Monday, August 2, 2010


Since getting the third degree from my mom, my grandma, and my mom's cousin yesterday (they are so good at asking questions, they should replace Larry King!), I figured I would try to list some of the FAQs for other inquiring minds.

1. When are you leaving and when are you coming home?
We're leaving at the crack of dawn on Saturday, August 7th. Our plan is to travel two days and arrive in Sturgis on Sunday night. We will then make the same trip back the following Saturday, August 14th, and arrive in Raleigh late on Sunday.

2. Who is going?
In the truck will be me (obviously) and four guys from Just Another Biker Group (JABG), Jim (my awesome boyfriend), Dave (fellow UNC grad who will have us in stitches the entire time), Steve S. (fellow Virgo so you know this trip will be organized), and Mike (we'll turn this New Englander Southern if it kills us!). We'll meet up with Steve G. (bad-ass leader of JABG) and Patty (his wife, JABG member, and an all-around awesome biker chick) who have been on a six-week ride (yes, on their bikes!) across the country.

Jim and ShannonJim and Shan

Dave and CathyDave and Cathy

Steve S.
Steve S


Steve G.
Steve G


3. How are you getting there?
Luckily for my behind, we aren't riding the bikes there. We'll be in Mike's truck with the bikes trailered behind. Below is a pic from last night's trial run (I just love it when guys plan ahead!), minus Mike's bike. It's a good thing that they decided to think ahead because as it turns out we needed to go to our Plan B of taking Mike's truck and the bigger trailer.
trailer bikes

4. How long does it take to get there?
A looooooong time! This is what Google says.

5. Where are you staying when you get there?
We're staying at the Shade Valley Campground. Yes, that's right, camping. Believe it or not, I've never been camping before. Tried once in college, but the car broke down on the way to the mountains and we stayed at a Bed & Breakfast instead, so I have a skewed view of "camping". Which means that my first camping experience will be for a week in Sturgis! Luckily, the campground has showers, potties, laundry, and a convenience store on site. I'm relying on Jim to make sure we have the appropriate camping gear. So far, we have an air mattress, large tent, and portable fan. Wish me luck!

6. What are you going to do when you get there?
Hmmmm, the way I answer this question depends on who's doing the asking. ;) As you may have seen from the Sturgis website there are LOTS of things to see and do during the rally including concerts, vendors, restaurants, bars, burn-out shows and all around partying. Mostly we plan on riding. We'll ride through the Black Hills, visit Mt. Rushmore, Badlands, Custer, the Crazy Horse memorial, and Spearfish Canyon, among others.

If anyone has any other burning questions, let me know!!


  1. After watching the travel channel's review of past Sutrgis rallys-You definitely have a lot to look forward to and experience. At least I can honestly say that I feel Jim will protect you and take care of you-and that's a lot for a mom to say when her "baby" is heading off to the "wild west". Hope you'll be able to continue this blog after you've slept in a tent under the stars.

  2. it's courtney...not anonymous. camping is AWESOME - have a blast!


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