17th Jul 2012
Sturgis South Dakota
Sturgis South Dakota, for a week every August the population goes from a little over 6000 to several hundred thousand. Motorcycles enthusiasts from every walk of life are drawn to Sturgis that week to hang out with other motorcyclists. But Sturgis is a motorcycle town all year, bikers come to “ride the hills” meaning riding to towns, or national monuments in the Black Hills surrounding Sturgis.
No, we didn’t buy a Harley, in fact I don’t think you can buy one here in Sturgis We stopped at Sturgis Harley Davidson and all they sell is clothes and Harley branded stuff. They had one motorcycle in the store and it was just a display prop, I think you have to go to Spearfish or Rapid City to see real motorcycles for sale.
My friend Larry Simon stopped by and told us after we go to Sturgis to ride out to Deadwood and Lead. Deadwood is an old town imortalized by Hollywood westerns in the 50’s and 60’s. It is probably most famious for being the place Wild Bill Hickock was killed. Today it is a thriving tourist town. They have retained the old west town feel to Main Street, but have all the commercial offerings tourists expect, plus a casino in every building.
Lead, pronounced Leed is just up the hill from deadwood and is the home to the now closed Homestake gold mine. It produced more gold than any other mine in the world. It has mine shafts 8000 feet deep in the ground. It is reinventing itself by offering the mines as deep secure reseach space; several agencys or companys have or are installing labs in the mines depths.
We have another busy day planned for tomorrow, all the girls are getting their hair cut. We have to have Dixie and Maggie to the groomer in Rapid City at 9am, and Millie will go to Mastercuts at the mall. After that Millie and I are going to Mount Rushmore and probably the Sitting Bull carving.