Downtown Sturgis

Day 31 Saturday 2nd August 2013Sturgis, SD

My morning routine at the Chip is becoming established. A walk to the shower block and then a ride into the amphitheatre for a good coffee and to plug-in to a power source to charge phone, laptop and camera. This seems the best opportunity to upload photos and post here.

My plan for the day was to just hang out in Sturgis town and to absorb the atmosphere. This was something I’d probably only do the once whilst I was here. Getting into and out of Sturgis, and especially finding parking, is a royal pain in the arse during rally week, but it is something that needs to be done at least once. Since it is only a 3 mile ride into town from the Chip, I decided to dress up for the occasion. Out came the kilt and New Rocks.

Just as I was about to head, Randy called. Him and a few guys, Mark and Troy,  where up for a ride into town, so I had company for the day.

Mark, me and Randy                From South Dakota, August 2013

Downtown Sturgis is just crazy during rally week. There are bikes everywhere. The photos below might just convey a fraction of what it is like.

From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013

Aside from the bikes, the other recurring feature of the rally is scantily clad young ladies. These girls tend all the bars, wander the streets promoting different venues and products, and some just seem hang around waiting for guys to ask to have their photo taken with them and then charge $5 for the modelling work.

From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013

Sturgis sells itself on bikes, partying and sexy girls. Many of the venues here compete with each other in their advertising over who was the most and sexiest girls. For a lot of these girls, I’m sure this is just a job and they do it for the pay, and I guess, the huge tips they’ll get here. I feel a little sorry for young, single guys coming out here for the first time, if they think this place is full of available, sexy girls, because I’m not so sure it is. Apart from the girls working here, nearly every other woman here is going to be with someone. However, I haven’t done any research into this. I’m just very eager for Doreen to get out here next Sunday. But Little Joe, one of the guys that travelled down with Randy doesn’t seem to be having much success in that department. Perhaps that’s why someone brought they own entertainment with them.

From South Dakota, August 2013

Having walked down Main Street, we found our way to the balcony of the Easy Rider Saloon, had a beer and just watched the bikes riding by below.

From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013

Having absorbed enough of the atmosphere in downtown Sturgis for one day, we made our painfully slow way back to the Chip, stopping for a thirst quencher at the Full Throttle Saloon as we passed.

From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013

Some things at the Full Throttle don’t change. Smoking is still mandatory and they’ll turn you into a walking advertisement for them for free.

From South Dakota, August 2013
From South Dakota, August 2013

My plan for the evenings entertainment had been to see Black Label Society at the Full Throttle Saloon, but the prospect of the wobbly walk back to the Chip along the highway had me choosing the much easier option of staying at the Chip and watching the Cult. After all, I had already paid to see the Cult, and everything at Buffalo Chip is so easy compared with the alternative of taking non-bike transport to another venue.

From South Dakota, August 2013

 

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