We spent the day in Keystone, South Dakota while following our rest and recovery guidelines.
Since Mt. Rushmore was only 3 miles away Herb, Chad and I pedaled up there in the morning to see it again. The sculpture is still impressive and hasn’t changed.
Dad and Bicycles
Dad’s first multi-day ride was SAGBRAI (Second Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) in August of 1974. The ride went from Council Bluffs to Dubuque, Iowa. Approximately 1,700 riders made it all the way across the state that year.
RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) started in 1973 and follows a different route every year. Often the riders overnight in small towns where they outnumber the residents. RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.
In recent years the number of official riders has been limited to 8,500 so that things can remain under control. The ride is often billed as a week long party on wheels.
Dad was 39 years old in the summer of 1974. Friends of mine who had ridden the ride marveled at the large numbers of partygoers. When I asked dad how the ride went he said “It was too noisy at night”.
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Was the Visitor’s Center open? When we were there 3 years ago, they were just beginning the process of building a new one, and I suspect Covid really slowed that down.
The visitor’s center was open and they were selling Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream.