Monday, July 22, 2013

NatSTOC June 12-14

Every June we head up north to Spearfish, SD (20 minutes from Sturgis) for the annual NatSTOC gathering, organized by the Honda ST motorcycle forum. Last year we hit this "rally" on the way home from California, we're always looking forward to going back. We were blessed with cooler weather this year, the last two have been scorchers! John joined us this year too, he's a great friend and a hoot of a traveling companion.

John and Karla both got Friday off, so we really got to enjoy a leisurely 400mile ride up to the Spearfish City Campground.

 As you can probably tell from the map, there ain't POOP between here and there. Only one picture from the ride, at our first gas stop in Cheyenne (John's bike has a short range).

Love the Spearfish City Campground. Well cared for, quiet, nice folks. Plenty of grass, shade and a great little creek with wooden bridges. We setup in almost the same spot as last time, right along the creek away from the hangout area.

"Our" picnic table with the creek behind it.

 A great evening hanging out with 60-75 new and old rider friends, off to bed. Up early ish for some camp breakfast!

Bikes are ready for our day ride!

I think John found a dirty spot, gasp!

The day ride saw quite a few navigational errors on my part (oops), but we had a great time anyway!!

Hmmm, who put that dirt road there? That won't do!

Great spot for a picture atleast

Beautiful roads out here. Blessed that we can ride 400 miles and be in such a different place!

I'm out of practice with the camera... LOL

Lunch in Hill City

Fried pickles!!

A nice beer selection. Mine:



If you ride with me, I guarantee we will hit 1 lane road construction... Cross that off the list for this weekend! You can see how Karla feels about this...

Next up, Needles Highway!

Lots of weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Lots of these too!

The videos are available in 1080p, so bump up the quality and go full screen if you'd like!

Oh yes, that was a lot of buffalo!!

Onwards!! We have more to see!

Pulled over for a quick picture...

But it wasn't this picture I was after...

It was this one.... Yay 50,000 miles! Not bad, bought the bike in February 2011 with 5,900 miles. Still enjoying it!

Our favorite picture spot is just around the corner....

Cause here you can do stuff like this!! LOL!!

Yes... I know... Easily amused...

Well, time to boogy back to the campground! Would rather be home BEFORE dark! (My navigational errors but us rather behind schedule, ugh)

We were on our way back, almost to Spearfish, but there was one more hiccup to encounter before we got home... This thing was headed right towards us!! A rather spectacular amount of lightening and wind...

Time to find some shelter, grab the photo quick!

We found a good spot under cover for the bikes and dived in here for dinner (this taken after the storm!):

Neat place! Absolutely massive, clearly gearing up for the Sturgis rally in three weeks.

Man did that storm rage while we were having dinner! So glad we stopped. Later the guys told us they barely got a sprinkle back at the campground. Oh well! No way we were going to get in front of that storm, we would've had to run right through it. No thanks! Look what greeted us as we stepped out:

Also a beautiful sunset on the ride home, unfortunately I hadn't put the camera back around my neck as we just had a few exits to go down the interstate. Drat.

Up earlyish again Sunday morning, time for breakfast, pack up and ride home! The day dawned cool and cloudy, what a great surprise!

Had some visitors:

Packed up and ready to go!

Karla even found a spot for 2 camping chairs a couple was leaving behind. Cooler stuffed with "leftovers" people didn't have room for. Score!

John finishing up

Lunch spot in Lusk, WY.

Dang it was good, cheap, fast and friendly! This will be our new scheduled lunch stop for this annual gathering.

Very happy to see one of these signs hanging inside, we saw quite a few of them on the ride and they had me laughing!!

Great trip. It's on the calendar for next year!

Slideshow from the regular camera, 61 pictures

Slideshow from the camera around my neck, 92 pictures

1 comment:

  1. nice pics, I especially liked the one of Karla signaling her joy for the construction roadblock. hahahaha