Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sturgis, SD...Three Days After

Neither of us have ever been 'on trend.' We're never Innovators, but usually not Laggards either. Which leaves us in the middle of the road when it comes to embracing ideas, trends, technology. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that we visited Sturgis, SD today...three days after the end of the annual event for which it is famous.

Yes, we were fully aware that the 2012 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally ended on Sunday with a Pancake Breakfast. The idea of visiting that famous town of 6,600 hardy souls when they were welcoming a few hundred thousand motorcycle enthusiasts was just a bit too edgy for us...reread my opening two sentences if necessary...teehee! This week the town is cleaning up and tearing down lots of temporary event structures.

Sturgis is home to:

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum

The largest photograph I've ever seen

Some really big saloons

A Main Street filled with cool shops

A really great place to have lunch

And the requisite Harley-Davidson shop

But what really blew my mind was a saloon about three miles out of town. The Full Throttle Saloon bills itself as the "World's Largest Biker Bar." This place is indescribable. Even wandering throughout this enormous space, I still couldn't comprehend what it's like to be there along with the 15,000 patrons a night that they claim.

Here are just a few more photos because I don't think there's any way to capture the scope of a place that allows some of its customers to ride their bikes inside.

You got the idea? In addition to super huge bars under roof, there is this outdoor section of the saloon that is surrounded and enclosed with additional bars, shops, food places, tobacco store, performance stage, upper story platforms, etc....and a dirt track for riding. Like I said earlier, indescribable.

But here is my favorite thing of all, this was absolutely awesome. This sculpture sits high above the ground at the entrance to the saloon and is fantastic!

There you have it...your tour of Sturgis. Three days after the event ends is about as close as we are ever going to get. Please share your photos with us if you have actually been there during the Rally.

Lovin' Life ~~ Though Cautiously

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