Badlands

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park was a trip, nothing like what I expected. We were only there a single night but it was one of the most memorable places I’ve been. Can’t quite put my finger on why, but due to its desert-like landscape, other-worldly even, it stands out like our visit to Terlingua a year ago. The desert calls, man. #truestory

Blockade of cows 🐄🐄🐄🐄🐄

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.

When tyre sealant doesn’t seal (and other tales of woe)

See that white stuff on my water bottle? That’s tyre sealant. On today’s ride, right in the last mile or two, I suffered a puncture. However I didn’t realise until I rode into our accommodation that it had even happened. That’s the beauty of a tubeless wheel setup — there is no inner tube, just the tyre and the rim. The liquid sealant sloshes around inside the tire until you get a puncture when the tyre pressure rapidly spurts the sealant out through the hole effectively clogging it so you can continue riding.