|Not the Black Hills BackBone start, but just 15 miles away.|
The nearest motel I can find is the one in the bustling town of Buffalo, population 380, which is roughly 30 miles from the start. That may be a viable option for others. I prefer to get closer, and to camp, outside of town if possible.
One might think the town of Ludlow, right on U.S. Highway 85 with its busy, oil field traffic, would offer some lodging. One would be wrong. Shaun and I found only a bar with very limited provisions, although the proprietors were friendly.
|All the action in Ludlow is at the bar. On an early Friday evening in August, that was us.|
|Near the Picnic Spring campground.|
|Our way to start the Black Hills BackBone. After a relaxing evening in front of a campfire.|