Thursday, April 16, 2015
By Kacie Svoboda
After 91 episodes as a travel journalist and host of the television show Motorhead Traveler, Kevin Cullen believes it’s his mission to discover the hidden gems of the world for his viewers.
“My job is to find the places in America where you might not have thought of first, but you should have — once you see what they have to offer,” said Cullen.
And after the filming of two episodes in the Black Hills, Cullen is certain that is exactly what he did.
Cullen was drawn to the Black Hills because of the popularity of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and his desire to include it in an episode.
“I just thought it would be cool to do a motorcycle ride up to Mt. Rushmore,” he said.
The show’s visit to the Black Hills was divided into a Hill City episode and a Rapid City episode. In the Hill City episode, Cullen visited Mt. Rushmore and rode horses and ATVs at High Country Guest Ranch. He also visited Black Hills Bronze where he crafted a custom bronze and silver necklace and visited Black Hills Burger and Bun Co. in Custer where he sampled the Hot Granny burger.
The Rapid City visit included trying elk tenderloin at Enigma Restaurant, sculpting a Buffalo head at Eckman Fine Art — as well as a Buffalo Jeep Safari Tour in Custer State Park and a stop at Crazy Horse Memorial on Native American Day.
The premise of the Motorhead Traveler show is to explore the best of motorsports through the lens of the local cultures, histories and attractions throughout the world. And in terms of motor sports, Cullen knew he wanted to include ATVing in Hill City because of the over 3,000 miles of ATV roads and trails in the surrounding area.
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