Sunday, October 08, 2017

Trail Quest - State #32! - South Dakota!

In 2011 I ran the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon - a fantastic marathon on the northern 26.2 miles of a stellar trail. So, when I dreamt up this quest to run a trail in every state, the southern bit of the Mickelson Trail hopped to the top of the list for South Dakota. Last weekend I finally got to make it a reality!

Kendall, Taz, and I loaded up Hedwig and off to South Dakota we rolled. The first night out we camped in Lusk, Wyoming. If you ever need an RV park in Lusk, find your way to BJ's; there you will find the niftiest campground bathroom ever!

A picture from within the women's restroom/shower room at BJ's campground, Lusk WY
From Lusk, we headed to South Dakota and Custer State Park which was bustling with a buffalo roundup and an Arts Fair (in the same park, but not in the very same spot - that would have been interesting!).  After spending a chunk of the day at the Arts fair, we moved on to Hill City and a campground located right along the Mickelson Trail. The next morning, Taz and I were able to trot directly from our prime camp spot to the trail for a delightful autumn run with rustling golden leaves, wild turkeys, and a !yikes! a steady uphill 8 miles to a rendezvous with Kendall at the Crazy Horse Memorial.

From campground to trail

Taz smilin' on the fine Mickelson Rail Trail

Autumn makes for some beautiful running

Big rocks, small but mighty cattle dog

...just in case one needs a rest
Mister Taz still has some sprint left in him when he sees Kendall

Crazy Horse Memorial in the background; South Dakota trail in the books!

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