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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Analog Maps and Simple Cue Sheets

I like maps.  There's nothing quite like a map to fire the imagination.  Throw a bike into the discussion and I'll be engaged for hours.

Jake VanDewater and Greg Gleason kindly produced GPS maps of the Black Hills BackBone for the digital crowd, lifting an annoying technological chore off my back.  Black Hills BackBone GPS Map - HERE  Thanks, again.  That was really good.  I hope that others enjoy the results of their labor.

I prefer hard copy maps, opening up like the morning newspaper over a cup of fresh coffee.  My analog maps span seven sheets of 11.5" x 17" paper, which I plan to carry in a jersey pocket in a ZipLock bag.  I've been up, down and sideways on this route, so I don't think I'll need these for every turn.  But I'll carry them anyhow and likely will refer to them more and more as the ride goes on.

This is the final sheet of analog maps.  The cue sheets follow.  Together we'll get there.
By the way, those little squares simply mark one square mile. They do not represent roads.
As a back up to the maps, and as another mechanism to convey the detailed route to others, I created a simple set of cue sheets.  No fancy graphics.  Just words and numbers.  And not necessarily validated to the extent one would for an organized event.  But I plan to carry these as a back up.  As always, your mileage may vary.  Here's my simple set of cue sheets for the Black Hills BackBone.

South on Table Mountain Rd (733) 0 0
West (angling right) on Table Mtn Rd (733) 1.6 1.6
West (right) on Ladner Rd 7.2 8.8
Continue South (straight) onto Bullock Rd 6.2 15
West (right) on Bullock Rd 7.6 22.6
Continue West, then South on Bullock Rd 2.4 25
South (continue straight) on Bullock Rd 4.4 29.4
West (right) on U.S. 20 4 33.4
South (left) on Harding Rd 0.7 34.1
HARDING STOP - water 13 47.1
Continue South on Harding Rd 5.5 52.6
Continue South on Harding Rd 1.6 54.2
West (right) on Old Highway 85 10.8 65
GEOGRAPHIC CENTER OF U.S. 13.8 78.8
Continue South on Old Highway 85 0 78.8
NorthEast (left) on paved U.S. 85 7.8 86.6
East (right) on Brooker Rd 0.5 87.1
South (right) on Arpan Rd 7.4 94.5
West (right) on paved U.S. 212 12.9 107.4
South (left) on paved Fruitdale Rd 1.6 109
East (left) on Snowma Rd 2.8 111.8
South (right) on Crooked Oaks Rd 0.6 112.4
East (left) on Sale Barn Rd 5.7 118.1
West (right) on Sale Barn Rd 2.2 120.3
NorthWest (right) on paved U.S. 34 0.6 120.9
West (left) on St. Onge Cut-Off Rd (196th) 2 122.9
South (left) on LookOut Mountain Rd 4 126.9
West (right) on Kerwin Lane 2.8 129.7
South (left) on paved U.S. 85 1.8 131.5
SPEARFISH STOP - WATER 1.6 133.1
West on Hills View Rd
South (left) on paved McGuigan Rd 1.5 134.6
McGuigan Rd turns to gravel 0.7 135.3
SouthWest (right) on Tinton Rd (134) 1 136.3
West (right) on paved U.S. 85 26 162.3
South (left) on O'Neil Pass Rd (231) 1.7 164
South (left) on South Rapid Creek Rd (231) 0.9 164.9
South (right) on Black Fox Camp Rd (233) 11.5 176.4
East (left) on Flag Mountain Rd (189) 5.2 181.6
South (right) on paved South Rochford Rd 7.2 188.8
South (left) on paved Deerfield Rd 1.6 190.4
North (left) on USFS 421 into White Tail Camp Ground 1.6 192
WHITE TAIL CG STOP - WATER 0.8 192.8
West (right) on paved Deerfield Rd 1.2 194
South (left) on Williams Draw Rd (691) 0.5 194.5
West (right) on Six Mile Draw Rd (301) 8 202.5
South (left) on Ditch Creek Rd (291) 0.5 203
East (left) on Custer Limestone Rd (284) 9 212
South (right) on Upper French Creek Rd (286) 5.5 217.5
East (left) on U.S. 16 6 223.5
South (right) on 6th Street - 1 block 2 225.5
HARBACH PARK STOP - WATER
North on 6th St 1 block,
East (right) on U.S. 16
225.6
South (right) on Sidney Park Rd (793) 1 226.6
East (left) on Flynn Creek Rd (336) 4 230.6
East (left) on Rankin Ridge Rd (391) 9 239.6
North (left) on U.S. 87 1 240.6
East (right) on Highland Ridge Rd (NPS 5) 2 242.6
East (left) on 7-11 Rd (101) 11 253.6
IN BUFFALO GAP - South (right) on 4th  5 258.6
East (left) on Elm St 1 blk 258.7
South (right) on 2nd St 2 blk 258.9
Continue South (straight) - WATER

South (straight) on Buffalo Gap Rd to Oral
East (left) on paved Fall River Co Rd 2 8 266.9
South (right) on Ash Rd 1.5 268.4
East (left) on Hay Canyon Rd 3 271.4
South (right) on Sand Creek Rd (FRCo 2) 1 272.4
East (left) on paved Smithwick Rd 4 276.4
South (right) on North Butte Rd (FRCo 2) 0.5 276.9
Continue South (straight) over U.S. 18 8 284.9
West (right) on Milligan Rd 1 285.9
South (left) on old Highway 79 1.1 287
West (right) on Antelope Lane 4 291
South (left) on Hard Scrabble Rd 2 293
West (right) on Black Bank Rd 2 295
South (left) continuing on Black Bank Rd 2 297
Dakota Line Rd - FINISH 9 306

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