Carrying Sandra to Hobbs.

Trip Start Oct 10, 2008
Trip End Oct 10, 2008

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Occasionally a ride comes together for an unusual reason.  Todays ride came about as the result of a request from friends who are always helping other people.  When Danny called yesterday and laid out the situation I told him that I was available and would be glad to help.  What I was helping with was part of a memorial for Sandra, a 47 year old woman who passed away this week.  Evidently Sandra loved to ride and wanted her cremains (cremated remains) to be carried to her memorial service on a motorcycle.  When I met up with Danny, Liz and Dale outsie of Ballard Funeral Home I found out that we were all that could be assembled for a last ride for Sandra.  As  we discussed the situation I learned that none of us knew Sandra or her husband, Abe, but because Danny is a member of CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association) he was contacted by the pastor who was doing the memorial service to help out. 

We met with Abe and the pastor and quickly worked out a plan.  Abe wanted to ride on the back of my bike while holding Sandra's riding gear and her remains.  As it turned out Abe couldn't hold everything due to space limitations, so he wrapped Sandra's remains up inside her chaps, vest and riding jacket which I secured to my tour pack.  Abe then held Sandra's boots and riding hat as we headed towards Hobbs.  I led the way with Abe and Sandra onboard with Dale behind me and then Danny and Liz bringing up the rear.  We rode south out of Roswell on US 285 to NM 2 where we continued south through Midway and Dexter to Hagerman.  At our turn onto NM 249 in Hagerman we were met by the Hagerman police who escorted us through this small New Mexico farming community and out towards the rolling desert hills below the caprock.  The temperature was perfect for a ride and we rolled along effortlessly towards the caprock that marks the boundary between the Llano Estacado on top and the Pecos River valley below.  When we were approaching the caprock Abe informed me that he needed a break because his knees were aching.  Once on top of the cap I pulled onto the entrance of an oilfield road and rolled to a stop.  We took a nice break and then Abe mounted up with Dale on his Goldwing for the remainder of the ride while Sandra stayed with me.

We pulled into Hobbs dismounted and unstrapped Sandra's remains and riding gear from my bike and loaded them along with Abe into the pastor's car who would complete the task of getting Sandra's remains to the service.  Dale, Danny, Liz and I grabbed some lunch at the North 40, visited and then headed home.  We headed out of Hobbs on US 62/180 and then diverted onto NM 529 and then US 82 through Loco Hills.  East of Artesia Dale and Danny and Liz turned north on the truck bypass while I rode into Artesia.  I took a short break in town and then rode the remainder of the way home on US 285.  I rode about 250 miles, spent some time with some good people and got to help out a man in his time of need.  All in all it was a great fall ride for a worthy cause.
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