The Beautiful Badlands – The Open Mike RV Tour continues

 The Beautiful Badlands – The Open Mike RV Tour continues

I don't know why they call it the Badlands.

It's big and wild and rugged and beautiful.

I guess if I were on horseback, or trying tp pull a wagon train, or being chased by Indians here, maybe the name would fit. But after driving it in my Roadtrek, peddling it on my mountain bike and hiking it from early morning till sunset today, I can't believe how magnificent this huge wilderness stretch of South Dakota is to the eye.

Today was a day to explore, starting with a tough 10 miles of mostly up trails this morning on my bike. Then Jennifer and I grabbed the cameras, strapped on our hiking shoes and headed out.

I'm just going to let the photos speak for themselves.

We saw prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, bison and awesome rock sculptures that made for a surreal, almost moonscape feel.

Tomorrow morning, we head to the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park. Then on to Billings, Montana by nightfall.

But here are today's images as the Family Motor Coach Association's Open Mike RV Tour continues…



Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • Hi Mike,

    As a new Roadtreker I’m closely following your adventure and enjoying picking up tips along the way. I don’t see a bike rack on your rig so I’m wondering how you’re carrying you bike?

  • There’s a bike rack. I carry two, The bikes were back at camp when I took that photo yesterday.

  • Thank you much!

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