Rally Week 2000
Sturgis, South Dakota
Okay, until two weeks before we got to the Black Hills, we
hadn't planned on going to Sturgis -- especially during Rally Week.
But how could we pass up seeing this very, very different piece of "Americana".
Sturgis itself becomes a traffic jam and a show. The
traffic on I-90 can slow to 10 mph. East of town is the Full Throttle,
which claims to be the world's largest outdoor saloon. Down the street
is the Buffalo Chip. These two places are a little wilder and definitely
for those over 21. They featured several top name entertainers.
Styx and REO were playing one night.
Here's a couple of guys we met on the street.
We met up with a friend from Boeing that I used to work with.
Here's J.J., his wife Cheryl and their son Nick. This is Her Volkswagen
trike. The boys really
enjoyed going for a ride and I enjoyed visiting with an old friend.
A couple of nice bikes
And a couple of nice . . . . , well . . . .sunburns
||Wall to wall bikes! The Black Hills fill with 600,000
to 800,000 bikers. We had some people ask if we were scared to go
there -- what we found was really interesting. The average age of
these bikers was 35 to 60 -- we saw hardly any bikers younger. Most
were riding, (of course), Harleys. Every town within fifty miles
was jammed with bikes.
Yes, folks, she did have something on the bottom
More Bikes and More Trikes!
Main street is closed to cars and becomes a parking place
for bikes. There are two lanes wide enough for bikes to cruise through
and show off. The sidewalks are shoulder to shoulder with shops selling
rally shirts and leather goods -- strictly biker fashions here. There
are plenty of food, lemonade and beer stands.
Need a Harley part?
Here they are stocked with all parts and plenty of them.
However, I heard the line at the parts counter might
be an hour long.
|We also saw an interesting electric car.
One wheel in the back and a speedometer that goes to 80
It looks like it was a single person seat however.
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