The riders in the Rockies Route of the Texas 4000 ride from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK is underway and the riders on Thursday night are still in Texas, but moving quickly to New Mexico. A major change in the route has canceled the night in Albuquerque before arriving in Santa Fe. Instead, the riders will make their way from Santa Rosa, NM to Las Vegas, NM and will ride from Las Vegas to Santa Fe. Many SOBs have ridden from Las Vegas back to Santa Fe, and are, therefore, quite familiar with the route.Looking at the cue sheet they have posted, it is just like our experiences and we know the hills they much climb,

As in the past, SOB riders meet the Texas 4000 as they approach Eldorado and escort the group via Old Santa Fe Trail to the Plaza and then to their motel. I understand that they will be staying at the Motel 6 in the Railyard area. But I do not yet have firm confirmation, though I hope to get it in the next day or two.

The riders will arrive on Wednesday, May 31. Based on what one can remember riding the route, the group will arrive near Eldorado between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. We will meet at Cafe Fina as they will be approaching from Glorieta on Old Las Vegas Highway. I have asked that a rider telephone me as early as possible when they know their arrival time. If the group arrives by 4:00, we should reach their motel between 4:45 and 5:15.

The group has a day of rest in Santa Fe and then dinner around 6:30 at the spectacular Las Campanas Country Club, Thuursday, June 1. SOB members and spouses/friends are invited to attend the dinner. The bar will open about 5:30 and dinner about 6:30. Similar to many restaurants in Santa Fe, the cost of the dinner is $60. Early notification of plans to attend the dinner are helpful so that the Club can order the quantity of food needed. The local Alumni of the University of Texas sponsor the dinner at the Club and several of those members also attend the dinner. The riders will split themselves among the tables so that each of us have an opportunity to engage in conversation with the riders. The training each rider has undergone reinforces their self-confidence and communication skills. They are a delight to engage in conversation. The riders are diverse group with many interesting experiences to report, including events on the 10 days of riding. And, of course, they have their own experiences with cancer. And most important, their future plans for careers that didn’t exist a few years ago.

If you plan to attend the dinner, please notify me at and I will provide your name(s) to the Club.

In the next couple of days, look at this SOB website for a confirmation on the motel site so that you can arrange to return home after the ride. My personal plan is to park my car at the DeVargas Center and be driven back to Cafe Fina where I will await the riders. Other SOB members may want to consider a similar arrangement.

If you have any questions about this activity, please call me at (505) 470-6241–or email me at the email address above.

Submitted by   Bill Pollock

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