Austin, Texas is about the same distance from Santa Fe as St. Louis. Back in the 1840s and 1850s, and without bicycles, travelers needed three months on the road to reach Santa Fe. With bicycles, the Texas 4000 riders will cover the same distance in just one week! Amazing, don’t you think? If only we could have told those gals and guys about bicycles!

The Texas 4000 riders left Austin this past Friday and they will be here in Santa Fe this next Friday, June 9. And members of Santa Fe SOBs will ride to Eldorado to meet them when they arrive. We will ride into Santa Fe following the same route as the old wagon trains and arrive at the same historic marker at the Plaza that says, “End of the Santa Fe Trail.” How about that experience?

SOBs doing the ride will leave the DeVargas Center at 12:15 p.m. The Texas 4000 riders should arrive at Eldorado about 1:30 p.m. After a brief rest stop, the total group will ride along Old Las Vegas Hightway to El Gancho, then the Old Santa Fe Trail to the Plaza. Tourists will gawk, birds will stop singing, time will stand still at the whir of the bicycle tires on the pavement. A great feeling!

And it gets better. Dinner at the magnificent Las Campanas Golf Club with a Happy Hour to begin at 6:30 p.m., a great dinner served by the staff of the Club, and an inspiring program presented by the Texas 4000 students from the University of Texas. And they look great and will tell you how great Santa Fe looks after a week of riding through Texas.

You can still sign up to attend the dinner. Let me know that you will attend. Send email to me, Bill Pollock, and I will add you to the list. The cost is $50 per person, and that includes gratuity. How easy is that?

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