Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Sipapu BMW Rally: Sept 5-7

This years rally was held Sept 5th - 7th. As always it was held at the lodge in Sipapu NM. The rally is hosted by the Land of Enchantment BMW Riders. This year was the 30th anniversary of the rally. You can read more about the rally here

I have done a little ride report. Here are the days. Just click on the link to read about the days experience. 

Sept 3: Headed To New Mexico - Damn its hot!
Sept 4: Riding to Clovis NM - Yawn.
Sept 5: We got wet, but we made it. 
Sept 6: Great day in Sipapu.
Sept 7: All good things must end.

See all of the pictures from the weekend here: Sipapu Smugmug gallery.  

Sunday, September 07, 2014

All good things must end. Headed back Home today!

We woke up to another great morning. The air was cool, but it was dry. The moment hit me as I realized that I had to pack up and head back to the house. I love New Mexico and having to leave is never a good feeling. We packed up and headed back to Las Vegas to eat at Charlies before hitting the road.

The rally was a lot of fun. They said that 325 people had signed up. The weather was great and it was great catching up with friends we have seen at the rally in years past. There is nothing like a rally crowd. You see all types of bikes and tents and the morning chats while drinking coffee always start the day off well. 

We made it to Las Vegas and had breakfast. I got my last tatse of NM red chili and was ready to head back to Big D. Jackie and I met up with the group at Adrian Texas, the famous "Midway" point on route 66. 

The group had lunch. I was departing from the group at this point. I needed to get closer to home than they were planning. I had plans of staying in Childress TX. The weather was in the mid 80's and it was too early to stop so I kept going. I did the 700 miles and was home in my own bed by 10PM. I don't usually like riding that many miles, but the weather was great and to be honest it was nice having some me time. Till next time Ride safe!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Great day in Sipapu.

Nothing beats waking up in the cool mountains of New Mexico. I slept pretty well. The night was cool, but we did not get rained on so it was a great experience. Today is going to be a lazy day of hanging out, kicking tires and riding a few miles in the enchanted circle of New Mexico.

Jackie and I did a short route over the beautiful 434 from Mora to Angel Fire. We had lunch in Red River and then backed track to avoid the traffic of Taos. We got back in time to relax and mingle. The Rally set up was nice. The lodge at Sipapu had a fire just weeks prior to the rally, but they handled the 325+ riders with no trouble.

We finished up the night enjoying a home made dinner and hoping that we would win one of the cool gifts they were giving away.. no we did not win. It was one of the best days I have spent at this rally. No rain, just good friends and kicking tires. Life is good.