Gary Gardner (grgardner) wrote,
Gary Gardner

What NOT To Sing While Riding....

So the bike got towed 120 miles to Pierre, South Dakota (does it still count for my corner to corner ride?  technically the bike and I rode a tow truck for 120 miles!)  The Harley Dealer worked on it all afternoon and of course could replicate the electrical problem ONCE, did some tinkering and it never did it again.  They couldn't figure out what was wrong, and charged me $60 bucks and sent me on my way.  The goal today was Sturgis, SD, where the large biker rally is getting underway.  The town already is crawling with biker dudes galore, and the roads leading to Sturgis were packed with bikers.  Because we were so late leaving Pierre and still needed to do 225 miles, we got on the God Damn Interstate.  225 miles of hot, dusty, windy hell -- with SD's 75mph speed limit!  All that wind noise makes the I-pod a bit difficult to hear unless you have really loud tunes going.  I had a playlist that is hard driving Rock 'n Roll (by my definition anyway), things like Steve Miller Band, Eagles, Styx, and of course things like ABBA, and a few other oddities mixed in.  (Yeah, I'm gay - deal with it!)

So here I am, roaring through the South Dakota Prairie at 75 mph, feet up on the travel pegs, fists in the wind on the ape-hanger handle bars, arms tanned and bulging from holding on, looking like an old grizzled biker -- and the I-pod brings up tunes from Rocky Horror Picture Show.  So I start singing along, not realizing that here is the biker daddy bear headed to Sturgis, singing "I'm just a sweet transvestite...from transexual, Transelvania"...bopping along doing a seat dance.  No wonder the truckers were giving me odd looks....

  • Latest Magazine Column

    For over ten years I've been writing a monthly column in Quick Throttle Magazine -- a regional biker publication. The confluence of the changes…

  • May/June QuickThrottle Column

    With the pandemic shutdown, the loss of revenue, and everyone staying at home, the publisher decided not to put out a May issue and put out a…

  • April QuickThrottle Column

    This whole pandemic thing, in addition to being very trying, has delayed a few things, including the publication of my column. I just got the April…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.