Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sturgis Recap

Sturgis was an experience of a life time. We rode our motorcycles from Connecticut to South Dakota and back with no issues or breakdowns, We started out with 4 riders and a one point the group grew to nine riders. It was eight Harleys and one old Goldwing.

Here is our daily mileage and destination

August 4 Suffield CT to Youngstown OH 537 miles

August 5 Youngstown OH to Princeton IL 493 miles

August 6 Princeton IL to Laurel NE 471 miles

August 7 Laurel NE to Sturgis SD 448 miles

August 8 Buffalo Chip to Devils Tower WY 206 miles

August 9 Buffalo Chip to Deadwood SD area 146 miles

August 10 Buffalo Chip to Mount Rushmore SD 207 miles

August 11 Buffalo Chip to Hewitt WY 176 miles

August 12 Buffalo Chip to Rapid City 132 miles

August 13 Sturgis SD to Blue Earth MN 515 miles

August 14 Blue Earth MN to Joliet IL 491 miles

August 15 Joliet IL to Harrisville PA 471 miles

August 16 Harrisville PA to Suffield CT 484 miles

Total miles for the trip was 4777 using 130 gallons of gasoline with an average of 37 miles per gallon. The miles per gallon was low due to the traffic and riding at speeds of 80 plus miles per hour.

It was an interesting 13 days with lots of different experiences. When we rode into the town of Laurel NE with a population of approximately 1000 people andwe were known as the “Wild Hogs”. We had dinner and breakfast at the same saloon. I would say it was the best steak dinner we had on the trip. The saloon was a good place for drinks after a long day of riding.

The ride into the town Sturgis of surprising. After riding almost 450 miles from Laurel NE to Sturgis we sat in motorcycle and camper traffic trying to get through the center of town. Either side of Main Street was loaded with vendor tents selling all kinds of motorcycle supplies and trinkets including t shirts and leather goods.

I was really impressed with the size of the Buffalo Chip campground. It was larger that most of the small towns we drove through. The best way to describe “The Chip” is a circus. There was activity all day and night. I got use to sleeping to the sounds of motorcycles revving and burning out. We were able to see many concerts at The Chip including The Guess Who, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, ZZ Top, Kid Rock, Motely Crew, Ozzy Osbourne and Pee Wee Herman to name a few. The only quiet time at The Chip was from around 5 AM to 8 AM it was loud and rowdy the rest of the time.

Most people came to The Chip in motor homes and trailering their motorcycles and toys. The toys consisted of ATV's, UTV's, golf carts, pools, hot tubs and many other questionable items I won't mention in this forum.

Riding in the Black Hills of South Dakota was second to none. We rode to Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore, Needles Highway, Custer State Park, and many surrounding towns in both Wyoming and South Dakota.

The ride home was similar to the ride out west but did start out on a sobering note. We rode past a really bad motorcycle accident on Interstate 90 just outside of Sioux Fall South Dakota. Two bikers lost their lives when they hit the rear end of a tractor trailer.

All in all it was a good trip and I look forward to future motorcycle cross country trips.

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