36 hours At Daytona Bike Week
I was able to join my husband, for a quick 36 hours or so, to experience my first Daytona Bike Week. It was fun but Chilly..really Florida really. 54 degrees! I did not bring clothes for that, neither did my husband and his buddy..so it made for some pretty chilly rides, but the sun was shinning and the sky was blue, flowers were blooming, the waves were crashing and bikers as a group are so friendly and willing to help each other out, like a big family.
I left Michigan on Monday evening, and I would have had a 2 hour layover in Atlanta. That’s right I said should have, when I left Detroit it was snowing and had been snowing all day, not just in Michigan but all over the place with rain and storms in the south. The flights down, were so rough and bumpy that there was no beverage service, the flight attendants weren’t even allowed to get up. Spent my 2 hour connection time on the runway in Detroit waiting on pilots, food service, de-icing and runway clearance. Which, means that I had to run in heels, through the Atlanta airport to catch my next flight, luckily I didn’t have to switch concourses and made it at final boarding call, whew what a relief. Then of course we were delayed because they had 15 people coming from a Boston flight, so they waited.. which was cool for them but bad for my bladder, after all I spent 2 hours on the runway, 2 hours in the air and had to run to catch a flight, which meant no potty time for me. Didn’t even get a chance during the flight to Daytona as it was another bumpy flight, with no one allowed to get up. On the plus side of all that time, I did get to read my book and watch “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Once we landed in Daytona, I quickly freshened up and headed out to meet my husband and let me tell you I shocked him by arriving off the plane in a tight little red skirt and a hey here’s my boobs top, with high heeled boots..I probably don’t need to say it but, I think that was his favorite outfit I wore. Even though it was basically midnight when I arrived we went out to the bars, and we did manage to catch the last few songs of the Moonshine Bandits, drank some Rum punches, walked through a torrential downpour and had a late snack at Denny’s.
After a couple hours of sleep, we were up and off to the Harley Dealer area, where they have vendors and demo’s setup. The vendors didn’t excite me that much.. I mean after all I don’t really have a use for custom tires, pipes and oil or artwork for a bike I don’t have. There were a few clothing shops and jewelry on offer, which were fun to browse. The booths I did really like, were selling artwork, oil paintings and photographs most of them were of course motorcycles, but a few of them, the subject matter was different. My favorites were the paintings of the Steampunk motorcycles in cool setting such as London and Venice. After browsing and checking things out, the husband and I had lunch at the Pig Stand, which was a neat little BBQ restaurant, in which you place your order at the counter, take a seat and someone brings it out to you (it took less than 5 minutes too) the meat is brought out dry, so that you can add your own amount and flavor of sauce. The whole meal tasted fabulous, but the green beans were our favorite. The afternoon was spent at the International Speedway, where there were some more vendors, and long lanes of parked bikes to look at, The bikes well, there were some run of the mill bikes (stock), a few fun paint jobs, handmade bikes and some really wild bikes. Honestly, that’s the best part is seeing the creativity and love that these men and women have for their bikes. Art and beauty are everywhere if you only remember to look. For dinner we stopped off at this little whole in the wall Crab Shack place. Now I don’t like seafood but my husband and his friend do, so yeah I ordered the kids chicken fingers and the two of them ordered heaps of craw fish, shrimp and oysters and all of it and I mean all of it came to the table drenched in butter…seriously when they were done eating there was like a 1/2 inch of butter in the bottom of the dish. They are still talking about how great the food was, and how they wish they could just hop on their bikes and go get some more, it’s a good 18 hour drive from Michigan, so if that’s not a strong recommendation I’m not sure what is. It was back to Main street for the evening, to show off the bikes and ourselves, it was still very chilly OK actually it was cold! Too cold really to be out without heavier coats, But more of the little shops were open and so the guys humored me and we browsed, stopped for a few more rum punches and listened to some music, before giving into the chill and heading back to the condo, for pizza and TV time.
Woke up just in time for the husband to invite me for a sunrise walk on the beach, yeah it was beautiful but we froze and didn’t stay out as long as we wanted too. Turns out that it was a good idea to leave and hunt up breakfast, because we found the coolest little cafe... they had a pinball room!! The food was yummy and they had mimosas. So really what could be better! After breakfast we went back to check out some more of the vendors and bikes. We had to go get more pickles because I tripped going up the stairs and smashed the jar, this time we bought 2 though! After a quick stop at the condo for me to pack up, we hit the Speedway one more time, so that Dice could get his custom tire. And then boom, just like that my Bike Week experience was over and I was back at the airport. This time it was smooth
sailing flying, thank goodness. Landed in Atlanta with enough time to take a leisurely walk from concourse A to concourse E, and got the chance to watch LaLa Land on my way back to Detroit, though I really didn’t like the movie as much as I thought I would, which was a bummer because I was kinda of excited to see it.
If Bike week could be summed up in one sentence it would be this… Beards, Bikes, Boobs and Tattoos! What about you? Have you ever been to bike week? or a big event like that? Would you like too?
**I just wanted to mention, that there seemed to be a lot of accidents this year during bike week. Not sure if it’s because it coincided with spring break and there was a lot more tourists and kids, or what. Many of these accidents were fatalities. Please, Please pay attention when out on the roads driving, riding, or walking. Slow down, put your phone down and look around. Everyone wants to get to their destination.
** Scroll down for some Photo’s from Daytona Bike Week