After surviving the Badlands we made our way to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Yozef's cousin has a spot in the Black Hills National Forest so we spent Saturday making our way to the campsite. I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again, there is nothing glamorous about motorcycle camping. Some days you sweat your ass off, other days you freeze it off. Sometimes you get a shower, sometimes you don't. But, it has its own rewards.
Our stay for the weekend was in the middle of the National Forest next to a creek, surrounded by pasture that cows are open range on. We were able to get in at a decent hour, set up camp, make some dinner which consisted of taco rice, bean dip on a tortilla. We even got to meet our neighbors that live up the road. Then we settled in for a good night's sleep, or at least we hope so.
For a third night in a row, even though there was no rain on the forecast, the skies opened up! We did have the rain fly on, but everything still got moist and damp and I didn't sleep a wink due to the loud pounding of the rain on the tent. We woke up Sunday morning cold, damp, and crabby. Yozef braved the elements and made us some coffee so we could at least warm up. By the time we were ready to go the sun had come up and warmed a little bit and we were actually looking forward to a beautiful drive up through the Black Hills after an early lunch in Custer.
Sunday Funday was a beautiful day of ridingwith several hundred others riding. We made it up to the Mount Rushmore area, which was an amazing sight.
Then we took the Needles Highway and went through the Custer State Park and we couldn't have asked for better weather. We were feeling pretty good when we got back to our campsite in the forest. We even stopped for pizza on the way and had a real meal for a change LOL I was able to call my grandbabies, check in with everyone while we were having pizza since we have absolutely no service whatsoever wherever we camp LOL
We settled in Sunday night at the campsite all cozy, clear skies and went to sleep with a plan to head to Gillette Wyoming on Monday. We ended up waking up to 37° temps though, our toes were completely frozen and neither one of us wanted to get out and move. When the sun started warming things up a bit we were able to get up, make some coffee, say goodbye to the neighbors and load up to head to Gillette.
We made it into Gillette last night and spent the night here so that we could get a good night's sleep, do our laundry and for me to get a proper hot shower LOL I was able to catch up on work, blog posts, and got a few phone calls into my sissy and my sons. Now the plan for today is to head out towards Devil's Tower, where we have a wonderful Campground host waiting for us to set up camp tonight. More to come soon!