Alaska Trip Day 39

August 7

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We started the day with breakfast at the hotel, the food is part of the room.  We left for Sturgis rally around 7:30.  It is as 26 mile ride from the hotel.  There were allready many motorcycles on the road.  We drove around to one of the side streets and parked the bike.  We walk about one mile down the road looking at things and then decided to sit down in a shady area and people watch.  The bike just kept on coming into town.  We went through many vendors tent and purchased tee shirts.  We saw the Chopper that OCC built for Snap On Tools, it was a nice bike.  Around 11:00 we decided to drive to Jewel Cave.  We stop for lunch at Taco Bell and then went across the street to a jewelry factory for a tour.  The time were not correct to take the your unless we waited around for a hour.  We drove toward Jewel Caves but still had plenty of time before the tour started so we decided to drive through Custer park.  It was a nice drive around twisting roads and we were able to see a lot of wild life.  The Cave tour started at 4:00 it was a excellent cave.  The lady that gave the tour told us that this is here last tour before she goes back to school.  We all got together and took a group picture for her.  The one tour person will email it to her, I gave him my email address and asked he to send it to me also.  On the way back we got to see the Crazy Horse monument that is under construction, it looks the same to me as I remembered 13 years ago.  At that rate it will be a 100 years to complete. It rained a little back to town so we put on the top of the rain suit.  A trip to Olive Garden for supper and we are back in the room for the night.  We will be leaving tomorrow to go home plan to make about 400 miles tommororw

Dale

See slide show of today pictures

Attend Sturgis Rally

Attend Jewel Cave Tour at 4:00PM

Candy Has her outfit Ready

Sturgis, A Truly One-of-a-Kind Experience

In a land where bison once thundered across the prairie, modern-day cowboys rumble over the land on iron horses. Each August, hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists journey to the Mecca of the motorcycling world: Sturgis, South Dakota.

The legacy of the Sturgis Rally began in 1938 when J.C. "Pappy" Hoel, a local motorcycle shop owner, and some friends came up with the idea of holding a motorcycle race and stunt competition. The first event consisted of 19 racers at the half-mile track and some dangerous events such as board-wall crashes, ramp jumps and head-on collisions with cars. Local businesses put up the $500 prize money. Every year the event grew as both racers and spectators learned of the event. The races were cancelled for two years during World War II when the war took many young men overseas.

After the war, the Sturgis event started to grow as the motorcycling lifestyle gained popularity. One thousand motorcyclists attended the program in the city park during the 1965 rally. By the time the 1980's rolled around, the attendance numbers climbed into the tens of thousands. For the 50th Anniversary in 1990, approximately 400,000 bikers came to celebrate. In 1999, the event drew 275,000 − 290,000 people from around the world. The biggest rally of all happened in 2000, the 60th Anniversary. Estimated attendance was 550,000 − 633,000.

People who have never attended a motorcycle rally wonder what the event is all about. The Sturgis event is a celebration of motorcycling. Big deal, right? People get together because they like bikes; how is that interesting? Being a motorcycle enthusiast is only part of the equation. Motorcycling is more than a sport and more than a hobby. It's a lifestyle − a state of mind.

For the millions of people around the world who ride, motorcycles represent more than just a means of getting from Point A to Point B. Motorcycles are icons of freedom and individuality. When people gather at a rally, sure they talk shop. But they also break away from the treadmill of everyday life, creating their own Nirvana.

So who are these people that flock to Sturgis? Motorcyclists come from all walks of life; there are probably some in your neighborhood. Teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers and social workers, along with countless other professions, are represented at the Rally. Motorcycling is universal − it transcends countries, genders and economic lines.

Sturgis is a special place for motorcyclists. Steeped in history and situated in the scenic Black Hills, it offers more than just a good time. It is a place where motorcyclists can enjoy camaraderie with their friends and freedom on the open road. Riding out to the Badlands, over to Devil's Tower or cruising past Sylvan Lake offers serious scenery and solitude.

Of course, a visit to Sturgis would not be complete without a trip down the historic Main Street. Five blocks are open to motorcycle traffic only, creating a sea of bikes and people. Astride their iron horses, people ride up and down the street, seeing the sights and being seen. There are colorful people and bikes − even one that looks like a buffalo.

Vendors selling a vast array of goods line the streets throughout the downtown area. Leather goods, T-shirts and tattoos line up with Internet services, jewelry, bike parts and food. Oh yes, food! For those of you with milder tastes, there are regular burgers and fries, but for the more adventurous, ostrich, alligator and jambalaya tempt the imagination, if not the taste buds. But one bite will quash your apprehensions − this stuff is good!

Racing, the sport that started it all still remains an integral part of the event. Initially, the event began with a half-mile race. There are half-mile races yet today, in both Sturgis and Rapid City. The racing side of the event has expanded to include ADBA drag racing at Sturgis Dragway as well as professional and amateur hillclimbs at Bessie's Knob Hill.

Touring was not an original event at the rally, but joined the event line-up within a few years. The first tours departed from Main Street and included everyone that attended the event! These days, tours are still a great way to experience the sites in the Black Hills. The Dark of the Moon tour takes people to Mount Rushmore for the evening lighting ceremony. The annual Governor's Tour brings many dignitaries to Sturgis for a ride to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse.

Your first trip to Sturgis will make your head swim, eyes throb and ears roar. You'll love every minute of it. Once you have attended, you will understand what is impossible to put into words. Join the pilgrimage. Come to Sturgis.

    by Robin EH. Bagley

 

Tuesday, August 7 – Military Appreciation Day by Proclamation of Mayor of Sturgis

6-11am

Marine Corps Jr. ROTC Pancake Breakfast

Sturgis Brown High School, Hwy 34

6:30-11am

Presbyterian Church Breakfast

1319 Junction Ave

6:30am-12pm

Grace Lutheran Church Breakfast

1061 Sherman St

7-9am

Sons of Light Ministry Free Pancake Breakfast

Buffalo Chip

7-11am

Biker Breakfast

Keystone Community Center, Keystone

7-11am

First Baptist Church Free Pancake Breakfast

1942 Davenport

7-11am

Senior Citizens Center Breakfast

Lazelle & 2nd

7-11am

UCC Congregational Biker Breakfast

920 Main St, Spearfish

8-10am

AA Breakfast

Sturgis AA, 1222 Junction Ave

8am – 11am – 2pm – 5pm – 8pm

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Sturgis AA, 1222 Junction Ave

8am-3pm

Dakota Thunder Ride

Ellsworth AFB

8am-8pm

Ford Experience Tour

Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Rapid City

8am-8pm

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame

Main & Junction

8:30am

Annual Sturgis Vintage & Classic Motorcycle Auction – Registration

Hog Heaven Campground

8:30am-4:30pm

Lehman Trikes Factory Tours

(every half hour)

I-90, Exit 14

Spearfish

9am

Jackpine Gypsies Gypsy Tour

VFW, 868 East Main

9am-3pm

Kid’s Zone, Christian Family Assembly of God

Woodle City Park

9am-3pm

Lehman Trikes Demo Rides

(every hour)

I-90, Exit 14

Spearfish

9am-4pm

Free Bike Wash (no money or donations accepted)

Weslyan Church, 1638 Junction Ave

9am-4pm

H-D® and Buell® Demo Rides

Civic Center, Rapid City

9am-5pm

Boss Hoss Demo Rides

Thunder Road, Hwy 34

9am-5pm

Harley-Davidson® Traveling Museum

Civic Center, Rapid City

9am-5pm

Kawasaki Demo Rides

Hersruds, I-90, Exit 30

9am-5pm

Las Vegas Trikes Demo Rider

Thunder Road, Hwy 34

9am-5pm

Moto Guzzi Demo Rides

Hersruds, I-90, Exit 30

9am-5pm

Victory Demo Rides

Hersruds, I-90, Exit 30

9am-5pm

Yamaha Demo Rides

Hersruds, I-90, Exit 30

9am-6pm

Motorcycle Expo Exhibit

Lazelle & 4th

9am-7pm

5th Annual Metzler Sturgis V-Twin Custom Bike Contest

Thunder Road, Hwy 34

9am-7pm

Champions Park Vendor Displays

Lazelle & 2nd

9am-7pm

Michael Lichter’s “One World” Exhibit

Thunder Road, Hwy 34

9am-7pm

Seminole Hard Rock Roadhouse

Thunder Road, Hwy 34

9am-7pm

Strokers Sturgis

Thunder Road, Hwy 34

9am-7pm

Thunderdome

Thunder Road, Hwy 34

9am-7pm

Yellowtail Wine Sampling

Thunder Road, Hwy 34

9am-9pm

Rally Headquarters Exhibit

Main St

9am-10pm

Sturgis Liquor Lot Exhibit

Lazelle & 1st

9:30am

Annual Sturgis Vintage & Classic Motorcycle Auction

Hog Heaven Campground

10am-12pm

Jimmy Bedford, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller

Sturgis Liquor, Lazelle & 1st

10am-4pm

Dakota Classic Car and Custom Motorcycle Auction

Top 50 Rally Park, I-90, Exit 46, Piedmont

10am-4pm

Harley-Davidson Free Bike Wash

Civic Center, Rapid City

10am-4pm

Honda Demo Rides

Outdoor MotorSports, I-90, Exit 14, Spearfish

10am-4pm

Lehman Trikes Honda Conversion Demo Rides

Outdoor MotorSports, I-90, Exit 14, Spearfish

10am-4pm

Stallion by Thoroughbred Demo Rides

Outdoor MotorSports, I-90, Exit 14, Spearfish

10am-4pm

URAL Demo Rides

Outdoor MotorSports, I-90, Exit 14, Spearfish

10am-5pm

Britt Metric Conversions/Motorcycles Demo Rides

Outdoor MotorSports, I-90, Exit 14, Spearfish

10am-5pm

Harley-Davidson New Product Show

Civic Center, Rapid City

10am-5pm

Harley-Davidson Festival

Civic Center, Rapid City

10am-5pm

H.O.G.® Hospitality

Civic Center, Rapid City

10am-5pm

Willie G. Commemorative Merchandise

Civic Center, Rapid City

10am-7pm

Jack Daniel’s Experience

Lazelle & 2nd

10am-7pm

Laura Ellifson-World’s Fastest Bagger Record Holder at Klock Werks Booth

Top 50 Rally Park, I-90, Exit 46, Piedmont

10am-7pm

Official World Championship/Champions Hall

Lazelle & 2nd

10am-7pm

Sturgis County Line Vendor Lot

Sturgis County Line

10am-7pm

Top 50 Rally Park Exhibit

I-90, Exit 46, Piedmont

10am-10pm

Black List Tour

Full Throttle

10am-10pm

West Coast Choppers

Full Throttle

11am

2nd Annual Women’s Show-N-Shine (registration)

Stamp Mill, Lead

11am-8pm

Million Dollar Ride

Sturgis County Line

11:30am

Black Hills HRCA BBQ & Ride

Rice Honda, Rapid City

11:30am

Solidarity Ride Against Diabetes

Junction & Glover

12pm

Official Sturgis Main Street Photo

Main & Junction

12-2:30pm

Toyz

Broken Spoke Saloon

12-4pm

Miss Sturgis, Nicole Golinvaux

Thunder Road, Hwy 34

12-5pm

AHDRA Official PitStop, free H.O.G. pin

Sturgis Dragway, Glencoe Campground

12-5pm

Tattoo Contest

Stamp Mill, Lead

12-10pm

Tank Riders and Machine Gun Shooting

Buffalo Chip

1pm

AHDRA Race (Qualifying for all classes)

Sturgis Dragway, Glencoe Campground

1pm

PBR Bull Riders at Jack Daniel’s Experience

Lazelle & 2nd

1pm

Tre Tosh Band

The Knuckle Saloon

1-2pm

LAR Liquid Lunch

Loud American Roadhouse

1-3pm

ABATE Rodeo

Buffalo Chip

1-3pm

2nd Annual Women’s Show-N-Shine (Judging)

Stamp Mill, Lead

1-5pm

Knife Creek – Waylon Jennings Tribute Band/ Comedian Big Dave Murra

Red Garter Saloon, Keystone

1/3/5pm

Red Bull TNT Freestyle Motocross

Top 50 Rally Park, I-90, Exit 46, Piedmont

1:30/3:30/5:30pm

Jason Britton and the No Limit Extreme Stunt Riders

Top 50 Rally Park, I-90, Exit 46, Piedmont

2pm

B-1 Fly Over – In Salute to our Troops and Veterans

Main Street

2pm

PBR Bull Riders at Jack Daniel’s Experience

Lazelle & 2nd

2/4/5pm

Icon Motor Sports “From the Streets-For the Streets” Fashion Show

Top 50 Rally Park, I-90, Exit 46, Piedmont

2-6pm

Black Frog

Sturgis County Line

3pm

PBR Bull Riders at Jack Daniel’s Experience

Lazelle & 2nd

3-4:30pm

Jimmy Bedford, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller

Loud American Roadhouse, Sturgis

3-5:30pm

 Blackberry Smoke

Broken Spoke Saloon

4pm

Daily Rally Press Conference

Motorcycle Expo, Lazelle & 4th

4pm

Official World Championship Awards Ceremony

Lazelle & 2nd

4pm

PBR Bull Riders at Jack Daniel’s Experience

Lazelle & 2nd

4-6pm

2nd Annual Lingerie & Leather Charity Auction

Stamp Mill, Lead

4-6pm

Jack Daniels Party

Deadwood Gulch Resort

5pm

Extreme Sport Fighting

The Knuckle Saloon

5pm

Official Sturgis Main Street Photo

Main & 4th

5-6pm

LAR Power Hour

Loud American Roadhouse

5:30pm

Miss Buffalo Chip Beauty Pageant

Buffalo Chip

6-8pm

Jimmy Bedford, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller

Sturgis Liquor Store, Lazelle & 1st

6-8:30pm

Baker Drivetrain Burn-outs in the Sky

Buffalo Chip

6-8:30pm

Jasmine Cain

Broken Spoke Saloon

7pm

Hells Bells, AC/DC Tribute Band

Loud American Roadhouse

7pm

Jackpine Gypsies Short Track Race/1st Annual Gypsy Outlaw Pearl Hoel Memorial Race

Jackpine Gypsies Club Grounds

7:30pm

Smashmouth (gates open at 4pm)

Rock’n the Rally, Thunder Road

8pm

Captain Ron/Charlie Davidson Biker Comedian (inside)

The Knuckle Saloon

8pm

Celebrity Builders Bars

Sturgis County Line

8pm

Molly Hatchet

Full Throttle

8-10pm

Grand Funk Railroad

Buffalo Chip

8-11pm

Slow Ride

Sturgis County Line

8:15pm

Miss Buffalo Chip Beauty Pageant

Buffalo Chip

8:30pm-1:45am

Kids & Chrome NYC Chopper Raffle

Buffalo Chip

9pm

Rachel Stacy Band

The Knuckle Saloon

9pm-12am

The Choppers Band

Bulldog Campground, I-90, Exit 37

9pm-1:30am

Illumination Fire Troupe

Buffalo Chip

9pm-2am

21-20 Band, Street Dance

Circle Lounge, Belle Fourche

9:30pm

Black Frog Band

Red Garter Saloon, Keystone

9:30pm-12am

Kashmire

Broken Spoke Saloon

10pm

Robbie Knievel Jump

Buffalo Chip

10:15pm

Judd Hoos Live in Concert

Loud American Roadhouse

10:15pm

Miss Buffalo Chip Beauty Pageant

Buffalo Chip

10:30pm-12am

Foreigner

Buffalo Chip

11pm-2am

Vert One-Rocky Vertone

Sturgis County Line

12am

Miss Buffalo Chip Beauty Pageant

Buffalo Chip

1:45am

Captain Jack’s Burnout Bridge Party

Buffalo Chip

Jewel Cave Tour

Starts at 4:00PM August 7

Scenic Tour

Looking up in the Target Room, the first room on the Scenic Tour in Jewel Cave.

Start your tour in the Target Room.

Popcorn is found along the route.A close-up view of popcorn and flowstone along the tour route.

Popcorn and flowstone along tour route.

Ranger and tour group in the formation room,  one of the highlights of the tour.Crystals, stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstone decorate the Formation Room.

Crystals and stalactites in the Formation Room.

Speleothems or cave deposits are found in the Tape Room.A corner filled with flowstone, draperies and other speleothems along the Scenic Tour.

Nice speleothems along the Scenic Tour.

Calcite crystals decorate most of the passages in Jewel Cave.

Calcite crystals line most of the passages in Jewel Cave.

A steep set of stairs found on the tour.

Imagine this passage without any stairs.