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Day #2: Wild West Tour, The Road to Sturgis, Feeling Happy

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We woke up in Dickinson, ND on Sunday, August 7, feeling happy. The Biker Chef was relaxing into his vacation, putting his energies into the ride. I was gearing up for more adventures. The ride through ND and into SD is usually pretty smooth. The roads are long and straight, and you can see for miles across the plains and into the horizon. It can also be a little hypnotic. We had a fairly short ride into Sturgis this year since we had gotten all the way to Dickinson on Saturday.

Scenes along HWY 85 from Dickinson, ND - Sturgis, SD

Scenes along HWY 85 from Dickinson, ND – Sturgis, SD

Keeping it on the straight and narrow highways of life. View off the Biker Chef's shoulder.

Keeping it on the straight and narrow highways of life. View off the Biker Chef’s shoulder.

Acres and acres of ranch land in the Dakotas.

Acres and acres of ranch land in the Dakotas.

We're almost there.

We’re almost there.

One of my favorite pictures from the ride. The Biker Chef looked at it and said, "Nice Selfie!" Taken with my Nikon. I have it resting on his shoulder.

One of my favorite pictures from the ride. The Biker Chef looked at it and said, “Nice Selfie!” Taken with my Nikon. I have it resting on his shoulder.

The Biker Chef's favorite ride in the Hills.

The Biker Chef’s favorite ride in the Hills. When the time comes, he’ll want his ashes spread here.

This is where we buy our patches every year. We have them sewn on our vests, marking the years attending the rally. I also have one of Mr. Happy on my pocket. The Chef put Happy on the front of his vest.

I ride with Mr. Happy (and the Biker Chef).

I ride with Mr. Happy (and the Biker Chef).

This is where we buy our patches every year. We have them sewn on our vests, marking the years attending the rally. I also have one of Mr. Happy on my pocket. The Chef put Happy on the front of his vest. Riding into the Rally does give you a thrill. The first time we were there together, I couldn’t believe all the bikes. Rows and rows of them lined up along the streets, and down the middle of the streets, barely room for the bikes to pass, much less a car. In fact, you’re out there with so many bikers, that seeing a car seems odd. 

It was this year that I felt what it’s like to make it part of the summer travels, and why the Biker Chef doesn’t like to miss a year. Traditionally, we ride into the Sturgis from home (with a stop in Huron, SD), then meet his friends at the local VFW for a beer and burger. Man, that burger is always the best. It’s been a long ride already, and when you bite into it, it’s like “Yes, now, we’re on vacation.” And, it’s so good to share that experience with friends. I thought we’d miss that this year because we delayed our trip by two days so I could spend time with my family. But, when we walked into the VFW, there they all were! Smiling, hugging us, welcoming us to the Rally, and sharing their stories of the journey. It all worked out in the end. The next day, we rode with a few of the Chef’s friends into Colorado.

Burgers, beers, and friends at the VFW in Sturgis, SD

Burgers, beers, and friends at the VFW in Sturgis, SD

The next generation of riders, lovin' life and the freedom to ride.

The next generation of riders, lovin’ life and the freedom to ride.

Heading out to explore what's new (or old) at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Heading out to explore what’s new (or old) at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Dickinson, ND – Custer, SD, approximately 300 miles. We rode a little more than that, I’m sure, as we did the ride through Spearfish Canyon, took Nemo road for a friend, and ended up in Custer for the night. The next day, on to Colorado and the Rocky Mountains! I was at a 1-2 all day. What a great day it turned out to be! (see Day #1 post to read about my rating system.)

Go. Create. Inspire! And, Jump on the Bike!!! Also, keep, or start, traditions.

 

  1. That’s so awesome that you didn’t miss them after all. The hubbs and I have had this plan to one day do the cross country bike trip. It’s not going to happen in light of our recent car accident injuries, but it’s still a secret dream I’ll live through your adventures. =)

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