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*** Attention Rural Water Spickets are not verified to be working on race day. ***( so plan accordingly )

*** START YOUR MILEAGE ON YOUR GPS at the Buffalo Jump Steakhouse start line. ***

*** On this route you will go through many Gates, the whole length of the race, to preserve the longevity of this race, and respect for the landowners, please close ALL gates behind you!


Course Towns including Lodging, Food, and Other Information

Iron Lake , SD - (MILE 21)

General Store 0pen 8am to 8pm public facilities

Spearfish Canyon lodge ( Mile 37 )

Food, Bathrooms, Hotel

Central City ( 55 Mile )

Pizza Lab & C store

Lead, SD - (Mile 57 )

Hotel: BlackStone Lodge and Suites ( 24 hours ) 605-584-2000

Lynn’s Dakota Mart (Mile 57.5   ) from Beulah Mon. – Sun. 7 am – 9 pm.

Approximately a mile away from the Mickelson Trail Head.

Mickelson Trail – NO Racing or CAMPING the Mickelson Trail is only a conduit to pick up the route again in Hill City at Mile 101.

If you Ride the Mickelson Trail you must purchase a Trail Pass $4.00 (Cash Only)

Your about 45 miles from Hill City.

Water, Bathroom, Picnic shelter on trail about every ( 8 to 12 Miles)


Rochford, SD - (  Mile 79   ) there is a Tavern & a General store hours are unreliable .

  • Approximate Miles

Water, Vault Toilet, Picnic Shelter ( Mile 56.3 )

Water, Vault Toilet, Picnic Shelter ( Mile 64.12 )

Water, Vault Toilet, Picnic Shelter ( Mile 71 )


High Country Guest Ranch, ( Mile 97 )  605-574-9003

RIGHT OFF of Mickelson Trail

12138 Ray Smith Dr. great people

This is also the Start of the 3+ Mile Decent into Hill City


Hill City, SD - ( Mile 101 )

Black Hills Trailside Park, Hill City 605-574-9079, 855-324-2462 campsites & Lodge24024 US HWY 16/385

Super 8 Motel, 605-574-4141

109 Main St.

Rabbit Bicycle Shop& Repair,  605- 574-4302

175 Walnut Ave. , Hill City

Subway & Krull’s Market close to the route


*Important* - Enter the Centennial Trail at ( 107 Mile   )

Wrinkled Rock State FREE Campsites near Mt. Rushmore:  Primitive W/ Vault Toilets , NO water ( Mile 109.5  )


MT. Rushmore - ( Mile   111 )

You need to have someonetake a picture of you in front of Mt. Rushmore preferably with your bike, and post it on Trans South Dakota Facebook and tag it Tina-Joe Stiller with your mileage.

AFTER Mt. Rushmore you will climb up the Pig tail HWY, the road can be very an has tunnels Be smart. After you will descend on gravel roads to Hermosa.

Top of the Pig Tail Hwy ( Mile 118 )


Hermosa, SD - (Mile 137)

Heartland RV Park, 605-255-5460, with Cabins, tent spots,  swimming pool, WI FI** Call ahead if you want a cabin with AC. 

There is a Flying J truck stop up the road open 24 /7.  We have camped in the ditch next to the truck stop for free.

*Important*  - Riding from Hermosa to Wall or Philip / Lake Waggner leave Hermosa as early as possible. Sun should be up by 4:30am. Carry more water and supplies than you think you need.

We had 4 - 25 oz. insultated water bottles and a 70 ozcamelback all filled with ice and topped off with water.

*Important* - Water Spicket ( Mile 192   ) about 57 mile outside of Hermosa. Own by Evan, he said let it run about 5 min.

Make sure you turn it off, not a public water source.

Badlands Entrance - ( Mile 196   )

Badlands – Sage Creek Campground 1.2 miles off the Sage Creek Road, primitive.


Sage Creek Camp Ground - ( 197 mile)

No water or Electric

Wall Drug, SD - (Mile 217 )

*Important* - Busy time of year. Call ahead for any reservations.

Sunshine Inn, on the route 605-279-2178 low $70.

Arrow Campground, 605-279-2112 - $24.00

Sleepy Hollow RV Park, 605-279-2100

Lots of motels 

When leaving Wall Drug, if planning on making the whole trek from Hermosa to Philip/ Lake Waggoner leave well supplied ALWAYS!


Silent Guide on Stone Man Hill - ( Mile 250   )

Historical marker. 8 miles to Philip.


Philip, SD - ( Mile 260)

Subway open Mon – Sat. 6 am – 9 pm. / Sun 8 am. – 8 pm.

2 Convenience Store

Motel West 605-859-2546

Philip Steakhouse , downtown 605-859-2774 good food

Coyles Super Value Mon- Sat 7 am- 7 pm Sun 10 -2

(Mile 262) Camp at Lake Waggnor, 605-859-2271

Before heading from Philip to the campground for the night, have all your supplies ready for the next day


Lake Waggoner Country Club - (  Mile 262   )

Sun should be up by 4:30am. Carry more water / supplies than you think you need

2.7 miles from Subway and Convenience Store

Showers, tent spots some with electric  

Best to call ahead may close at 6pm. or 8 pm

Phone: 605-859-2211 or Amy 605-441-2700

Water Spicket Mile 269

Outtumwa - ( Mile 288 ) no Facilities

( Mile 299 )Schwalm Ranch , Julie and Joe Schwalm are very kind, they have an ice machine and will offer water. We would ask that you plan ahead and don't rely on other peoples good nature. Please don’t bother between sunset and sunrise unless its a dire emergency

( Mile 305 ) Flowm Ranch , Dave and Beth, If you go to the door and ask for water they may allow you to fill your bottles. We would ask that you plan ahead and don't rely on other peoples good nature. Please don’t bother between sunset and sunrise unless its a dire emergency. Attention: Dave and Beth have a spicket across the road from their house, hard to see this spicket can be used 24 / 7.

( This is the Standard procedure  for our event, Don't bother any supporting farm after sunset ) unless a dire emergency .

You have a long & Hot 45 miles to Fort Pierre

 ( Mile 316  )  Prairie dog fields , don’t pet the prairie dogs for they carry the plague,, hahaha

( Mile 324 ) Entering Bad River Road, there are patches of Cottonwood trees that can provide shelter, this is a very challenging, desert like terrain which commonly in July sees temp. in the low 100’s.

Supporting rancher in the Bad River Valley: The Stanley County commissioner and his wife Anne have been very supportive of our racers. They live on the second farm as you come into the River Valley from the West.


( 356 Mile )Fort Pierre, SD Checkpoint # 1 - FINISH of Sprint Race

Open from July 22 , Closes July 25 10:00 A.M. 2019

Sponsored By : Kokopelli Packrafts

Oahe Downstream State Park, 605-223-7722

Free for racers, Campground #2, sites 105 E near beach.

This is a full service check point for racers!

There are showers, and crystal clear water on the MO river.

Services we provide for the racers: free shuttle to Pierre or Fort Pierre to eat, shop or bike repairs.  You are responsible for contacting the bike shop if services are needed. Your welcome to stay here as long as this ckeckpoint is open.

Pedal & Paddle Bike Shop open Tues. - Sat. 605- 224-8955

Immediately after you cross the river in the morning to Pierre there will be lots of places for you to resupply for the next leg of your adventure!


Blunt, SD - ( 390 Mile   )  

Load up on Supplies!!!  You have 101 miles with NO Public water!! There will be ranches along the way , but it will be sparce.  If your running low on supplies, don’t wait until you run out! Plan ahead!  Most ranchers have been good to us in this area.  If any assistance has been offered please offer a tip. We don’t want to be known as an event with a bunch of free loaders.

Medicine Creek Gas Station 605-962-6221  Mon. – Sat. 5:30 am.-10

 Sun. 5:30 am - 9pm.

( 415 Mile ) Water Spicket, Dusty Acre Ranch, please ask first.

( 419 Mile ) Water Spicket

( 445 Mile ) PJ. Werdel Ranch, We would ask that you plan ahead and don't rely on other peoples good nature. Please don’t bother between sunset and sunrise unless its a dire emergency

( 460 Mile ) Water Spicket, please ask first

( 479 Mile ) Water Spicket if gate is open


Wessington Springs, SD - ( 491 Mile   ) 

City Park Tent & RV hookups with showers, 605-539-1691 $10 tent/ $15 w/ Elect. Free City Swimming pool adjacent to campground. Pool hours 1 - 5 pm. & 7 - 9 pm.

( 492 Mile )Hummdinger Gas station 5:30 am – 10 pm. Mon - Sun.

Travelers Motel, 605-539-1440

320 Main St. E.

Spartan Suites, 605-461-8586

** The Race makes a dramatic change, terrain becomes more flat, until you get south of Beresford. Very few B roads most are only a mile long. Towns become closer together and you are in farm country , the huge ranches are now in your past.

If you want to lessen your load, this may be a good spot to mail it back home.


 Letcher ( Miles 525  ) 

Buckshots Roadhouse food & gas station, Jolene , 605-248-2676M –Sat.  7 am – 9am or 8 pm.  Sun closed

CALL AHEAD Contact Palace City Pedalers:  Cody Denne 605-770-6932 so they know your coming ( Spot Trackers are not fool proof! ) for the Corn Palace picture.

Mitchell, SD Checkpoint #2  ( Miles 543 )

Checkpoint Closes 10:00 A.M.  July 29 2019

Have someone take a picture of you in front of The Corn Palace preferably with your bike, and post it on Trans South Dakota Facebook and tag it Tina-Joe Stiller with your mileage.

Lake Mitchell Campsite, 605-995-8457

Tent /Electricity $18.00

Tent $16.50

Many Hotels / restaurant’s available.

Contact: Cody Denny 605-996-7005 or Cell # 605 - 770-6932

*** Ron’s Bicycle & Locksmith Shop, 723 South Sanborn Blvd.: can call Cody 24 hours / Day 605-299-4741 Call ahead if you need a part ( a day or 2 at least )

** Must take a picture in front of the Mitchell Corn Palace and call the Bike club Palace City Pedalers to get picture and 2nd stage finishers metal.

( 545 Mile ) Mitchell Walmart

( 558 Mile ) Ethan ( gas station No Services for 2019)

( 575 Mile ) Milltown, no services.

Island Park Campground, vaulted toilets & water Spicket ( flooded 2019 questionable services on race week ).

Entering the James River Valley

( 599 Mile ) Menno, 2 restaurants , 2 gas stations, camping with clean bathroom and showers $10.00/ night pay at City Hall / Finance office

( 628 Mile ) Spring Valley Luthern Church

Water spicket on West side of church , please ask if there are people around, we have gotten prior approval, its just polite

Viborg, SD ( Miles  638  ) 

Highly recommended to stay here!! Grocery store, C- Store, 2 restaurants

Community Park or Community Center / Showers, Camp Free

Contact:  Lynn & Gloria Peterson 605-940-5271


Centerville, SD ( Miles 648  )

C- Stores , multiple restaurants

Peder Larsen Park, NE Section of town camping pad W/ Elect.

City Hall 605-563 2302

Gunderson Park NW. Section of town primitive camping


Beresford, SD ( Miles 654  ) 

24 Hour Truck Stop, Grocery Store, C- Stores, 2 motels ALL ON ROUTE.

Camping , south of Beresford, Union Grove State Park, 605-987-2263

30828 471st. Ave.

There are a lot of B roads South of Beresford, short and punchy! If it rains it will be a slog….but can dry out fast in a matter of hours with wind and sun.


OFF ROUTE , Elk Point, SD ( Miles 700   ) 2 miles off route, you are only 14 miles from the finish

Campground, Harrison St.

Home Town Inn, 605-356-2667

909 W. Main Street

( Mile 705 ) Jefferson

C-Store well stocked Conoco 1/4 mile to the west of the route 6am to 10pm


( Mile 714 ) North Sioux City, Iowa , Checkpoint #3 Finish Line , Beano & Sherry’s Casino 10 am. to 2 am., restaurant 11 am - 10 pm say hi too Bart…

We will be there to take your picture in front of the Casino preferably with your bike, and post it on Trans South Dakota Facebook and tag it Tina-Joe Stiller with your mileage. Congratulations on your Finish!

Motels near by: most racers have stayed at the Hampton Inn, 605-232-9739, from the finish line we can take you to the bus station or a hotel in the area. If you bought the transportation package, we will be bringing you back to Sioux Falls, where you’re welcome to take a shower, and get some rest before you head home.

 Contact Info:

Joe Stiller 605-366-1118 stillersjt@sio.midco.net

Tina Stiller 605-366-3411, Tsibookg4@sio.midco.net , Tsibookg4@gmail.com

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