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Sturgis: Ride on, brother

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Sturgis biker rally rolls on

      Ride on, brother! The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota is drawing thousands of bikers for the next ten days. What? You're gonna get mad at this gathering, but not the protest? Give me a break. You're a hypocrite if you do. 

The rally could become one of the largest public gatherings since the pandemic began, with organizers expecting 250,000 people from all over the country to make their way through Sturgis during the 10-day event. Typically it draws close to half a million. The population of Sturgis is around 7,000.

People are riding from across the country to a state that offered a reprieve from coronavirus restrictions, as South Dakota has no special limits on indoor crowds, no mask mandates, and a governor who is eager to welcome visitors and the money they bring.

Stephen Sample rode his Harley from Arizona, where he's been mostly homebound or wearing a mask when he went to work as a surveyor.

"I don't want to die, but I don't want to be cooped up all my life either," he said.

Sample, who is 66, said he was trying to avoid indoor bars and venues, where he felt the risk of infection was greater. 

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem supported holding the Sturgis rally, pointing out that no virus outbreak was documented from the several thousand people who turned out to see President Donald Trump and fireworks at Mount Rushmore last month.

Virus cases in South Dakota are practically non-existent, with the seven-day average only around 84, with fewer than two deaths per day.


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