By Perry & Traci Nelson
Not too long ago in a land not too far away, Traci and I went on our annual road trip to Puerto Penasco Mexico, also known as Rocky Point. We went to this beautiful port city for the 18th Annual Rocky Point Rally. Rocky Point is about a three-and-a-half-hour ride from Phoenix, Arizona. For people traveling from the United States, it is important to keep in mind that you are crossing an international border, so leave your illegal drugs and firearms at home.
When entering Mexico it seems the Mexican Border Patrol as well as the Mexican Marines (sometimes mistaken for Federales) do pull over and search vehicles… this time we were one of the lucky winners to get pulled over; they did a quick search of our truck… the doors and glove box… etc…, I think they picked us because we had two motorcycles, a 1948 knucklehead and a 2009 Dyna, or maybe it was my new scruffy beard? Anyway, after a bruised ego and a “don’t they know who I am” syndrome, we were set free.
We saw hundreds of bikes driving by us as we were detained, most of them looking at us like, “I’m glad I’m not those guys.” This was the first time we have ever been stopped at the border, and to say Traci was pissed would be an understatement. I’m glad that our dear friends from Rocky Point were not able to answer their phones because Traci called them ALL! Lol… and she was hungry (women will understand the hungry part), and was not in the best of moods.
I had the correct paperwork so after about thirty minutes we were on our way. Rolling into Rocky Point was amazing as always. Bikes everywhere you looked. People on every corner with big smiles on their faces as they watched motorcycles slowly take over their town.
We saw no accidents throughout the rally. I did see one accident on YouTube where a guy on a motorcycle crashed into some parked bikes, after investigation we found that it happened at the rally Wednesday night before we got there and alcohol was a factor.
Our room at the Playa Bonita was beautiful, all the rooms at the Playa Bonita have gorgeous views. I took half a dozen photos of different sunsets, each one a piece of art. It’s not hard to take high quality photos in a beautiful place like Rocky Point.
Our first day in Rocky Point, we like to relax and settle in. We picked up our registration and started making plans for the evening. It’s tempting just to crawl into bed looking at the beautiful view out of our window and listening to the low rumble of big twins pulling into the parking lot of the Playa Bonita Restaurant next to the main motel… music to my ears… maybe we should order some room service and stay in our room?…. wait… Snap out of it! …we have things to do! …we are in Rocky Point, the biggest biker rally south of the border…
End of part 1
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