It has always been a dream of mine to roll my own motorcycle through the dusty chaos that is the Sturgis rally. Unfortunately, I was unable to make the long trip on my motorcycle, so I had to load up my bike in the back of a truck. Along with my good friend of Nicole, we took the 28-hour journey behind the wheel, which with all the stops for gas, and pee breaks turned into a 30-hour adventure.
We left Florida on Thursday the 3rd of august, and arrived in South Dakota late on the 4th. I hurried to get my bike unloaded and started my arrival out right with a night at the Iron Horse Saloon watching on of my favorite bands, In This Moment, play live. Of course after such a long trip, I turned in pretty early after!
The following morning I found myself waking up to the amazing Wild Gypsy Tour campsite, with an old wooden barn as our meeting area, and big white tents as our home for the next three days. The Wild Gypsy Tour was the first ever female camping event in the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip. The girls I met from my trip to Milwaukee were there, along with my favorite Vegas who I met while in Cali for the Born Free show. It was like a giant reunion with all the best party girls!
Best of all, I finally got to meet some of the members that have joined the Iron Lilies over the last year! It was awesome to finally get to know them, and, even better still, to ride beside them. We had Bethany Milligan, Moriah Hummer, Kayla Williams, Brandi Hoel, and Kelly Yazdi, all of them from across the country converging on this one location, for this one historic event.
I spent some of my days riding, which involved rolling to Mount Rushmore, and through the beautiful canyons of South Dakota. Other days I spent exploring downtown Sturgis, checking out Michael Lichter's Motorcycles As Art show, and watching a lot of flat track racing.
On Monday we all got the chance to go to the headquarters of one of our biggest supporters: Legend Suspensions. We met the amazing owners Tyna and Jesse and they instantly made us feel at-home, with a refrigerator full of food, drinks, and, of course, beer! The rad Justin George spent the day interviewing the girls about how the Iron Lilies got started and what we stand for. Once we were finished with that Justin loaded up on the back of Legends ranger. With Al, from Big Al's Cycles behind the wheel, we took off to get some rad riding photos of us tearing through the back roads, alongside the amazing Kalen Thorien, and Kelly "Throttle Girl" Quinn.
It was a real pleasure getting to know Kalen Thorien, pro skier and adventurer who travels the world in her little motor home and Harley-Davidson FXR. We spent Tuesday afternoon watching all the crazy stunt riders from Bassani and Legend Suspensions battle it out at the Bell Helmets stunt show. Our girl Leticia Cline was an honored judge alongside Carey Hart and Aaron Guardado. What I enjoyed most was seeing some lady stunt riders out there battling against the boys.
I have to say the evenings were just as much fun as the days. The entertainment at this rally never stops! Most nights were spent watching the amazing bands play at The Chip, and thank you to Roland Sands for getting us up to the top bar to watch my favorite band: Shinedown and then getting us tickets to watch the Super Hooligan race with Ozzy Osbourne rocking out afterwards. The other nights were spent hanging at the Iron House saloon with all my favorite friends, doing maybe one too many warm tequila shots, and dancing on the dance floor like we were some possessed drunks.
Overall, my Sturgis high is still going strong from the amount of fun and crazy shenanigans. With little sleep, and little to no food, I managed to make my way through my first-ever Sturgis trip, with memories I will cherish forever with my road family. I can’t wait to do it all over again next year, and hope that more of you will join!