When riding your motorcycle through the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway in the breathtaking Black Hills and Custer State Park, you will come across the “pigtails” of Iron Mountain Road.
With abrupt elevation changes, the pigtails were designed as a circle, so it spirals above/below itself. However, because of 1900’s road engineering, engineers wanted to build these bridges out of concrete and steel. Norbeck however, didn’t give in and convinced the engineers the pigtails had to blend in with the environment, so the bridges were constructed with timber instead. The results are still perfect after more than ninety years.
Tight turns and twisties, surrounded by forest, wildlife, and roads as smooth as ice, a can’t miss ride when visiting Sturgis.
Enjoy the pics and video below.
For my book on traveling the country to visit Sturgis from Miami, click the book cover below.