>> Wednesday, January 21, 2009
After all the news that Myrtle Beach Bike Week was going to be cancelled, the obvious happened: bikers are still going to Myrtle Beach to party.
Well, maybe not in Myrtle Beach itself, but all outside the city limits.
Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson, the local Harley dealer there, sent out a press release reminding everyone that just because the City of Myrtle Beach passed some laws that would punish bikers for making a peep in their town, those laws don't extend outside of the city. And apparently, that's where the dealer is trying to move the event to.
"Many tourists wrongly believe that Myrtle Beach is synonymous with the 60-mile-long 'Grand Strand' that is visited by more than 14 million tourists annually," said Mike Shank, marketing director for Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson. "In reality, the City of Myrtle Beach is just a small town inside of Horry County. It only has 25,000 residents. To the north, south and west of Myrtle Beach is the much-larger Grand Strand community where there are many restaurants, bars, recreational facilities and accommodations. Horry County has more than 250,000 residents and they are preparing their businesses to welcome bikers."
Except now they're calling it "Cruisin' The Coast", and will take place May 8-17, all along the Grand Strand, except for the Myrtle Beach part. Here's the official website...
That's exactly what happened with the Hollister Motorcycle Rally a few years ago. The city tried to shut it down, except bikers still went there anyways and found the rally going on outside of city limits.
So if you want to do some "sticking to the man", show up on your scooter anyways, and the keep tradition rolling.