Saturday, August 10, 2013

Day 8: Devil's Tower and Spearfish Canyon

After a long night of rain, we woke to clear skies and cool temps. The six of us went into Custer for breakfast before mapping out our ride. Kevin and Sherry elected to stay behind and run errands, so the rest of us headed for Wyoming and Devil's Tower - via Spearfish, SD.

The ride through Spearfish Canyon was one of - if not the best - roads I have ever ridden. It had the most picturesque scenery and challenging curves of any so far this trip.

Once we left SD, we turned our attention toward the Tower and some wide open Wyoming scenery. We saw the granite monolith in the distance, but it seemed to take forever to get there. We stopped in Hulett for lunch, then continued on our way. Finally, we arrived and were amazed at the sheer size of the thing. No wonder aliens use it as a landing zone.

The trip back was a race against the rain, which by now had become a regular occurrence in the late afternoon. This time the rain won and we had to ride an hour in the cold. But we all arrived safe, sound, and dry (we wore our rain gear).

Tomorrow I am letting Lori choose. I promised her that she did not have to ride any more this trip.

More tomorrow.

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