A View From South Dakota
By Emily McIntyre
Venture onto the George S. Mickelson Trail and you plunge into the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The scents of pine and fresh mountain air fill your lungs, and breezes whisper through the pines. The occasional cyclist rides by, the bright clothing and shiny machine flashing against a natural backdrop of multilayered granite, bark, needle and twig-covered hills. The 109-mile rail-trail stretches over more than 100 converted railroad bridges and runs through four rock tunnels. It flows in the embrace of the tallest mountains east of the Rockies, giants honeycombed with abandoned gold mines and tunnels, and laced with history.
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