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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Clearing Cobwebs

Nothing clears the cobwebs quite like roaming around back roads.

With some time off and no commitments, I turn to the Black Hills and surrounding prairie to just get out there.  Plenty of amazing roads and near-roads all over, but I focused on the Western Black Hills around Jewel Cave National Monument and the Southern Prairie south of Edgemont.

On bike, on foot, behind the wheel. Several hundred miles, one way or another, over a few days.

Got out there. Got lost. Got stuck. Got tired. Got thirsty. Got back.

Cobwebs cleared.

Out exploring secondary USFS roads north of Jewel Cave National Monument.

Stretching the definition of both "gravel" and "road."

Some fall foliage hanging on in the lower elevations of the Southern Black Hills.

Cool and wet earlier in the week.

Emerging from a Southern Hills Canyon.

Southern Hills meadows.

Red Canyon Road, Fall River County Road 15.

Boys Club.

Old schoolhouse out in the Southern Prairie near the Nebraska border.

New paint scheme - Back Roads Fade with Splatter option.