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Gear Up for Sturgis with Eagle Leather

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Gear Up for Sturgis with Eagle Leather

July 23, 2014

Get Ready to Ride to Sturgis

The Trip on Every Rider's Bucket List!

The rally at Sturgis is chock-full of things to do and see.  But the surrounding area has sites worth experiencing too, maybe as a day trip  during the rally, or an extension of your trip.
   
Just cruising through the scenery of the beautiful Black  Hills is a treat. It’s some of the best motorcycling in the United States. But  there are many other places to see not far from Sturgis.
   
Mount Rushmore has to cap the list. Begun in 1927 by  sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the heads of Presidents Lincoln, Washington, Teddy  Roosevelt, and Jefferson stand sixty feet proud. You can observe them using  telescopes or walk closer for a more impressive view. Did you know that Borglum  originally planned to have a museum behind the faces; panels there display our  important national documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, carved  into porcelain to last forever.  Go with  a group on the Mayor’s Ride, or solo—it’s just 62 miles.
   
The Crazy Horse Memorial is 67 miles from Sturgis. The  finished work will show Crazy Horse mounted on a steed that seems to rise from  the rock. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski promised his friend Henry Standing Bear that he would  create a monument for Native Americans, honoring their past and showcasing  their living culture. He  died before he could finish, but his family has carried on the work. It’s financed  by donations and by fees to visit the on-site museum.
   
Deadwood became a boomtown during the Black Hills Gold Rush  about 1875. Wild Bill Hickok died here; he and Calamity Jane are buried in Mount  Moriah Cemetery. Deadwood was the first small town to legalize gambling, which  revived its fortunes and allowed it to maintain its historic district. It’s a  bit (maybe more than a bit) touristy—but it’s great fun to spend a day gambling  and fantasizing about the Wild West. It’s only 13 miles from Sturgis and well  worth the time. At nearby Lead (pronounced “leed,” you can tour the upper works  of the Homestead Gold Mine, the largest and deepest in North America. Science  geeks will remember that solar neutrinos were first detected in its depths.

Wind Cave National Park is 87 miles from  Sturgis. Wind Cave is one of the longest in the world and is named for the  strong winds that blow in or out of the cave entrance, depending on atmospheric  pressure. Wind Cave is known for its “boxwork,” which looks like stone lace and  whose origin remains mysterious. The candlelight tours are especially beautiful. Above the cave, the park boasts bison, elk, prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets.


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By Eagle Leather