Sturgis, before the mayhem. Must be a good place for business? Actually from what I have heard the crowd is actually quite well behaved. We did buy a couple of T-Shirts, you have to right? So, after an hour or so, just so we could say we were there, it was back on the road and into another rain storm…what did we do in a past life to deserve all this rain?? We decided to go into it full throttle…as in somewhere a bit north of 100mph. Good fun. Except my Roadliner drinks a lot of gas at those speeds and gas stations are few and far between in that part of the country.
Next stop Glacier National Park Montana.
Next stop, Hill City South Dakota.
The ride over Wolf Creek Pass was great. From there to Hill City was a ride that was “how fast can I get there?” It was pretty damn fast.
First stop was the Crazy Horse National Memorial. What a great place and story. It is still a work in progress and I’m looking forward to going back again in a few years to see what they have done. Next stop, Mount Rushmore. This is incredible. Pictures do not do this monument justice. You have to see it for yourself. The story of how and why it was built is wonderful. I believe that every politician should visit this monument, watch the movie and learn from it. Traveling through the Badlands of South Dakota, it is really an area that you as a motorcycle rider should see and feel. We did make the obligatory stop at Wall Drug. So next it was over to DeadWood and then to Sturgis. Am I being punished? The good thing is we were there before the chaos of the rally. Oh, and we just missed another rain storm. well, not quite.
I really enjoyed riding through South Dakota. I have a question here though…South Dakota is not a rich state yet the roads are in great shape. They have snow and freezing weather but the roads are well maintained and a pleasure to ride on. California on the other hand, is one of, if not the richest, state in the country and we pay the highest road taxes and our roads are the worst. Whats wrong with this picture??? Not the picture above.
So off to Deadwood and Sturgis we go. DeadWood is a pretty interesting town. It made for a good breakfast stop. And Les had to go to the Harley dealer, really just a Harley clothing store. We also stopped at Jerry Greer Engineering. This is a guy that specializes in old Indian motorcycles. It was a really cool place to stop.
And then we rode straight into another rain storm.To be continued…
It has been a while since I have been on a good long road trip. Two weeks, 5376 miles, eight national parks, monuments, memorials, a set of tires, gallons and gallons of dead dinosaurs, and a lot of fun.
My friend Les and I made a plan to just go riding. We sat one day with maps and planned a ride around the West. Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and parts in between.
I left California for Arizona early on a Saturday morning, it was going to be a long ride but no big deal, it was only 650+/- miles. The fun (??) part was going from 100 + degrees to rain to hail and then back into 100+degrees all in 12 hours!!! Don’t you just love traveling on a motorcycle.
First stop was the Four Corners area. Too many tourists. Wait…we’re tourists too. Next Canyon De Chelly a beautiful spot. So much history and so beautiful.
Overnight stop in Pagosa Springs.
Overnight in Pagosa Springs Colorado. Neat little motel and a great restaurant right next door. Got slammed with rain, good thing, it came 10 minutes after we stopped riding. This is going to be a theme throughout this trip. Pagosa Springs seems to me a mecca for riders with Wolf Creek Pass just right there. We had the pleasure of hanging out with some Old School Chopper guys.
Next stop Pikes Peak.