I don't have many pictures to share but I will give your the synopsis of SW VIII
Shark Tooth Awards; There were several this year including some repeat offender(s).
Kimberly Belliston, wife of host/organizer Troy Belliston on the Monday before the official start on Tuesday in Mesa Verde National Park. To quote her words "Ohh ohhh ooohhh, damn it!". The funny part about this is that her rescue only happened after the requisite "proof photo" was taken by her husband. Rest assured from what I gathered all Shark Tooth incidents were at low or no speed.
Raymond Garvin, Garvin90 here on the forum is a repeat offender this year, no tire blow out caused the tragedy this year, simply a sleepy road glide at a motel.
Dean Cook, CNIDOG here on the forum is now a threepeat offender, his happened at a lunch stop on the way to Durango on the Sunday before in Monticello, Utah, low speed again on a uturn to park for lunch. No damage to the bike, a little wounded pride but we all recover from that very well.
Honor Hulkill, not sure if she is a member here or not but she had a low speed sleepy Road Glide as well.
There were a few others included, we didn't run of coveted award, the Shark Tooth Necklace of shame but we came close.
Drunks: I would venture to say nary a one that got out of hand, some of us were feeling much better than others at times late into the evening but otherwise no major drunkenness.
Shenanigans, yes there were a few. A naked "Elvis" blow up doll was seen mounting a blow up shark on a trailer towed behind a Road Glide. The recipient of the Elvis was good natured enough to leave it in plain site for all too see.
JRbean had a little "run in" with the law right in front of the host hotel one morning after he had fueled up his bike and was making a beeline back to the host hotel to make the KSU for the ride he was going on that day. Seems his speed was a little hot for the 45mph zone in front of the hotel; the good officer let him off with a warning but then proceeded into the hotel parking long to check out Smarty's rolling UHaul motorcycle chopshop, no worries all was legal and above board.
Smarty's UHaul chop shop. Well as luck would have it Smarty's bike decided to bend a valve stem on the way to Durango from Texas. So as not to bail on the trip (because he had a secret agenda) he rented a uhaul moving cube truck and hauled his bike to Shark Week in Durango. Whilst here, he made a deal on a 2018 FTRXS in Bonneyville Salt Pearl. The chop shop operated into the night stripping the old parts off of his old bike and putting them on his new bike. Bars, suspension, floorboards, exhaust and a few other trinkets were completed in a matter of hours by a contingent of Texas crew. HD shops should operate as efficiently as that pit crew.
The train ride was cool, we rode it and buses both ways up to Silverton and back.
The pool was uneventful really, indoors and your's truly never really had time this year for a dip like a normally do. I did manage to wear a beer can or two on my head, wouldn't be a shark week without that would it. The hor'd'ouvre this year again at the tent in the evening was an acquired taste, Ritz Crackers, squeeze cheese from a can, grape jelly and a tiny piece of salami, don't knock it till you've tried it. It does require a certain amount of beer and/or fireball to be consumer before the palat determines that it is most delicious.
The raffle and presentations; As usual David Bell was the big winner of the evening with almost every other item his name was announced. Funniest moment was when a ticket drawn by Tracy and she began to laugh out loud, she then announced the winning name on the ticket "DAVID BELL.................SUCKS" and Ray Garvin jumped out of his seat and I swear 3 feet into the air. We all had a great laugh at that moment. Poor David was again on his way up to the front when he had to turnaround, he was very good natured about it.
Presentations for SW IX were given by Shrug and Smarty for Deadwood, Jim Barnett for the Catskills are of New York State and by Ray Garvin for Chadron Nebraska, a two hour ride from Rapid City and the black hills of South Dakota.
The vote was made and votes tallied and was then announced after the annual T-shirt exchange hosted by your's truly on the Thursday evening after the hotdog cookout and group photo at Durango Harley Davidson.
Unfortunately this year there was a tragic loss of life. Not by one our Roadglide family but one of the senior employee of the local hosting dealership, Durango Harley Davidson. I don't know all the crash scene details but Kathyrn Tucker, 58, of Bayfield, a short drive from Durango was killed in a motorcycle accident on HWY 550 between Durango and Silverton. Here is a link to the article about her accident. https://durangoherald.com/articles/234972
It was decided by the SW VIII organizers that her family would be the recipient of this year's charitable donation from the Shark Week funds raised in the raffle. Also the hat was passed at the Tshirt swap evening as well as collection station at the host hotel. The sum of 4500$ U.S. was presented to the staff and management at Durango HD on Friday morning Aug 3 just after the store had opened and the staff had their own moment of silence in honour of Kathy. The ownership group at Durango HD matched the donation of Roadglide.org Shark Week with the monies all going to the family of Kathy to help with funeral and other expenses in this tragic time of need.
This was a stark reminder that we are all mortal and can be called home at any point in time.
That is the synapsis for this year's events. Sorry it ended on such a bummer note.
Please if anyone is reading this that has pictures of any of the events, feel free to post them up in this thread, they will be welcomed by all.