The biggest difference between Sturgis, SD and Spearfish, SD, at this time of year, is probably about 80 decibels.
The week we were in in our cabin at Sturgis RV Park, we could hear the concerts at The Buffalo Chip a mile away, pretty clearly.
So when our week in the cabin was up, Sash and I moved our stuff to a hotel room 20 miles away in Spearfish to finish out the rally and get caught up on our business.
"Do you hear that?" Sash said to me.
"What." I said.
"It's pure silence!" she said.
After a week of the rally, bikers in Spearfish were starting to thin out, leaving us with beautiful quiet. The day we checked into our room, we stayed in the room the entire day. We napped for a few hours and then tried to tackle the backlog of work. I was still trying to get over a cough, and the meds had my ass kicked.
Otherwise, much of the week here in Spearfish was mostly all work. Nothing spectacular to report.
We did, however, spend a couple of evenings at Stadium Sports Grill, which we discovered was the popular hang out in town. You can order a plate of Macho Nachos, the size of a 25 pound roasted turkey, for $23.00, and if you finish it off by yourself, you get the nachos for free and a t-shirt.
Sash seriously considered it. But in the end, she only attempted a half-order, and after she polished it off, realized she probably could have defeated the full order.
We also had the pleasure of being visited by motorcycle drag racer Andie Gaskins. Sash had met her last May at the Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit. Andie and her main man live in Gillette, WY, about a 90 minute drive from Spearfish, and came out just to hang with us. Interestingly, when we leave Spearfish, we'll be staying the night in Gillette, so we'll probably see them again.
Oh, and we did spend a day just riding. We took off for Mount Rushmore, Hill City, Iron Mountain Road, and followed up at Independent Ale House in Rapid City.
Otherwise, Spearfish is a quiet little town. It's a college town, actually, though it's still Summer vacation. People seem friendly, and no one seems to want any trouble.
Today we check out of our hotel, and head to Devil's Tower, and overnight in Gillette.
|I-90 heading west towards|
|It rained hard one day at our|
hotel in Spearfish
|Sash with motorcycle drag racer|
|Sash outside of Stadium Sports|
Grill, Spearfish, SD
|Vespa Stephanie drew this|
caricature of Sash and I
|Sash bought clothes from a|
Salvation Army in Spearfish
|The stuff we bought to replace|
what was stolen in Sturgis
|The chinese buffet by our hotel|
was not that great
|Sash working in our hotel room|
|Sash and her half-order of|
|This guy ate the full order of|
|Our bikes parked at Walgreens|
|This Tantanka sign sits near the|
Deadwood Convention Center
|Me riding along US-85 into|
|Me and Sash riding US-385|
towards Hill City, SD
|Me riding hands-free along|
|Sash riding past Pactola|
Reservoir, along US-385
|Bumping Buffalo Brew at the|
saloon of the same name
|Me at Bumpin Buffalo Saloon,|
Hill City, SD
|Bikes parked outside Mangy|
Moose Saloon, Hill City, SD
|Sash bought this fox tail and|
attached it to her butt
|Riding SD-244 into Mount|
|Sash and I posing in front of|
|Parked along Iron Mountain|
|Parked along Iron Mountain|
|Sash's fox tail sticks up when|
|Parked in downtown Rapid|
|Sash and bike in downtown|
Rapid City, SD
|Having a beer at Independent|
Ale House, Rapid City, SD
|Sash bought this hat and fox|
stole in Rapid City
|Sash and I at Independent Ale|
|The pizza we ate at|
Independent Ale House
|Me taking a photo of a sunset in|