Well, I have ridden a few more miles over the years and enjoy riding with all kinds of folks at all levels of interest and ability. So, I proposed that we ride together this summer to mark the occasion. That idea morphed into a Fourth of July weekend tour of the Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota. My youngest brother Chris, along with his daughter Brooke and son Tate, somehow carved some time out of their busy schedules to share a weekend of riding and camping. Let's ride.
|Exploring the Mickelson Trail on the Fouth of July weekend is Team Groseth - Tate, Brooke, Craig and Chris. |
Not pictured, but greatly appreciated, are shuttle drivers Colleen and Chani.
|Re-creating a photo from grade school days, Tate enjoys the break in the shade of a hard rock tunnel, |
while Chris and Brooke refuel.
|Brooke's sunny disposition is always on display.|
|Home for the night - the Bird tipi at Crooked Creek Campground right off the trail just south of Hill City.|
|We stream out of Pringle on Day Two. Our destination is Edgemont, another 32 miles away.|
|Chris, Brooke and Tate spinning out of Minnekahta Junction, still smiling after all those miles.|
|Heading into Sheep Canyon, we first have yet another gate to negotiate.|
|Mile Post 0. The southern end of the Mickelson Trail at Edgemont City Park. Still morning. Still smiling.|
Before starting the bike ride Saturday, we swung by Hot Springs for the Firecracker 5K/10K, where daughter Cara ran her first 10K and daughter Chani ran her first 5K with her puppy Poppy. Nice work, girls!