Greg Williams isn’t worried about forecasted rain as he loops from the strip in Murrells Inlet to the Garden City Beach Pier.
“I am a man. I ain’t thinking about rain,” the Ohio man said edging up to the traffic light at Atlantic Avenue in Garden City Beach on Monday. “I’d rather ride in the rain here than sitting at home riding to work.”
Williams, a pharmacist assistant, said rain feels like “someone’s throwing rocks” when riding his Harley-Davidson Sportster. Even that, he said, won’t stop him from making the rounds on the south end of the Grand Strand during the annual Bike Week Spring Rally.
“This is the first one I’ve been to,” he said throwing a low wave to a passing Harley-Davidson. “I’ve been to Myrtle Beach my whole life, but I never got to a bike week until now. I just got my bike last year and I’m thinking about moving here. I’m going home to get my dogs and coming back.”
As Williams made the wide turn from Atlantic Avenue to U.S. 17 South, he nodded to Gary and Sharon Cournoyer sitting in a golf cart parked on the side of the road in front of Jensen’s Mobile Home Park.
“This is the perfect spot,” Gary Cournoyer said. “When they take off at the light, this is where they shift into second gear. You get the full effect.”
This is the second rally the couple has seen after having moved to the area from Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
“They bring a lot of money into the area so we are grateful for that,” Sharon Cournoyer said watching a line of motorcycles pass each other. “They’re usually pretty happy people. They don’t bother people.”
The rally is slated to go through the weekend as weather forecasters predict rain daily for more than a week.
The National Weather Service is predicting a chance of thunderstorms through Sunday night with up to four inches of rain expected.
“If it rains, it rains,” Dee Robinson of Cary, North Carolina, said while filling up her Softtail tank off Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday. “I’m not riding in the rain. I’ll just park at the campground, down there in Surfside, and put my feet up. I’m not going to think about it until it comes, if it comes. The weather people back home are wrong all the time anyway.”