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
Sunset in Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Last night was mild and clear, so we set up our tent without the rain fly and slept under a beautiful bright starry sky. ⭐️
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.
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.