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Jim Bishop Aug 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

This is my first Road Scholar and my first planned tour, I am really looking forward to it. Have lived in the Black Hills since '79 so thought this would be a good starting point. This summer has been the best (coolest) in years for biking. Suggest Southerners bring extra layers. Any further advice beyond the web site recommendation for packing would be appreciated. Will try to answer any Black Hills specific questions posted. 6 days and counting... :-)

Judith Burns Aug 11, 2014 at 07:40 PM

Anyone driving to the ranch from Rapid City for the trip starting Aug 24?

Richard Ruddock Jun 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Signed up for Biking in the Black Hills of South Dakota - August 31 - September 5, 2014 - Any information appreciated - Dick Ruddock, Shelton, CT

Lynette Heckmann Aug 28, 2013 at 07:36 PM

I'm in the second group starting 9/1. I'm from Texas and have been riding in the heat of the summer at least 4-5 days a week. This is my first Road Scholar trip and my first biking adventure. Any packing advice other than what was provided by RS in the orientation materials? Looking forward to some cooooool weather!

James Hasselle Aug 18, 2013 at 03:07 PM

To be arriving Sun. 25th, Rapid City airport 12:06 on Delta from Kansas City via Minneapolis.

D M Larson Aug 05, 2013 at 05:37 PM

Anyone driving from the Twin Cities area?

Kathy O'Neill Aug 02, 2013 at 03:34 PM

Hi - I live in St Louis MO, where we have been blessed lately with reasonable temperatures for biking. We have several park trails and rail-to-trail conversions, and I'm getting out now several times a week. I'll be driving to SD, stopping to visit a friend in Nebraska, and afterwards, heading to Colorado for my son's wedding up in the Rockies. Is anyone else driving?

James Hasselle Jul 10, 2013 at 06:21 PM

Jim Hasselle, Lawrence,KS. Biking Black Hills, 8/25-30. Sharon, I normally do treadmill 30-40 min. or bike 12 mi. or so most days. Have now increased it to both several x/ Hope to be doing 20 or so last weeks.
Sharon Newman Jul 19, 2013 at 09:33 AM

Thank you! You'll be in great shape for the trip. It's so hot here in NY that I haven't been out on my bike for a couple of weeks. Hope it's cooler in SD!
James Hasselle Jul 19, 2013 at 04:43 PM

Had not looked at this site in over a week, did today and there was a response. I do understand that the temperatures have been particularly intolerable in your part of the country. I do hope at least there have been some showers. It has been pushing 100 around here but luckily the evenings do cool off to the low 80s. I got out for an early ride this morning, Was 74 when I went out and 84 when I got in. In the literature we got there was a table of South Dakota temperatures with highs quite pleasant, but I wasn't quite sure what I would do with the lows in the upper 40s. I'm looking forward to a taste of an early fall. I should admit that, for better or worse, growing up in the South has perhaps made the heat bit more tolerable. Shifting a bit, as I age staying in shape has become a more important part of what life is all about, not obsessively so, just a source of pleasure. Good wishes and good to hear from you.

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