|Threading The Needle|
We headed out a little later and got to Custer State Park entrance, which took us down Needles Highway. Another great rode for bikes to cruise on. It takes a path through tunnels, around blind corners, and to the granite ‘needles’ amongst the trees and landscapes. After traveling south and east through Needles, we jumped over to Iron Mountain road, which took us north and west towards Mount Rushmore. The reason why I like going north on this route is due to the ability to see Mount Rushmore through two of the three tunnels and trees. Absolutely. Breathtaking. Iron Mountain road not only takes you through the tunnels, it goes over spiral, or also called pigtailed bridges, that remind me of how roller coasters are set up. I felt right at home while riding through this area, since I have technically been here twice – once in 2005 with Kathy and another couple and once in 2006 with 5 other guys.
After getting out of Custer, we had the option to go left to Mount Rushmore or right in to Keystone. We cruised through Keystone looking for a watering hole, but didn’t end up stopping due to all the traffic and lack of parking spots. We headed back up the hill and went to view Mount Rushmore. It was there where we saw some other friends from Kansas City, Dave and Linda. How ironic that they were touring the same area as us at the same time. Ronnie and Theresa, Dave and Linda, and Kathy and I all chatted on the side of the road for a bit, exchanged hugs and hand shakes, and parted ways. We found another establishment a short time later near Hill City called Silver Dollar Saloon, not to be confused with the one we stopped at in Cody Wyoming.
|Silver Dollar Saloon - Hill City SD|
|Spiral Pigtail Bridge|
|Nice Shot of Woods|
We left SDS and headed to the Crazy Horse Memorial. Since we hadn’t covered much ground, we didn’t stay long. It has changed only slightly since the last time I saw it. Nice area, but we had to get south and get some lunch in Custer. We landed at the Buglin’ Bull, where we opted for the buffalo burgers. Yes, Theresa even shared Ronnies burger, which she enjoyed (I think). After lunch, we headed out of South Dakota in to Nebraska. We stopped in Alliance to get some water and fuel then went up to Carhenge to check out the #2 wackiest attraction in the United States. I would tend to agree with them, though Ronnie and I were pretty jazzed about the cars and trucks upended and buried.