The Shark Week I’m going to attend next week is not a week of TV shows featuring sharks. The Harley-Davidson Road Glide has a fixed fairing that some say looks like a shark’s nose, hence the nickname, “Shark.” So Shark Week is a 3-day get-together of Harley-Davidson Road Glide owners. This year’s rally is the third one, so it is called, Shark Week III or SWIII.
I blogged about SWI two years ago, but skipped the account last year, so I’ll summarize SWII, which was in Le Claire, IA, for you now.
The organizer of the first Shark Week, my friend Chris, has led a “Gypsy Tour” or ride in to each rally site. For SWI he led us from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg along the Lincoln Highway. He stopped along the way to show us key features.
Last year Chris led us from New Orleans to Le Claire along the Great River Road. It was a 3-day trip with stops in Memphis and St. Louis.
Our hotel in New Orleans was an old-fashioned gem. The interior courtyard was beautiful.
In Clarksdale, MS we stopped to take a picture of the road sign on “The Blues Highway” at the intersection of highways 61 and 49 where legend has it blues singer Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for mastery of the blues.
In Memphis we went out for barbecue. In St. Louis we ate in the hotel.
We stopped along the Mississippi River at various points. This picture was taken near Cairo, IL.
I had an unscheduled stop in Illinois to repair my bike. The inner primary bearing wore out and had to be replaced.
From Le Claire we went on rides through Iowa and Illinois. I led a ride to Anamosa, IA where we visited a motorcycle museum and the J&P Cycles headquarters store.
There were organized lunches and dinners and time to sit in the parking lot in the evening and socialize.
On our last day we gathered all the Sharks for a picture.
My route home was 1500 miles. I rode 1000 miles the first day and 500 the second to complete a couple of Iron Butt rides.
This year’s rally is in St. George, UT. The four-day Gypsy Tour starts in Oklahoma City and will follow the remaining portions of Route 66. We’ll stop over in Tucumcari, Gallup, and Flagstaff. The rides from St. George are scheduled to go to Zion, Bryce, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Other rides will go to the Valley of Fire and Las Vegas.
Check back in a couple of days as I continue the story with an account of each day’s adventures.