Sturgis, Week of, before, or after?
A few friends and myself are headed west to ride the black hills and do Yellowstone, etc. We want to do at least 1 day of Sturgis while the rally is on just to get the "been there done that T-Shirt", but we have zero intention of spending the week.
The plan is to arrive in Sturgis, spend about a half day, and then move on and continue west, passing through Sturgis again on the way back east.
However, we want to minimize being screwed up in a conga line of MC's everywhere. We are all endurance riders and don't do well in the "poking along" routine.
We have three options we are considering.
1/ Leave home the week *before* the rally, skip right on through Sturgis on the Sunday (a week before it begins) and then drop back in for (while the rally is actually on) the following Friday on our way back east and eventually home. This puts us visiting the rally on Friday, the opening day.
2/ Leave home the Saturday the rally officially opens, ride >1300m on day 1 (we are planning 2 bun-burner gold iron butts each way, we all love endurance riding) which puts us in Sturgis just after lunch on the Sunday of the official opening weekend of the rally. Then we leave Sturgis on the Monday to do our black hills / Yellowstone touring. We pass through Sturgis again on the Friday of the rally.
3/ Leave home on the Friday (leading into the final weekend of the rally) which again, with our planned iron butts, will have us in Sturgis after lunch on the Saturday, the second last day of the rally. Leave Sturgis Sunday for our black hills / Yellowstone touring. We will pass through Sturgis again on our way back but it'll be a week after the rally is done.
So basically, the week before, during, or after.
Our goals are to actually be in Sturgis during a reasonably "normal" day (hence why we don't want to arrive on the very last day (Sunday) as I figure things will be fizzling out by that point. The final Saturday I figure will still be more lively.
on the flipside, we want to minimize being stuff in mile long lines of bikes in the black hills, which is why we are contemplating the 1 week before or 1 week after routine.
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