I have a little free time so I thought some of you people here may enjoy this ride report. So here ya go ----> Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - Whether you hate it or love it, this post will attempt to describe what riding to and doing Sturgis is like. Two-up on a Sportster, one tent, no reservations, lots of pics. Enjoy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Only one week before I go back to work after eight months off. Heidi and I can’t believe it, One Week! We need to do a long cruise, or should I say, I need to do a long cruise and I want Heidi to come.. What? Am I nuts? Two-Up on a Sportster @ to Sturgis @? This should be a good test. If we can do this on a Sportster with full camping gear we should be able to go just about anywhere on a real 'two-up' motorcycle. Ha, ha, my reasoning to ride doesn't even have to make much sense anymore. The Sturgis motorcycle rally. Most will admit that it is a test, of survival! I say I like a challenge but I'm still questioning my sanity on this one. The Sporty gets a new rear tire, new plugs, bearings greased and oil. We commit to safety. We are ready. We take our time getting started the first day but we still made good progress. This will be Heidi's longest motorcycle cruise ever. I hope to do things right. On a 95' Harley Davidson Sportster that means frequent stops to just chill out and rest our butts. We find a nice spot in Watertown, MN. I lay out my leather jacket on the river bank under the shade where we rested. This is a good use for leathers. I’m always looking or the good places to chill while traveling; else all you experience are the gas stops. If I want Heidi to enjoy Sturgis, in a tent at a campground with twenty thousand other bikers I thought we better do motels out and back. Good idea, right? Well around West-central Minnesota we were loosing sun and started looking for a Motel. Back and fourth between four places in Montevideo we found no vacancies. We lost at least an hour. We did some shopping before looking for the motel, mistake #1. We are looking at fifty or sixty miles to the next town of any size, Watertown, SD. We blast off confident Watertown will have a room. But No.., as we pull into town we pass a huge free outdoor concert / festival thing. Tons and tons of people and vehicles all surrounding a lake park just off the side of the highway. Not one motel room open in Watertown. I am striking out. With confidence I assure Heidi that we do have a tent and even though it’s dark I know of a spot to camp just up the road. That news seemed to make things worse. The tent is up quick, Heidi and I settle back with some high level discussions about the camp site with twenty thousand other bikers. @& Heidi has heard some stories, like shootings and orgies, etc. My comebacks are of no comfort at all. I hope it doesn't rain tonight…is there an airport near?... We wake up to a good spot and great weather. Things are looking better today. Heidi gets into using the motorcycle as her vanity. I have the camp broken down and packed up quick. I need to get a motel tonight before we tool into Sturgis. Pierre, SD looked like our only hope. Heidi is into it more today and is wishing we could do more miles. I assured her we would be hosed if we rode past Pierre. No problem, as long as we get a room tonight with a pool and bar all will be good. First thing we do in Pierre is look for the motel. $104 BestWestern. Not my style but I gladly paid, it had a bar. Of course while at the bar enjoying a cocktail we hear two different groups of bikers trying to one-up each other with their tales. Then another group of twelve bikers came in and tried to throw their group size around with the waitress, saying they should get a group discount for their rooms and the food. We heard this from the waitress, she couldn’t believe it saying if they can afford Sturgis that they should be able to afford it here. Now Heidi is even more looking forward to the camp site with twenty thousand Sturgis bikers, NOT! All and all Pierre was good. We had a nice room and enjoyed the pool. We have only a short 180 mile ride to Sturgis. The skies were clear and the temperatures sizzling. It hit 105 yesterday and it seemed at least that hot today. We like the heat and we got it. It was a good ride into town on Hwy 34.