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When six friends from Belfast crossed the Atlantic for an epic 5,500 mile tour across 12 states, a chance meeting in a Harley-Davidson dealership transformed their journey from a trip to Sturgis to the stuff of legend
For six seasoned riders, members of
Paul Dobson and Collette O’Neill set off from
The first and most pivotal stop for the group was the Harley dealership at
However, it wasn’t just the staff at the dealership that showed this remarkable degree of warmth and welcome. Spying a fellow biker across the dealership, his well-worn T-shirt reading “Work sucks, I’m going to Sturgis”, the group were sure they’d found someone to be their authority on H-D® in the
Paul, Collette and their friends were understandably a little apprehensive at this stage of their journey. They were facing long rides of thousands of miles across unfamiliar territory, so when Grub insisted that the group join him and his wife Dawn, his brother and his wife, Pete and Shelley, the Provincewiders were delighted to accept.
The group left
Travelling in a motorhome, their three Harleys in a trailer, Grub and his family were switching between the two modes of transport, while the Provincewiders rode alongside. As dusk began to fall, Paul and Collette voiced their plans to find a hotel and stop for the night. Grub would have none of it. The Harleys were strapped to the trailer and the group were welcomed into the motorhome alongside the family.
Monday saw the first real stop on the journey to Sturgis: Waldrug. This marked the start of their path through the stunning
The next morning they awoke, surrounded by wildlife and below unbroken blue skies; “Coming from
By Wednesday, base camp moved to
On Thursday, the group met some Provincewide friends at the Civic Centre in
By Friday, it was time to explore the pulsing centre of the rally –
The group took the chance to mingle with some prominent people from the world of Harley-Davidson. They met
Come Saturday, it was time to go onwards. Packing up their recently inflated luggage, the group took a final ride around Keystone before heading south, through the Nebraska Grasslands in the direction of their most hotly anticipated ride.
In yet another display of unexpected generosity and friendship, Grub drove around 1,000 miles out of his way through the night so that his new friends could visit somewhere they’d only dreamed of riding –the
Next morning, it was off to
Before long, it was time to head back to