In the words of Frank Lloyd Wright: 'a landscape unique and unparallelled elsewhere in America'. If it's good enough for the renowned architect, we think it's good enough for us too!
The terrain on this ride varies between sealed roads with good shoulder space for safe cycling, short sections of quality gravel ride able to be easily undertaken by most cyclists, and exceptionally well maintained rail trail along the George S. Mickelson trail.
There are many access points for this ride, and it can be commenced at many different points. However, we recommend staying near Rochford and starting and ending the ride there. By doing the ride from here, you will start with a gentle warm-up on some easy inclines, and finish with a gentle roll back down the rail trail for a well-earned cheese burger to end the day. There are also great accommodation options near Rochford, from which to use as a base.
FOOD AND DRINK
There are self-contained accommodation options at many points along this route, allowing you to be relatively self-sufficient. In addition, the route passes through many small towns and villages, allowing plenty of food and drink options for replenishment. You must stop at Deadwood, from where there are multiple food and drink options to choose, no matter what your preference. And then there's the staple cheeseburger and fries at the Moonshine Gulch Saloon. An experience not to be missed!
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