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Monday, August 1, 2016

Northern Transcon Day 16 - Rapid City to Murdo SD

Following heavy rain last night, the skies leaving Rapid City were still very overcast at 6 am.  We encountered a few sprinkles but nothing needing a rain jacket.  The first 70 odd miles were on Hwy 44, with only moderate climbing.

Today's major attraction was the Badlands National Park.  Our lunch stop was at the Visitor Center, and it had been previously announced that the lunch stop would close at noon.  The group I was in arrived shortly after 11, so we were maintaining a good pace.  The total mileage for today was 147, and Lon and Susan wanted to keep everyone moving due to the distance and the fact that we lose an hour entering Central Time Zone.

The skies had cleared and both the temperature and humidity were high.  After riding through the Badlands, we faced a series of long rolling hills that seemed to go on endlessly.  Finally we arrived in Kadoka for a welcome rest stop.  Water was quickly being depleted from our bottles due to the heat.  One more rest stop, about 20 miles further, provided another refill of water for the last push of 24 miles to the Best Western in Murdo.

Early morning along Rt. 44 east of Rapid City SD

The general store in Caputa SD
Skies were clearing as we continued east toward Badlands

Entrance sign to Badlands National Park

Retta hard at work.  She is normally on the lunch crew.


  1. This day must have been a long push. The pictures really are great showing a very unusual part of the U.S.
    Press on!!!

  2. Bob. Glad you are really enjoying this journey ... wave to Dean !
    - see y'all when you get home -

  3. The Badlands were one of my faves. Had no idea what they were all about until we arrived and I just sat up and stared. Noted Retta has been driving with one of the other riders who had to take a day off. Sounds like the two are good company for each other

  4. Wow! Have never seen the Badlands!