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Old 08-04-2011, 04:31 AM   #1
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Running from the heat

Just returned from a 10-day road trip from Louisiana to South Dakota and back. Our route took us across Texas to I-25 northbound. First night was a stop in Quanah and 107 degrees at 6PM. Then Pueblo for one night. Followed by 2 nights in Snowy Range Wy (both nights got down to low fifties), and FOUR very comfortable days in Hill City SD at the Rafter J Bar Campground. Raced back across Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma for one final night near Mena Arkansas and back home to the furnace.

Uploaded are two pictures of the campground, pricey but very nice. Wife loved their pancakes. One picture of my dog Mika at the top of Harney Peak. In the distance just to the left of her right ear is the field in the center of the campground where our Bambi was parked for the third and fourth day of the trip. Good luck looking for the Bambi.

Finally is a dorky self portrait of yours truly. I am a jogger and I did a speed climb to the top to Harney in under 2 hours to celebrate my 61st birthday. Of course now I am still paying for it with sore muscles, busted ankle, blisters, and so forth, but I do have bragging rights with my fellow runners that only run the flats.

If I recover we plan to return in a month or two so I can ride "The Big Mick" 109 miles bike trail, one of the best Rail-to-Trail bike trails I have ever seen. My goal is to do it over two days. My wife's goal is to take a first-aid course to deal with her crazy husband, and to enjoy some more Rafter J Bar pancakes in any event.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:47 AM   #2
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Sounds like you had a great trip and Airstream adventure. Thanks for sharing your trip.

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Old 08-04-2011, 07:37 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting your trip...running from the heat has been on my mind also!
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Finally is a dorky self portrait of yours truly. I am a jogger and I did a speed climb to the top to Harney in under 2 hours to celebrate my 61st birthday. Of course now I am still paying for it with sore muscles, busted ankle, blisters, and so forth, but I do have bragging rights with my fellow runners that only run the flats.
My birthday was the 29th,I turned 62. I too celebrated by running, not up a hill. It feels good to still run at 62. I had stopped for years due to raising a family it took a year and half to get back to actually running, lost 35 lbs. in the process. Keep it up and post about the bike ride.

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Old 08-04-2011, 08:22 AM   #5
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so jealous! 113 here in Dallas yesterday.
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so jealous! 113 here in Dallas yesterday.
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Only running in our plans is to finish our airstream reno and get to MN and visit with family. We are a few months behind schedule
We have stayed at Rafter J twice.. Great place.. and yes, tell your wife the pancakes are good
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down to low fifties...why did you leave?
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:11 AM   #9
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Love seeing your photos...hope you post more! We live in Portland, Or, but our family is in Rapid City. We make the drive to Rapid every year and love the Black Hills.

We just got our 16 ft Bambi 2 weeks ago (so love seeing your bambi photos and are already planning our trip to the Black Hills next summer. We are thinking we would like to stay at Sylvan Lake...except the tunnels up there seem a bit intimidating. Did you take your trailer with you up there when you hiked to Harney's Peak, or did you stay parked down below?

We have actually never hiked to the top...made it about 3/4 up last spring but had to turn back because there was just too much ice and snow on the trail still and it became too dangerous.

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Old 08-04-2011, 01:43 PM   #10
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Harney Peak is 7,244 feet high. The trail system is quite good, and I did the "climb" from Sylvan Lake and reversed back from the tower. That route is the easiest, and is just over 6 miles round trip. I have also run from Sylvan up to the tower and then on over to Horsethief Lake, but not this time. The bugger is to remember to take water and first aid kit and even a stainless steel water bowl for my running partner Mika the Wonderdog. That requires a daypack. I am also an insulin-dependent diabetic and am connected to an insulin pump, which requires some care when running hard. That means I have to take a glucometer, test strips, glucose tab, syringe, insulin, etc. The right kind of snacks, carbs counted and measured by my wife. Since I am also an active-duty peace officer I am supposed to carry some sort of handgun and credentials, but I left those back in the car this time. And I run leashed to Mika the Wonderdog, we use a 10 foot lead, and she thinks I am some sort of goofy sled.
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so jealous! 113 here in Dallas yesterday.
Same here in Little Rock. Cooler weather sounds great right now.

Great photos too! Thanks for posting.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:23 PM   #12
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The last four pictures were taken in the Snowy Range of Wyoming, all near or in Lincoln Park Campground. These three pictures include one more shot at Lincoln Park, and one from Guernsey State Park in Wyoming, and one at breakfast in Saratoga Wyoming. Note Mika licking her chops in anticipation of stealing a piece of toast or bacon.
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Motorcycles are in the hills now. Hill City is biker place for 2 weeks.
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:02 AM   #14
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The bikes were showing up the day we left. I will be back after they leave. My bike is a Trek 24 speed and I hope to pedal from one end of the Michelson Trail to the other, all 109 miles. I've been told I can also do the ride with my roadie, but I will need to put some fat tires on it. I might bring it also just to see if it works on the trail.
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