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Mickelson Trail


tl;dr: I left Custer State Park and continued north on the Mickelson Trail.

It was so warm last night the temperature never dropped below the dew point. A pleasant surprise. That wouldn't last. After navigating the rocky Fisherman Flats Road and starting down the mountain, the temperature dropped dramatically. It is always warmer at the top of a mountain for some reason.

My goal was to visit the Needles Highway, but the road was closed due to construction. While I was debating just how closed it might be, three dump trucks passed by. I decided it was pretty closed, and so I biked over the Galena French Creek Divide directly into the city of Custer. There is a bicycle path along this route, but whoever made it obviously had never peddled a bicycle, so I took the highway's shoulder for most of the distance.

In Custer I rejoined the Mickelson Trail heading north. I met other cyclists on this trail, but nobody that wasn't local.

I kept on biking long past my ability to focus my eyes on the trail, because I figured the higher elevation I attained, the warmer it would be. I ended up setting up camp at 5600 feet near an old mine. I think my theory needs refining, as it is already cold.

good morning Custer State Park

rocky road

mountain sheep


turtle crossing

sneaky buck

more turkeys


tunnel on the Mickelson Trail

cows on the Mickelson Trail

deer on the Mickelson Trail

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