Albuquerque – Bernalillo – Santa Fe – Las Vegas
Ride to Las Vegas to see the Days Inn for “The New Mexico Ride In”-Took NM 313 to Bernalillo, then I-25 to Las Vegas, back I-25
Ride was about 260 miles with a 4 hour ride time.
February 18, 2012
On Thursday (2/16) I was invited by Steve to join in a ride to Las Vegas. Steve was going to Las Vegas to inspect a hotel for an event he is planning on May 25-28 – “The New Mexico Ride In”. I’ve been lurking, reading and posting in several motorcycle forums for years and one of those is the forum for the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club (VRCC). This group is a fantastic source for any information you might want or need about a Valkyrie. But more importantly, it’s a place to share my love of riding with others that will comprehend what I’m talking about.
The three of us from the Albuquerque, met at the Denny’s in Bernalillo. It was great to meet Steve (SCain) and Chuck (F6Banger) in the real world. They both were extremely nice and very knowledgeable about Valkyries. Chuck (F6Banger) even offered to make new parts for my bike and give me a front tire he wasn’t using.
We headed north up I 25 to Santa Fe and met Gary at the US 285 intersection, just east of town. Gary posts pictures of his rides on the forum and I knew it was just a mater of time before our paths crossed.
Had a great time listening to their stories about riding and riders I’ve yet to meet. Then we started on the next 60 mile leg into Las Vegas.
The Day’s Inn looked like a new hotel or at least recently remodeled. The manager gave us a grand tour, showing us the lobby, rooms and pool.
The lobby was open area with lots of natural light.
The rooms looked clean and comfortable with the all important refrigerator and microwave.
They even offered to block off this parking area for the days the event was using the hotel.
With a gate opening into the blocked off parking lot, this will make a perfect little private area to swap stories in the evenings and hold the BBQ on Sunday.
After talking in the hotel parking lot for quite some time, we made our way to lunch, just down the street.
When we stopped for lunch at the “Hillcrest” another rider pulled into the parking lot with us. He was riding from Denver to San Diego and joined us for lunch. The food was average, but the company was excellent.
After lunch we rode over to Tito’s, famous for being a part of the movie Easy Rider.
I didn’t have anything to do with them picking Las Vegas for the “Ride In“, but I do think it was a good selection. Las Vegas will provide amazing day rides both east and north into the mountains. I’ve signed up for the “Ride In” and I’m now trying to fix my schedule so I can attend. When I take a picture, I never capture or do justice to scenery around me. If you can make it to the “Ride In”, come down and see it with me. If can’t make that weekend, still do try and ride in New Mexico you will be happy you did. Anytime, you are coming to New Mexico, drop me a line and I’ll try and share some road with you.