Harley rally sees spike in visitors

On the north end of the Grand Strand, the Myrtle Beach Harley Davidson Rally near the Myrtle Beach Mall may have looked like a ghost town during the middle of last week, but that's not the case this weekend.

"I'd say there are more bikes today than have been here through the whole week combined," said vendor Steve Pedersen of Hawg Halters Incorporated.

Kim Waddell, salesperson for Cycle Solutions Incorporated, agreed with Pedersen. She said business has been better than ever since the start of the weekend.

"We've been very busy today. It started picking up yesterday," Waddell said.

Myrtle Beach Harley Davidson spokesperson Sarah George said the south end of the rally near Murrells Inlet has also seen an increase in visitors. She's pleased with this spring's turnout.

But along with an increase in people at the rally comes an increase in traffic on the roads.

"Last night and today, the traffic was significant coming in," Pedersen said.

"It's always like that in most rallies. The weekends are the more crowded times for bikes, cars, everything else," Matt Cirocco of New York said.

George says to expect heavier traffic along Highway 501 and Highway 17 for the remainder of the weekend, which is also expected to be the busiest part of the rally.

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