Members of Seniors on Bikes are going to be joining the students of the Texas 4000 riding from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska at the Las Campanas Golf Club. Spouses and best friends are invited too! Here’s the deal: SOBs will ride to Eldorado to meet the riders from Texas and then escort them via Old Santa Fe Trail to the Plaza and then to their motel in the Railyard district.

Then everyone joins the Texans and the alumni of the University of Texas for a great Happy Hour and dinner with a program at the Las Campanas Golf Club. The last two years have been great and this should be even better. Sitting around and talking to the students about their ride from Austin and the plans for the ride out of Santa Fe is great fun. The students are all leaders and very conversant.

The conclusion of the ride to the motel should happen between 3 and 3:30. There is plenty of time to get home for a shower and then get to the Las Campanas Golf Club for Happy Hour starting at 6:30. Dinner will follow and then the program concluding between 8 and 8:30. The menu is Northern New Mexico. The main dinning room of the club house is elegant and fit for bicycle enthusiasts.

Here’s how the festivities work: On arrival, pay your money for the dinner. $50 per person includes some of the costs for the students and it also includes gratuity for the staff. You must pay with either cash or a check payable to the Texas Alumni group listed at the table. Then enjoy the Happy Hour by ordering your favorite, beer, wine, or cocktail from the staff. For bar orders, you must pay ONLY with a credit card. And tips are included in the charge for the drinks, too. So you don’t have to calculate an appropriate tip.

The program is short, but very impressive. And you will feel a lot of compassion for the efforts of the students to raise funds for cancer research. Their stories are amazing! You will be asked to consider donations to cancer research, but you are not going to be hard pressed. And there will also be hats and other ride souvenirs available for purchase as a way of donating to the project. Donations to the Texas 4000 are tax deductible!

It will be very helpful if you can let me know how many of your party will attend the dinner in order to inform the club of the quantities of meals for which they must prepare. Let me know as soon as you can. Contact me at  

Bill Pollock

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