NORTH CREEK Though last weeks Americade motorcycle rally was headquartered at the south end of Lake George, the syncopated rumbling of motorcycle engines was music to the ears of merchants and restaurateurs throughout the North Country.
A week of predominantly dry weather meant back roads ripe for travel and Main Street North Creek was thick with motorcycles throughout the week.
Historically, Americade has never been big for me, said Sarah Williams, owner of Cafe Sarah. But this year I did notice a lot more bikes in town.
Throughout the region, business owners reported increased numbers of bikers in their establishments as sunny skies and miles of winding back roads combined to lure the Americade throngs away from Lake George.
I think it was bigger this year. We saw a lot, said Noele Harvey, owner of North Creek Deli & Marketplace. Especially Saturday and Sunday. I think the weather had a lot to do with it.
Rainfall this year was 1.6 inches compared to 3.6 inches last year, according to records maintained by the Village of Lake George.
Americade coordinator Christine Dutcher estimated that this years crowd came close to the 2004 record crowd that was estimated to be between 50,000 and 60,000 bikers.