Photo by Rhea Falig/Fall River County Herald
Mickelson Trail Trek Riders arrive in Edgemont on Friday Sept. 20.
By Rhea Falig
EDGEMONT— If you happened to notice hundreds of cyclists riding into Edgemont last week and wondered what was going on— that was just the 22nd Annual Mickelson Trail Trek rolling into town.
On Friday Sept. 20, around 600 riders from around the area and beyond took to South Dakota’s George S. Mickelson Trail enjoying the historic views on a beautiful weekend. Riders got to experience not only the beauty of the Black Hills but ride on the same trail visited by people such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Potato Creek Johnny, and General George A. Custer.
In celebration of Burlington Northern building the rail line over 100 years ago to accommodate miners who had rushed to the area to pan for gold, abandoning the rail line in 1983, after several years of planning and preparation the Mickelson Trail became a reality, and on the third weekend in September hundreds of riders unite for the Mickelson Trail Trek, to take in the beautiful valleys, former railroad tunnels, and historic mining towns.
The three day Trail Trek promised riders to be bigger and better than ever, offering something for everyone. The registration fee included a trail pass, shuttle service, five snacks, three meals, and a voucher for dinner in Hill City or Custer. Including ice cream in the park after a long 44.5 mile ride from Custer into Edgemont.
Riders spent Saturday riding 39.5 miles from Custer to Rochford, and Sunday riding 24 miles from Rochford to Deadwood.
“Thank you to our ice cream volunteers! We served about 450 bowls of ice cream, and had at least 600 people come through the park,” Christina Heisler, executive director of the Edgemont Area Chamber of Commerce said of Friday’s event. Chamber served ice cream as part of their registration fee.
The museum also had their annual pie sale fundraiser at the event and extend their gratitude to everyone who donated pies, making the fundraiser a big success for the museum, as much of their progress and improvements is due to community donations and support.