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    The Annual Sturgis Run

    Hmm, can't believe I haven't made a post on this in the last 10 years I've been making the run!

    But the bottom line is that you need to do Sturgis at least once before you pack it up and buy a second mini-van.

    There's no need to do "everything" at Sturgis, just a few of the highlights will carry you until your next trip. My riding buddy and myself have hit all of the major venues there, but not in the same trip. Now we basically hit Sturgis on the return trip from where we've been over the previous few weeks. One day downtown will hold you once you've done all the things around town over the years.

    One of the things that even multi-year, jaded Sturgis riders really appreciate is the weekly "training sortie" from the local Air Force base when they drag a B-1 bomber on a low pass over the town.

    Well, that's a poor description. They run a B-1 bomber down Lazelle street doing about 400 knots, full afterburner and low enough to set off pretty much every car and bike alarm in the city. It is an amazing sight and the sound is incredible.

    If anyone ever wonders if bikers are patriots, you should see the jumping and hollering in the streets when that plane blasts down the highway. Simply spectacular for sure.

    Of course the usual collection of bars, babes, trinkets, food and local places to see are in full display. Deadwood, Custer, Rushmore, Crazy Horse and a few dozen others will make the ride more than worth it.

    And don't forget the incredible riding and scenery of the Badlands. Truly something to see.

    Montana and Wyoming (and Nebraska) all have 80 mph speeds so the long stretches of road don't dull your mind too much.

    This year's run for me had me running Punta Gorda, FL to Slidell, LA. Next day ran to Dallas to meet up with my riding partner from Indiana. Visited with some old friends and headed out to Albuquerque, NM for a day or so. Up into Utah and into Glacier Nat'l Park for the "Run to the Sun" highway, which we've been trying to nail down for several years. Spectacular road and scenery, when it's open and hasn't killed anyone in a day or so.

    We had the same problem with the Beartooth Pass for several years, but as a motorcycle road, it had to be taken sooner or later and we got it last year.

    Kalispell Montana had us meeting up with a guy we both hadn't seen in 25 years. It was worth the run. A two day run from there into Sturgis and we were on the back side of the trip.

    When we headed east out of Sturgis, we split at Sioux City as my buddy rode south and I continued on the Minneapolis to see my lady in her summer condo. A week later had me headed back home on the three day run from Minny.

    Had no problems with weather, other than the 100+ heat in Texas and New Mexico and managed to miss all the rain until that mess up in the northern part of the state on Friday.

    A good trip. About 7000 miles this year.

    Oh yeah, I open carried the entire trip, of course. No problems with it anywhere, even in those expensive restaurants the lady likes to go to. Only had one person actually ask me about the sidearm. They asked if it was a 9mm. I politely told them it was a 45 and that I didn't think they even allowed 9mm in Texas!

    There are plenty of campsites near Sturgis. It's what they do out there. Better if you know a friend 25 miles away that you can stay with!

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    Nice report, thanks for sharing. Pictures?
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    Great road trip. What are you riding?
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    My current ride is the 2014 BMW R1200RT. It has 90,000+ miles on it which means I'll probably be getting a new one next year. I generally run my bikes 100,000 miles and then get another one just like it. Most of the time it's even the same color. Go figure.

    Anyway, here's a few photos from out there this year.

    This is what you get to see for hours at a time once you get east of the Mississippi river.




    Of course fine dining is always important.




    And Glacier National Park is not to be missed if you're out that way. Especially if the road is actually open when you're there. We've been trying for several years to make that and got it this year.




    Basically it's like any other big bike rally except it's in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes that's a good thing. Also, it's a much older crowd that what you see at Daytona Bike Week.




    Oh yeah, expect a LOT of weird bugs in Nebraska and Iowa if it hasn't rained for a bit. One year we had grasshoppers so thick they coated the wheels like oatmeal. Ugh.



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