By The Associated Press Sunday, August 02, 2009
Sturgis Bike weeks officially starts tomorrow and the town is already nearly running over with bikers. They start pouring in a week in advance and don't all get gone until a week after. Of course, there are a lot of GOOD people here and we have to take the BAD with the good. There was some talk that due to the economy it wasn't going to be a very good turn out this year, but now I'm reading that it sounds as if it will surpass last year.
We were in Rapid City Thursday and decided to drop by the local Harley dealer. WOW, we couldn't get near the place. The parking lot and all around was full of vendors and exhibits. They stopped us about a block away and told us we would have to park in the gravel parking lot and walk to the dealership. So we made a "U" turn and decided we will wait a few weeks for what we wanted. In and around Rapid there were Bikers everywhere!!! We realize it's GREAT for the local economy, but believe me most of the locals (including us) are glad when they are gone and we get our Hills back!!
While we were in the Big City, the driver that was bringing my Harley up from Florida called. He was about 400 miles away and would be here by 7-8pm. WOW, A day early!!! Hot DOG!!!
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Here he is backed into my driveway preparing to unload the bike. Mine was his first delivery and we were right on the back.
His trailer was FULL of Bikes. Two were big V-8 Trikes!
The driver unloads it and we are checking it over....
It's FINALLY here!! I've been waiting a LONG time for this..... It is NICE!! My friend JRoger took excellent care of it, just as I knew!!!
My first RIDE was into the Garage. It's getting dark or I'd go for a little spin. It's hard to resist but it's been a long day. I'm relieved and Happy it's finally here ! I'll be out here at the crack of dawn polishing and shining it up. I've been reading the manual for over a month.... now I'm looking forward to getting familiar with this "jewel".
note*Ms Pat took the above photo's with my new camera. Did a good job didn't she? That's with just a few of my quick directions. That GAL never ceases to amaze me,,,,she is another "jewel".
Thursday was a BIG day!!! Also, shortly after we got home from the city, our good friends Mel and Nina Harrison stopped by for a couple nights. We met this great couple at the Gypsy Journal Rally in Casa Grande, Az a couple years ago. It was great spending some time with them. Next time I hope they can stay a little longer. They had no idea Bike week was going on, so they are gonna get outta town FAST. They don't want any part of it! Mel is retired from the Air Force and also from the Las Vegas Police dept. We have a lot of fun together.
They have a beautiful new NEWMAR Kountry Star Motorhome. Man it is NICE!! I tried to swap Mel a nice Volvo and a 45' Teton, but I didn't get the job done.. Have safe travels you guys and we will see you again this winter......somewhere south!!
Well, that's about it for this morning. We had lots of other interesting and exciting things going on Friday and yesterday. We are headed out for early Church and then a big Church cook out and Motorcycle Ride with the Activities group this afternoon. BOY, this retired life will WEAR you OUT!!!!LOL
It was a GREAT WEEK!!!!!
This weather has been just WONDERFUL!!! Last several nights were nice and cool and 38* when we got up, then quickly warmed to to high 60's to mid 70's during the day. This morning it was 43*. Its a little cooler than normal, but we LOVE it!!! Praise the LORD!!!
God Bless you all,,,,,,and remember, tell your kids you love them. They may not be around forever.
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