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Bruce Patnode

Callie Schmidt, Journal correspondent

Bruce Patnode has been riding motorcycles for 30 years, but the 77th Sturgis motorcycle rally was the first rally he's ever attended.

He was clad in biker gear Tuesday morning on Main Street in Deadwood next to his 2016 Harley-Davidson Limited. Patnode, 64, drove more than 1,300 miles from Big Bear, Calif., for his first rally. He rode out with a friend, and both of them rode 750 miles their first day on the road.

"It was hard to expect everything," Patnode said.

Even so, he has loved his first rally experience. 

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"Everybody's friendly. In California, they're a little stuck up."

He spent Tuesday exploring the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial.

"I love the women, and I love all the things, too," Patnode said.

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