Devils Tower, WY – View from my rear-view mirror at one of America’s most iconic national monuments. Taken June 2010, riding an H-D Electra Glide Classic (from Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City, SD) through parts of Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota for an article for HOG magazine called “Houses of the Holy” published Summer 2010. I subtitled the article “A Reverent Ride through Black Hills, Big Sky, and other Sacred Lands” and focused on sites of significance in Native American culture and history. Back story on photo: at the end of the day, riding from Crazy Horse, SD to Devils Tower, I was traveling on a dirt road to the Devils Tower Lodge, a B&B that sits on private property, right on the edge of the national monument. The tower loomed directly in front, and I thought if I positioned the bike just right, I could get a shot of it in the rear-view mirror. This photo was not published with the HOG article, but it’s one of my favorites from that ride.

 

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Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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25 Comments
  1. Bob Crunch

    August 8, 2011

    That is an awesome shot you got there. I bet you were really happy to get that pic.

  2. Jay Green

    July 3, 2011

    Awesome!

  3. hongvan

    June 22, 2011

    The art of photograph^^.Love that picture
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  4. What a fun shot!! It’s a good thing your mirror wasn’t covered in bugs. 😉

    • Travelin' Gringo

      June 22, 2011

      Thanks Christy, usually the bugs are on the other side of the mirror that faces into the wind!

  5. adventureswithben

    June 20, 2011

    That picture is worth more than gold!

  6. Virag@Escapist mom

    June 20, 2011

    Hi Glen,
    Nice perspectice for the photo!
    I like the idea a lot!
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  7. fantastic photo glen! so perfect for your site 🙂 and it was so great to meet you at tbex 🙂
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      June 20, 2011

      Thanks Lorna! It was great meeting you too at TBEX and I look forward to keeping in touch!

  8. How long was the ride from the Sturgis, SD area to Devil’s Tower? There is little wonder why the rally is such a hot spot… with Mt. Rushmore Presidents and Crazy Horse monuments, the Black Hills and Bad Lands as well as water falls and caves. So, is the article still in print somewhere? It would be good to read.
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      June 20, 2011

      Hi MJ, I’ll email you a PDF of the article, as I don’t think it’s online.

  9. Renee

    June 19, 2011

    That’s nothing short of phenomenal….great shot, Glen!
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  10. Grace

    June 19, 2011

    Unique perspective. I hope you weren’t taking that while the bike was running ;p
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      June 19, 2011

      Are you kidding, Grace… I have a hard enough time keeping my balance on the bike without taking pictures! :))

  11. The Travel Chica

    June 19, 2011

    Love that photo! Creative compositions are the best.
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  12. Jeremy Branham

    June 19, 2011

    Great photo Glen! I honestly haven’t heard of this place. Guess I should learn my national monuments a little better. I’ve never been to SD, ND, Wyoming or those areas so I know little about these places. With the open space and nature, sounds like a great place to ride or just visit. I will get there someday!
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      June 19, 2011

      Hey Jeremy, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was a 1970s movie that prominently featured Devils Tower – that’s how I first heard about it. But you’re a lot younger than me! 🙂

  13. Mark Wiens

    June 18, 2011

    Beautiful pic, looks like a human tooth!
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  14. Kelly

    June 18, 2011

    That is a super sweet pic!

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