1990 – I spent all my time thinking about Sturgis and preparing for this trip. It was like every time I said the word Sturgis, a bright light shown down on me. It was heavenly. My pre-packing continued. I had leather pants, bandanas, blue jeans, black jeans, t-shirts, full-sized gloves, fingerless gloves, and shoes all beginning to line up against a wall in our bedroom. Periodically I’d check all my items to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. Army green shoes to match my brown and green t-shirts, check. Brown shoes for backup, check. Black shoes to coordinate with my black t-shirts, check. Black boots, check. Tennis shoes, check. Sandals, check. Oh my!
Days before departure, a thousand times, I packed and repacked my luggage, a military style duffle bag. When it was time to pack for real, I was ready. First I lined my duffle bag with a garbage bag so if it rained my stuff wouldn’t get wet. Then, I packed my clothes, shoes and toiletries. The duffle bag filled up fast and it was pretty heavy. My guess is it weighed at least 50 lbs. Luckily, I had soft side saddle bags for overflow where I put all of my necessary Academy purchased items. I rolled the tent up in my sleeping bag and attached it to the handlebars under my headlight. I was ready.
Tip Number 5: I do not recommend packing anything on your forks or handlebars. I don’t know what I was thinking. Luckily, I did not encounter any problems.