '80,s on my wing
if you camp  be prepared for frost in the mornings i was there late aug and had frost on tent and bike was down in the town of keystone at bottom of rushmore at the time
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2009, 11:09:30 AM »

Thanks stovepipe, I haven't camped out in years (10 maybe?), not that I wouldn't mind it but I probably don't have the needed gear at this point.

I'm sure it'll be moteling for this trip.

Thanks for the info. I haven't nailed anything down yet but this might be a June run since I have some other stuff going on in the coming months. Unless I extend the Inzane trip.  Just brainstorming at this stage.

Thanks again, looks and sounds like a great run. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2009, 04:27:44 PM »

Gary, My wife and I went through there last October and really had a great time. Here are a few places we went to.

I liked Mount Rushmore but I think Chief Crazy Horse was better.
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/17585
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=44.354112,-103.757801&spn=0.026758,0.088749&t=h&z=14
Chief Crazy Horse Memorial


Presidents Park was closed when we got there due to snow the night before. This isn’t a place I would make a special trip to, but would stop by if going that way.
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/9789
Presidents Park


This isn’t much but at least you can stop and rest for a while. You can buy a small bag of salt-free peanuts to feed the critters.
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/3865
Prairie Dog Site

We didn’t have the time to stop here but we may go there this summer. This is located out east from the Badlands and may be too great a distance to drive if you want to just stay around the Badland area.
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2215
Corn Palace


This is a good place to visit. Lots of stores up and down the street.
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2216
Wall Drug Store

We ate lunch at a Subway on Main Street which is just across the street from a mining Museum. This town has a lot of hilly streets and I just wondered how they drove up and down in the snow/ice.
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=44.354112,-103.757801&spn=0.026758,0.088749&t=h&z=14
Lead, SD

http://www.nps.gov/moru
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=44.354112,-103.757801&spn=0.026758,0.088749&t=h&z=14
Mount Rushmore

I hope this will help some.
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2009, 05:10:47 PM »

I rode to Mt. Rushmore a couple of weeks after 9/11 in September 2001. At the time, it seemed like something I needed to do. Of course the Sturgis Rally was over by then, and I didn't want any part of it anyway. I did very little riding while I was there and was back home in only four days. I enjoyed the experience a great deal, and I know you will too.

I did take at look at the privately owned Crazy Horse Memorial while I was there. It was interesting. However, it's so far from being finished it lacked the impact I was expecting. One of the locals told me that the owner(s) of the Memorial were purposely dragging their feet on finishing the Memorial so they can continue to collect money as long as they can. Maybe this is true and maybe not...ust an interesting tidbit for you.

I was still taking pictures with a 35mm camera so I don't have any digital photos to share. Have a great trip.
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2009, 12:22:34 PM »

Don't know if you've alreardy gone yet. But Chadron, Ne. the Westener Motel is a good place to stay. Rooms $50.00 a nite realy nice folks and just 16 miles to S.D. line right at the bottom of the black hills. While your up there don't forget the badlands and Walls Drug at Walls, SD. Sturgis starts Aug. 3 thru 9 this year. Theres bike one week before and one week after the main rally. A must see is Needles and Iron mountain Highways in the Blackhills. You can get a big map of the Blackhills at the motel and he or she can help you out with sites to see. Later HAVE A GREAT TIME
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2009, 05:38:15 PM »

Don't know if you've alreardy gone yet. But Chadron, Ne. the Westener Motel is a good place to stay. Rooms $50.00 a nite realy nice folks and just 16 miles to S.D. line right at the bottom of the black hills. While your up there don't forget the badlands and Walls Drug at Walls, SD. Sturgis starts Aug. 3 thru 9 this year. Theres bike one week before and one week after the main rally. A must see is Needles and Iron mountain Highways in the Blackhills. You can get a big map of the Blackhills at the motel and he or she can help you out with sites to see. Later HAVE A GREAT TIME

Nope, sure haven't.  Cry  I've had a key right hand at work out on Family Medical Leave and have not been able to take any time off.

I'll keep that in mind. Thanks, much appreciated.
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