Crazy Horse and Rushmore
Streets in Deadwood were also filled with bikes and their riders. During the trip that day it became apparent that every town within 100 miles of Sturgis was overrun with bikes. Mount some 50 calibers, pass out a few RPG launchers, and I think we could have occupied Iraq. We stopped at The Sugar Shack on Highway 385, a popular biker hangout in the Black Hills. They serve excellent burgers.
The next destination was Mt. Rushmore, which was also spectacular, but not to the level of Crazy Horse. Rushmore will fit inside the opening between Crazy Horse’s arm pit and his horse’s head.
From Rushmore we rode to Rapid City and back to Sturgis. This was a great riding day with more fun to come. We still had the Pitchfork Fondue and Beach Boys to look forward to.
The dinner was ok, but was followed by an entertaining biker hypnotist who asked for volunteers. Tom volunteered but did not become hypnotized. He was excused from the stage and rejoined us to watch the successfully hypnotized folks act out as instructed.
At 2030 the Rock and Roll All Stars performed and at 10:30 the Beach Boys came on. The evening was cold enough to wear all my layers and leathers to the concert.
I had wondered how a hippie/surfer band like the Beach Boys would work at a place like Sturgis. It didn’t take long and they had the bikers revving their approval via unbaffled exhausts throughout the Buffalo Chip Arena. They put on a great show but the cold was getting to them, too. Hawaiian shirts and shorts could not have been comfortable that night.
After the show, the MC announced that the Sturgis motorcycle rally “…would be held in the summer next year”. It was cold that night. When Tom woke at 0500 and checked outside, there was frost on the motorcycles. Yes, It froze in Sturgis in August.