Sturgis and Deadwood, SD
08.08.2010 - 08.08.2010 89 °F
This morning we just kicked back and relaxed a bit before we started to do more siteseeing. This vacation business can be pretty rough on the body. We were both a bit tired and I developed another .....yes you know it....sinus infection. I had to go to the emergency room on saturday night to get something to relieve the headache and pain in my right ear. I am going to buy stock in azithromycin. I certainly buy enough of it.
We left to go to Sturgis around 10:30 A.M. and drove the hours drive surrounded by motorcyclists. The actual rally does not begin until Monday, August 9th, but this area (Rapid City, Custer, Hill City, Deadwood and Sturgis and all the areas in between) are full of men and women driving all sorts of motorbikes. The action in each aforementioned towns is tremendous. All you hear all around you are the throaty sounds of the mufflers and all you see are men in bandanas and sunglasses and women that are scantly clad. Tatoo's, piercings, wild hairdos, concessionairs are everywhere. They are expecting to have over 700,000 bikers by weeks end. The locals say this is the week they most dread, but this is the week that enormous amounts of money pour into the couffers of each community. So far we have not heard of any major (or criminal) problems with the bikers. Although, the unfortunate part is that there has been plenty of accidents (mostly involving hitting a wild animal).
We spent about 3 hours walking around Main street in Sturgis and saw some very interesting sights. A lot of the bikes have really neat paint jobs. If i were to guess I would say that some of the paint jobs cost plenty, maybe more then the cost of the bike. I can understand this, as a bike owner myself, as i would gladly spent a lot of money to have my bike painted with the murals that mean a lot to me.
After that we drove the short drive down to Deadwood. Deadwood is a place know for the western outlaws we learn about and seen on TV. The most famous of them was "Wild Bill Hickok". He only spent 6 weeks in Deadwood and then was rudly shot in the back of the head while playing poker. He is buried in Deadwood. Now Deadwood is full of bars which have casinos in them and yes, I donated my usual $25.00 to the casino cause. I think that should be a deduction for my taxes! We only stayed in Deadwood for about 2 hours and then drove the backroads back to Rapid City and our campground.
I have attached a couple of photos showing our little camper stuck between 2 large campers. I think I need a raise.
Tomorrow is a travel day. We will be stoppping at Devil's Tower, which was featured in the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". Then we plan on stopping somewhere between there and Jackson Hole, WY for the night. I'll let you know how that works out.
Please sure to check the pictures.