In June of 1916, a few hundred motorcyclists gathered at Weirs Beach. From its humble beginnings with just a few hundred bikers, the event grew to a week long in 1935 and Laconia Bike Week was born. The rally remains the worlds oldest, and is one of the largest rallies in the country with attendance over 300,000.
I started my journey on a Wednesday morning at 8 A.M. and drove over 400 miles to reach Laconia, NH. If you are headed there from NY I’m going to warn you to make sure your tires are good and your packs are strapped securely. The whole way to Vermont I was calling the trip my Gorgeous Views and Shitty Roads Tour.
As soon as I hit Vermont I was loving it though. The roads smoothed out and started winding through little lake towns separated by state parks and farm land. I even raced a few horses along a white fence reminiscent of the ones you’d see in Kentucky.
The only hiccup in my trip was when I hit Styles Bridge Highway. A truck carrying large PVC pipes had to slam on his brakes when he hit a rise due to a school bus he couldnt see. Luckily, i was behind him as his pipes went flying over the front of his truck to spill all over the highway. All i could think was Final Destination.
I have to say I’m a little disappointed with people in that area. I was the only person to stop and help the poor man collect his pipes and put them back on his truck. I’m 5’6″ and 115 lb.s.
I got lucky and was able to reach my hotel without going through Weirs Beach. I made it to Belknap Point around 5, that’s when everything switches from family oriented to the party crowd. I was tired so I didn’t feel like navigating the packed area at that point. I don’t have a windshield so I battled the wind this trip. All I wanted was a hot shower and food!
After unpacking, calling home to let them know I made it and fighting with my bank because I forgot to let them know I had left the state (they are now in my contacts under MOM #2) I got ahold of my friend Dana Cooley, a fellow Iron Lily. If you aren’t following her on IG, you should! She uses the handle @7_deadly_spins.
I posted a vlog below for your viewing pleasure! I can’t thank @laconiaharleydavidson and @laconiabikeweek enough for their hospitality!