The Sunday Fam Ride to the Quarai Ruins was very well attended. Since this was the first one, we were unsure about how many would be interested, but we had about 35 bikes and 55 people in attendance. The ride was good and pretty large for one group, but DAMN, it looked good seeing all those headlights following me. The pics, in no particular order were taken by Rob Lunn. I stole them off his FB profile. Thanks Rob?
Out with some of the SDC HOG’s (also including Nina Post, Dizzy Jake, Doug Fairfield and Caroline Kline) for our 1st Mystery Ride. Glen B. Post took us up the Taos High Road for a desert “lunch” at the Sugar Nymph Bistro. Afterwards we headed down 518 to Las Vegas which was supposed to be the real lunch stop, but folks were too full of Chocolate or Carrot or German Chocolate or Pecan pie to find room for lunch. Just a few blocks rain drops but otherwise a nice weather ride. ( I was in my cage so I was cool and dry… Lol).
He took pictures too!
Saturday, the 15th, a group of Sangre de Cristo HOGs headed south to Ruidoso, or Reodosi as Rob likes to call it, for the All NM Hog picnic. It was well set up and Southern NM HOG chapter did an amazing job. As usual, I remembered none of the names of people I met, so misc. HOG people and mystery guy was used in place of their names. (Sorry) Food was simple but good and plentiful. Attending from SdC was Doug & Marcella, Peter, Dizzy, Rob & Christina in a cage (Christina was stopped by the cops, BTW 😂), and me. The ride down was uneventful, the picnic was fun, The ride home saw us splitting up and Peter, Dizzy and myself ran the ride home as usual, just a mile or two over the speed limit. One of Dizzy’s slip-ons required a bit of wrenching, which caused us to stop for about 5 minutes and we were racing the rain again. As far as I know, no one got wet yesterday. Enjoy the pics!
Thanks and kudos to the Southern NM HOG Chapter for putting this together!
Good group of riders for this ride. 11 bikes and 1 “Harley Slingshot”. Hey, Tom put a Harley sticker on it! Dizzy, Pete, Eric, Rick, Carl, Tom, Doug, myself, Mojo, and Steve all followed Debby & David to Taos. David kept a brisk 5 mph over speed 🤣 all the way there. Once in Taos, the group split and did their own thing. It was great seeing Grandpa Tom Johnson on his first ride away from his 4 week old grandson!
Thanks to Peter H. for the two pictures.
The ride to Taos. Pics by Dan Bandel. 10 people on 8 bikes. Lunch was @ Ranchos Plaza Grill and we ate outside. My first time there. Thanks Caroline for making the arrangements with the restaurant and kudos to John & Becky for handling the rest of the details.
Very low turnout for this ride. After deciding that the ride was probably going to be too hot, too long, and too unimpressive with only 3 bikes and 4 people,
We may try to head to Tucumcari again at a cooler date, but not as cold as we tried last spring.
We did the Jeanne Brooks ride on the Saturday, August 11, 2018. The ride was not to mourn her passing but to celebrate her life and celebrate we did. Pa led the ride and about 25 bikes, some with passengers, made the trip down to RIBS from Santa Fe Harley-Davidson. Sheyla made her debut as a group rider and did a fine job of it. I see a 2 wheel ride in her future. 35 people gathered at RIBS to celebrate Jeanne’s life, even a couple that never met her. Enjoy the pics that follows:
Nuttman’s GoPro Pics
We had a beautiful ride yesterday with a total of 14 bikes (4 joining en-route). The scenery was fantastic, and I believe it gets better every time I see it. A few Sangre De Cristo HOG brothers and sisters, whom we hadn’t seen in some time, joined us. We even had some folks that we’ve never ridden with join us! The group was fantastic and I for one really enjoyed talking with everyone. The High Country Restaurant in Chama set us up in the back room, and we had it to ourselves! After lunch, most of us made the loop North across Colorado Hwy17. As usual this stretch of road did not disappoint, with lots of cool air and beautiful scenery. We stopped for a quick break in Tres Piedras and some stopped for dessert. Others checked out the local real estate for future business potential While it was a bit warm after we left the mountains, the ride was well worth it! Thanks to everyone that participated, and for the rest of you that didn’t, you missed another great opportunity to get out and ride with your Sangre De Cristo HOG Chapter!!!
This was the largest ride of the year so far. I expect the August 11th ride to surpass this one, but 19 people is nothing to sneeze at, is it? Rob’s count of 14 bikes and one cage sounds, about right. It was great seeing Dennis and Cheryl there to meet us on their way back from Durango. We saw some new faces on Sunday, which was great! I passed out membership applications to them and they signed the necessary releases for the ride. At one point my bike read 105° while riding through Espanola. Overall, it was a great ride on a very hot day!
Is this the first Harley Dealership in New Mexico? The address is 205 (215?) Central Avenue, Albuquerque. Seven years after the beginning of mass production in Milwaukee New Mexico had a dealership. Imagine the roads the new riders encountered as most were not paved. The Mother Road, Route 66, was still 16 years away from beginning construction. Love the name – “Ye Harley Shope” which probably connects with the horse and buggy culture of the era.
For folks needing a refresher on what the big deal was all about, here is the Silent Gray Fellow. In 1911, 5,625 model 7Ds were manufactured. The 7D’s motor was the F-Head IOE and used by the Company until 1929. It sold for $300 which with inflation would be $7,879 in today’s currency. Ignition was by a magneto and started using bicycle-style pedals to crank the engine. The name was a tribute to William S Harley who was known for his quiet personality.
In other news – A large tariff has been levied on US motorcycles by our allies in Europe in response to the trade war started by Trump. The Company’s response, reported in today’s business news, is to shift manufacturing of HD motorcycles in part to Europe. Where this leads is any ones guess but it can’t be good for the Company after three years of diminished sales or for American manufacturing jobs. Guess we will have to wait and see.
See you on the road….
So we stopped for the night @ Le Claire Iowa, home of Mike & Frank & Daniel of Antique Archeology. No, we did not visit them. We’re not sure where our next stop is, but it’s not home yet.
Well, we made it to the Collision or C6. Met a great group of bikers, had some good times, broke bread with them and I’m pretty damned sure I’ll be back for C7. No more info since I’ve been sworn to secrecy!
Tomorrow, heading north to Michigan!