2004 Sturgis – Epilogue

Itinerary

  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • Montana
  • Idaho
  • Washington

Lessons Learned

Plan for separations. It’s not a crisis to get separated but if you plan well you won’t waste a lot of time: Exchange cell phone numbers, all riders should have maps, decide what to do when you are separated (for us, the person in front stopped at the next wide spot/off ramp and waited for the followers to call.

Make sure you are riding with compatible riders. Some like to haul butt and stay in the saddle while others prefer a more leisurely ride. Neither is better but they are not compatible unless a compromise can be achieved

Make sure all riders know the rules of group riding whether you create your own or follow custom.

Stats

  • Total Miles = 2,300
  • Gallons of Gas = 57.5
  • Total States this ride = 5
  • New States this ride = 3
  • Total States = 9

Highlights

  • Riding with the giant biker club which gained members as we neared Sturgis
  • Riding into the amphitheater at Buffalo Chip the first night
  • ZZ Top at Buffalo Chip
  • Riding through the Black Hills to Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore
  • Meeting Sonny Barger
  • The old biker in Spearfish
  • Devil’s Tower
  • Little Big Horn Museum
  • Aaron center punching a night bird as we rode into Bozeman

Lowlights

  • Me falling behind in a cloud of Sturgis riders
  • Tom attaching fluorescent orange duct tape to his visor as a group of Banditos looked on in disgust
  • Me having a Yellowstone HD mechanic discover my rattling gas cap

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