Day 4: 359 miles
I had driven along the edge of Badlands National Park during Sturgis a few years ago, but this was this the first time I rode thru the park. The park is beautiful, but, as an extra bonus, there was a classic car rally going traveling thru the park at the same time.
On my first cross-country road trip, I came out of Nebraska and into Wyoming. In Nebraska, at 4 PM, the temperature was 70-80 degrees (F); by 5 PM, in Wyoming the temperature had dropped into the 40’s (even though it was August) and I had forgotten my cold weather riding gear. Ultimately, I made it to Laramie, WY wearing sock mittens on my hands. My exact words describing the experience were Wyoming kicked my ass and made me its bitch.
This time Wyoming tried to crush me with heat: heading to Buffalo, WY the temperature was 100+ degrees and the sun was beating down. About an hour away from the hotel, I did run into a little bit of rain, which was refreshing, but it came with high winds (gusts of up to 35 MPH).
This ride was not as rough of as that original trip, but by the time I reached the hotel, I was dehydrated and exhausted.
My original plan was to stay in Buffalo and drive to Yellowstone, then return to Buffalo. As it turned out, I had misjudged the proximity and had to come with a new plan; details to follow.