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Bikers and Mexican food - By Daan Kempenaar

Las Cruces, October 13, 2016

We had spent the night and charged the batteries at the university of Phoenix; one of the biggest universities in the United States. Since long we had slept on mattresses in student dormitories instead of our own camp beds. It was cool to see the enormous and modern campus and to be able to mingle with the students. But today we had to leave early for a ride through the dessert of Arizona and New Mexico.

The ride itself wasn't very exciting. A lot of dessert and warm weather. Although we got to see a glimpse of what the Grand Canyon would look like; large rock formations in a beautiful landscape. It didn't last long and we got to swap the batteries at some very remote places where you could see gunshots in the walls of abandoned gas stations.

To me it felt like it was going to be a boring day, but the situation changed quickly when we approached our destination in Las Cruces. At a very beautiful location and view point we got to meet with a lot of bikers with cruising bikes and choppers. The sun was about to set and the bikers were dropping in. With about twenty different bikers we went under the lead of two police bikes (very awesome bikes by the way!) to the city center of Las Cruces. It was a wonderful sight to see all those bikes riding through the sunset. We made some very awesome videos!

At the center of the city the central square was reserved for the STORM presentation. The bike could take the stage at the podium and the people of Las Cruces were very enthusiastic about the story and to see the motorcycle. It was a great local event at a very nice location! Here we heard that STORM had made it onto the local news 3 times that day!

Then the team was invited for dinner at The Andele Dog House, one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. We got to experience the real Mexican (spicy) food. I can tell you the enchiladas and Mexican style hot dogs were very tasty! No wonder that they have such great Mexican food in this area because it is just a few miles from the Mexican border.

The day didn't end there, of course, we still needed to charge the batteries. Our hosts were so hospitable that they had arranged everything! From the bikers, to the podium, the food and even the charging. It was one of the easiest days to charge the batteries. The power supply was more than enough and in a matter of minutes we were done. Off we went to the sleeping location.

We would spend the night at the gym of the local high school. We had already slept at a gym before where we played basketball. This time we played volleyball till deep in the night. Finally some relaxation and exercise for the team! It was a great way to end the day and to have a good night's rest.

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