Biking 16 miles, with a long uphill, then a nice long downhill. Afternoon free time to spend at Outlaw Ranch or in nearby towns.
Breakfast at Outlaw Ranch. Breakfast entrees will vary each day, but can include eggs, bacon, pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt, fresh muffins or scones, fresh fruit, toast, coffee, and juice.
Morning stretch before biking. The bike ride on the Mickelson Trail this first day is approximately 16 miles to help you get adjusted to the trail and the elevation of the Black Hills. The group is dropped off at a trailhead each morning and picked up at another trailhead in the afternoon. There is also time for taking pictures and enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way. Throughout the week, we will bike on the George S. Mickelson Trail, named in honor of a favorite governor of South Dakota. The trail, most of which passes through Black Hills National Forest land, was completed in 1998 and follows the historic Deadwood to Edgemont Burlington Northern rail line. There are more than 100 converted railroad bridges and four hardrock tunnels along the trail, which is 109 miles long. You will have the opportunity to bike the entire trail if you would like. The trail surface is hard-packed crushed limestone. The trail consists of long, gradual slopes such as a railroad follows, so we bike for several miles of gradual uphill, then several miles of downhill. A van will meet us several times during the day, so you can choose to ride a portion of the trail in the van if you need a rest.
Lunch provided by Outlaw Ranch. You will pack your own lunch and snacks each day from a variety of choices. Lunch is eaten alongside the bike trail, often at a shelter house.
Monday afternoon will be back at Outlaw Ranch with a choice of horseback trail ride, canoeing, or hiking at Outlaw Ranch. You can also choose visiting shops in Custer or sightseeing on your own.
Dinner is at the Outlaw Ranch dining hall.
A trip to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. Enjoy time to visit the Memorial and see the evening Ranger presentation and lighting of the monument. You will treasure this informative and moving presentation.