70th Annual Black Hills Rally and Races

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Petrified Forest Photos

Petrified Forest, Piedmont, SD

Photos From the Petrified Forest of the Black Hills

When I first arrived at the campground in Piedmont, SD I noticed there was a sign for a petrified forest that seemed to be located somewhere on the grounds that our cabin was located. After spending the day in Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood and the motocross races we decided to spend a little time back at the cabin. I spoke with one of the girls that worked there and she told me that the petrified forest was just over the hill that was behind the cabin. We decided to go check it out.

I have been to a few petrified forests over the years, and most of them have been quite unimpressive. This was was an exception to the rule. There were complete trees laying around. If you looked or touched them without knowing what you were looking at, they would probably appear as nothing more than rocks. When you paid closer attention you could see that these were definitely trees that were over 120 million years old! That is pretty cool in my book. These photos are from the petrified forest as well as the surrounding valley. After checking out the forest we headed into town for a little dinner at the Sawtooth Saloon.

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Photos from Sturgis motocross races

Motocross Races At Sturgis

Sponsored By the Jackpine Gypsies

What many people seem to forget is that the Black Hills Rally and Races was first conceived by the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club in 1938 and it was about the races. Well, to be accurate, the first time had just one racing event with nine participants. One might suggest that after 70 years of rallies (they missed a couple due to WWII) that the event has grown substantially.

When I first started riding motorcycles around 1968, it was on the dirt and motocross was my thing. When Tanya and I were coming back from Deadwood I decided to take a detour to the motocross track and try my hand at some high speed action shots. I think I did alright. If you see yourself, a friend or family member in these photos and would like a higher resolution copy suitable for printing and framing, drop me a line and I will send one to you, no charge.

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Photos from Deadwood, South Dakota

Photos from Deadwood

Bike Week, Black Hills Rally

After riding through Spearfish Canyon, you are dropped off in Lead followed by Deadwood. Lead does not really have a lot to offer and as Tanya had never been to Deadwood before it was decided that we would stop there for lunch and to check out the hot bikes. Deadwood has really changed a lot since my first visit in 1986. I guess the combination of bikers and casinos has paid off for them. I am not really sure why Sturgis does not have any casinos, or if they do have them, where they are hidden.
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