Editor’s Note: What appears below is a guest blog post from veteran biker Jeff Maddox, who regularly holds court over at the JMAdog blog.
I’m a few days from leaving for the 75th Annual Sturgis Rally and all I can think about is everything I need to do before I leave. I’m not just talking about packing and prepping—I’m talking about all the other things I do on a daily basis that won’t get done while I’m gone.
But vacations are like that and you know what? I need a vacation. So as the internal struggle of obligations and irresponsibility goes, I will force myself to forget about the lawn and ride my motorcycle to South Dakota. And I guarantee there will be very little grass cutting going on across the country for the next few weeks.
I’ve talked to so many friends and fellow riders that are making the trip. There is an excitement in the air and even though predictions in attendance will be over a million, people are still wanting to go. Sure, there are a few that have said they would never go to the rally with this large of crowd predicted, but like anything else it will be what you make of it.
If crowds aren’t your thing, then I’m sure any given rally is probably not for you. I’m a people person and as long as I can find a parking place I’m good. I’ve always said if you stand on the main street of Sturgis long enough, you will see everyone pass by you. If you keep moving around, you will keep bumping into the same folks over and over. It’s odd how that works.
For me there are the usual places I go. I’ve been there enough that I don’t need to see it all again, but this year is shaping up a little differently. Looking at some of the event schedules there is quite a bit more going on in and around the area.
Maybe I will have to venture out and take a look-see and take a few pictures to document it all. Knowing my luck each shot will be photo-bombed by the same folks I’ve been bumping into the whole week. It’s the people person in me.
So if you are like me and just a few days from hitting the road, take a minute and remember why you’re going. Sometimes we forget to have fun when we’re so focused on making the trip that we forget this is why we ride motorcycles.
For those of you who can’t go, follow along with your favorite social media outlets that can put you right there in middle of the action. Check out the live webcams and see it in real-time.
Just remember if you’re at work to look like you’re busy while you do it. Look for me on Main Street—I’ll be easy to find.