Albuquerque – Santa Rosa – Tuccumcari – Logan – Ute Lake State Park
Ride to Ute Lake State Park to see the 12th Annual Chuck Wagon Cook Off with dinner at Annex—Took I 40 east to Tuccumcair, then US 54 to Logan, then east on NM 540 to Ute Lake. We returned using the same route.
This was ride with an overnight but I’m posting it as one ride.
The ride was 394 miles with about 6 hours of ride time to Logan and back.
Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28, 2012
It only took us about 30 minutes to break camp and pack our bikes.
We made our way over to the site of the cook-off and wandered around the different wagons. Each of the wagons are authentic chuck wagons and use cooking utensils from that era to prepare over 30 meals each using an open fire.
The wagons are all given the exact same ingredients to start with.Then they each make their own version’s of chicken fried steak, beans, biscuits, potatoes and apple cobbler.
We looked at all the different wagons, each owner freely talked with us about the history of their wagons and the tools they used for cooking.
The Canadian River Renegades a Non-Profit Organization runs the Chuck Wagon Cook-off to provide scholarships. They sell tickets for all the meals made by each wagon to raise money. The tickets for this event were sold out on Friday. But I called the very nice lady that runs the event earlier in the week and she held some tickets for us.
As it got closer to lunch time the crowd started to build and soon they were ringing the bells that call you to dinner.
My lunch was outstanding, by the time I remembered to take pictures of the food we had already eaten it. But I did get a picture of the empty plates. The wagon (Rising W) that made my lunch took first place for biscuits and cobbler.
The cook-off was a lot of fun, we met some great people and ate good food, all for a worthy cause. The American Chuck Wagon Association web site has a list of events they have planned for the the year. As we were eating we were already talking about catching another event. The 2013 Cook Off at Ute Lake will be on April 27, 2013 if you would like to attend.
While they started on the dishes we started for home.
After stopping for gas in Moriarty we pulled over to say our goodbyes before heading our separate way. Three riders from Santa Fe stopped to talk with us.
We talked with them for 15 or 20 minutes before getting back on the road. It’s always amazing how motorcycle owners all seem to find common ground in riding. Steve, Chuck, thanks for going with me, I really enjoyed your company, it was a first-class adventure.