Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Cindy Lou and Kelly’s Big Sturgis Adventures

Written by  September 1, 2021

  My girls, Cindy Lou & Kelly Kimari , loaded up the truck and trailer and hit the road early Thursday morning, August the 5th, headed for the 81st Annual Sturgis Rally. We asked them to be our roving photojournalist for this trip so that we all could experience Sturgis, at least through their eyes....since not all of us are fortunate enough to get to do that experience in person. Cindy Lou is a Sturgis virgin and has been looking forward to making this journey with her good friend, veteran Sturgis goer, Kelly      

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     Dear Road Trip Diary:

Thursday, August the 5th…..

“We left Kelly’s house at 7:30 this morning, stopped for gasoline and bathroom breaks along the way. We stopped at Mallard’s Roadhouse in Clinton, MO. The service was terrible, but the food was really good. We stayed at the Quality Inn in Kansas City, near the Sport’s Complex. The window wouldn’t lock, nor did the front door. We were too tired to change rooms, so we came up with our own security. At least it will let us know to wake up and shoot! 藍

I’ve got Lysol wipes! I checked the beds first thing. All clean. Kelly put a drawer in the window seal and the mini fridge in front of the door.“ Security check & done!

Friday, August, the 6th…..

“We left the hotel this morning about 9:00, had another full day of driving. We saw a lot of bikes today along the way. Kelly and I kept getting more and more excited as each one passed. We saw bikes from Kentucky, Louisiana, Florida, Kansas North Carolina Georgia Tennessee Illinois Missouri Delaware Ohio. We finally made it to Sturgis just before dark and rode through downtown on the way to our campground. Things were starting to gear up! I’m sure it will be much more crowded tomorrow.

We made it to the Ironhorse Campground and got the bikes unloaded. Guess who’s bike wouldn’t start? Yep. CindyLou’s! apparently, the alarm on the bike drained the battery over the two days it was in the cargo trailer. Luckily, Kelly’s friends from California are right next door; they had a battery tender. Betty Lou is on charge. Keep your fingers crossed that she will be ready to go in the morning!

We about froze our hiney’s off! Hardly any sleep.”

Saturday, August the 7th….

“We didn’t head out until about 10:00 this morning, had to fuel up and grab some breakfast. Then it was a long ride through Deadwood, then into the Black hills national forest. It was breathtaking! We ventured through a multitude of curves. I was in new bike Heaven! We went back to the Harley Davidson Dealership and shopped through all of the vendors. Kelly got a new hat and I bought a HD t-shirt and a rally pin. I also scored a phone holder for my bike. In the afternoon, we rode through Keystone, Rockerville and went up Iron Mountain to see Mount Rushmore in a couple of places. It was phenomenal. The pictures I took didn’t do it justice! We experienced every type of curve imaginable. It was a true test of skills. We all made it through with flying colors.”

“I’ve got to tell you about meeting this lady. She just finished 43 states in 23 days! Kelly and I were talking to her and I told her I want to ride from Alabama to Sturgis next year. She said, let me know and I’ll ride with you ladies! She gave us her contact information. I’m already looking forward to next year!”

Sunday, August the 8th….

“We went down town today and bought some souvenirs. It was 97 degrees. I got too hot and dehydrated. I had to go back to the campground and hydrate. I spent the afternoon listening to Karaoke in the campground cafe. Diet Coke wasn’t strong enough for that!

Monday, August the 9th

“It’s much cooler today. I needed cooler weather.

We headed out this morning about 8:00, rode to the Belle Fourche St.Paul Catholic Church for breakfast. It was the best breakfast we’ve had so far. Afterwards, we rode to Stone House Saloon then down to Deadwood and actually spent time walking around downtown. Then we went back down to re-visit the curves down in Spearfish Canyon and rode back to the Ride and Rest to eat dinner.”

Tuesday, August the 10th

“We rolled out at 8:00 again this morning, went back to the Catholic Church in Belle Fourche. The little ladies there are just too sweet. They told us to be sure to go to Topless Tuesday (yes, they were the little old ladies of the church who were serving the food) so, we rode through Wyoming to Montana to the Stoneville Saloon in Alzada, MT. It was packed and it was indeed topless Tuesday! 藍藍After that, we went to see the Devil’s Tower in northeastern Wyoming. It was amazing. I spilled gas all over me and got some in my eye, had to flush my eye in the service station and make the trek back to camp smelling of fumes. The Ironhorse campground is getting pretty crowded now.”

“They are so nice at the Belle Fourche Catholic Church and apparently host breakfast every year. Don’t forget to go by there the next time y’all make it out here!

Yes! The church ladies are the ones who told us about topless Tuesday! 藍

Downtown wasn’t as crowded when I rode through about 4, but our campground is getting crowded now. When we first got here, there wasn’t that many people. A lot came in today.”

“ Btw, I am sleeping in the backseat of the truck. Have been since night 2. It’s warmer and I don’t hear the bikes as much as I did in the cargo trailer, which is where Kelly is sleeping”

   Cindy said in response to being told that CNN was reporting that Sturgis didn’t learn from last year (last year by the way, they reported the same thing, that Sturgis would be a "Super-Spreader" and no out breaks came from Sturgis!) “We haven’t even heard one person cough.”

Wednesday, August the 11th

“We rode most of the day today; Rockerville, Iron Mt, Keystone, back side of Mt Rushmore, Needles Hwy, Custer State Park, Town of Custer and ate at the Begging Burro Hill City We’re in downtown Sturgis now checking out the scenery.”

The girls celebrated their last night in Sturgis by heading over to the Full Throttle Saloon to party with "Jackyl" and catch some "oil wrestling"; couldn't convince them to jump in there though!

Before going there however, they had to hit the road and go back to Black Hills H.D. These gals really know how to pack some mini adventures into this trip and managed to see so much beautiful countryside that most people will never experience and made some awesome lifetime memories.

  They packed up the trailer Thursday and hit the road for one last ride around; back to Iron Mountain Road and Deadwood to absorb the awesomeness one last time. It was really hard to say goodbye to such a wonderful place, full of so much history and beauty. It was sad seeing Sturgis in their rear view for the last time as they rolled out around 7:30pm, heading back to Roll Tide country.

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