Biggest day of the trip so far – made some breakfast here at the camp (scrambled eggs and sausage) and geared up for the Legend’s Celebrity Ride.
Just to give you an idea of the scale of this thing – we’re talking over 300 bikes, celebrities from the bike and entertainment world, $150 ticket just to ride in it, and we got in absolutely free with our Bling Johnson MEDIA badges. In fact, we were escorted right to the front and put in VIP with the CMT media crew who were filming footage for the Orange County Choppers show.
Our trip took us from Deadwood down through Nemo and back to Sturgis. All escorted by police, no stops or traffic issues of any kind. I love that kind of thing – makes me feel like a somebody. I rode next to this girl named Jessi for most of the trip. At our first stop I asked her, “So are you supposed to be famous too? What’s your deal?” Her response cracked me up – “Yes! I’m on TV! :-)”
Turns out I was riding next to Jessi Combs – she’s got two shows where she builds bikes and the soft-tail she was riding? She built it from the ground up and was auctioning it off for charity the next day. Google her and check her out – what a sweetheart.
We wound up at the Buffalo Chip where we were treated to a free VIP dinner and bikini models getting body painted. Yeah, that didn’t suck at all.
We made our way to the front of the crowd at the Doobie Brother’s concert and were literally one row back from the front of the stage. These guys really know how to tear it up – still. Without Love, Jesus is Just Alright, Listen to the Music and many other hits just came one after the other. They acted like it was their first show ever – totally brought the energy.
And then – Kid Rock. What can I say? This is probably the best show I’ve seen in a long time – the last time I had seen him was in 1999 in San Francisco when he opened for Metallica. His game has improved immeasurably. From the hard core rock and roll to the ballads to the scratch DJ’ing (phenomenal!), he literally owned the stage and the crowd from open to close. Watching a few thousand people throw their hands in the air and scream “Only God Knows Why” at the top of their lungs is an image I won’t forget.
More good stuff to come – stay tuned!