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.
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.