Monday, August 10, 2009

Deadwood, A Lake, and The Broken Spoke Campground

Tuesday we headed to Deadwood. In 1876 Deadwood was a gold camp and a gambling town. Many historic outlaws spent time in Deadwood, including Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock. The entire town is a National Historic Landmark and has around 80 Casinos. You can feel the Spirits of the Wild West as you ride your chrome horse into town and find a place to park so that you can walk around and take it all in.

Main Street in Deadwood is lined with Historic Casinos and souviener shops. We got to town early so it was still pretty quiet. When they finally allowed motorcycles to park on the street it began filling up fast. We got a coffee and sat and people watched for a while. After our coffee we had a mission to find a cigar store Dan had heard about called Deadwood Tobacco and Cigar Bar. Dan loves Cigars. To see photos of the Cigar Bar go to http://www.deadwoodtobacco.com/ . It was a very cool place and I enjoyed watching all the biker men come in to buy their cigars. After we left the cigar bar we decided to walk around one more time and then go for a ride.

We left Deadwood not really knowing where we were going to go. Our ride eventually took us to a town called Hill City. Along the way we pulled over and had some lunch in a turn off to a campground. We watched all kinds of motorcycles go by as we ate and I swear I saw Paul Sr., on a chopper, headed to Hill City. There was a beautiful lake along the way which I believe was Mitchell Lake but I can't be 100% sure. This ride was a first for me so I'm not really sure where we were at. lol After we rode through Hill City we headed back to Rapid City to relax for a few hours before we went to the Broken Spoke Campground.

We took off for the Broken Spoke Campground and the sky was partly sunny. Everything would change in the matter of hours. The reason we made the trip out to the campground was to hear the Jasmine Cain Band play. As alot of you know I love this band. I was so excited when I got their and couldn't wait to hear them. I also had been texting KT Did and we planned on getting together out there. She was going to see 38 Special. While we waited for the band to begin playing we walked around the campground. The bar at the BS campground is huge and the swimming pool is huge too. If you want to check things out go to http://www.brokenspokecampground.com/ . We walked through the Limpknickie Lot and watched the show at the Wall of Death. I was able to meet Bean're who I did an interview with this past year. The clouds kept moving in and there were reports of a severe thunderstorm on the way. About 10 minutes to when Jasmine Cain and her band were to begin they cancelled her show. It was too late for us to leave because it had begun to rain and the lightening in the distance, toward Sturgis, was straight down. We decided to wait it out and hang out at the bar. While we were waiting I kept getting messages from KT Did telling me she was stuck at Mt. Rushmore in a storm. Needless to say we didn't get to see each other Tuesday night. After the storm passed through Dan and I slowly made our way back to Rapid City.

There were a lot of pictures from this day so I made a slideshow...ENJOY!

10 comments:

GYMONR said...

GREAT SLIDE SHOW!!! How was the turn out, looked a little slim.
Big Al

Arizona Harley Dude said...

While I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you and Dan I'm glad I got out before the bad weather. Very familiar pictures.

Ann said...

Why can't I see the slideshow?? I'm going to have Big D fix it so I can! Dammit! I want to see it!

Dean "D-Day" said...

Very cool. And I loved the slideshow. I see you got to wrap your arms around Bean're. I swear. That guy gets more lovin' at these rallies than anyone else I know.

Looking forward to the rest.

B.B. said...

Great slide show! Sounds like an amazing time even in spite of the weather.

FLHX_Dave said...

Awesome! Bad weather is ok with me as long as the temps are over 75. Thanks for the cool slideshow. At least I got you guys who went around to show me what I missed....ASSES!

Janet said...

Hi Steph - looks like you were at Pactola Reservoir along Highway 385. What a pretty lake that is, we were there on Wednesday. I also really like Hill City - some nice cabin campgrounds in that area!

mq01 said...

bummer about the weather and low attendance. but at least you had space to roam freely :) great post and pics!!! i still wish i was there...

IowaHarleyGirl (Stephanie) said...

The turn out was a little slim compared to the 2 other years I've been to the rally. The good thing is it was easier to get into town and riding the beautiful land of South Dakota was a lot easier.

Janet...I was trying to figure out on the map what that body of water was and I believe you are correct. Thanks!

D-Day...Bean're was a trip! He kept saying...Hey it's IowaHarleyGirl! LMAO!

Lady Ridesalot said...

Just loved the slide show! I laughed at your comment about Bean're. Your a celebrity now, you Interview Queen!

I'm so glad to live this experience through you. Attendance does look a little sparse in some of those shots, but it's like mq01 said... it allowed you the freedom of moving around easier.

The scenery is just beautiful, and that sky looked vicious. Glad ya'll came out of that okay.

Thanks for bringing us along friend! What else ya got up your sleeve? ;)