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Ben takes a break
Ben takes a break

Wyoming to South Dakota ride

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ben is back on the road, this time on a Harley Davidson from Yellowstone National Park in the northwest of Wyoming to South Dakota.

Yellowstone is the first and oldest national park in the world and its 8980 sq km spreads across three states — Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Its geothermal features include geysers and hot springs and it is home to grizzly bears, wolves and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaining on the planet. Its alpine lakes, rivers and waterfalls provide enjoyment to 30,000 visitors each day.

The small western town of Cody is the eastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. It was named after Colonel William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody who first entered and made an enormous impact in the Big Horn Basin in the 1870s.

The area's tremendous possibilities for development, its rich soil, grand scenery, abundance of fish and game and proximity to Yellowstone were all influencing factors in Colonel Cody's decision to return during the mid-1890s.

He helped found Cody in 1895 and established TE Ranch. He also persuaded his friend, President Theodore Roosevelt, to establish the Bureau of Reclamation and to build the Shoshone Dam and Reservoir, which was renamed the Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir. In 1902 he built the Irma Hotel in honour of his daughter and it still stands.

Each year, Cody is home to the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede. The event has deep roots in ranch contests and games, attracting cowboys and cowgirls from all over the world vying for big purses. This year it will be the 87th stampede, held over four days, July 1, 2, 3 and 4. No doubt it will culminate in huge Independence Day celebrations!

Other town attractions are the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill, Plains Indian and Cody Firearms museums.

The 585km ride across Wyoming was the perfect way for Ben to get used to riding the big Harley. He was heading to the town of Sturgis across the state border into South Dakota. On the way he passed Mount Rushmore, the amazing mountain carving.

Gutzon Borglum began the momentous task of sculpting the faces of four American presidents into the granite in 1927 and continued on the project until his death in 1941. The faces of Presidents George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson are 18m high and carved 150m up, looking over pine, spruce, birch and aspen in the crisp western air. It is particularly spectacular in the lighting ceremony held at 9pm each night.

The little town is the official headquarters for the Black Hills Motor Classic and comes to life each year as around half a million Harley riders and enthusiasts arrive at the world's largest bike rally. (This year is the 66th rally and is set for the week of August 9-15.)

The Buffalo Chip Camp Ground, just 5km from the centre of town, is the place to stay. It has convenience stores, food outlets and loads of clean showers. It really jumps and proud Harley owners parade their machines and special biker clothing all day, every day.


The northwest of the United States of America.


Travel The World's Ultimate Wyoming package has six nights' luxury accommodation, including three nights in Yellowstone National Park, transfers and tax. Price starts at $2739 per person twin share and they operate between May and October.

Canada & America Travel Specialists has a seven night Wyoming package including a stay in Yellowstone National Park. Prices start at $924 per person twin share, between May 15-October 15, 2006.

The Sturgis Bike Rally takes place every August. Elite Tours has a 17-day package including return airfares to the United States, bike hire from Los Angeles and accommodation, starting at $5899 twin share.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Irma Hotel
1192 Sheridan Avenue
Cody WY 82414
Ph: 0011 1 307 587 4221

Bill Cody Stampede Board
Box 1327 Post Office
Cody WY 82414
Ph: 0011 1 307 587 5155

The City of Sturgis
Rally Department
2030 Main St.
Sturgis, SD 57785
Ph: 605 720 0800
Fax: 605 720 0801

Travel The World
Ph: 1800 226 526 or 02 9290 1401

Elite Tours
Ph: 1300 884 891

The Sturgis Rally
Sturgis, South Dakota, USA

Your nearest Harley-Davidson dealer
Ph: 1800 012 000

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