|Heading for the campsite|
We had a walk-in campsite, so we got things out of the car, carried them up the hill, and put up one of the tents. Our stuff went into it until later, as we had decided that we had enough time to ride one of the loops that Joanne had found on line.
This turned out to be the cycling highlight of our trip to date! The Needles Highway, connecting to the Iron Highway, is the single most scenic and jaw-droppingly amazing road I have ridden.
|Gary and Joanne en route|
|One lane tunnel|
|One of the corkscrew sections|
It's absolutely an engineering marvel, and a delight.
|You can just see the road cutting though there|
It was hard, too - 4500' of climbing in 42 miles. Some very steep bits - up to 11 and 12% many places. And we had showers off and on for most of the ride. But hey - otherwise we would have been sitting in our tents, trying to stay dry. Better to be on the bike!
|The last stretch up to the Memorial is a bear!|
|Gary and Joanne headed for home|
The day's report: Custer State Park loop - Needles Highway and Iron Highway, 42 miles/3202 to date