How to eliminate those long shuttle drives? Make the route into a loop and start where convenient.
Imagine, if you will, riding along the original Black Hills BackBone route to the stop sign finish at the Nebraska border. Celebrate for a moment and certainly snap a few pictures, but then head west onto Dakota Line Road to access the Wild, Wild Western reaches of the Black Hills. A serpentine network of barely used gravel and dirt roads wind generally north for a return up O'Neil Pass, before dropping onto the Northern Prairie to the North Dakota border.
Now, that's one big, bad loop. Well over 600 miles, all told.
The Black Hills DoubleBackBone.
|Out there. Somewhere. On the Black Hills DoubleBackBone.|
The Black Hills DoubleBackBone, like the original BackBone, is just a route that I think is fun and challenging, however one chooses to experience it. Solo or group. One continuous ride, a series of days or in sections over time. Self-supported, shuttled or fully supported. Maybe some combination or even all of the above.
Go big. Eventually you'll go home. But you won't be the same.