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Old 08-08-2017, 05:14 PM   #1
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Default Leaving in the AM for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Everything is checked out, pickup hitched to the toy hauler, bikes loaded and ready to roll out about 8:30 AM for 3 or 4 days at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Looking forward to seeing lots of motorcycles from all over the world, meeting some interesting people, visiting some vendor booths and touring thru the Black Hills of South Dakota again.

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Enjoy your trip! Sure you will see many different bikes and folks!
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Old 08-09-2017, 07:17 PM   #3
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Sounds like fun. Enjoy your trip!
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:39 PM   #4
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Have a good time and ride safe!! 27 years since we were there! It was the 50th Anniversary of the Rally back then.
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UPDATE:

Had a great trip and time. Trip to Sturgis w/toy hauler went perfect although there was a stiff wind for part of the trip but the Equalizer hitch performed perfectly as experienced zero sway. The wind did take a bit of a toll on fuel mileage however.

The time in the Black Hills was wonderful as had perfect weather with day time temps in the mid 70's brushing into the low 80's a bit. A quick shower passed thru Sturgis early evening Friday before leaving Saturday AM. Nights were perfect with a slight breeze and temps dipping into the mid 50's for perfect sleeping weather. There was zero need to run the A/C although did fire up one Honda 2000i generator to run lights & charge cell phones but didn't quite use one tank of fuel.

Highway Patrol presence was very noticable along the interstate highway near Sturgis and noticed a number of vehicles getting stopped .. but not one was a motorcycle.

There were far fewer vendors this year (77th Annual) and a much smaller number of attendees than last year (76th Annual) which was guessing about 40% fewer than for the 75th anniversary annual event. It will probably be a week or so before actual estimated attendance numbers are released.

However, thousands of motorcycles of every make/model and year and so highly customized units ... some beautiful, some ugly and some just 'unique' and the same for the people, many of which were not riders but just came to see. Met one nice group from Norway but folks there from all over including a fellow from Russia but difficult to understand.

The Black Hills is beautiful, as always. And the ride thru the hills was very enjoyable ~ a nice change from all the straight highways normally driven.

A great trip and zero issues of any kind so most enjoyable.
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So glad you had a great and safe time! When we were in South Dakota in June, the temps were similar and we were glad as temps back here were in the 90's!
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Thanks Kansas.

Got home and rain late yesterday, overnight and this AM....w/more forecast for Tue and Wed. but to late for most of the crops or pastures.
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Sounds like a good trip. I'm glad you got there and back safely and had such nice weahter. Driving through new and pretty country is always fun, I bet it was even better on a motorcycle.
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Thanks Marti. Besides visiting Mt. Rushmore and various other places, this time we drove into the Crazy Horse monument visitor center instead of just looking at it from miles away from the highway.

Started in 1947/8, the carving will be huge compared to Rushmore and won't be finished before my last trip around the sun.





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Yes, it will be HUGE compared to Mt. Rushmore. I marvel at how some people have a vision and are able to make their vision "come to life", so to speak. I'm not sure it will be finished in my youngest (7) grandchild's lifetime!
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