Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

John, Joyce, Lila, Lee Ann & Larry, ready to go!

Brad's ready to share his knowledge & some music too!

We're on our way, view to the left...

Love this ride, fun to check out the property & buildings along...

John & Larry seem to be having a good time :)

I love this shot!

A little info for you...

Maybe if John & Larry got out of the way the trolley...

Some of the trolley riders waiting for it to come through the...

Isn't it pretty? Nice road for walking or biking...No motorized vehicles allowed

Time to stretch our legs...

More info for you...

Lovely spot to enjoy a snack :)

There's a bit of fall colors appearing...

Moving on, shot this out the trolley window...

Trail hikers taking a break...

Pretty view as we 'trolley' along!

Another break to stretch our legs...

Pretty Rapid Creek...

I love it here, could stay all day!

Hope you enjoyed our little ride :) Have a great day!


Last Wednesday Larry, John, Joyce & I took our '88 year young' friend Lila on the Trolley on the Trail ride, which allows people with impaired mobility to experience the Mickelson Trail. The ride travels from the Hill City trailhead to Rochford, about four hours from start to finish. Named in honor of the former South Dakota governor who crusaded for the trail before his death in a plane crash in 1993, the George S. Mickelson Trail runs through the heart of the Black Hills, connecting Deadwood with Edgemont 114 miles to the south. The trail incorporates nearly 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 tunnels, and much of it traverses national forest. The trail's northern section cuts a curving course through mountains and ponderosa pine forests, over creeks and through narrow valleys by the towns of Deadwood, Lead, Rochford and Mystic. Every few miles it traverses a converted railroad bridge, some over trestles hundreds of feet high. Just south of Mystic, a once-thriving mining town, a 40-foot-long tunnel was blasted through rock and lined with beams cut to fit the curving contours that give the tunnel its keyhole appearance. We traveled through 3 of the 4 tunnels today.

But back to our day...We met at 9 am at the Custer library where we loaded into John's truck for the trek to Hill City, arriving in plenty of time for our 10am departure. It was a cool day, about 47 degrees. Wish it had been a wee bit warmer as there were only a few window seats available. Normally the weather is warmer so the plastic 'windows' are rolled up for fresh air & better viewing. Even though they were 'rolled down' for our trip, there is about a 3 inch gap which allowed cold air to trickle in. Well not trickle really, blast in would be a better description! Perhaps I wouldn't have noticed as much had the temperature been a perfect 75, lol! Fortunately, Brad brought along a couple of extra jackets & loaned Joyce & I a lap blanket as well. I rewarded him with a chicken salad sandwich when we stopped for a lunch/snack break!

Brad, one of the two Ramblin' Rangers, was on his own today as Bonnie, the other half of said group, was home nursing bronchitis. So sorry she wasn't able to make it as I know she looks forward to this trip. Brad did a great job narrating & playing a couple of tunes during today's journey & our friend Lila was quite entertaining with stories & poems as well. Folks always seem to get a kick out of her stories & wit.

And let's not forget the awesome scenery of the Mickelson Trail. It really is quite beautiful & this is such a great way for 'impaired' folks to get a glimpse of what this trail has to offer. Brad has ridden this trail many miles as he patrols on a bike regularly so he has a great deal of information & knowledge to share. If you get in the area during one of the scheduled rides you should try to book it quickly as it fills up fast!

I guess you probably noticed that I'm posting a bit out of date. I am several days behind as far as our recent activities & since some of you have expressed interest in those I'll try to catch up shortly. We had a full day here in Pierre & start again at 10am so it might not be until the beginning of the week. But I'll get it done, I promise :) Thanks for stopping by...



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