Every year, the first week of March in Daytona is Bike Week, when the Harley owners and other bikers come to town for a week-long party. Everyone here was concerned about the attendance this year, because of the state of the economy, and because the bikers are such great spenders (as opposed to NASCAR fans, who are known to be cheap).
Not only are the NASCAR fans cheap, but a lot of them stayed home this year for the Daytona 500, in spite of lowered ticket prices. The race didn’t sell out, and hotels right across from the speedway weren’t full. Hence, the concern about Bike Week. Fortunately, that concern seems to be unfounded.
Last weekend, it seemed to me that the week was getting off to a strong start. Friday night, there was a lot of noise from A1A, moreso than usual on the first night. Saturday was a beautiful day, and on my drive to the farm and back I saw tons of bikers. There are always some out and about (locals I guess), but many more on Saturday, and with out of state tags. Sunday it rained and then turned cooler but sunny, and as soon as the sun was out, I started hearing the bikes again.
The rest of the week has been pretty normal as well, as far as I can tell. The rest of the weekend is supposed to be great weather, so they should all be out in droves.