The legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally draws bikers to South Dakota from around the world.
Vendors line the sidewalks hawking biker gear, tattoos and the obligatory rally t-shirts; Harleys and Hondas are parked along the side entrances to bars and restaurants. But traffic on the roads is pretty light compared to the past, when rowdy bikers were backed up at four-way stop signs for a city block.
In fact, the "rowdy rally" is looking pretty mellow in its 78th year.
At this rally, Janet and Andy Sadowski of Clifton, New Jersey stroll along Main Street...strolling, because they're not bikers.
"We were in Montana as part of our national parks tour," says Janet, sporting a Sturgis rally tank top. "We flew into Rapid City, visited Mount Rushmore and the Badlands and thought, 'Let's drive up to Sturgis.'"
"It's a once in a lifetime event," says Andy. "You have to see it...just to see what it's all about and experience it."