Black Hills Riding FUN
Our first stop was De Smet, SD. Years ago, we met some great people at our campground in Sturgis. It was just Shelly and I that year and we rode around and around and around looking for the 'perfect' camp spot. We settled on one with shade and a small creek behind it. It was a blast and we ended up making some lifelong Sturgis friends who we look forward to seeing every year. A couple of our Sturgis Besties and Co lives in De Smet and we have talked about going to visit for years and just never made it. Until now! We arrived in De Smet, the home of Laura Ingall Wilder, for lunch, where we pulled up to the main drag intently looking for Wheaties Bar. There, on the end of the main drag, all in white and kind of blended into the street, was Wheaties Bar. So excited!!!
We walked into the bar and were greatly immediately by Wheatie himself. He assured us that the burger was his specialty and what he is known for. We ordered up a burger and tots, and had a beer while BS'ing and getting a grand tour by Wheatie. The bar is very deceiving, it looks so small and cozy on the outside, but on the inside, there is the bar area, tables for dining, a shuffleboard table, and some slot machines. Behind the main area are the restrooms, and back along the hallway, you enter another huge space that is set up for darts, bean bags, karaoke, more tables for events, and great natural lighting. Truly an impressive place!!! While mid tour, I heard a bike pull up and was super excited as I 'assumed' it was our bestie, Salty Dog. Until this year, his bike has been Honda-quiet, but he has since gotten pipes - it was him!!!
He is an amazing human - one of the funniest people I have ever met. He is an awesome camping buddy and takes good care of his ladies (us)! He gives us a personal wake up call each morning during Sturgis - blaring various rock songs from his bike and singing along. Now, he has the additional assistance of his pipes - should we be difficult to stir in the mornings! We had a great lunch at Wheaties Bar and a great chat with the boys. It was so good to finally make it out for a visit!!!
Since we had another 5 hours of ride time ahead, we hit the road west in the now blazing hot sunshine. We got the traffic/roadway/cops report from the boys and hit the road. They were right - its like riding to Neverland - all you can see for miles are fields and rolling hills. Repeat.
We gear up and get ready for the worst - we could see the rain walls heading towards us, along with the winds picking up speed and the lightning getting eerily close.