Spearfish, Sturgis, “Ride Sally, ride”!
With our Sleep Number bed on order, (with sales tax added 😦 based on our delivery location) we moved on down the road toward South Dakota. Our destination here was the Elkhorn Ridge RV Park. The OUTSTANDING park was “the cat’s meow” (for those old enough to understand the term). It is Bou-ti-fullllll! All the spots are wide, paved, exactly level, with lush lawns, shade trees, great shower houses, and laundry facilities, a general store, swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, cabins, disc-golf course, hiking trails and a HUGE dog park!!! This is the place you want to stay if you’re ever in the area. The place rates a 12 on the 10 scale as far as amenities and the friendliness of the staff. You really should just go see for yourselves! Bring your camping rig, or rent a cabin. It’s worth the drive! It’s worth your time, it’s the model for what ALL RV parks should be like! I Love it here!!!
Dog parks are near and dear to my heart these days, as Finnegan LOVES to be off leash (and that doesn’t just happen easily, since he runs at about 20 miles per hour when he is). This dog park is subdivided into “Little Dogs” and “Big Dogs” section once you’re inside the fenced in area. Finnegan quickly determined that he is a “Big Dog” as he immediately ran into the larger enclosure area to begin his “run-about”. The playground was his favorite and we visited it daily during our week-long stay in the area.
We arrived about a month earlier than the 75th Annual Sturgis Bike Event simply because: a) we were here now and b) the price of everything skyrockets during the actual event. The area in and around Sturgis has great roads for riding with beautiful scenic drives and great small towns to stop in along the way. We spent most days touring the area on the motorcycle and Dan took us out to see the world renown Full Throttle Saloon one afternoon, where a live, full grown (real as can be) jackass greeted us just inside the door. I think he’s there in honor of the many other “jackasses” who visit the bar during bike week. The guy just wanders around in and out of the building at will, and the sign on the bar clearly states: “Don’t be ass and don’t feed the jackass” or some such thing.
Even through we’re early for bike week, there are lots of people “previewing” the area with us. The locals tell us that they are expecting up to 1,200,000 people to descend on this area for the big event and that accommodations are already booked for 100 miles in every direction of the event, at sky-high prices. Many of the locals in this area even rent out their homes for prices that cover many month’s of their mortgage payments while they drive off to visit places that are not part of the big week-long event!
We spent the 4th of July in the small town of Lead (pronounced Leed) for the fireworks show and met up with of the locals in the area who provided us with great recommendations for things to do in and around our travel route. We enjoyed a great dinner at the steakhouse inside the historic Franklin Hotel in Deadwood one evening and walked the streets of the town another day, taking in the touristy sites and seeing the location where Wild Bill Hickok was shot, a very long time ago.
With the utmost sadness, we packed up (because alas, the resort would not allow us to stay longer, due to being booked up for the big upcoming Sturgis event). I can’t even imagine what the spaces go for in this great spot during bike week, but I’m thinking it’s thousands of dollars for a week in our space. With a tear in each of our eye’s – Dan’s because he loves riding here, Finn’s because he no longer has a great place to run, jump and chase tennis balls, and mine because I’m sure that another such beautiful RV park may not exist we began making our way East; we slowly leave for our next new state destination – North Dakota.