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Sturgis the Traditional Way

The 40+ Motorcycle Club of Fort Collins heads up to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally every year and camps together in Spearfish, SD. Over the years, Club Members have come up with various ways of getting there to interject a bit of variety into this journey. I'm presenting a few of these routes on the 40+ Motorcycle Club Web Site out of interest to Club Members and outsiders alike.

This route is the "Traditional" way for riders to use and is the shortest if not the quickest way to get from Fort Collins, Colorado to Spearfish, SD.

Starting most anywhere in Fort Collins (A), head east and pick up I-25. Go North on I-25 through Cheyenne, Wyoming to Exit 17 where US Highway 85 branches off to the NE (B). It's a good idea to stop in Cheyenne for gas as the next reliable place is 80 miles up the road. We often stop here for breakfast also having left Fort Collins before 6:00 a.m. Follow US 85 NE for roughly 80 miles to the town of Torrington (D). There is a fairly new rest area about half way to Torrington makes a nice break (C). In Torrington, you'll connect up with US 26 and head NW to the town of Lingle where US 85 and US 26 split (E). Follow US 85 North toward the town of Lusk (F), another 46 miles up the road. Lusk is normally full of Bikers, so getting gas here may take a while, but you'll need to fill up regardless. We often stop here for lunch. Lusk is heavily patrolled. From Lusk, continue North on US 85 to the town of Newcastle (H), another 80 miles up the road. This stretch in particular is watched carefully, but despite that expect to see many bikes running near 100mph, though we don't recommend that. About halfway between Lusk and Newcastle is Mule Creek Junction (G) with a nice rest area that is normally manned and stocked with free drinks and snacks by a couple organizations catering to motorcyclists. It's possible to head East from here and into Custer, SD if you're heading elsewhere or just want to take the long way round. From Mule Creek Junction head North to Newcastle, another good place to stop for gas and food. From Newcastle you can once again head east to Custer, SD and another way into the Black Hills area. The gas and food get better toward the center of town. From Newcastle continue North still on US 85 all the way to US Scenic Highway 14, better known as Spearfish Canyon at a junction known as Cheyenne Crossing (I). On this last stretch you will have passed from Wyoming into Soutn Dakota and crossed over a 6700 foot pass. (High by non-Colorado standards). At Cheyenne Crossing head North into Spearfish Canyon and follow it all the way into Spearfish, SD where the Canyon road T's at Colorado Blvd.(appropriate) (J) From here make your way to where the 40+ Motorcycle Club camps. Please contact a 40+ Motorcycle Club Member for directions to our campground from this point.

Sturgis the Traditional Way
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