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Destination Sturgis – Recap, Photos and Days End Campground review – Part 1

The journey begin with a long trek out to Albuquerque from SoCal roughly 850 miles where we met up with family.  After a short night’s rest we were on the I-25 heading North with the destination being Sturgis, SD.  After three days of hard traveling we were pretty tired but stoked to be at our new home for the next eight days.  We booked a spot in the Days End Campground site right in the beginning of town to have better access to the festivities.  I for one have never stayed there so it was a good chance to review a different place.  It’s been three years since I’ve been to Sturgis last, celebrating the 70th anniversary and I couldn’t be more excited.  V-Twin Life has arrived!

Sturgis Road Trip 2013

Sturgis Road Trip 2013

Getting into Deadwood and Sturgis

After setting up our campsite with a beer in hand we were ready for the party to begin.  Old friends started cruising over and it was good to reunite and talk about old stories.  Sunday rolled around and more friends were on the road so it was a good time for us to cruise around and check things out before everything got swamped.  It was the first time for my girl traveling to Sturgis, who became quite the photographer with a little direction.  It was nice to have some help for a change and someone I could trust.  We rode through Main Street and cruised outside town to visit with the Full Throttle Saloon, checked out the Chip, and finally got to the Broken Spoke Campground.  Great day of riding once we got out-of-town and the weather couldn’t be better!  One hell of a good start to our rally.

Hangin at the Throttle

Legendary Buffalo Chip

Legendary Buffalo Chip

Hangin with the Irish

Hangin with the Irish

Monday morning woke up feeling good, a little banged up from the road but it was a good time to do some business  while we were waiting for the other crew to make it out.  We headed to Spearfish Canyon off some advice from a buddy and it couldn’t be in a better setting.  Beautiful country and had the course to ourselves.  I had to play in my Harley gear but oh well that’s what we are here for and we had a great time.

Spearfish Canyon GC

Spearfish Canyon GC

As the day went on and we got deeper into the 19th hole it was back to the rally and meeting up with our crew and friends.  Monday night became a blur of good times, photos only I have and reuniting with old friends for a BBQ we threw for a buddies birthday.  The night solidified our trip and we knew it was on!  Tomorrow was going to be a big riding day as Mount Rushmore and The Black Hills were calling my name.

Morning Coffee Harley Style

Morning Coffee Harley Style

Tuesday came around and the inevitable hangover took over but with coffee and a shower we were ready to roll.  We had the full crew today including some new friends and we were out to ride the hills.  First stop was a place we enjoyed last time, Nemo Campground .  Beautiful campground and our buddy “Double D” Dave dove into a $12 Burger with everything on it.  I dove into a PBR and I was feeling normal again.  The music was flowing, the weather was gorgeous with blue skies and a mix of crazy clouds just enough to cool the day off.  We continued to ride heading the back way to Mount Rushmore.  Some of the guys had been there but not walked into the park which is a must in my opinion.  If you haven’t been it’s time to take a trip up there.  There is a lot of cool hikes and trails letting you get closer than the circus taking photos by the lookout.  But just like anything beautiful place like this you deal with the crowd and just make it the best experience you can.  My girl and I snuck off to chill on a side lookout and had the Presidents to ourselves which was nice for her as she kept staring and staring at the magnitude of what she was seeing in person.  I’m glad we got to enjoy that moment together.

V-Twin Life - Mount Rushmore

V-Twin Life – Mount Rushmore

V-Twin Life - Riding to Mt Rushmore in the turn

V-Twin Life – Riding to Mt Rushmore in the turn

V-Twin Life - Riding the Black Hills

V-Twin Life – Riding the Black Hills

Riding around The Black Hills with family and friends is like nothing else and still my favorite part of coming to Sturgis.  Some people can’t stand the circus environment that Sturgis brings and the tons of baggers and RUB’s that come with their full get up but that’s all part of the fun in my opinion.  The older I get I seem to learn to enjoy the environment I’m in and really appreciate the beauty and times while I’m doing them.  I make my own fun no matter what cheesy things are going on.  It’s really a matter of attitude, people get too caught up in what others are doing and end up ruining what would’ve been a good trip and I’m speaking from experience.  We had a crazy lady that almost got the better of our crew but once she left and things calmed down the energy flowed in the right direction again and that made me happy.  All I’m saying is have your own time, make your own memories and do what brings you a smile cause at the end of the day that’s all that matters and those times are what helps you get through the grind.

V-Twin Life - Road to Deadwood

V-Twin Life – Road to Deadwood

V-Twin Life - Stockade, Deadwood, SD

V-Twin Life – Stockade, Deadwood, SD

V-Twin Life - Deadwood, South Dakota (get your guns)

V-Twin Life – Deadwood, South Dakota (get your guns)

Something special about this place maybe I have a soft spot since we stayed here last but Deadwood is cool little town with a lot of American history.  During the rally I just want to get through because of traffic but we’ve had good times after a long days riding partying it up here.  Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Sturgis Rally recap and photos.  More of Custer State Park and Main Street craziness with some killer bikes on display and of course the girls.  Have a great ride and keep the rubber on the road!

Peace,

Chiliman

V-Twin Life - Road King at the Sturgis sign

V-Twin Life – The Beast at the Sturgis sign

Couples that play together, stay together!

Couples that play together, stay together

Couples that play together, stay together

Couples that play together, stay together is a true saying.  Although I must admit that it’s a different ride when you’re alone on your scoot.  On the other hand having someone who shares your interest is always nice. With more and more women interested in motorcycles every year, and the surge of Baggers recently tells me couples are out there experiencing life and probably having one hell of an adventure.  I enjoy the time me and my girl spend together.  We see all kinds of things and the adventures have only begun.  So open up a map or google a location.  Something with options.  I always set out for a destination sometimes we make it sometimes we don’t.  The road has no cages, the journey is up to you.  I look forward to the next adventure.

Cheers!

Photo Credit: Alanna McAllister

Run For the Wall – Memorial Day H-D Motorcycle Rally

Run For the Wall

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The annual “Run For the Wall” event is going on now traveling in two groups, one via the I-40 or Central route and the other via I-10 or Southern route.  Both groups starting out in San Bernardino, CA and ending in Washington D.C.  The trip takes ten days to reach the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where the Run officially ends on Sunday evening before Memorial Day. Additionally, they have things scheduled for the weekend, ending with participation in the Rolling Thunder Parade in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. It is quite a sight to behold, 350,000 plus motorcycles all starting from the Pentagon parking lots, parading through downtown Washington, and ending at the Wall.

Some people join Run For The Wall and think of it as just another vacation or motorcycle event. After one or two days, though, you realize this is something very special. It is unlike anything else you have experienced, and it becomes a MISSION! You become part of the Run For The Wall family whose members come from all over the United States, Canada, Australia and other countries. What could be more perfect than, riding on a mission, making new friends, and helping a very good cause, POW/MIA?

Run For The Wall

Run For The Wall

I’ve been on this trip twice both times taken with my uncle who served in Vietnam and has done the run over 10 years.  This trip from a personal perspective is an eye-opening experience of a lifetime.  Spending time with those who have so bravely served our country and hearing the stories first hand is an experience that no book can ever teach you about.  This is the 25th anniversary of the Run and I look forward to doing it again.

Ride safe brothers!

http://www.rftw.org/

Run For The Wall Pin and FNG Button from 1st run in 2002

Run For The Wall Pin and FNG Button from 1st run in 2002

 

Picture Perfect! Beautiful Indian Motorcycle!

If traveling in a car is like watching a movie and riding a motorcycle is like starring in one, then picture yourself on this Indian Beauty!  Indian Motorcycles is making some noise again with the unveiling of the 111 Thunder Stroke Engine and the soon to come all new 2014 Indian Chief.  The Indian Chief, starting at $18,999 will be revealed at the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, which runs August 3-11, 2013. Specific details on the launch timing will be announced this summer. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the world’s largest motorcycle rally, was started in 1936 by an Indian Motorcycle club, the Jackpine Gypsies. Indian Motorcycle is honored to be back in the motorcycle community and make the brand’s launch part of the Sturgis experience.

New 111 Thunder Stroke Engine by Indian

New 111 Thunder Stroke Engine by Indian

Indian Motorcycle in a Picture Perfect Setting

Indian Motorcycle in a Picture Perfect Setting

 

Consumer Tire Rebate from Harley-Davidson and Dunlop. Get a $40 H-D Gift Card!

Dunlop Harley-Davidson Tires

Dunlop Harley-Davidson Tires

Participating Harley-Davidson® dealers and Dunlop® have teamed up to offer a $40 consumer mail-in rebate on a set of Harley-Davidson-branded Dunlop tires purchased May 1 through June 15. The offer applies to a set of two new H-D/Dunlop tires (excluding Police tires) and will be paid in the form of a $40 Harley-Davidson Gift Card which can be used at any authorized Harley-Davidson dealership.

The H-D/Dunlop rebate offer applies to consumer purchases made exclusively at a participating Harley-Davidson dealership between May 1 and June 15, 2013. A form available from the participating Harley-Davidson dealer must be postmarked by July 31, 2013. Additional terms and conditions apply. See a participating Harley-Davidson dealer for complete details.

Dunlop Harley-Davidson Tire Coupon Ad

Dunlop Harley-Davidson Tire Coupon Ad