DIRT Dad Fundo Across America- Day Twenty-Four

“Embrace your sweat. It is your essence and your emancipation.” — Kristin Armstrong, American cyclist

Orin Junction, WY, is known for little more than its rest stop off the highway and a terminal for tired truckers. I had no time to relax. It was going to be a long day, so I set out early.

For miles and miles, the drone of the freight trains that went on for miles reminded me that I was without a riding partner. I missed Emil, the engine that really could, so I would have to do what I could to keep my sense of humor and sanity. It was going to be a long day.

For a moment, I felt like I made a difference in Lost Springs, WY, and then it was gone.

I wonder what you get for a full hookup in Lusk?

Strava tried to give me Boner Road. I had to turn around. It was too hard! The dirt road was too hard to ride, that is.

Old Woman Creek was dried up!

When I saw these signs sporadic and frequent on the posts lining the highway, I thought, “South Dakota is a logical state, and it’s always a good reminder to think.” The signs are no laughing matter. It is always essential to think about those lost to traffic fatalities; in my opinion, they are more logical than the many memorials I’ve seen that have reminded me.

From what I’ve seen so far, South Dakota is scenic and lush. Stuff grows here, even the occasional rock formation I’ve become accustomed to marveling at along my route.

The Edgemont, SD Municipal Campsite. I would need a sense of humor to justify paying for this place. Have a heart, Mr. Iron Man! Although, the shower curtain on the toilet stall was a quaint touch.


I should be thankful that we parked the Schwenk Tank in the top spot. It seems it runs downhill in Edgemont.


One thing was for sure. I had run out of steam. It was a long day!

11th Hour IPA, Crow Peak Brewing Co., Spearfish, SD

And this happened! I don’t think we’re in Kansas, YET!

About the DIRT Dad Fundo Pledge for Day Twenty-Four—Eric Barnhorst

Here is what Eric had to say—”I started road cycling in 2019 as a way to manage a very tough time I was going through. I found dirt in 2021 and it has been an amazingly supportive community to be a part of. Thanks to all the DIRTs and MIRTs out there!


I rode my motorcycle along a similar route with my now-wife back when we were just kids. It’s been nice to see someone having another type of adventure on a route with some very good memories.”


Amount Raised to Date—$5,045


Thank you, Eric!


Now off to Hill City, SD!

To support Chris in his effort to raise awareness of The DIRT Dad Fund, the non-profit he created to assist members of the worldwide cycling community, check out this link to learn more. 

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