I love the Black Hills. I also love my bike. How better to show someone you love them than spending the entire day with them?

I spent Wednesday on my bike pedaling from Spearfish to Hot Springs. I started and ended on paved highway, but did 90-some miles on the gravel of the Mickelson Trail, from the Deadwood terminus to the Minnekahta Trailhead near the SD 89-US 18 junction between Pringle and Edgemont. I drank a lot of water and took a lot of pictures. The full album is on Facebook; here are a few of my favorite shots from a gloriously warm, sunny day in the Black Hills.

The Mickelson Trail is a state treasure. Go bike it. Go hike it. Do a little chunk here, a little chunk there, whatever you have the time and legs for. On almost any mile of the trail, you'll find reasons to be glad you're in South Dakota.