10th Annual Run To The Line

Article By: Chris Callen

Photos By: Heather Callen

Originally Published In The November 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine

Each year during Sturgis the Cycle Source crew along with its readers and rally goers take to the roads as a pack for a few laughs, libations and memory making. This, is usually my favorite day of the rally because it means we get to depart from hustle and bustle of town and do what we love, ride motorcycles with good people. The biggest difference for this year’s outing was pretty cool, Cycle Source combined forces with Michael Lichter who also holds a spectacular riding event in Sturgis. The two rides put together would end up being a real spectacle. While the whole deal was scheduled to leave from the Iron Horse on Lazelle, the unfortunate part of it would be that we wouldn’t be going to our typical lunch spot at Spur Creek Saloon where we’ve held our rodeo games and shovel drags each year. In lieu of this we would reroute our trip to take in the breathtaking views of Vanocker Canyon.

The day began with a free bloody mary breakfast at the Iron Horse courtesy of Tito’s Vodka. Early riders mulled around as others continued to pour in up to the 11th hour. One hour earlier than we typically leave, our intention was to get back in time to support the Perewitz Paint Show. We would wind up the canyon while Michael took shots of all the riders, taking in all this road has to offer. Beautiful scenes, great big sweeping mountain curves and finally the mid-way point, The Nemo Guest Ranch. After a few beverages, and some ice cream bars, we sat briefly around the porch and property at Nemo before heading back to town. Nearly 80 percent of the way back, my beloved Ticket decided to spit the timing inspection plug. I can hardly complain for all the service work I demand of this old girl. We loaded the ’49 into the chase truck and rather than be a car punk I hopped on the back of Big Randy’s Slaying Mantis bike. Now, Randy, for those of you that do not know him, stands near the plus side of six and a half tall, has St. Louis D-rake bike that the average man wouldn’t be able to see over the gas tank of, and then my big ass on the fender… Brother it was a sight to see but rather than play it down as we rolled from stop sign to stop sign making our way back, I simple put my arms around Randy and leaned the side of my face against his back. It really freaked the straights out.

Nearly 80 percent of the way back, my beloved Ticket decided to spit the timing inspection plug. I can hardly complain for all the service work I demand of this old girl. We loaded the ’49 into the chase truck and rather than be a car punk I hopped on the back of Big Randy’s Slaying Mantis bike. Now, Randy, for those of you that do not know him, stands near the plus side of six and a half tall, has St. Louis D-rake bike that the average man wouldn’t be able to see over the gas tank of, and then my big ass on the fender… Brother it was a sight to see but rather than play it down as we rolled from stop sign to stop sign making our way back, I simple put my arms around Randy and leaned the side of my face against his back. It really freaked the straights out. Back at the Iron Horse the party was on, they had some great food set up for us as part of the ride and the Perewitz Paint show was in full swing. We sat around for a good long afternoon watching Paul Yaffe finish up his Bagger Nation Rehab and it was laid back, exactly like we hoped it would be. Thanks to everyone that came along and look for BIG NEWS next year as we return to the Spur Creek and the Rodeo Games!

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