Update 10/5: The Georgetown Times is reporting that 20,000 people showed up for the Fall Bike Rally.
The crowed, however was down by 55,000 from the peek numbers in 2005-2006. Rally specialist, orginizor and owner of Sonny Productions, Sonny Copeland expects 200,000 riders to show up in Horry and Georgetown Counties for the spring 2012 rally.
Hop on over to the Georgetown Times for the full write-up.
Update 10/2: There are mixed reports out there about if this year's rally was larger in terms of numbers of bikers. It seems that everyone agrees that the mood was lighter and more fun.
In WMBF's report, the the tourists they interviewed said they felt there were a lot more bikers this year but business owners mentioned that volume of customers was down while revenue was generally up. The Sun News had the most coverage of the event with a photo gallery, some video, and a nice interview with a visiting female motorcyclist that was inspired to ride by the Myrtle Beach rallies.
My weekend activities kept me closer to the central part of the Strand all weekend and I didn't see very many bikers at all but Rocky, one of TheDigitel MYR cofounders went to Barefoot Landing for the Paws Across the Water Duck Race and snapped a few photos that you can see below the first report.
First Report: Keep an eye out for motorcyclists this weekend as enthusiasts roll into the Grand Strand.
The rally's official website shows a jam packed schedule of events starting on Wednesday, September 28th all the way through Sunday, October 2nd. See the schedule here. The Sun News has a write-up on what organizers are expecting from the event. Read that here.