The trip to Sturgis is god-awful boring until you reach the Badlands area in western South Dakota. I highly recommend getting off the interstate and taking the Badlands loop through the national park. Beautiful scenery, even in fog and mist.
Sometimes you have to wait for local traffic, though.
I got into Sturgis around noon and headed for the Full Throttle Saloon. I set up the afternoon broadcast (3-5 with the Road Show on 105-7 WAPL. The crazy is full-on at FTS. Girls doing trapeze while hanging from a motorcycle on a suspended wire. Zip lining across the place. Flame breathing dudes with more tattoos than they have skin.
My location is in Club Puh-Pow, which is Jesse James DuPree's (Jackyl) bar at the Full Throttle. I was treated especially well by Jesse's pals Patty and Casey.
Patty (in foreground) was on the air with me for awhile. I think she looks like Sandra Bullock with assets that defy Gravity.
I ran into Stu from Spaude from Appleton and Al Hauberg from Neenah. I'm told Al had an unfortunate man-part injury involving a pole of some kind (use your imagination). Nice fellas having a ball amidst the rain showers which have plagued the 74th Annual Bike Rally. But the weather improved late Wednesday so I headed into downtown Sturgis where I ran into the boys from Unity the Band. They're gigging this week in Deadwood and I'll see them play Thursday. How do you know you're in the only reggae band at the bike rally? You're the only men wearing shorts in Sturgis.
That's Matt Gieseke and Tim Perkins chilling at Side Hack's.
My plan is to do the show live from Deadwood Thursday. Adventures will abound.