Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Day 61 - 8/7/16 Cedar Pass Campground to Sage Creek Campground, Badlands National Park, SD

Sage Creek is a primitive campground which means there's space to set up a tent and there's vault toilets but, no running water or electricity.  There was no way I could ride 35 miles through Badlands and have enough water to last me til the following day to fill up at the next town.  

Luckily, I met a couple guys in their big red school bus camper at the Cedar Pass Campground who were headed to Sage Creek and told me I could fill up my water when I got there.  And that's exactly what I did.  

I woke up at 3:30am to be on the road by 5 and hopefully get to the other side of the park before 10:00am.  The road is only 35 miles long but I knew I'd be stopping to take photos.  Today was easily the best ride of the trip so far.  

Meandering through all those sandstone spires while the sun came up is an unforgettable experience.  The colors of everything were completely dream-like – light blues, pinks and reds, deep greens and purples with splashes of yellow.  

The whole rainbow was present.  The entire rest of the day was spent napping, reading and wathing the herds of bison roam around the campground and the surrounding hills.  

There was no town for miles in each direction, it felt like a beautiful oasis amidst a beautiful oasis.  The sky cleared up beautifully before night fell and my only regret is that I couldn't stay awake to see the stars come out, tomorrow starts early again.

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