Saturday was so beautiful and I really wanted to ride so I suggested we go to Alamo and meet up with everyone on Saturday instead of Sunday. I called the motel and surprise, they had ONE room left so I scooped it up. Eric quickly got going on an oil change for my bike since it was slightly overdue due to the previous trip. New oil in the bike, chain cleaned and lubed, overnight bag packed, flask filled and then we were out the door in minutes.
Looked like our arrival would be around 6 pm Pacific Daylight Time (we gained an hour from our Mountain Time). We took two lane back roads to Alamo and had a delightful ride although it got quite windy at times. A quick stop at Enterprise, UT to top off our fuel tanks and then just motored on to Alamo. Little to no traffic, sunshine, wind and a bit chilly at times but a fantastic ride! When the big wind gusts hit me, I thought about the folks riding the rally and how that must be mucking up their mileage and maybe even speed. In rural Nevada (which is most of Nevada) gas stations are few and far between and you had better know where they are and fuel up even if you don't really need to!
As predicted, we arrived at the Alamo motel right around 6 pm and surprised the few folks that were hanging out! I was surprised to see Teri (Nevada Wolf) because she was supposed to be riding the rally. Well, I quickly found out that she had thrown the chain on her new to her Honda CB500X which ended her rally. Fortunately, no damage, no crash and help was only a phone call away.
We spent several hours on the motel patio shooting the breeze or bull with the support staff and a few riders who for one reason or another decided to not finish the rally. Here are some pics of Long Distance Riders hanging out! Something we do well ;-)
Teri's new to her Honda. It's a very sweet machine!
The next morning, the rally riders had all safely checked in and hit the sack for a few hours sleep before the lunchtime banquet.
Back to the Windmill for the banquet, Eric and I got there early so we could have brekkie rather than lunch. We spied these retro cafe bikes parked outside. The riders were two guys and a girl all from Nevada just having a weekend rideabout.
Team Lyle selected Shelly's House as the charity they would support this year and collected donations for Paul. You can read more about the charity here Paul Peloquin's Ride for Shelly's House.
Doug was very proud, and rightly so, that in the five years he has put on Team Lyle Alamo events, there have been no accidents, major animal strikes or injuries. A safety record to be extremely proud of. Of course, we don't count bunnies, snakes, gophers, small birds, etc.! Riders who have not been able to complete the rally typically had mechanical issues or personal reasons for not finishing.
One final photo! Doug Barrett with his girlfriend Mary. Mary was responsible for the Tee Shirt and coffee cup designs and did a bang up job! Thanks Doug, Mary, Brian and all the support staff and riders for such a wonderful, fun and safe event.
We left Alamo around 2 pm or so and stopped in the next little town of Ash Springs to fill up our gas tanks before heading into the desolate, yet beautiful, rural Nevada landscape. Another bright, sunny day with very little wind. We enjoyed having the highway to ourselves had a great time leaning into the big sweepers and tight twisties before hitting a long, straight stretch.
We slowed down appropriately as we came to the town limits of Caliente, NV. And.............as we passed the Shell station I spied two riders on BMW GS's with all the gear. They waved, I waved and then I realized who it was and vigorously waved until we were out of sight. Kelly and Jay Van Allen were having their own little rideabout and we just happen to cross paths. They are from Washington and are taking some time getting to Las Vegas for the Big Money Rally banquet coming up this next weekend. Small world! That put a big smile on my face. Kelly recognized me and Eric as well and put a post on Facebook. Good fun :-)
So that's a wrap on this blog. We rode a whopping 350 or so miles and had good food, good conversation and some of the best company anyone could ever find!
Although we don't have any plans for a Memorial Day Weekend ride anywhere in particular, you will want to check back as we are a Bonus location for the Big Money Rally that is winding up this coming weekend. The Bonus is only open for one hour on Friday, at Veyo Pies in Veyo, UT. I believe the bonus requires five elements within that small one hour window. So you BMR riders be prompt!
Cheers to all and thanks for coming along!