2008 Western Adventure
Day 10 - June 29, 2008
When I went outside this morning I was blessed
with a perfect day. Them temperature was in the 70's, not a
cloud in the skies, and best of all....no wind. By the time I
had breakfast (an English Muffin and apple juice) and packed the
bike it was well into the
I had to backtrack about 25 miles to Wibaux, MT to catch highway 7
headed to South.
Wibaux was a quaint little town that was once a major cattle
shipping center for the Northern Pacific Railway. Highway 7 between
Wibaux and Baker is a long lonely stretch. I picked up Highway
12 out of Baker and headed southeast back into North Dakota.
Still no major changes in scenery, but I was still enjoying every
mile of it. I did see some antelope, and was able to get some
close up photos. They were certainly aware of my presence, but
once I shut off my motorcycle they seemed to calm down and stayed
where they were. This was great to see the antelope, but I'm
still waiting to see the first herd of buffalo.
Highway 85 south is another long stretch that
runs from the Badlands of North Dakota to the Black Hills of South
Dakota. As I approached the Black Hills area I noticed a
distinct change in scenery. It was getting greener and there
were more trees, and of course, there were more hills. I
decided to stay in
Sturgis for the evening, and found a great little mom and pop
motel called the Star-Lite Motel off of Highway 90, Exit 32.
After I got settled into my room I decided to
ride around for a while. Away from the main drag, Sturgis is a
pretty city nestled in the hills. Of course, the thing that is
most evident about the city, was the number of biker bars.
Sturgis is well known for it's
annual motorcycle rally. Unfortunately, I had unpacked my
bike so I didn't have my camera with me. I'll have to get some
pictures tomorrow morning before I leave. I did manage to stop
at a couple of the biker bars, the
Throttle Saloon and
Saloon. I'm sure they were very quiet compared to the
rally week, which is in August.