Sturgis (Friday Fictioneers)

Sturgis (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT© Jan Wayne Fields

We arrived a day early, only to find our campsite was not available.

“There are a couple of spots near the highway,” the owner told us.

That or nothing, and nothing stretched for a hundred miles.

We pitched our tents near an old billboard. Hundreds of other tents, packed like sardines in a can, littered the grassy pasture we called home. We were all here for the same thing.

As my mind quieted, I noticed the incessant roar of Harley’s racing down the road. No sleep for me tonight, but that didn’t matter.

This was Sturgis.


This story was inspired by Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneer’s a weekly challenge to write a complete story in 100 words or less based on a photo prompt. Thanks to Jan Wayne Fields for providing the photo, Lights of Sturgis.  The photo reminded me of my own Sturgis experience. I was there for the 75th anniversary in 2015 when over 750,000 bikers and friends descended on the small South Dakota town and the surrounding Black Hills. Below is a photo of my home that week (it was really next to a billboard and the Interstate), an a glimpse of down-town Sturgis during the rally.


My Sturgis Home
photo credit: Susan Spaulding
Sturgis 2015
Photo credit: Susan Spaulding

41 thoughts on “Sturgis (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. Dear Susan,

    My husband Jan goes to Sturgis every years. I’ve never been and have no desire to go, at least not during Bike Week. Thanks for sharing your experience. Well done.



    1. I’ve been once and no desire to go back during the rally. It was great fun, exciting, but nerve-racking due to all the traffic. His campsite looked much nicer than ours. Thanks for reading!

  2. I had no idea that Sturgis was so interesting. The excitement of the narrator comes through, and great info and pictures.

  3. It’s very clear that the annual Sturgis gathering is held in high regard by those who love their bikes and the whole biking experience. You’ve drawn it well in this piece.

    1. Thanks. I’m not a biker. We went with friends who are and it was definitely an experience of a lifetime. Even if I had to sleep in a tent, and that experience is another story.

  4. I actually went to Sturgis the week after the huge gathering. It was so funny to see all the gift shops were half bobbles, half Harley stuff

    1. A lot of regulars go the week before or week after. If riding is your thing then the ride is much better with fewer people on the road. Did you have a great time?

      1. I was on my honeymoon in a car and we happened to drive back through the States, hitting Sturgis quite by accident. I’ve ridden on a bike a total of once, about 36 years ago!

  5. Well done, Susan. I’ve been to Sturgis and you captured it perfectly – that constant drone of Harleys, even in the dead of night. We stayed in Sundance, which was packed as well, and the noise was still considerable. :o) Loved the story.

  6. I live outside Fayetteville, Arkansas home of Bikes, Blues, & BBQ. The annual event starts in about a month. This rally is only a few years old, but I’m told it’s now the third largest in the nation, probably because of the central location and accommodating climate. Nicely captured in this vignette, Susan.

    1. I live in Oklahoma and I have heard of the rally. We don’t ride but our Sturgis travel companions do and they have talked of going. Thanks for taking time to read and comment. Maybe I will see you in Fayetteville some day

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