I took my time and enjoyed this trip my first stop was Sturgis SD and then to Mt Rushmoore I really enjoyed hitting these places off season as I don't do crowds well and I was able to do the things I wanted and get out lol ..
I would stop at each border crossing this whole trip and take pic of my stead and sign ..started doing this after watching a you tube blog of by way of motorcycle ..
Before I left I had loaded all my gear for the trip to test the balance and see what my real mileage would be .So I went to Denver and back during rush hour figured my trip north would be my worst 47.5 mpg and down was my best of about 55.5 mpg so planned for the worse ..
Well I didn't plan for head winds ... My first day on the trip I was at the Wyoming/SD border 150 miles into the trip and I hit reserve ! at 180 I was flat out of fuel and me thinking of saving weight didn't top off my roto pax ! i was 6.5 miles from nearest gas station ..
But not to worry as i sat on side of the road looking at my gps thinking of my next move , i wasn't on side of road 5 minutes before this nice old lady in a caddy pulled over asked if she could help .... I told her i ran out of fuel 6.5 miles from nearest station and she says that's right and im headed to post office next door to it and offered to give me a ride. so i pulled my roto pax and went to top it off ..
So here i am in the middle of no where with a bum leg and this awesome lady gives me a ride and to find out she was from my home town of Wasilla AK she was a retired school teacher from Wasilla who came down to take care of her family farm ... Small world but i also took it as a good omen rest of the trip ... I wasn't on side of road 25 minutes and back on schedule !!!
First stop of the trip was Sturgis i was able to walk the board walk and see Sturgis HD store and have a wicked rack of ribs and ice cold beer before crashing for the night .
I found it very funny the mecca of Harley and it didn't sell a single bike here ..just t shirts and wallets ..
This place made killer ribs !!!