La di da. (Aka “Running out of title ideas.”)

Posted: January 4, 2009 in goals, Health/Fitness, Motorcycle, Op:Goddess, vacation

kanji_healthHi gang. I’m re-bandwagoning on the whole fitness and nutrition thing, as is the rest of the planet. SparkPeople is running a bootcamp to kick off the new year, which I recommend if you need something to get you back in the habit of taking care of yourself. If you’re a member, sign up! If you’re not a member, become a member (it’s free, it’s useful, it’s handy, it’s easy), and then sign up! And then tell me you did, so I don’t feel so alone. So very, very alone.

(I posted about this in more detail at Op::Goddess, too, where I’ll be referring all fitness related whining from here on out.)


So, yeah. The Cardinals won yesterday (sorry, Kim, about the Colts). I was shocked as hell.


Calvin and I are planning on taking a trip to Sturgis this August. We’re thinking of getting up there a few days before bike week begins so we can see the sights without the crushing crowds, then leaving a few days before the end of the rally to avoid the end-of-week craziness. We’re going to drive up in the truck and tow the motorcycle behind, since 1260 miles is a bit far for my ass to be hanging out on the back of the bike. I’m a bit of a puss – my Uncle is riding over from Maine on his Harley, and it’s 2030 miles from New Gloucester to Rapid City.

He da man.

So, anyway. Anybody ever been there? Any recommendations for a place to stay? We’re thinking we’ll stay in Rapid City, which is about 20 or 30 minutes away from the rally site. Any other thoughts on what to do for a week in South Dakota? Besides the required visit to Mount Rushmore, that is. Advice is appreciated!

  1. Mary says:

    Spend a day driving through the Badlands. I’d never heard of them, but they’re amazing, and strangly beautiful.

  2. Mary says:

    Oh, and the Crazy Horse monument too. Have fun!

  3. Laura says:

    Mary – Thanks, I’ll add both to the list!

  4. Patty says:

    There is plenty to see besides Mt. Rushmore. Crazy Horse Monument is another thing to see. Then there is the Badlands, Devil’s Tower (in Wyoming), the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs (while there you can also take a dip in the springs at Evans Plunge), Custer State Park is gorgeous with wildlife (buffalo, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, etc.). Other bikers tell me that driving Iron Mountain Road and the Needles Highway in Custer State Park is an experience not to be missed. Also, if you like caves there are several in the area to see.

    Hope you have fun, its a nice area to visit.

  5. farmwife says:

    Definitely hit Devil’s tower. It is sooo cool. Do the longer hike all the way around the base. The views over the valley from the backside are gorgeous. Don’t touch the prayer bundles 🙂

    I’ll put some pictures up on my site of the trip we took in 2007. Very special place.

  6. Taoist Biker says:

    My suggestion is to make it a part of your sabbatical, so you can stretch out the early August trip to Sturgis with the Indy MotoGP race on August 30th. I know a hotel room where you guys can crash. 😉

    DO IT.

    I used to want to go to Sturgis back when I lived in the midwest; now I’m wondering if it isn’t just TOO much for me. I dunno, I think I should worry about getting a bike again first, then going to my tiny rally at Deals Gap in June, and THEN thinking about something huge like Daytona or Sturgis.

  7. K says:

    Shit, come visit ME!!

  8. AmyD says:

    I feel your pain. I am back on low-carb as of today. *sigh* Not that I am giving up beer, just putting it off for the weekends. LOL

  9. Jeanette says:

    That looks like a lot of fun plus it will be nice for you to get away from the August in Arizona heat!

  10. Laura says:

    Patty – Noted, thanks for the suggestions!

    Farmwife – I’d love to see your pictures! Who knew so much was going on in humble little South Dakota?

    TB – 😀 My sabbatical will be taken in 2010, so perhaps then?

    K – I know, huh? !!!

    Amy – Duh, there is just so much personal deprivation one can put oneself through. Beer is necessary for a happy existence. Have you NOTICED how many beer festivals we’ve gone to over the last few years?

    Jeanette – EXACTLY!

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