It's hard to believe we are already in the first week of June. This year has been flying by! With show after show, we have been on the road longer than we have been home. We are having a blast working new and old events, traveling the country, listening to great audio books like A Knight of The Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin. The most recent event we've completed was Reno Street Vibrations.
"Reno, the biggest little city"
Every year the City of Reno, Nevada throws an event for motorcyclist. This event was originally once a year, held in the fall around the last weekend of September. It has grown to be the 4th largest motorcycle event in the nation.
Last year Hattast-ique made it to the 22nd Annual Street Vibrations Rally. This was our first time to Reno. Zack and I worked the rally and we were blown away by the experience. We had so much fun! We had to make it back for the spring rally. As the event drew closer, we planned our trip, packed the trailer full of top hats and Luke, Zack and I hit the road for Reno!
We began our journey by listening to the classic novel, Moby-Dick by Herman Melville: an adventurous story about a ship's crew seeking revenge on the monstrous and legendary white whale, Moby-Dick. The book was written in 1851 and is known for being one of the greatest american novels. Though we weren't able to finish the story, it was a fun book to listen to!
The drive from Kingman, Arizona to Reno, Nevada is one of my favorite scenic adventures. The barren landscapes are simply breath taking as you go from the Mohave desert into the Great Basin Desert. After driving through small towns for eight hours, and as we go over the last few hills, we see the outskirts of the beautiful little city.
Shortly after getting settled into the hotel, we meet up with our riding buddies for a few drinks, some mild gambling and, as always, good conversation. It was a great way to begin the epic weekend ahead of us!
When we heard Thom and Matt were planning the trip to Reno for Street Vibrations, we knew this was a trip our own bikes would be making it to. After setting up the booth Thursday morning, we all took off on the motorcycles and headed towards the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in search of Lake Tahoe.
I had heard about Lake Tahoe before this trip. I had seen beautiful pictures of the giant lake that straddles the border of California and Nevada; but nothing compared to the beauty I saw and felt as we made our way down the curvy roads, hearing the roar of the bikes, feeling the cold mountain air, seeing the crystal clear blue water. What a spectacular experience!
We had no idea what to expect for this rally. We had heard that the spring rally is nothing compared to the fall one. And they were not wrong! After experiencing both events, I can tell you first hand, the fall rally is even bigger and better then the spring. There's more bikes, beers and BBQ then you know what to do with!
That being said, we still had the best time working the 9th annual Street Vibrations Spring Rally! The booth was set up along the side of the Eldorado Hotel and Casino- which just so happened to be the same hotel we were staying at. This made the mornings nice and easy for us! The motorcycles were still epic! The live music was entertaining! We connected with customers we've met before, which is always such a pleasure. Luck was on our side all weekend long. And having our friends there with us made the trip feel more like a vacation than working at all! It is safe to say that we will be doing both the spring and fall Street Vibrations Rally every year!
The first half of this year has been one great adventure after another. There have been ups and downs. There have been challenges we've been able to overcome. And as we work together to plan the rest of the year, I know we have only just begun!
Always perfectly topped off,