I could not believe all the bikes on the road. It never ended! It was so loud all day, I actually broke down and put both ear pieces in so I could actually hear myself think. The day went by very quickly, all I did was stare at all the bikes going by, and tried to enjoy the beautiful hills all around. Everyone says that I am very lucky to be here this time of year and still have everything be so green. The hills remind a little of home and the high deserts of Arizona; Pine trees and red dirt like Sedona, AZ. At one point I walked down a hill to try and find a place to talk to my Mom in peace, and walked down into a tiny creek bed and nearly stepped on a skunk. I couldn't run because my aching body wouldn't let me so I just stood there and thought "oh great, I'm going to walk into Sturgis reeking of skunk........" But it just looked at me, and turned and hide under some rocks, thank goodness.
I walked into a couple of hitchhikers outside of Spearfish and they were so funny, this is how our conversation went:
h.h.1: "Hey girl! What in the world are you doing!?"
Me: "Hi! I'm Walking across America!"
h.h 1: "What?! Are you walking into Sturgis today?!"
Me: "Yes, that's the plan anyway."
h.h.1: "Girrrrrl, you' crazy!" (Lots of laughing between them)
Me: "Yeah, kinda have to be to do something like this, but what about you? You spend all your time taking rides from perfect strangers!?"
h.h.2: (Laughing) "She's got a good point." (Pulled out a $5) "Here, have a beer in Sturgis on me."
Me: "Awesome! Thank you!"
And that was it! So funny, that is thing I love about this walk, I talk to EVERYONE, people I would have never taken the time to back home, and I have learned so much, everyone has a story but most of us don't take the time to listen, so we jump to conclusions about someone we have never even meet, and create all these crazy ideas based on what we see on TV. "That person has dirty clothes and dreads, they must be homeless and on drugs." So sad, because of "those people" that I have met, most are totally normal people who might smoke a little pot or something, but for the most part, they are just people who want the ultimate freedom, and don't care about what society says is the correct way to live THEIR life. They are just doing what they love and what makes them happy, like me, we all just have very different ideas about how to Live Our Lifes.
I continued on my way to Sturgis, and they continued to try and get a ride to Oregon. Next I met some bikers on the side of the road, and they laughed pretty hard when they saw my cart. They each gave me a couple of bucks and wished me luck.
I finally got into Sturgis around 3. WOW When I first got into town, I almost burst out laughing. It was so ridiculous! So many bikes! It almost didn't seem real. People all thought I was selling something, and then I would tell them that I walked 1,450 miles to get to Sturgis and they would just flip out. Everyone wanted a picture... I need to start charging... I could have made a lot more money for BOC. But it was a lot fun anyway, and I got to talk to some very interesting people to say the least; naked girls dressed only in paint... I also got an on-the-spot interview by Black Hills Fox <---- click! Super cool! That got a lot of people to stop and talk to me too, and quite a few had seen me on the road the last couple pf days and stopped to thank me for what I was doing and no, no one was rude and no one tried anything stupid. Other than that, just walked along the sidewalk and looked at the amazing and crazy bikes! Going to the concert tomorrow night, should be fun!