Badlands National Park - Heading South For a Promise of A Warmer Winter - CycleBlaze

August 2, 2019

Badlands National Park

Kadoka to Wall

Big day today. I was up before 5am and we were on the road before 7am. Destination - The Badlands! And of course we will go to Wall Drugs as there is a sign every 10 feet advertising this amazing tourist attraction!
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We had 27 miles to ride to get into the Park. Beautiful cool cloudy morning.
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There was no one in front of us going into the park so I pulled out my trusty National Park Pass and in we went!
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I drove through 30 years ago and thought how fun it would be to ride a bike through here!
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We had a great day. We stopped at all the overlooks looking for the Bighorn Sheep herd and of course the views!
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We climbed 2700 feet today!
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Lots to see.
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There were lots of prairie dog homes in one section and we could here them but couldn't see them.
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It was so green from all the rain
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Beautiful formations
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The clay was wet and sticky
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We only walked on it once!
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Just before the exit - look! Some sheep!
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Closer view.
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Just a bit further they were crossing the road and we all stopped to watch them.
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Cute!
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We must have spent twenty mintues as they all filed across the street.
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This herd is coming too. You can see the whilte of their rearends. They were taking their time so we headed on out and into Wall.
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Wall is a cute town. We showered and are now heading to Wall Drug Store.
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Downtown Wall.
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Walking along the Drug Store. It's huge.
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And busy.
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Theresa was right. The donuts are delicious!
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They make hundreds of them and lots of other stuff too. We just had a donut for now.
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All around the building they have all the farmets of South Dakota and their brands.
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We shopped and wandered through the buildings.
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Made new friends.
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Scary!
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Every twenty minutes he comes alive and roars!
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Home for two nights here at the EconLodge in Wall. I used points!
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Today's ride: 59 miles (95 km)
Total: 10,630 miles (17,107 km)

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Jeanna & Kerry SmithWe had fun touring the Badlands by car years ago. We were in Wall the first weekend of June in the late 90's and it snowed three inches overnight. We were so surprised when we woke up. Glad we weren't cycling then!
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2 weeks ago
Janet Anspach-RickeyTo Jeanna & Kerry SmithI believe anything can happen here the way the sky changes minute to minute. We started out riding into big billowy clouds and thought for sure we'd get wet but it never happened today. We were so lucky!
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2 weeks ago
John PescatoreGreat shots of the Badlands, Janet! I camped there on a cross country car trip back in 1977 - doesn't look like anything has changed a bit, which is a good thing!
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Nancy WrightYou can tell it was a great day by the number of pictures you took! Wonderful day, especially seeing so many big horn sheep!
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Janet Anspach-RickeyTo Nancy WrightIt was such a fun day! Today we will go shop around Wall Drug!
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2 weeks ago
Janet Anspach-RickeyTo John PescatoreHi John! We've ridden a few miles since Maryland! All of South Dakota has been one special treat! What fun to ride a bicycle through the badlands! We are off today in Wall and we will go see more of Wall Drug! It's huge! Hope you are getting some riding and boating in. Hi and hugs to Carole!
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2 weeks ago
Scott AndersonWhat an incredible day. Iā€™ve never seen the Badlands, but they remind me of the John Day hills, on a vast scale. We should figure out how to get there some year.
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Janet Anspach-RickeyTo Scott AndersonWe were so lucky to have a cool overcast day. And everything is so green here. Very unusual for this time of the summer.
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John PescatoreTo Janet Anspach-RickeyGlad you guys are doing well! Carole says hi - she is off to El Paso in a bit to volunteer at a immigration volunteer support services setup. She and I will spend a week biking the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in late September.
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