Saturday, August 31, 2013

Thoughts on Sturgis 2013

It's been almost a month since the Sturgis Rally.  It wasn't the best Sturgis trip I've had to date but it had it's fun moments.  One thing I learned on this trip is trust your gut because it is pretty spot on most of the time.  I'm not going to go into any detail about that comment but l will say, if you think someone you are going on a trip with may not play well with others, go with your gut!  Looking back now I should have realized that following the truckload of kybos through the scenic view in Chamberlain was a sign of things to come. 

I had a couple emotional moments on the trip since this was the first time I road my own to Sturgis.  The first is when we crossed into South Dakota.  I felt a huge sense of accomplishment and pride in myself for arriving there.  The next emotional moment was when I exited into Sturgis and made my journey to Lazalle Street so I could turn right and head on out to the Buffalo Chip.  I had to fight back tears a couple times.   Riding your motorcycle down Main Street is a seriously cool feeling.  I got Goosebumps!

I forgot how loud the Buffalo Chip was and while it was awesome to be there for all of the concerts I believe that the next trip I make will not include a stay at the Chip.  Next time I'd actually like to stay in Sturgis.  Maybe in someone's yard.  I didn't mind tent camping at all but with all the noise at the Chip, a good nights sleep was not possible.  The best concert, hands down, was Halestorm.  Rob Zombie was also amazing but I felt like he could have played much longer.  I finally have a musical respect for ZZ Top.  Billy Gibbons is seriously cool and I bet it would be fun hanging with him and listening to his countless stories.  Old Guys Rule.  Speaking of Old Guys...met this gnarly ODB named Woody and his son Cory before Halestorm.  They were from Davenport, Ia.  Imagine that, we have to go to South Dakota to meet other Iowans.  We hung out with them during the evenings for the length of their stay at the Chip.  I spent about a hour one afternoon talking to Woody and it was one of the best moments of the trip.  I love listening to people talk about their experiences in life.  I truly hope that I run into Woody and Cory again on the road.  It sucks because I didn't get their last name.  Boo! 

Dan's friend Jeff and his woman Meredith were the only non bikers on the trip.  They drove the truck and camper out to the Buffalo Chip for the other folks that were with our group.  It still cracks me up that they were the only people on the trip to get INK.  And the rest of us call ourselves bikers.  HA!  Jeff and Meredith were really fun to hang with and it was cool that we got to use the truck a few days so that we could hang with both of them. 

Sturgis has changed since the last time I was there.  The Broken Spoke Saloon is no longer downtown.  It is now Easyrider Saloon.  Loved the new building they built and the multi levels of outdoor decks was awesome.  Great people watching.  I did notice this trip that there wasn't as much nudity as usual, especially at the Chip.  Maybe it's because it was colder at night.  I think the guys were very disappointed.  Has Gunner's always been on Lazalle?  For some reason I thought it used to be on Main Street??

It's probably weird but I didn't do any riding while I was there.  It was just an accomplishment for me that I got there.  I spent most of my time hanging out at the Chip or going places in the truck so we could hang with Jeff and Meredith and drink.  Yes drink...I needed many cocktails on this trip!  My next Sturgis trip will be so much different.  I look forward to another journey to the motorcycle mecca.  Maybe 2015.  That trip will include more time downtown Sturgis and actually doing some riding in the great state of South Dakota. 

As I waved good bye to the Chip and road through Sturgis to the interstate, I felt sad.  I always feel sad leaving Sturgis.  I love the rally and the people that travel from all over to enjoy the same thing that I enjoy.  On the journey home I reflected a lot on my life and how lucky I am to have been able to take this trip.  How strong I really am as a woman to ride my own motorcycle.  And how much I am thankful for the freedom that I have to ride freely in our great land. 

I love you Sturgis, South Dakota

Monday, August 19, 2013

Toby Keith and the Concerned Biker

One of the concerts I attended at The Chip was Toby Keith.  I've liked a lot of his music and really dig the fact that he's so All American!  He loves our military and I think that's awesome!  Well the last 2 songs he sang were American Soldier and Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue.  Well with my lack of sleep and not so lacking consumption of multiple cocktails I found myself crying when he sang American Soldier.  Out of the blue this nice old dirty biker walked over and asked if I was ok and if I had lost someone in a war?  I told him no, that I just don't take my freedom lightly and that this song always makes me cry.  He gave me a little squeeze and walked away.  I thought that was very cool that he cared enough to ask!  There are some super awesome bikers in this world and it was my honor to hang with them again this year at Sturgis!

God Bless Our Troops, Vets, Military Families, and Our Fallen Heros!  And God Bless Our Great Land!!  

Don't Tread on Me!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Journey to Sturgis

Here is a photo from the beginning of the journey to Sturgis.  I'm the 2nd rider.  

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Big Sky Country - The Legendary Buffalo Chip

Good Bye, Sturgis! Until Next Time!

Heading for home today.  I always feel some sadness when I leave Sturgis and this time is no different.  I do have to say...after 5 days in a tent at the Chip, I can't wait to sleep in a bed!  

Monday, August 05, 2013

The Four Presidents

God Bless America and God Bless the Chip

Ride Em Chrome Cowgirl!!

Cool Looking Biker Chick...Downtown Sturgis.

The Roar of Dirty Thunder at ZZ Top

Halestorm was amazing!  Lzzy Hale is fabulous live!! That Chick can freaking sing!!!  AMAZING!  ZZ Top was so Rock'n!  I love Billy Gibbons!  You can ride into the concert grounds on your bike and when the crowd digs the tunes and the band, the roar of dirty thunder is insane cool!  

It's A Hot Sunday Morning

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Friday, August 02, 2013

4 Wet Chrome Horses

Taking a break in Sioux Falls.