2014 Land of Enchantment Ride
For those going on the Land of Enchantment Ride here is a tentative itinerary with basic information. I apologize for the delay in posting this but I have been tied up with travel and work and haven't had a chance to post anything.
Leave Wed May 21st from Cracker Barrel restaurant at 380 and I 35 in Denton at 8:00. (KSU)
Route going out will follow 380 west to Lubbock then Clovis to Tucumcari NM.
Approx mileage Denton to Tucumcari: 480 miles
Wed night: Tucumcari NM. Lodging at the Motel Safari on old Highway 66.
The Safari hotel is one of the historic hotels on old Route 66 that has been updated and improved. It is one of the small motor court hotels that were popular in the 50's before the interstate killed Route 66. The hotel only has 15 rooms total and we have 10 of those rooms reserved for our groups plus 1 suite so 11 rooms total. Gail the owner gave us a killer rate for the one night and the rates are as follows:
Single regular king room- $49 per night (they have 3 available)
Regular double with 2 full size beds- $49 per night (They have 5 available)
A two room suite with 1 bedroom w/ king bed and sitting area - $94.95 night
Call them at 1-575 461-1048 and speak with Gail who is the owner. Tell her you are with the Lone Star Riders group and all the rooms above are blocked off for our use. Any unreserved rooms will be released back to the general hotel inventory by the middle of April if they aren't reserved.
You can check out the hotels website at "thesafarihotel.com" or just google The Safari Hotel Tucumcari NM.
If we need more rooms than what the Safari has we do have some overflow contingency plans at another historic motor coach hotel which is almost across the street.
Let's first fill up the Safari and if needed I will post the overflow options. Looking forward to this ride. Call with any questions.
Thurs May 22nd : Head to Taos via 104 to Las Vegas and then 518 up to Taos.
Approximate mileage to Taos: 185 miles
Thurs night: Taos NM. Lodging at El Pueblo Lodge
Hotel : El Pueblo Lodge. Phone: 855-579-9255 They have a good selection of rooms at this point although there is limited availability for the single queen rooms. The room rates quoted to me are as follows:
Two queens: $128.99
Single King: $137.99
Single Queen: $104.99
They do have a couple of suites available : $133.49 for either one.
One has 2 Queen beds in it and a sitting area with a fold out couch
One has two separate bedrooms with one bedroom having a King bed in it and one bedroom having a Queen bed in it.
Both of them have a single bathroom.
They are giving us a 10% discount off of their normal rates. When you call please tell them you are with the Lone Star Riders Plano group so that they reserve the right date and put your reservation with the right group. The reason for this is that they have the Lone Star BMW group staying there in July and want to make sure they don't book our rooms with the other group and vice versa.
The hotel is located in the downtown area and is walking distance to the square and restaurants. Continental breakfast is included. I would suggest reserving your rooms as soon as possible as they are not holding the rooms and the 10% off they are giving us will be off the current standard room rate at the time you make your reservations. The rates above are based on today's normal room rate.
Also this is not a large hotel and they only have a total of 50 rooms available for rent.
The do have a website or you can google EL Pueblo lodge Taos New Mexico if you want to preview the property. I checked several places online that review hotels and I could not find any bad reviews for this place.
Fri May 23rd: Sante Fe Loop , or Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos
Sat May 24th : Sante Fe Loop or Bandelier National Monument and Los Alamos or enchanted circle loop.
Sunday May 25th : Depart Taos for home. Will head North thru Cimarron via back roads to 140 and then stopping in Amarillo for the night.
Approximate mileage to Amarillo: 303 miles
Sunday night: lodging in Amarillo.(lodging to be posted in next day or so). Dinner at Big Texan Steakhouse.
Ok here is the last nights lodging information in Amarillo for those going on the NM ride.
Hotel: Microtel Inn and Suites By Wyndham Amarillo
1501 Ross St
Amarillo Texas 79102
(Hotel is a couple blocks north of I40 on Ross St)
They are holding 7 rooms under the name " Lone Star Riders"
They will hold them until May 18th and then the unused rooms will be released back into the general hotel inventory
Check in: Sunday May 25th
Check out : Monday May 26th
Rooms : All have 2 queen beds in them
Rates: $69.99 per night
Give them a call and make your last nights lodging reservations. Looking forward to a great time on this ride and we will probably make a side trip to the Big Texan Steakhouse Sunday night for dinner .
Mon May 26 Memorial Day : Amarillo to Dallas with jog south of 287 to see Palo Duro Canyon.
Approximate mileage: 302 miles
Mon afternoon / evening arrive home.
Please note that there could be some minor changes to the routes for Sat and Sun as they are still a work in progress. The above should give everyone a basic understanding of the routes and overnight stops.
Looking forward to a good ride.