Anyone hungry for some pie?
|Holly, awesome rider extraordinare,|
is excited to dig into a bull pie.
In August 2016, I staffed a fully-supported event for Adventure Cycling through the Black Hills of South Dakota. I had never been to the Black Hills before, and so the territory was all new to me.
As always, I had an absolute blast staffing the Black Hills trip! On this particular trip, the staff had rotating duties -- one day I was in charge of rest stops, another day I was in charge of lunches, another day I was in charge of route marking. You get the drift.
|On my lunch day, I set up shop in the parking lot across|
from the entrance to Custer State Park.
This is what my lunch stop looked like.
Pretty blah, huh? This stop needed some excitement!
|In an effort to spice up my stop,|
I transferred an impressive piece of nearby buffalo pie
to a plate and offered the dessert to the riders.
Folks had a great time posing with this tasty treat,
as one of the riders blasted the song "Moose Turd Pie" from his phone.
Here, Luggage Guy Doug, poses with his dollop of cow pie.
|The enticing pies wouldn't exist, of course,|
if it weren't for the buffalo that roam throughout the park.
I saw a good number of buffalo
when I rode the Tetons-Yellowstone earlier this summer.
But the quantity of buffalo I saw in Custer State Park
put the Yellowstone buffalo to shame;
there were TONS of buffalo in the Black Hills!
This guy meandered alongside my car for about a mile.
|Another day, I shuttled riders up to Mount Rushmore to see the presidents.|
|On another day, I rode sweep, riding behind the final riders|
to make sure everyone was safe and accounted for.
While the last riders stopped for their coffee fix, I got my kitty fix.
|Riding sweep also meant that I got to ride along the awesome|
Mickelson Trail, where I came across this old rusted-out car...
|...as well as the Midwest's ("And Probably the World's") Largest Bicycle Sculpture .|
|As I walked amongst the sculpture, I wished the bicycles could speak.|
Oh, the stories they would tell!
Memories of explorations, memories of skinned knees,
and memories of freedom.
|Some of my favorites memories from the trip|
include the smiling bananas at Gary's rest stop...
|...and the ridiculous number of electronic devices|
charging at each day's campground. Here Gage, a rider
and an Adventure Cycling employee, shows off the charging station.
Here, take a listen to The Darning Hearts.
|After the cycling trip ended, I took a quick sidetrip to Devils Tower.|
En route, I was fascinated by this view of birds in a roadside tree.
Though it was midday, the clouds made it appear as though the day had nearly ended.
|As I got closer to Devils Tower, I loved seeing the contrast|
between the tower and the fields of baled hay.
Despite the monumental significance of the tower, life goes on --
crops are still grown and fields are still plowed.
|From a different perspective, I loved watching the two cows in the foreground.|
How lucky are they to have such a beautiful view from their grazing ground!
|As I stood and watched the cows for awhile, I noticed one cow|
started licking the other -- just like two kitty kats!
|Thanks to the riders and staff for making this|
another memorable Adventure Cycling trip.
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