One of the fantastic things about being on the road involves the surprises. As we headed toward our next Servas host, we couldn’t help but notice motorcycles, of all types, on the road with us.
We found that our Servas host lives near Sturgis, South Dakota, the site of the annual Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Rally. This year was number 71.
These were not the Hell’s Angels of long ago. On the road, the riders acted in considerate and safe ways.
These bikes were not for the down and out. In fact, many of the owners must be quite affluent.
One biker told me that her motorcycle jacket is heated. She and her husband talk via microphones–no more yelling into the wind!
As part of the rally, the bikers had great music concerts at night, and we saw bars with many parked bikes.
During the day, many took rides, as we did in our rental car, to enjoy the South Dakota and Wyoming open lands and sights.
One exciting event on Devil’s Tower was the 1941 parachute landing on the top. The landing was successful, but then it took about a week to find a way to get the guy down! 🙂
For more information about Devil’s Tower–and the current climbing opportunities, go to <http://www.nps.gov/deto/index.htm>.
Some of the bikers – and we – also went to nearby Mt. Rushmore.
For more information on Mt. Rushmore, go to <http://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm>.
It wasn’t all bikers and sights, we saw animals too:
We were extremely close to a buffalo:
As always, we met interesting people too. During her first day of summer work at a local motel when she was 14, one young woman set her heart on owning a motel. When the owner’s son of the best motel in town didn’t ask her to marry him, she bought her own motel! Now at 24, she is running her motel and majoring in business at college.
Do you have plans for your summer vacation this year? Consider going to the 72nd Anniversary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held this year from August 6-12, 2012: <http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/>.
Everyone seemed to have a great time. You would too.