Sunday, September 2, 2007

Sept 2nd - AZ to Albuquerque, NM

We departed Kingman, AZ around 7:30 a.m. - the temp was in the low 70s.

I was able to ride at 70 mph for much of the day....we actually arrived at the designated meeting place in Gallup, NM 40 minutes early.

We were met in Gallup by a state highway patrol motorcycle officer. This single officer lead us the 115 miles from Gallup to the travel center to meet up with the Blue Knights and CMA members from Albequerque.

Approximately 25 bikes rode from Gallup - at speeds MOSTLY at 80 to 90 mph. What nerve racking with only one officer and SOME impatient trucks and cars. I didn't dare get a drink or adjust the radio - was holding onto the handle bars for dear life because there was no way I was going to run into the back of another rider.....turns out there were other riders who had never ridden that fast in such a large group.

From the travel stop into Albuquerque we had close to 40 motorcycles and the pace was considerably more sane due to the traffic.

Gary and Marge Covert arrived at the FOP before everyone was finished eating. There was a presentation of the NM proclamation for First Call Responders. We had pizza this year. There weren't as many officers at the FOP building because they have been working non-stop preparing for the funeral of the officer killed on duty during the presidential motorcade this week.

Larry has been taking the photos, so none of him!

Frank & Lil are also posting photos at

Overall a much nicer day than yesterday.

Tomorrow we are off to Amarillo, TX via Santa Fe and Tucumcari.

First thing in the morning (or the middle of the night) will be the balloon tribute. Larry will once again participate. I, on the other hand, have "been there, done that" and will sleep in for an hour before joining the group for breakfast!

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