Here's a collection of photographs showcasing the Black Hills BackBone. Maybe this will better convey the unique beauty of this remote road ride.
|A forested island surrounded by the expansive prairie. Picnic Springs USFS campground near the North Dakota border.
|A Dakota Marker stands as a lone sentry on the North Dakota - South Dakota border.
|Road sign at the North Dakota border, looking like a tough old tree above timberline.
|Ere the sun rises! Breathe deep the freedom of the wide open Northern Prairie.
|More so than individuals, herds of buffalo inspire wonder, knowing that their ancestors filled the northern plains.
|Harding, South Dakota. A stop on the Medora-Deadwood Stage Coach Line. A few years back.
|Harding County gravel stretches toward the horizon, revealing the first promise of the distant Black Hills.
|Geographic Center of the United States, marked by a sincere tribute to the curious curiosity.
|Seemingly no end to the Northern Prairie gravel.
|The gravel thickens, as the road turns through deciduous trees, up and into the foothills on Crooked Oaks Road.
|A couple of miles of non-maintained dirt on Sale Barn Road behave in the dry heat of mid-summer. Try this road wet.
|Typical two track Black Hills gravel on USFS secondary roads. Maybe 100 miles of stuff like this.
|Black Fox Camp Road. Simply the best.
|Signature shot of the Black Hills BackBone, cresting the shoulders of Flag Mountain.
|Rolling over White Tail Loop for the sights, sounds and smells of Deerfield Lake, as well as a primitive water stop.
|Early morning start on Williams Draw Road. I don't see any mountain lions. Well, at least not here.
|Harney Peak and Crazy Horse Memorial from Custer Limestone Road. Worth the extra climb for that ridge line view.
|Gravel through classic Central Hills granite. Now we're cruising.
|More classic Central Black Hills granite. Uphill this time.
|Flying down Flynn Creek Road, the valley opens.
|Cold Springs School House, Church and Cemetery. 1887 structures fully restored back in 1965.
|Prairie Dog suburbs extend into the gravel roads in Wind Cave National Park.
|Local fast guys. You know who they are.
|Local boss. In his territory.
|Rankin Ridge Road in Wind Cave National Park, en route to Buffalo Gap and the Southern Prairie.
|At the Buffalo Gap Trading Post, Shaun exalts, "These are my people!"
|Nasty steep out of Oral, en route to steep rollers on Ash Road.
|The billowing ribbon of snow-lined gravel fades to dirt as the BackBone reaches for the Nebraska border.
|A solar powered light for the American flag, off Black Banks Road, 4 miles from the border.
|Sunset at the Nebraska border.