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2015-09-11Hello Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa
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2015-09-26Sand Hills
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2015-10-02Stinky Bus
2015-10-07Oglala National Grassland
2015-10-09Custer State Park

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Edgemont yard turkeystwo-headed mule deerfrom the Mickelson Trailheading into Sheep Canyonold mine?deer on the Mickelson trailcat sleeping in round balesmore turkeysred-bellied snake (I think)typical South DakotaWelcome to Custer State Parkpronghorn antelopebuffalo scratching itself on a rockbuffalo by the roadwild burrosjust a deer in its caveFisherman's Flat Roadgood enough place to camp

Custer State Park

Friday, October 09, 2015

tl;dr: Left Edgemont via the Mickelson Trail and looped through Custer State Park. Lots of critters and pictures.

Custer State Park When I stepped outside this morning there was a hint of sage in the air. Am I so far west?

I left Edgemont on the Mickelson Trail. This trail is so much better than the Cowboy Trail. I does follow the highway for a couple miles, but then it breaks off and heads into the wonderful scenery of the Black Hills.

In Pringle, I left the Mickelson Trail to head east into Wind Cave National Park and then into Custer State Park. Oh look, a prairie dog! Let me take a picture. An hour later and about a million prairie dogs down the road: Oh shut up with your squeaking, prairie dog! I never did get a good picture.

Why can't I breath? Oh yeah, I'm at 5000 feet. I haven't been at this altitude in a while. I had better get used to it.

Upon entering Custer State Park I immediately found some pronghorn antelope along the road that just didn't care. This would be the trend throughout the park. Animals here are used to even bicycles. Contrast this to the antelope back in the grasslands that would spot me at a half-mile and bolt. I found a buffalo scratching itself on a rock just before taking a back road into the park proper.

I recommend visiting this park.

At one point I was pacing an older couple from India in their car. We came across some "wild" burros. I managed to scratch one on the nose. The lady asked me, "are they aggressive?" I told them, "Nah. I think they just want to be fed." The next group of burrows down the road the lady was feeding them graham crackers from the car.

Rather than follow paved roads, I turned off onto the park's dirt roads, following Fisherman's Flat Road until it turned into an unruly horse trail. At that point I was pushing my bike, because the trail was just too rough. I ended up camping in some pine trees that had been molested by loggers.

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