While the true spirit of a motorcycle rally is still here at the 2014 Black Hills Rally, it's like a tiny heartbeat smothered over with layers of pomp & circumstance.
I mean, in the middle of Main Street, Sturgis, Chevrolet has a huge spread with their 2015 model pickup trucks on display. I couldn't figure out what that was doing here, aside from taking advantage of the exposure.
But then again, there are probably just as many trailers and toy haulers here as there are motorcycles. I mean, who the Hell wants to ride all the way to Sturgis, when they can trailer their bikes instead? It's the reason why there are so many places selling patches and t-shirts saying, "I Rode Mine to Sturgis 2014".
The three of us, Sash, Stephanie, and myself hit Main Street Sturgis for a good look at the heart of the rally.
Stephanie, whom I mentioned in my last post, is riding a 250cc Vespa all across the country, trying to hit all 48 states in United States proper. She hails from Rhode Island, but that's only where she started. Like us, she dumped all of her belongings and her home, and kept only what she could carry on her scoot.
"I had this huge drink-my-booze-and-take-my-stuff party before I left!" she said, referring to a rather large collection of hard liquor she had once kept. "All I really want to do now is just ride."
Stephanie keeps a blog about her travels at: http://250superhero.blogspot.com/ She earns just enough money from doing illustrations for children's books, and taking advantage of what fellow riders offer her. She's staying in our cabin during the Rally.
Otherwise, it's hard to figure out really, what the heart of the Black Hills Rally is. I mean, downtown Sturgis looks like a giant street fair, not so much a "rally". Campgrounds like The Legendary Buffalo Chip have a lot of things going on, from concerts, to a giant pond, and several bars, but I'm not sure that the Chip is what defines the entire Rally. Every town in the Black Hills has its own street fair and series of concerts as well.
When you consider that there are just as many attendees traveling by RV, car, and with toy haulers, is it still a motorcycle rally? When there are so many celebrities from movies, television, music, and fashion, it makes you wonder if this is a little Hollywood instead.
|Breakfast at Side Hack Saloon|
with Bloody Mary
|This guy and his twin brother|
terrorized Main Street.
|Stephanie considers a spiked|
|Some of the great food grilling|
on Main Street
|Sash ran into her friend Joan|
Krenning on Main Street
|Me at a biker gear shop along|
|This tattoo artist at The Tattoo|
Cellar attracted attention
|Sash loved riding through|
|Sash with Tiny, a 7'4" bouncer|
at The Legendary Buffalo Chip
|This gal was carrying Sash's|
business card around Sturgis
|Sash with Mike Wolfe from|
|Sash attended the 2015 Indian |