Ride to the Hatch Chile Festival

Ride to Hatch for a parade and Chile Festival—Albuquerque – Socorro – Hatch – Truth or Consequences – Socorro – Albuquerque 

The ride was 388  miles with a saddle time of 6 1/2 hours

September 01, 2012

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I was planning on riding north and looping around Taos this weekend, but while searching the Internet for local events I came across the Hatch Chile Festival. The Hatch valley grows what many in New Mexico consider the best green chile in the world. The Hatch Chile Festival is an annual event that occurs each Labor Day.
We started the ride to Hatch just before 7:00 so we could see the parade that kicks off the event. Using the Interstate we rode the 198 miles in about 2 1/2 hours giving us plenty of time to find a good spot.

Small town parades are mostly about kids and candy. As each group passes, they toss candy to the spectators lining the route. The kids race around grabbing up the different treats as they hit the ground.

 After the parade we slowly made our way through town to the Hatch airport, the location for the Hatch Chile Festival.
We walked the event looking at the different booths that made up the event, even did a little Christmas shopping at one.

My daughter and I split some home made ice cream made and sold by the local 4H Club.

While there were lots of options for fair style food at the festival we decided to stop on our way home in Truth or Consequences for lunch. We left the festival, taking NM 187 north through the valley’s farmland.

For lunch we stopped at Bella Luca, it’s an upscale Italian restaurant located a block off the main street in T or C. I ordered the calamari, it was severed on a bed of greens with some chopped peppers. The calamari was amazingly good and I really enjoyed it.

After lunch we took I-25 out of town, then got on NM 1 to Socorro. It was hot and we stopped for gas in Socorro before making our way home on the Interstate. It was fun going to the parade and the festival, but ride was mostly just about getting from one place to another. As it gets cooler riding south into the desert will make for a better ride.




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