By Perry & Traci Nelson
The Rocky Point Rally (RPR) is like no other, with an authentic Mardi Gras and Sturgis rolled into one! Throw in beaches and sunsets and you’ve got the perfect rally. Taking place in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, RPR is always on Veterans Day weekend from Thursday through Sunday. We packed up our Road King and headed out early Thursday morning to be there in time for the kick off.
We met so many cool bikers along the way like when we stopped to gas up… everyone pumped up (literally) for Rocky Point Rally. Both the border entries are prepared for all the bikers, to help it run as smoothly as possible. About an hour or so into Mexico RPR added another registration spot; the first location you can sign up at is at the rest stop at the Barclin’s Gas Station on the main road before you enter into the city; the second is at the Playa Bonita right on the beach. You can’t miss them, just look for the huge blow-up Law Tigers tiger-head at both locations. The first registration stop is where the party starts. They have music, food, vendors and Barb’s Dog Rescue with some of their adoptable dogs. This is where you can drop off pet donations and toys for the January King’s Day Run (Jan 5th). Even if you already registered online, come join the party to check out all the happenings during the rally.
The Playa Bonita had the Matt Farris Band along with other local bands and plenty of dancing. This year surpassed previous years, with donations from annual registration fees of $22,000 all going directly to local charities; Fire Dept, Red Cross, Home for the Elderly, and Montoya School for children with special needs. Follow them all on Facebook and can see where your generous donations go. This year was a record breaking attendance with a total of 25,000 bikers from all over the world including the US, Mexico, Canada, Europe, South America, Germany as well as the Philippines. Not everyone spoke English, but we all were here to shared a common bond… our love for motorcycles … our common language!
Thursday was the Kick Off Bike Night party at Banditos with the bands: The Summer, Christopher Shane and the Black Moods. There is so much to do all weekend during the rally it’s hard to choose; daily motorcycle rides, live bands at all the popular bars, and yes, even daily pirate cruises. The biggest parties are along the Malecon Old Port strip packed with nothing but motorcycles and bikers. Beads flying from balconies, for whatever women and men do to get beads thrown at them, music blasting, guys and gals dancing on poles… it’s hard to describe the “rush” you feel…you just have to be there. It all builds up to Saturday starting with the Bike Parade that was led by our QT correspondent Shannon Venturo this year, with the Bling Divas MC from Las Vegas (watch video on our website). Anyone can join the parade as it winds through Puerto Penasco with locals lined up on both sides of the street for miles.
The kids were so excited to watch the bikes pass by with riders throwing candy to them; once the candy hits the curb the scramble is on!! The parade starts in front of the Red Cross on Fremont and ends in Old Port where the party begins!! The main stage and bike show are at the plaza right by the… you guessed it, the Law Tigers huge tiger head. The Sanborn’s Mexico Auto Insurance booth was there by the bike show on site with free cold water and lots of other freebies. When we got there Mogollon was on stage playing to a packed crowd … we even broke out some of our swing dance moves. We spent a lot of time checking out the bikes in the show and talking to the owners… the winners were announced at the end of the day. The real crazy stuff starts at sunset on Calle 13 on the Rocky Point Riders main stage by Guau Guau’s “exotic night club” with bands all weekend. The Rocky Point Riders celebrated their ten-year anniversary this year, raffling off a Sportster on Saturday.
During the rally we took some time to get prescription glasses made. A little cheaper than stateside. The owner of the prescription glasses place recommended that we check out a local restaurant; Al Capone’s Pizzeria it was! The food was amazing with homemade pizza and the freshest halibut ever. We made a few friends there while we waited for our food to arrive. Mariachis came by to serenade us… of course Traci got them to do a few songs…they belted out their rendition of Santana’s Black Magic Woman… how embarrassing…Lol.
Never forget that Puerto Penasco has the freshest seafood right off the local fishing boats!!
The Rally ended with Sunday’s bike blessing for the riders heading home. We as usual decided to spend another day at the Playa Bonita just chilling on the beach where we got a beautiful Mayan calendar blanket that we used over on the beach. The water was much cooler than I remember and we did have a rather long conversation with a young seagull. The bird came within a couple feet of us and seemed rather annoyed at the fact that all we gave him was a tamale husk. He squawked pretty loud at us voicing his opinion of our scraps we had next to us…that we later picked up…(please don’t litter!)…this we caught on video; check our online QT FB posts and RPR gallery on our website!
Monday morning we headed back to Phoenix after the most delish fish tacos at Mary’s in Old Port; three fresh fish tacos for each of us, chips, salsa, a coke n bottled water: 10 bucks American (12 with tip).
Our last day was a beautiful day for a ride. When we got to the border there was a long line of cars waiting to get through. We waited for a while then a local pointed out that there was a motorcycle lane. Duh! Bam we were at the front of the line in no time… you can grab some homemade tamales riding through to the front of the border line…just grab ‘em’ fast, there are bikes behind you.
We love this rally and can’t wait to see our friends at the Kings Day Run!
Rocky Point Rally 2018 Bike show winners:
Chopper- Bo Romero, La Quinta, CA – 2006 Big Bear Chopper
Metric- Pattyshu Vejar, Tijuana, BC – 2003 Yamaha V Star 650
Bagger- Cam Allen, Laveen, AZ – 1999 H-D Electra Glide
Trike- John Suor, Coolidge, AZ – 2012 Can Am Spyder
Sport- Gary “Gaz” Lewis, Scottsdale, AZ – 2014 Suzuki M109R
Custom- Jaime Magdaleno Sr., Moorpark, CA – 2010 H-D Deluxe
Vintage- Christopher, Tijuana, BC – 1999 H-D Sportster
Paint- Jewelz, Casa Grande, AZ – 2002 H-D Deuce
Judge’s Choice- Fernando Araiza, Litchfield Park, AZ – 2003 H-D Dyna Low Rider
People’s Choice- Samuel Ramirez, San Bernardino, CA – 1955 Special Construction Panhead Chopper
Honorable Mention- Lencho Ambriz, Riverside, CA – 1999 H-D Road King Classic “Raider Nation”
Honorable Mention- Daniel Sanchez, Mexicali, BC – Blue Metal Flake