74th rally not as soft as expected here
Published: Thursday, August 7th, 2014
In anticipation of next year’s big 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, many observers are expecting this year’s rally to be a little soft compared to what is called a normal year. This is understandable considering most rally goers will be saving up so they will be assured of attending the historic 75th celebration next year.
Judging by what we have seen in the first few days in the Hill City and Custer areas, this 74th rally is anything but soft. Motels and restaurants and main streets appear to be busy and crowded with motorcycles everywhere in the Southern Hills. Hill City has again blocked off its main street to motorcycles only and Custer has the regular center lanes of Mount Rushmore Road designated for motorcycle-only parking for three blocks.
Monday there were solid motorcycles for two blocks and a little more on Mount Rushmore Road. And that was in spite of a light afternoon rain that started about 2 p.m. The bikes were abandoned temporarily by their owners in lieu of dryer confines of the local restaurants, watering holes and retail stores. Rain isn’t all bad, as long as it is devoid of the dreaded hail. Sporadic rain is in the forecast for the next several days. At least we don’t have to worry about wildfires this season.
If there is the normal 450,000 motorcycles here this year, you have to wonder where we will put the expected one million bikes and their riders next year. What will probably happen is we will have a rally that will stretch for three weeks instead of the normal busy one week. Many will come early. Others will be here for the one big week. Some will come later to miss the big crowds in the cities and on the highways.
If you think getting around now is difficult, just wait until next year. This might be a good time to think about renting your home to a group during the rally if you are contempating leaving the area this time next year. Otherwise, consider yourself warned that next year’s 75th will be the biggest rally of them all.
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