This is the continuation of a trip my dad, my friend Jacob, and I took at the end of July.
(Sorry for the delay in posts, it's been a busy couple of weeks. New boss, Jury Duty, end of year projects starting to pile up, uugghh!)
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It was Sunday, August 3rd, 2014. A day before the official Sturgis rally started, and we were headed that way. But first my Butler motorcycle map of Wyoming listed some great rides through the Bighorn Mountains, so we spent the morning crossing that range, not once, but twice!
From Dayton we climbed into the foothills, on the northeast side of the range.
This is highway 16, headed back to the east. The road followed a river canyon into the hills.
Longmire TV series. It's ironic that the last episode aired a day after this photo was taken.
Occidental Hotel and Saloon for lunch. This place has a pretty fancy history, see link, that housed visitors such as Buffalo Bill, Teddy Roosevelt, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! My wife had to explain to me what Occident is opposite of. Oh, like you all knew!
Luckily we didn't have to spend all day on the slab. Once we hit the town of Moorcroft, we veered north until we spotted our next point of interest, the Devil's Tower. No, we didn't have any close encounters while there:). You could tell that we were close to Sturgis though, motorcycle traffic had picked up significantly!
Wyatt's Hideaway Campground which is outside the town of Belle Fourche, SD. This was a nicely run campground, set on 13 acres, which was setup to handle large crowds very nicely. We picked this place as it was about 20 miles outside of Sturgis, and would allow us to get up the next morning and experience the rally.