Ron's Ride to New Mexico

Ev and I left the Finger Lakes BMW Rally Sunday. We stayed on the interstates to St. Louis where we picked up US Route 50. In Rosebud, MO we took Rts. 28 & 42 to the Lake of the Ozarks. What a great route this is, with lots of curves with very little traffic. I love curves.

That sure changed when we got to Osage Beach, MO. We left town on Route 54, and stayed on it to Tucumcari, NM. Route 54 was hot, flat and boring. We did pass through Greenburg, KS. where a tornado went through last spring, and almost everything was gone. They did have the hospital open but it was mainly a tent village. Makes you count your blessings.

We stopped in Liberal, KS, the home of Dorothy's House (Wizard of Oz) and the Coronado Museum. The Coronado Museum is named after the explorer Coronado who in 1541 passed through the area in search of the seven cities of Cibola (Gold). These places are worth the time to tour. Just down the road, still in Liberal, is the fifth largest air museum in the country. The Mid-America Air Museum is home to over 100 aircraft. The site is located in the former Beechcraft plant, and was a B-24 training base during WWII. Unfortunately, it was 100 degrees with no air-conditioning in the museum, otherwise very interesting.

Next stop was Tucumcari, NM to spend the day with our sons-in-laws. Then, Route 104 from Tucumcari to Las Vegas, NM and Route 518 from there to Taos. These are real motorcycle roads. It was up and down the mountains and through the woods... What fun!

We went to the Land of Enchantment Rally at the Sipapu Ski area about 20 miles south of Taos. It's a small rally, attendance about 400. The area is beautiful, much like the Adirondacks, but at 7-9,000 ft.

We spent time in New Mexico with touring Taos's historic sites such as Kit Carson's Home with our son Mark and his wife Rena.

Heading home, we went north into Nebraska looking for cooler weather. We found it alright, low in the 40's and highs in the 50's. Highway 34 took us into McCook, NE, where we had the worst meal of the trip. The Country Kitchen restaurant next to the motel advertised home cooked meals, we sure hope they don't cook like that in any home! Only go there if you want cheap.

We made one more stop before the dash home, at the John Deere museum in Moline, IL. They have a great display of old to new farm equipment. Kind of a step back in time and a neat place to spend an afternoon. From there, it was on home to a wonderful welcome from our dog Dunkin. We covered approximately 4,200 miles in 14 days. Now we plan next year's trip.
—Ron & Evy Stone