Day 13 - 249 miles and in Sturgis, SD

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
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Trip End Sep 24, 2008


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Iron Horse Campground

Flag of United States  , South Dakota
Friday, August 8, 2008

Today was a good day. We repacked out bikes as is becoming g a daily ritual. We have bike covers but no way to really secure anything so every night we need to unpack and then carry everything to our rooms. Then the next day we need to repack to continue the journey. Things like this are things you don't think about when you are considering doing something like this. We only needed to cover about 250 miles to get to Sturgis . 3 weeks ago that would have sounded like a lot but now it is almost around the corner compared to what we've already rode.
Riding in the daylight, I was able to truly see and appreciate South Dakota. It's one of those states that you know is there but don't really hear much about, unlike New York or California. The sky seems  so much bigger out here. You can see for miles over the rolling plains and the road ahead is long and straight. It was quite an experience cruising at 75+ MPH (The speed limit is 75 on route 90) and blasting ZZ Top on my iPod while taking in the surroundings as we rode.
We started seeing signs for Wall Drug. I never heard of Wall Drug but the signs reminded me fo the South of the Boarder billboards that are along  I95. I figured it must be a a South Dakota equivalent. I was right. There is a little town called Wall that has a section in the center of town that has a lot of little shops and caters to the travelers. The center pice is a the Wall Drug store which is more like an odd mix of a drug store, restaurant, ice cream parlor and trinket shop.  We didn't eat tehre but the ice cream was  great. They apparently make it on the premises according to the signs.
We continued on to Sturgis. Our campground of choice was the Iron Horse campground on the other side of town. It was a challenge getting through town with all the billers milling about. The time consuming part was negotiating all the 4 way stop signs My clutch hand hurts now from it all. We found the campground which is more like a field converted to a campground. No shade trees or anything. I think it is only really open for the big bike event. We set up our tents and unloaded the bikes (again). While grabbing a sandwich we saw that ZZ Top was playing at the Buffalo Chip. The Buffalo Chip is a big bar/campground that was down the street.  Since I like ZZ Top and enjoyed listening to them on the way out, we decided to try and attend. We worked our way over and paid the far too expensive ticket price and made out way into the are where they were going to play. They had a stage set up with all kind of mini shops and food vendors everywhere. We actually saw 2 concerts. Sugarland played first then ZZ Top. It was great and we had a blast. We even some new friends with some folks partying it up in front of us. Tomorrow we will venture out and see what else Sturgis has to offer.

Joe
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