HOG Rally in Great Falls

Wow – what a fun weekend for motorcycle afficionados!

I don’t own a bike but it sure was fun looking at the multitude as they came to Great Falls for the 2013 Montana State Harley Rally.

The Big Sky Harley dealership, 4258 10th Avenue South, Great Falls was the host dealership for the rally. Holiday Inn Great Falls was host hotel and KOA served as another gathering spot for bikers.

Local event organizers planned a parade down Central Avenue in Great Falls, a downtown concert which was combined with a weekly Alive @ 5 event, and a poker ride/scavenger hunt that took attendees out and about to about six different geographic areas.

I was able to watch both the parade downtown and parts of the poker ride.

About 200 motorcycles paraded downtown – what fun! And they were all wearing smiles.

I spoke with several bikers at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, one of the stops on the poker ride. I asked if they were having fun and one response was – any day on a bike is a fun time.

Although it was billed as a Montana state gathering I spoke with bikers from Idaho, North Dakota and Alberta.

I visited with this biker couple from Calgary. They had been chatting with this older gentleman and I really wanted to get the scoop – was he a former biker, did he own a bike, did he want to go for a ride? Well, it wasn’t my business to ask although I did request that they pose together.

The rally had several rides in different directions – some went to Fort Benton, some to the Gates of the Mountains – all in an effort to explore Central Montana.

We had fun watching them over the weekend and I suspect they had a great time too.

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