Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Laramie Wyoming
Bikes: Merlin Extralight Topolino Wheels Campy Record
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When will you be there? If it anywhere around the time of the Sturgis motorcycle rally watch out for all the Harleys on the roads (yes they stay as far away as Gillette). And in the Black Hills they travel in packs of up to 100. Nice folks I'm sure, but makes for a bit of a traffic mess.
It can also get very hot and very dry up there in the summer so make sure you hydrate well. Distances can be deceiving out here. While the riding around Devil's Tower and in the Black Hills is nice, those spots are over 60 miles (one way) from Gillette. The intervening country side is, shall we say, stark.
Finally, as pointed out above, summer tourist traffic around Mt Rushmore (where I have biked) can be very heavy (although with the price of gas this year who knows) and many of the roads have narrow or no shoulder. And when they say Black Hills they mean it. Up and down - no flat terrain over there. Custer South Dakota (closest spot to Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Wind Cave and Custer state park) is 114 miles from Gillette. If anyone is a Mtn or off pavement rider , there is a great rails to trails ride in the Black Hills - the George S. Mickelson Tra
Hope that helps.
edit - if only I would read more carefully - op did say soon so let me add:
Spring snow can still fall in that part of Wyoming (actually well into May). And it can be very windy this time of year. On the 16th they had gusts up to 30 and supposed to be that way tomorrow. To the other poster - I have also seen pretty good snow in June in Wyoming (not just in the mountains either). Conversely it can get hot (easily up into the upper 90's in June in Gillette).
Find all the weather data you need here http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?wy3865
Finally here is link to WYDOT with a map that shows traffic load on Wyoming roads http://dot.state.wy.us/Default.jsp?sCode=homqu
click on the pdf link at the bottom of the page.
Last edited by RockyMtnMerlin; 04-18-08 at 08:52 AM.