Blockade of cows 🐄🐄🐄🐄🐄

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A blockade of cows across the trail

A blockade of cows across the Mickelson trail in South Dakota.

After yesterday’s 40 mile ride on the #mickelsontrail, I decided I would do it again — backwards — and go all the way to #deadwood, just over 50 miles. But in doing it backwards it meant that 27mi of the ride would be uphill. I thought to myself: “I completed 70+ miles of the windiest #MS150 ever, this should be ok…”

Wow, it was tougher than I thought. There was a 22-mile constant uphill section that almost did me in. With no cell reception to call for a pickup from The Wife™ I had no choice but to grind through. It took me almost 4 ½ hours but I did finally complete it much to the chagrin of my thighs.

There are worse ways to spend a Sunday though, plus Deadwood, yes that Deadwood, is a pretty cool old town! Worth a visit if you’re in the Badlands area, particularly during the Sturges festival.