Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
from Deadwood to Hill City, SD
Date: 2006-08-20
Distance: 80 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 5.27 Hours
Average Speed: 15.07 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 2,438 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day


  Fron Deadwood to Hill City Today the ride was along the George S Mickelson Trail. While the full length of the trail is about 175 kilometres, we did the portion between Deadwood and Hill City or about 80 kilometres. As our next destination is Mount Rushmore we will leave the trail after a few kilometres in the morning.

  For pictures and comment on cycling the Mickelson Trail.

  When we were climbing up a side of a mountain on the other side of Hill City thunder was resonating within the valley. Dark clouds kept roaming above. When we came to the final two tunnels on the rail-trail before our destination, we stopped and tried to outguess the weather. Should we hold up at the last tunnel and let the weather pass by, which may be an hour or so, or should we keep going to Hill City? We decided to push on.

    After we reached the crest of the hill and started to descend, we noticed that the trail was firmer. It appeared that it had rained on this side of the mountain. When we arrived at the motel, one person asked if we got pelted by hale. I did notice on the climb that the temperature dropped for a short period. He indicated that it dropped to about 13 degrees Celsius and then the sun brought it back up to very warm. It appears that there was significant amount of hale that fell on this side of the mountain and that quite a bit of rain fell.

    We were lucky not experiencing any of it.

  Hill City Hill City has been transformed to a tourist town completed with piped country music on the Main Street. The western motive has been maintained on all store fronts.

  Leaving the Mountains Tomorrow we will be making our descend form the mountain and higher plateaus and reaching the flat lands of the prairies.


Cycling Facilities


  G.S. Mickelson Trail    
  For pictures and comment on cycling the Mickelson Trail.