Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bismarck, ND
Bikes: Modified Burley Koosah, Trek Navigater folding, downtube folding
Got snowed on, rained on, mudded on.....
.....But it was wonderful. My wife and I rode the annual "Mickelson Trail Trek" in the Black Hills of SD last weekend. If you haven't done this trail, I'd sure recommend it! It is 107 miles from Deadwood to Edgemont and passes through some of the most beautiful scenery in the West, over railroad bridges, through tunnels, along stunning canyons, by rapids and waterfalls, beaverdams, with incredible vistas throughout! It is a rails to trail project following the old Black Hills Railway Bed. The "Trek" was an extremely well organized event held each fall on the third weekend of Sept.
The first two days had cool but very fine weather! The last day started out in light rain and mild wind, which changed to snow and gusts to 55mph over the pass, then rain and mud, mud on the last 15 miles. A great ride though, and a good time was had by all! This trek will definitely be on our "TO DO" list for 2007!
If the long deceased old timers who built the railroad bed 125 years ago could see what it has been transformed into now, they sure wouldn't roll over in their graves - they'd smile and go back to sleep!