Sturgis – Day 2

August 7, 2017

Up I get and its a bit foggy but by the time I have a shower and breakfast most of it has lifted. I take a photo of the bikes belonging to a group of couples that arrived last night before I hit the road to Mt Rushmore.

The black hills are great to ride thru;

Along the way there are vendors who have set up in service station car parks selling rally merchandise and everything else you an think of;

I keep stopping to take photos;

I get to another market and decide to stop and have a look around;

Hard to believe that less than a couple of hours later when I went past it on the return leg that it was so full it was hard to get a spot to park!

I check out the knife stall and speak to the vendor (Sean). I had previously flagged a Jim Bowie knife as something I would love to get as a souvenir of my trip. I had researched Jim Bowie’s knife and how his brother had made it for him. I knew that an original style Bowie knife was big but very plain. I searched thru the knives on offer and picked out this one;

The knife/pouch was made by a guy in Texas. The handle is made out of camel bone whereas the original would have been buffalo. Sean was impressed that I knew my history and that I picked that one given there were far more fancier ones for sale but not authentic in their style. Sean dropped the price and I got it for $40 – after seeing a few around the place for way higher I was happy.

I went to a another vendor that had various leather made gear. I selected this one to purchase;

I was able to get this for $50. I had seen very similar ones at Sturgis ranging from $39 to $250. Generally the more expensive ones have far more work put in to them such as tassels, gun pockets, etc. I wanted a plain one as my view is that less is more. I was very happy with the quality of the leather and workmanship.

The reason I wanted a vest is so that I could patch it up and have it as a cool souvenir of the trip. I will go back to Sturgis as they had thousands of patches you can choose from.

Back on Fred and continue on to Rushmore. The small towns I go thru are all jam packed with Harleys;

After riding around Rushmore I make the decision not to go and see the Crazy Horse sculpture (being chiseled as we speak). Rain clouds were hovering around and I thought it wouldn’t hurt to leave something for next time when I do the ride. I make my way back to Lead and stop at the supermarket before heading back to camp. The ride was about a 160klm round trip and I took a 30min power nap to recover. I then went into Deadwood for a closer look around town. What I found was the Town was absolutely pumping;

The history is very interesting and there as some significant markers;

I go into the saloon to where the actual site is that Wild Bill was killed. Its not the original saloon as the old one was destroyed in a fire. The landscape has also changed when the new saloon was built but what the owners have done is to add a basement level that is a replica of the actual bar room. The room is not full of Chinese reproductions but original antiques that have been sourced from all over the States. There is a tour of the bar room ($10) that I hope to do whilst I am here. There are some very cool antiques on the wall in the saloon;

I go back out into the street and just take in all of the bikes and people;

I finally find a motorcycle that has an engine nearly as big as Mick C’s;

I go into one shop and meet these girls and get a photo for a laugh;

I tell them about my travels and that I want my troops back at work to share the fun with me. Hearing that they suggested another photo but with a bit more cheek(?) in it; LOL

I take more photos of bikes around the place;

I get back on Fred and we head up to the cemetery that is located on top of the hill that overlooks the whole town. I pay the $2 fee and get given a guide. The graves of Wild Bill and Calamaty Jane are right beside each other and easy to find. I take a couple of photos;

Great resting place for them with magnificent views of the city;

I finish up and start to head back home when I find this;

I continue on and get back home in time to cook dinner. I really rate Deadwood – full of history and so interesting.


  1. Comment by BF

    BF Reply August 8, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Looks like adding Sturgis to the itinerary was a good move!

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply August 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Old school riders go to Deadwood as the bars are great – very cool and interesting old town. Sturgis is just crazy and the noise is like rolling thunder non stop.

  2. Comment by Phil

    Phil Reply August 8, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Mate I’m sure you got chaps as well. Photos are terrific and very jealous. Some of the Harley’s are magnificent.

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply August 8, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Well I checked the chaps out and if I had a cruiser I would definitely have a pair.

  3. Comment by Sonia Tiner

    Sonia Tiner Reply August 8, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I love your photos! You are awesome Noel….living the dream.❤️

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply August 8, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      You are the real deal – you actually ride your Harley and don’t just put it in the trailer.

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