Ironhorse BMW Rally, Benson AZ. April 2015

I learned of this rally from the BMWMOA magazine, and since it was the “1st” annual, we had to go. I only had Saturday & Sunday off, so we missed the first day & the Saturday group ride.

The route:


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We were up and on the road at 7:20, just a perfect day for riding with the morning temperature in the low 50’s and a cloudless sunrise. Going on I-10 through Pheonix takes us right under the landing runways.

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It took us about 4 hours on I-10 to reach Benson, not much to look at, but a nice day to ride.

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The rally was at a city park, many riders had camped out. We registered, and after a short break, left for Tombstone for lunch. There were about 120 bikes at the rally.

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We had lunch at the Depot, but did not walk around Tombstone. We had already visited Tombstone on the bike in 2007.

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I did have Donna get a picture of me & one of my favorite U.S. Marshall’s – Wyatt Earp.

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We took HWY 82, over to HWY 90 on our return to Benson. Drove through our first (of several) Border Patrol checkpoints – we were always waved through.

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We arrived back at the rally, relaxed while we waited for the door prize drawings.

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We didn’t win any of the door prizes, but we did win a silent auction (we had the only bid) on a free one night stay & breakfast at a motel in Patagonia, AZ. So, we will be coming back to this area before the end of the year.

We had dinner at Pablo’s in Benson, nice little place.

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Up & ready for breakfast Sunday morning at the Horseshoe cafe. Another great Mom & Pop place in Benson.

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Another perfect day, on our way to Bisbee, AZ.

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A small tunnel right before Bisbee.

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Bisbee looked like a cool place, we will have to come back, probably some fun old west history to be found.

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The “old” Bisbee business district.

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We did stop at the Bisbee Coffee Co. for some more coffee, and just enjoyed the morning & did some people watching.

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We decided to stop in Patagonia to check out the motel we would be staying at, just a beatiful morning to be riding!

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Looks like a fun out of the way place to stay. We did go in a look around and met the owner, thanked him for the free stay. All the proceeds from the rally will go to the Meals On Wheels program around Benson.

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Our next stop was the Sonoita Mercantile for gas & a cold drink. This place was really busy, a favorite stop for bikers at the intersection of HWY’s 82 & 83.

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Then a long ride back through the desert to Wickenburg.

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The logo on my shirt from the rally. Next year we hope to make the entire three days for the next one. One night & two days was way too short.

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I didn’t keep any gas stats, just forgot – getting old ain’t for sissies! Just one observation – all the roads in these small towns are in rough shape, very bumpy rides in all of them. We will use our free night & probably spend the second night in Bisbee when we go back later this year.

Total miles – 664

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