After the Battle at Glorieta Pass in 1862, Sgt. Gary Smyth of the Denver Volunteers set about to organize a celebration of July 4 on the Santa Fe Plaza. He planned for a humdinger of a celebration. “What are we going to eat, sergeant?”, asked Private Liscomb. “Pancakes, saussage, coffee, juice,” the sergeant replied. And so the tradition was born. And you can enjoy the same spirit next week on July 4 when the SOBs ride to the Plaza for the historic pancakes.

Thursday July 4

8:30 a.m. Meet at Kohl’s Department Store parking lot. Ride about 10 miles to the Plaza.

9:30 a.m. Arrive at the Plaza Mingle with the citizens of Santa Fe and visitors while eating pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee. Look at vintage automobiles.

Parking your bicycle: Last year there was a free valet parking service in front of the Art Museum where bikes were secure. I continue trying to find if this parking will be available. So be sure to bring a lock, in case it is not available.

10:45 Leave the Plaza and ride back to Kohl’s primarily on the Rail and Chamisa trails. This is a downhill ride most of the way.

11:30 Arrive at Kohl’s and head home to barbecues and other festivities.

Submitted by Bill Pollock

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