It was barely 30 miles to Interior and just beyond the halfway point the road turned to the North, we climbed a hill and from there we could see the otherworldly rock formations of Badlands in the distance. I couldn't help but laugh with excitement going down the hills heading into town, I've never seen anything like this before. Experiencing things like this is food for the mind.
To bear witness to new landscapes and terrain and even dangera adds so much to the reservoir of thoughts, emotions and memories inside your head. Never having traveled much in my 26 years on this planet, a simple experience like visiting Badlands National Park makes me wonder what else will blow my mind out there.
I left Derek in Interior and rode a couple more miles to the campground on the Eastern side of the park. I couldn't wait to explore more so once my tent was set up, I took the bags off my bike, filled up my water and took Ginger into the park.
Riding and walking among these towers of rock was like visiting the ancient ruins of a cathedral crafted by the delicate yet forceful hands of nature. After riding around for a bit I decided it was time to go back to the site for some food.
There's too much beauty here, it's a little overwhelming, kind of like my visit to the museum in Chicago. You can't see everything in one visit – kind of like life but, see what you can and let it change you.