I mentioned I was going to try & finish riding the Gravel Road Route, (TSDAT) across South Dakota over the 4th of July. Farmer said he would like to tag along & had a Buddy that was interested in joining us.
I decided they should ride the entire route, from the beginning in Mitchell, SD. We planned to meet at Cabela's at 13:30. Farmer had to finish some Bean Spraying & would meet Allen & I near Yankton.
Allen & his ride.....1000 V-Strom
Our route was going to take us along the James River to Yankton, cross into Nebraska & follow gravel roads to Pickstown, SD. I had planned on camping near Pickstown at a Rustic campground I discovered on the previous trip. However, we were slowed by roads that had become more difficult to travel because of all the heavy rains & flooding along the James & Missouri Rivers.
We arrived in Gross, Nebraska near sunset. We planned to eat at the local Steakhouse/Bar. By the time we were done eating it was almost dark. I asked the Bartender if it would be ok for us to camp at the little park across the street. He said to make ourselves at home. It was a great place to spend the night.
View on the way through Nebraska
After a stop for breakfast & fuel in Pickstown, we headed across the River to start our journey North. Soon we came to a flooded portion of the road that also had the Rustic Campground underwater. We turned around & tried to reroute around it. I thought I could intercept the road & salvage the most scenic portion. What ended up was 2 + hours of Adventure riding that reminded me of the recent Off Road Poker Run, only this time my bike was loaded. The "shortcut" eventually brought us back to the flooded road.
We don't have pics of the really tough stuff because we were too focused on getting through.....alive!
John coming to my rescue.
Allen right behind him
We had just ridden through the trees behind John
Allen, up on the pegs riding the 1000 like it's a 125!
John & Allen were heading home Sunday morning. When we arrived in Kennebec I told them I had a house there we could stay in, or there was a KOA The house had Electricity but no water....we took the KOA, we all needed showers.
We spent the evening Doctoring Allens leg & icing it down. I found some Woodchuck Hard Cider (Pear Flavored!) in the store. We ate burgers from the Chuckwagon & turned in. During the night the winds & rain came. Earlier in the evening the Campground host told us they had been flooded earlier & the water was a couple feet deep in the store. I was praying it wouldn't come up again. By morning when John & Allen departed it was sprinkling. I was continuing West, solo......
More to come.......
Posted on Jul 5, 2011, 4:42 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206