The Big Ride – How do you spell WOW! (Lusk, Wy and Blackhills, South Dakota)

As I was leaving Colorado I felt somewhat melancholy after the awesome motorcycle riding I had experienced while visiting there.  My ride to South Dakota took me through a small part of Wyoming with an overnight stop in Lusk, which at first glace looked like a one horse town.  As it turned out, it was a cute horse.

I caught the cowboy...got the boot...and now I've got the horse!
I caught the cowboy…I bought the boots…and now I’ve got the horse!
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Gone country!

I  stayed at the Best Western in Lusk, Wyoming which had a very interesting western theme in their outdoor entertainment area.  Building on this theme, the hotel offered its guests a “chuck wagon” breakfast served by staff members dressed in western attire.  Not only was it a fun way to start the day, the omelette made to order was very tasty!

Fresh made to order omelettes being whipped up by the  hotel staff at the Best Western in Lusk
Fresh made to order omelettes being whipped up by the hotel staff at the Best Western in Lusk, Wyoming
Morning coffee in a
Morning coffee in a “cowboy cup”

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“Sit loosely in the saddle of life” – wise words indeed

When I made my way to South Dakota I was “wowed” by what I found.  The Black Hills offered some of the best motorcycling roads that I’ve come across and the roads through the parks, such as Custer State Park were out of this world! One of the roads in particular, Needles Eye, was engineered using “pigtail” turns.  When you see a sign like this you know you’re in for some mean twists!

Pigtail Corners

Here is video of my experience while riding the Needles Eye

In addition to some great riding, a visit to Mount Rushmore was equally as wowing in a different way!  What an incredible undertaking it must have been to carve such a masterpiece out of the face of the mountain.

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Bonnie and the boys - George, Teddy, Tommy and Ab
Bonnie and the Boys – George, Tommy, Teddy and Abe
The routes in South Dakota included a number of single lane bridges carved out of the mountainside
The routes in South Dakota included a number of single lane bridges carved out of the mountainside
The rock formations on the Needles Eye route were spectacular - unlike anything I've seen before
The rock formations on the Needles Eye route were spectacular – unlike anything I’ve seen before
The number of hairpin corners were so numerous I lost count after the first 20 or 30 minutes of riding!
The number of hairpin corners were so numerous I lost count after the first 20 or 30 minutes of riding!

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Just one of the many incredible scenes along the way
Just one of the many incredible scenes along the way

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Part of the herd of buffalo I came across just outside of Custer
Part of the herd of buffalo I came across just outside of Custer”s Park
I came across a herd of buffalo as well - This is mom with her young one
This is mom with her young one

While riding outside of Rapid City, I had the good fortune of meeting up with a couple of riders, Robbie and Al who were from the area.  While chatting, they mentioned that they were heading off to ride the “Canyon”.   You know that peaked my interest so on the way out, I added the Spearfish Canyon into my route.  Robbie, thank you for putting me on to this amazing route. Wow, what a great way to start the day!

Here are a few photos from the ride….video to follow.

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And a few additional photos taken along the way..

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It's all about balance!
It’s all about balance!
Don't give me that bull eh!
Don’t give me any bull eh!
My cowboy has gone bad!
My cowboy’s gone bad!

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Bonnie St Julien

Bonnie St Julien provides personal development and professional leadership coaching and mentoring, to support individuals who aspire to make a positive and meaningful difference in who they are, in what they do and how they do it. Bonnie is an accredited certified Coach and a certified Professional Behaviours (DISC) and Driving Forces (Motivators) Analyst, with over 25 years of public sector management experience, including as an Executive Director. In addition to her professional experience, Bonnie has overcome a number of personal challenges, providing her the determination and inner strength needed to get though whatever life hands her. Bonnie is also an avid motorcyclist who embraces life and lives it fully! Calling on Bonnie's extensive professional and life experience, individuals who work with Bonnie are transformed through the coaching process by gaining self-awareness and by taking incremental concrete action steps to achieve their desired goal and create meaningful and sustainable results in their lives, their work, their organizations, and their world! If you are looking to transform your life, Bonnie is the coach for you!

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