Deadwood, SD is filled with wild west history. Just hearing the names Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane evokes scenes of smoke-filled saloons, dancing girls, spitoons, and deadly poker games – like the one Hickok lost his life in. The story goes he was shot in the back holding a hand of aces and eights, later coined the dead man’s hand. Both of these legends are buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood.
We didn’t stop to check out the cemetery. The Boss was more excited to get out of town and off the beaten path. Remember back when we were at Bear Lake in Utah and we saw the ATV’s cruising down the main roads? We said then and there that if we had a chance to do that in our travels we would; and we did. It was awesome!
Mr. Gibberish had been itching to do some off-road touring, so we rented a Polaris Razor 570 for the day. Mad Mountain Summer Adventures , located on Route 385 just outside of Deadwood, is a great place to rent a ride. Their rates were very reasonable and the owner was laid back and down to earth. He provided us with a great map broken down into three sections and we were able to see just about everything he pointed out.
One of the places to see was a little town name Galena, an old silver mining town. It was really just a few dilapidated building, thankfully with a port-a-potty. The Galena Cemetery was a pretty walk, if cemeteries are allowed to be called pretty. The plots are scattered about and as you would expect, many of the markers were hard to read. There are quite a few Civil War soldiers’ graves, as well as some of the more prominent Galena residents, including the first town sheriff, who’s grave we couldn’t find.
This stone had me singing the song Little Liza Jane by Vince Gill all day.
There were also five or six graves showing the same birthday (no not year!) as me, which I found just a tad bit disturbing. That seemed like a lot, proportionately.
Just pretty somehow…
Mr. G was in charge of the navigation. Hey, the maps were crazy hard to follow and filled with hundreds of trail head numbers with absolutely no rhyme or reason – way outside my navigational skill-set.
Here are some more shots of the scenes from the day…
Umm Babe, that’s a long freaking way down…
Hey, didn’t the guy say you might not want to try the dry river beds???
I do have video for some of the tougher spots but it just might make you a little nauseous because it is super shaky. Mostly it’s me saying “Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit!” and then laughing, patting my chauffeur on the back, and saying “I knew you had it all along!” 🙂
We made our way into Nemo and feasted on another gourmet lunch. This one was at the Nemo Mercantile. Okay, it was a frozen Tombstone Pizza. But is was cooked to perfection and absolutely deee-lish! The little country store was a great place to sit back and take in what we had seen so far over a couple of ice-cold beers – and that’s just what we did. Sorry no pics, we chowed down like we hadn’t eaten in three days.
The Boss did manage get a pic of my butt however. He was pleased with himself for finding a big mud muddle that somehow only covered my side of the Razor. Hmmm…
Yes, he is remarkably clean.
On the way back we spotted some more
wild life domesticated life, with attitude. He stared us down for a few minutes and then slowly went on his way.
In case you’re wondering, we did get to take the machine on the main paved roads like he wanted to. But honestly, being off-road was much more fun. It took us the entire day to see all the points of interest on the maps and it was well worth the money and time.
I guess that’s about all from South Dakota. Next up North Dakota… shocking, right? LoL
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