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Sep 17, 2015 - Sept 17, 2015 - Twenty Seventh Stop - Spearfish, SD

On the way out the entrance road we saw a flock of turkeys. Nice ride to Spearfish on I90 and we had time to stop for lunch at a turnout. We are only here for three nights, but have lots of things to do, including going to the Sturgis Harley Dealer. More tomorrow. September 18, 2015 - Woke up this morning to our 42nd meeting Anniversary. WOW! It rained last night and was still raining this morning. The rain stopped and we drove to Sturgis. The Full Throttle Saloon was an almost cleared lot after the big fire destroyed it. Since we did not...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Sioux City to Spearfish, SD

Last day in South Dakota...for now Friday, August 14: Sioux City, IA to Spearfish, South Dakota Weather: 74F hot and sunny in the morning warming to 99F with mostly sun and very little breeze in the afternoon. Route: I-29N → I-90W (Purple Heart Memorial Highway) Trip Average Gas Mileage: 28.2 m/gal on mostly 80mph highways Highlights: - gaining an hour in South Dakota - the stark scenery of South Dakota's Badlands and Black Hills - beer-tasting at the Crow Peak Craft Brewery in Spearfish - an authentic Mexican meal at Guadalajara...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota

Today, we decided to do a little hiking. So, we took a trip on the scenic highway that runs through Spearfish Canyon. Spearfish is north and west of Sturgis. A lot of my motorcycle friends are familiar with Sturgis. Arguably, Spearfish Canyon is one of the most scenic drives in South Dakota. However, if I had to choose my favorite it would be the Needles Highway (posted about the area earlier). There is some interesting granite and limestone cliffs and three waterfalls along the trip. at Bridal Veil Falls, we saw another Mountain Goat,...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Fish Hatchery and Town of Spearfish

Today we were getting ready for our move to Custer so we had many chores to do. We cleaned house, dumped, did laundry and filled the fresh water tank as we will only have electricity at Custer State Park. We took a lunch break in between and went to Culver's. It is one of Sue's favorite hamburger places because it has alot of sandwich choices and most important yummy frozen custard. We had to have sundaes for dessert. Bill had a salted cashew and carmel and Sue had the Turtle with hot fudge, carmel and pecans. YUMMY!! When we had finished...

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Bison and Balloons

Sep 21, 2014 - Spearfish Canyon and Deadwood

It was a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky and highs in the low seventies. We took the scenic drive through Spearfish Canyon. This was to be one of two peak fall color weekends and there were many people in the Canyon. The combination of the fall colors and the craggy, rocky cliffs made a spectacular drive. We stopped to take pictures at Bridal Veil Falls then proceeded on the the town of Savoy where we had lunch at the Latchstring Restaurant. The food was delicious. We ate out on the deck with a wonderful view, then took the trail...

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Bison and Balloons

Sep 20, 2014 - Bear Country U.S.A.

Today we headed west to an RV Dealer to pick up a part for the RV. We talked to them about the Motorcycle Rally at Sturgis and how it got started. The first year it was just a guy who thought it would be fun to get a few fellow cyclists together for the day. The next few years it was the same, growing a little each year. Soon it mushroomed into a bikers from all over the world meeting for a few days then a week. Now, the bikers get here a week early and some stay a week late making it a three week event but with the main event only one...

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Bison and Balloons

Sep 19, 2014 - Devil's Tower and Alladin

The Campground provided directions for a more scenic route to Devil's Tower in Wyoming. We stopped in Spearfish to drop off a prescription and were on our way. The ride was very scenic, passing through ranches and the Black Hills National Forest. Along the way, we stopped at Alladin to see the old general store and have lunch. The population of Alladin is 15. It is an old coal mining town organized in the late 1800s. The General Store was built in 1896 as a saloon. Besides the General Store, there is a cafe and a motel, a few trailers and a...

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Sep 18, 2014 - On Our Way to Spearfish, SD

Chris' Campground 701 Christensen Dr, Spearfish, SD 57783, 605-642-2239 It was a short drive from the Badlands to Spearfish, only about two hours. We were happy to be back in civilization with cell phone coverage, stores and fuel. This is a nice campground which sits up on a hill so the views of neighboring hills are grand. The sites are gravel, long but narrow. We are parked next to a couple we met at Mitchell, SD two stops before, who are from South Carolina. After setting up, we drove into town and had lunch, then ran some errands to...

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Aug 9, 2014 - Spearfish Canyon Scenic Drive

On Saturday, I got up very early and it was very foggy here in SD. So I decided to take that time and scubbed floors, vacuum carpets, and dusted cabinets and got the dog dryer out and groomed Bandit. Dog Dryer works great. Blows out loose hair and you would not believe how much dirt a dog has on its body. Almost like a dust storm. With all that done, and the fog had lifted, so we headed for the Black Hills. Left here on Route 44 until it dead ended into Route 385. Heading toward Deadwood 385 gets you to the Spearfish Canyon Cutoff. This is...

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May 24, 2014 - Day Trip: Spearfish, SD

Note: It is all about timing when traveling west. Two weeks ago, Deadwood had two foot of snow. Spring clean up is running a little late. We are on the bike again, today. We head to Deadwood for breakfast. We know a café. We top up the gas tank and head to Lead. It is an easy run through Icebox Canyon. We see some snow. We arrive at Cheyenne Crossing. It is too early for carrot cake. We turn onto Route 14A. We are traveling on the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. We follow Spearfish Creek. It is early enough that we see deer crossing the road...

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Aug 15, 2013 - Spearfish, SD

We arrived Monday, 8/12, in Spearfish, S.D. toward the northern end of the Black Hills, an island in the flatlands. From here we went over to the Devil's Tower; the Indians perfer to reference as the Bear Tower. It is a spectacular formation out in the middle of rolling hills. We drove the Spearfish Canyon Trail and stopped at the three water falls. This area reminds me a lot of the Appalachians with the tree covered canyon walls and the small but beautiful falls. The loop took us thru Lead, Deadwood, and concluded in Sturgis. In Deadwood...

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Aug 10, 2013 - Spearfish South Dakota Entrance to the Spearfish Canyon and Alt 14A

Today was our planned trip to Spearfish South Dakota. I never heard of it before this trip, and is a very nice place to visit. I installed a Sirius Radio in the Truck and the RV so now when I travel I can listen to my favorite music. Working out great. In the west you run out of normal Broadcast Stations pretty quickly. I used to sing to myself, but Bandit did not appreciate it. I must howl at the wrong note. Surveyed and staked out in 1876 and officially incorporated in 1888, Spearfish is ideally situated in the scenic valley of Spearfish...

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