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US 191 Day 10-Ride to Albuquerque NM

Buena Vista – Alamosa – Santa Fe – Albuquerque

The ride was 300 miles with about 5 hours of ride time.

Saturday July 27, 2013

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We were up and packed and ready for the road by 6:30. This is our last leg and I’m ready to be back home. We took US 285 south and used the CO 17 short cut to save some miles.

Our last meal together on this trip is going to be at the Campus Cafe. The Campus Cafe is one of my favorite places to eat. The only problem is that it’s over 200 miles from my house.

We started off with their cinnamon roll as our breakfast appetizer.

We warned Chuck that three pieces of french toast was too much to eat at the Campus Cafe, but he wouldn’t listen. We got a good laugh watching him try to eat all his food.

We gassed up and started for home, these last 200 miles are mostly a blur. I’ve ridden this road many times and I may have gone into auto pilot. As we neared Albuquerque I started feeling nervous about getting a ticket or having an accident this close to home. At home the first thing we did was unpacked and dry our gear, then we repacked it for the next trip. Now it was time to start dealing with all the problems waiting for me at home. My adventure was over and real life was back in full force.

US 191 Day 08-Ride to Keystone SD

Hardin – Buffalo – Gillette – Devil’s Tower – Spearfish – Deadwood – Mount Rushmore – Keystone

The ride was 383 miles with about 6.5 hours of ride time.

Thursday July 25, 2013

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At night the wind blew so hard it would collapse our tent, then it would spring back. One group of tent campers left in the middle of the night for a hotel because of the wind.

We got up, were dressed, packed and ate breakfast at McDonald’s all before 7:00. There was a full day of riding with sightseeing in front of us and we needed an early start.

On my last trip through Gillette I ate breakfast at Lula Belle’s, it was a great meal, but because it was breakfast I did not try the pie ( it looked so good). So I promised myself the next time I got to Gillette I’d stop in and get some pie.

It was only around 9:30 when we got to Lula Belle’s but we all had pie. My pie was delicious, it was everything I’d hope it would be even after hours of anticipation.

Next we rode up to the Devil’s Tower after taking some pictures we took SD 24 and US 85 into Spearfish staying off the Interstate.

After filling our tanks in Spearfish we took SD 14 (the longer route) to get to Keystone. We made several quick stops for pictures on these roads.

After checking in and quickly set up our camp for the night we rode to Rushmore. We spent lots of time trying to make a picture with our heads the same size as the presidents. People were taking pictures of me laying on the ground trying to get the right shot.

On the way back to camp we stopped at Teddy’s Deli for dinner. I had the Reuben and some buffalo bites. The buffalo bites were buffalo jerky with raisins mixed in it.

After a long day we got back to the camp. Our camp site got a great WIFI signal but the internet was so slow it was not usable. But I was so tired I just fell asleep.


US 191 Day 07-Ride to Hardin MT

Fort Peck – Miles City – Hardin – Little Big Horn

The ride was 293 miles with about 5 hours of ride time.

Wednesday July 24, 2013


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About 3:00 in the morning a loud horn started blowing, at first I thought it was a car alarm, but it was too loud. Just as my ears starting really hurting it stopped, never found out what was causing it. We slept in till almost 7:00 giving us a later start than normal, but today is a short ride.

Our first stop was Terry MT, it was a 123 miles out and the first gas on our route. After filling up we went to the Dizzy Dinner for breakfast. My daughter had a small man and I had a middle man breakfast. The furniture in the dinner was from the 40’s or 50’s and Chuck found it fascinating.

Then we rode to Miles City and made a stop at Walmart, to do a little shopping, we got things like sunscreen, bug spray, quick food for snacks and a air pump that plugs into a cigarette lighter.

From Miles City it was 120 miles to Hardin our next camping spot. We checked in and dropped off our gear. Then we went to see Little Bighorn battlefield.

At Little Bighorn we listened to a talk about the battle, then we toured the museum. We rode out to the hill where Reno fought, I was surprised at how far away it was from where Custer died.

We got back to the Hardin KOA and rested. This park had great facilities and we took advantage of them. The owners of the park let us hang out in the rec room where we ordered in a pizza for dinner and relaxed. After dinner we attended an Ice Cream Social they held by the pool for a local charity.