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Routes / Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: December 05, 2008, 10:34:17 pm »
Well I just finished reading / watching your blog tonight - again it was fantastic!  And yes, I do plan to do a blog on my ride too - I'll let you know when I get it started.  

I didn't realize when I sent my first post that you were just then finishing your trip!  What a coincidence!

When my family and friends (continue to) say I'm crazy, I am going to forward a couple links to your movies.  That should clear it up for them.  :)

Happy Holidays!

PS - I feel like I know you two since reading about your trip.  if you are curious about me, my myspace page is here:  denbec myspace

Routes / Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: December 05, 2008, 10:42:30 am »
Fantastic advice from both of you - I very much appreciate it!  My goal is to be on the NT after yellowstone so this is perfect.

Plan A was to take the NT all the way from North Dakota where it meets L&C but I'm really thinking if I have sufficient time I will go the Yellowstone route.  Certainly more interesting and more challenging.

Thanks again!


PS  I have just about finished reading / watching the Schultz Blog (see the begining of this forum) - what a fantastic trip and such a nice couple.  I hope I meet as many nice people on the way as they did but I'm thinking as a single man folks might be a bit less accomodating.  Still, I grew up in rural S.D. so I know there are super nice folks out there.

Routes / Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: December 02, 2008, 09:17:57 pm »
Thanks Jimbo!  I'm still seriously considering going that route (in reverse) on my trip.  I appreciate the info.  I also will need to determine a good route that connects Yellowstone to the Northern Tier route as I'm going into Seattle.

PS - As someone who grew up in South Dakota - I can report they are all lonely roads. :)

Routes / Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: November 19, 2008, 10:17:23 am »
I see my emoticons are out of control on that last post. LOL  The playful wink was supposed to follow the free ice water comment.   :blush:

Routes / Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: November 19, 2008, 10:13:44 am »
Thanks for the great advice Lightspeed!  I am somewhat familiar with the South Dakota part of the area as I grew up in a little town called Eagle Butte in the middle of South Dakota.  If I visit my Mom on the route I'll have the misfortune of taking Hwy 212 across to Sturgis which is a very boring road - but they all are in that area.  Actually though, I'm looking forward to seeing it from a bicycle perspective - it might be quite lovely.  What I will likely do instead is go west from my sister's house in Fort Pierre so I can go through the Bad Lands and Wall Drug!  They have free ice water you know.  

This trip will be a great challenge for me as I have never ridden on anything steeper than a drawbridge here in Florida.  I'm hoping that by the time I get to the good climbs I'll have worked up enough strength and endurance on the first part of the ride.  Depending on time available, I may need to take the "wussy" routes as much as possible.  I'm also a little concerned about elevation and breathing as well.  Anyone have tips on preparing for elevation?

Let me just close this post by saying I am VERY MUCH enjoying the blog from the original posters schultzbike above.  I'm reading it all the way through - I'm up to Miss Zula right now.  I plan to do a blog like that on my trip as well but theirs is well done - and what a nice handsome couple.  :) ;p

Happy biking all!  -  Dennis

PS - the Sturgis Bike Rally is an amazing event that I've never been to - I almost wish I would be there for it but I'll be through the area much earlier.

Routes / Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: November 15, 2008, 12:04:12 am »
Perfect!  I love reading about others bike adventures.  I'll check it out and get back at you if I have any questions / comments.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Routes / Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: November 14, 2008, 04:46:53 pm »
Hello fellow bikers!  I was wondering if you did this ride during the summer and if so how did it go?  I am planning a cross country solo tour from Florida to Washington State in the spring.  I have family in South Dakota and Wyoming and am contemplating veering off the ACA routes from Pierre SD to Yellowstone.  I hear Yellowstone has a lot of traffic so I would appreciate any advice.


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