Post by General_Malaise on Mar 2, 2010 18:44:52 GMT -6
Coincidentally we drove through Daytona on Sat Feb 27.
Lots of preparations were visible Lots of bikes parked outdoors at the HD dealer apparently set in a "sales formation" Destination Daytona looked to be well attended too. Plenty of festival tents flapping in the wind.
It was in the mid 50's and of course it was early in the rally. A fair number of riders riding about as well.
We passed one section of I-95 that had 9 State trooper cars parked in formation under a bridge. Looked like a lot of talent going to waste.
I'm sure it was better weather than in the snowy north, but not what it sometimes is, warm & sunny.
Heard from bro down in the Keys visiting our folks. I'm sure he will provide details when he grets back to SC, but he did say he saw more bikes down there than he can remember in the last 20 years. Said couldn't go 30 seconds without seeing another group pass on Rte. 1.
Went through Daytona on the 24th and all the preparations were done. Loads of bikes for sale and lots of vendors. I didn't see a lot of people yet but it doesn't start until the 27th. I decided to go to the Keys and there was a large supply of groups of 4 to 10 bikers coming through Islamorada which I assume were heading to Key West and warmer weather. There were more bikes in the Keys this time of year according to the locals then they have ever seen before. Coming through Daytona today there were tons of bikes heading south and the campgrounds you could see from 95 were getting full. I think it will end with a right good crowd and judging from the restaurants in the Keys people are still going out to eat. How the vendors do is anybodies guess. Big E is down there and will probably give his account when he gets back but from the people I talked to in the Keys I wouldn't be looking for any to come here. After 13 hours of driving its bed time. I am going to try and see if there is any reports from the Keys tomorrow.
Post by mountainrider on Mar 8, 2010 12:06:36 GMT -6
Daytona was cool the first weekend, and cold through the week. The worse part was the wind, gusts of 40 mph reported on Tuesday, and 15-20 mph the rest of the week, made it cold just walking around after dark. Main Street cleared out earlier than usual. The local news reported all week, that it would be warmer the next day, but it never happened.
My group camped in a couple RVs near the speedway, and ate out every night and supported the local economy even though we bought less t-shirts. Face masks and hoodies were big sellers. Most venders appeared busy, and the ones I spoke with said sells were average. They also said they would not be coming to Myrtle Beach this year.