Don’t Let the Small Details Ruin the Fun of Sturgis

Make Plans to Attend the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
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.

Jeff Maddox 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle RallyIf 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.

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7 Comments

  1. Paul dahler August 27, 2015 at 11:37 am

    luv to go will get there one day

  2. Dan July 29, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I have been on the road since 5/29/15 pulling my trailer behind my VTX 1800 and been in Custer, SD for the past 3 weeks. Every day there are more and more bikes arriving and I love it. I am from the Daytona, Fl. area so not a rookie to Bike Weeks but this is a very special one and I am glad I made it!

  3. Vicki July 27, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I’m so glad I read this. We’re heading to Sturgis in a few days & I’m freaking out over what won’t get done while we’re gone. Our pets will miss us & I’ll miss them but I’ve got a wonderful group of people popping in to care for them. It’s time to relax. My husband & I have worked so hard for this. He deserves this & he deserves a relaxed happy wife to travel with. This will be my first long trip on my own bike. I’m so excited/scared! I’m going to stop driving my family crazy & have fun!

  4. Brenda July 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I think you should take your brother along. Too late for this year but maybe next year. You guys need some brother bonding time.

  5. Gina July 27, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I will be there Aug 2 -7. Maybe see ya there!!

  6. Arnold July 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    This is my 4th trip in 5 years. Second trip for my wife in 3 years. We leave Jersey 4am Aug 1st. Staying at the Iron Horse in Whitewood. Bike is ready. We are ready !! Can’t wait to hit the road. Been checking the weather and it looks great !!!
    See you there

  7. Daren July 27, 2015 at 9:48 am

    That’s so cool. One of these days I think I want to try and visit the Sturgis Motorcycle rally. I think it would be a fun adventure.

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