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Sturgis & the Buffalo Chip Campground - August 2010

Here’s the trip in pictures…

Our journey started at the Exxon station in Albany, Louisiana on August 5, 2010, right at daylight. We were headed for Sturgis, South Dakota for the annual motorcycle rally, which none of us had ever attended but had always dreamed about, and now finally we were going to do it!
Here we are (below) from left to right, Bernie, our support crew carried a lot of camping gear as well as pulled a trailer, which came in handy on a few occasions, Craig, riding the blue “cop” bike, and Ray (me) riding the dark blue and gray Road King.

The three...

The three...

Look who's in the picture with Angie & Michael!

Look who's in the picture with Angie & Michael!

We started out at dawn… Packed and ready to ride!

It's still dark!

It's still dark!

Stopping for lunch… Notice we are both wearing jackets even though it was extremely hot, our Fieldsheer mesh jackets were as cool as wearing a long sleeve t-shirt if not cooler because the air goes right through the mesh and there is the safety factor of wearing a little armor and padding. Hey, I never said we were “cool”.

Pit stop...

Pit stop...

Staying cool… I got a really good deal on some “Cool Bandannas” from eBay, the kind you soak in water and has something in them that soaks up and holds the water so that you have an evaporating cooling effect. We also had some Frogtog towels that soak up and hold a lot of water, which were wore on our backs (under our shirts) through Dallas when the temperature was actually 106 degrees. I don’t know if we could have made it without them, because the entire trip had one common theme - extreme heat!

Cold neck scarf

Cold neck scarf

Blow out! Lucky for us Craig picked the perfect time to have a blow out on his real tire, it was at the end of the first day right outside of Wichita Falls, Texas, which was our desired destination.

blowout
This was pretty scary for Craig, but he handled it well and steered his bike off the highway and into the tall grass on the side of the road before going down. I’ll let him tell you about it if I can get him on here to write again… the story gets better every time I hear it!

Click the number 2 to go to the next page… “The Ride”

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