Bikers Battle Rain On Their Way To Sturgis
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
August 02, 2013 4:35 PM
“Getting on your bike and riding across country is like your therapy,” said John Morin.
My husband has been coming to Sturgis since ’73,” said Ann Shriver.
“I've been to Sturgis five times and rode each time: 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012, and then this year,” added Morin.
The journey for most takes days. Like, John Morin, who's travelling from Michigan.
“It’s about 1,400 miles for us to ride out there,” said Morin.
But, big fat rain drops slow most biker's treks.
“You can't complain for a little bit of rain. It comes with the territory, riding a motorcycle,” said Morin.
“It's worth it to get out there. It's always raining sideways or the wind is blowing and it’s the hardcore that can get there,” said Shriver.
A respite for ralliers on the South Dakota Minnesota line.
“We pulled up and I said, ‘Oh, look there are vendors. I can go shopping,’ and there is nothing for sale. They're giving everything away,” said Shriver.
“You get into South Dakota and they welcome you like it’s a big party. They're passing out shirts and they're giving out free cozies for your drinks,” said Morin.
“We couldn't go a year with missing South Dakota. We love South Dakota,” said Shriver.
A soggy welcome to the Mount Rushmore State.
“We just looked at the radar and it looked like a couple hundred miles of rain,” said Morin.
But, a little rain won't stop the thousands of people making their way to Sturgis.
“Our one big vacation and all of our money goes to South Dakota,” said Shriver.