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Gene Cupp Feb 02, 2016 at 04:59 PM

Is there adequate time for photography too. I tend to move slow and take pictures as much as cycle. I know there are photography sessions in the Black Hills but think I like the mix bike/photography.

Kathleen Ellis Jul 26, 2015 at 05:46 PM

Anyone driving from Minneapolis area for the August 23-28 program and interested in carpooling?

Nancy Lui Jan 24, 2015 at 05:26 PM

Recent participants: Any feedback about the vegetarian option?

Nancy Lui Jan 20, 2015 at 04:23 PM

Past participants: Any comments about the "hard-packed limestone" trail and what it's like to ride on? I'm a road cyclist and don't like the slippery sensation of gravel/dirt. I've looked at images on the Web of the trail, but can't tell what it feels like. Thanks.
Lynette Heckmann Jan 20, 2015 at 08:56 PM

Nancy, I have participated in the Black Hills ride the past 2 years. I, too, am a road cyclist and had not been on a trail ride or a mountain bike...ever. I was delightfully surprised at the rideability of the Mickelson Trail and the ease with which I was able to transition to a hybrid and mountain bike. The program staff are first rate so they will take care of you if you run into any problems along the way. Hope this is helpful. --Lynette
Judith Burns Jan 21, 2015 at 08:13 AM

Excellent question. Did the ride last summer and echo Lynette's comments on staff, they were fantastic. As for the trail, South Dakota had an unusual amount of rain last summer so there were some soggy bits in lower places. The ground underneath the stone is sandy in places and more earth-y in others.The grippiness of the limestone varied, when it was perfect it was perfect. When it wasn't,you just had to pay a bit more attention. The soft bits were not common and weren't unmanageable.
Nancy Lui Jan 21, 2015 at 10:21 AM

Lynette/Judith: Thank you for taking the time to respond.

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!

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