|Eldy calculating how soon we can turn around|
|George Mickelson Bike Trail, one very small section|
What a day today! I talked Eldy into doing the George Mickelson Bike Trail, so I chose a ten mile loop, it's one of the shorter distances with less change in elevation and passes mainly thru rancher country...the Rocheford Trail Head, distance about ten miles one way and elevation change about 700 feet. What I didn't realize was the reason it was so easy to pedal the first five miles, was because it was the DOWNHILL elevation. It didn't look like it, so I was pedaling merrily along, but Eldy was busy calculating how soon we could turn around and go back--he KNEW it was uphill all the way back. Bless his heart, we did do almost 11 miles today, and he has a bad knee. Not only that, but we were about 5500 feet above sea level, so it's a tougher ride when you are not used to the elevation! I go out biking on my own quite a bit, but I had to stop a lot and rest on the way back. I'll have to pamper him a little extra because it means so much to me to go out biking on such a beautiful trail as this South Dakota bike trail. We saw some other trailheads on the Mickelson Trail while we were out driving today...some run along creeks and mountains, some of the trail heads go through old railroad tunnels and bridges. It's a 109 mile trail of crushed limestone and gravel through beautiful countryside and towns with many historical points along the way.
|Roof and sides are cyanide bucket lids!|
|Follow me, Eldo!|
|A nice buck in Custer State Park right by the side of the road|