This was my third time visiting the Black Hills of South Dakota during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Biker Chef has been coming to the rally for about 20 years, and only missed a few. Another couple we were riding with this week have been coming to the rally since 1974, 40 years of riding to and through the hills, and they only missed three or four in all that time. I’ll refer to them as the Bearded Biker and Motor Mama, which doesn’t narrow down the identity much at all considering you’ll see lots of hairy guys on motorcycles. Some of their beards are so long, they bind them up in hair ties, braid them, or let them flap in the wind. Our Bearded Biker said, “Don’t blog me,” but I’ll have to say it is nice having a seasoned rider along especially when roadside repairs are necessary (more on that later), and he and his wife are good for a story or two. Back in the day, the rally was much, much smaller. He remembers the headlines saying “30,000 Bikers attend the Sturgis Rally.” Whoo hoo. Now, they expect up to 500,000 and growing. Next year is the 75th anniversary of the rally, and everyone is expecting it to hit record crowds. In fact, the owners of the hotels said, “Get your name on our list,...Read More
Day: August 6, 2014
Quote of the Day: When we are sure we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time. Orison Swett Marden Today, the first Wednesday of the month, is another posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It’s for anyone who is on a creative journey and needs support. I will keep my post brief this month as I am on a motorcycle trip with The Biker Chef. It’s the annual Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD and what is referred to as “Bike Week” in the hills and beyond. I’m not sure how far and wide we’ll travel this year. We’re not planning too far ahead. Life is full of risks and adventures. Often we need to face those doubts and fears and jump on the bike and go. When you sit down to write, or create some art or music, remember this is your journey. You belong here and what you create has meaning first to you, then to others. I probably won’t be able to return visits or comments until I return from the trip. So, thanks for stopping by. I hope you are having a wonderful adventure,...Read More
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