Sturgis Ride - Last Leg (I-90) + ADD NEW ROUTE
10 in South Dakota South Dakota381 Miles
on August 1, 2009
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Start out on I-90 West at mile marker 435 (eastern South Dakota)and continue west until you hit mile marker 32 for the first exit into Sturgis, SD.
Starting at the eastern end of the state you come over the last risen rolling down toward the Missouri River near Ocoama, SD. The terrain changes from lightly rolling hills, to very extended plains for as far as the eye can see. Past Murdo, SD it changes as you enter the Badlands showing you some of the more rocky cliffs off in the distance either side of the road. Sunrise over the Missouri river morning 6th August.
90 East and West is currently under construction for repaving. It is a fast road with a normal speed limit of 75 miles an hour. The ride was really smooth, and not what I expected with the hard winters they have that far north. The road is pretty flat, with a strong wind constantly blowing knocking you around a good bit. There is a scenic overlook just past Murdo that was pretty good for pictures taking. A view of the open rolling plains heading toward Sturgis on I-90.
If you have a small gas tank, you will need to carry a gas can for the trip through the badlands. Just past Chamberlain, SD you will cross the Missouri River. Just past the river you will come to Al's Oasis and Cedar Shores recreation area. They have spaces for motorcycles. If here is rain in the forecast don't pick campsite 14/ 15. Murdo, SD is a good place to stop for gas, and food. It also has the Pioneer Auto Museum. The cost to get in was only $10 but the locals told me it would take about 3 hours to see everything without being rushed. You will also start seeing signs pretty far out talking about Wall Drug Store. In Wall, SD what used to be a small drug store has now turned into a pretty large complex with multiple attractions. Wall is a must stop, especially if you have kids. At the far west end of the road you will come into Rapid City and from there you are very close to multiple destinations. Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, Lead.
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