Earlier Posts from the trip I made while actually out West, posted from coffee shops and libraries....
People and Food
It was a very enjoyable 2 weeks; my Base Camp style of National Forest Campground camping worked well was both affordable and convenient. Luxurious accommodations in the minivan, a tarp, a large camp stove, a cooler, the laptop....plenty of amenities present to return to each evening.
I'd wrap things up by saying that my favorite part about Week 1 in the Black Hills was the riding. The best part about Week 2 in the Snowy Mountain Range was simply being there; I rode less, stopped and walked more with emphasis on simply enjoying breathing the thinner high mountain air and wide open spaces.
Speaking of thinner air, it dawned on me only later that my first week spent in the Black Hill elevations must have prepared me for being even higher the following week. We live at 650 ft. above sea level, the Black Hills exposed me to 5000 - 7000 ft and the Wyoming elevations were 9000 - almost 11,000 ft. I never experienced shortage of breath or even noticed the higher altitudes.
This coming season's trips are still being thought about; real planning has not yet started but there are some stronger possibilities being focused upon. More when I know.