This is a portion of what Main St. looks like in Sturgis during bike week. There are three blocks of bikes parked side by side in four rows; a row on either street side and two rows nose-to-nose down the center of the street. Sturgis normally has a population of 6,000. As many as 400,000 bikers visit the area during bike week, like a huge swarm of bees. This year the numbers are way down, as expected, due to the recession. Who's going to pay $7 for a beer?! Hotel room prices are also cheerfully jacked up. Not that there aren't plenty of campgrounds.
Speaking of...while we were in Sturgis looking around Wed., the traffic started to really pour in, heading E of Sturgis toward the granddaddy of all camp sites, the Buffalo Chip Campground, where the headliner concerts are held during the event. We were happy to be leaving in the opposite direction! Aerosmith was on that night. Those not camping paid $120 to see 50 min. of concert before Steven Tyler, the lead singer, fell off the stage, sustaining a broken shoulder and a cut on his head. End of concert. I borrowed this photo of Tyler from the New Zealand Herald's website; yes, the story is in their paper! Not that it wasn't in our local paper, but it's not every day...or century...that something that happens in South Dakota hits headlines all over the world.
Friday, while the huz was at work, near Sturgis, a storm warning was broadcast, including the posibility of hail. He thought, hmm, I better get my nice little sports car inside. Moments later, the storm blew in on satan's heels, dropping these 2" hail stones. People were injured, windows were smashed, bikes and vehicles were smashed. Are we having fun yet?! What a way to end the rally.
The storm didn't reach our house. I was all ready for the fallout and.... nothing. Whew.