|Deeply rutted Sale Barn Road leading into the cow town of St. Onge.
|Heading toward the Black Hills.
At 13 miles, Arpan Road t-bones with U.S. Highway 212. Turn West (right) for 1.6 miles and then South (left) on Fruitdale Road for a short 3 miles. Fruitdale is a collection of buildings, some of which appear to be inhabited, but none of which are open commercial establishments. Since it's only another 12 miles to the St. Onge Bar, I plan to ride through.
|South of Fruitdale through a river bottom before some hilly foothills.
|Crooked Oaks Road has a few steep pitches that seem to go up with each bend in the road.
From St. Onge, continue NorthWest on U.S. Highway 34 for 2 miles, then turn West (left) onto 196th Street. Odd that this remote road does not have a more colorful name. It certainly deserves one.
|Rolling hills on good prairie gravel on 196th Street.
|Back to Minimum Maintenance Roads, this time with some steeps.
From the intersection of U.S. Highway 85 and Hills View Road, turn West onto Hills View Road for 1.5 miles to McGuigan Road, which will become USFS 134. Turn South (left) onto McGuigan Road and prepare to enter the Black Hills.