September 02, 2003 GMT
Milwaukee and one or two Harley Davidsons

On arrival, we were adopted by a lovely family in Big Bend (just outside of Milwaukee) when we were looking for a campground. The week involved riding around to the wonderful events that Harley Davidson had put on. We toured the Buell Factory, saw BB King in concert, checked out the nightlife, cheered the 10,000 bikes on their parade through the middle of town and met loads of great people. We caught up with our Aussie mates who we had camped with in Yellowstone, we met Welsh Sam who had played the harmonica for us while the sun rose on the grand canyon and had a few beers with Max and his friends and family when we eventually worked out that the campground was right next to where we stayed. The event was just amazing, Hundreds of Thousands of Harleys everywhere we went and everyone with huge smiles on their faces. People were standing on the overpasses and waving at the bikes on the motorways. Even BMW took out a billboard advert – “We’d say Happy Birthday, But you wouldn’t hear us! – Congratulations Harley Davidson”.

One of the highlights was even watching the police clear the street party after the pubs shut on the last night. About 10 bikes (HD’s of course) with sirens and lights blazing drove in staggered formation up and down one side of the street while about 10 polices horses did the same on the other side. It was quite a sight. The police had everyone off the streets and away home within 45 minutes of closing time and so endith the party and it was some party. No one even minded that we were on KLR’s although we got some ironic smiles here and there.

Posted by Leah Chapman at September 02, 2003 09:48 AM GMT
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