The Greatest Motorcycle Fiesta just south of the border
December 14, 2016 | By: Joe Sparrow
There’s something about going to a motorcycle rally for the first time that I liken to getting a Christmas present from that cool but a little strange uncle, you just don’t know what you’re going to get when you open that package, it could be cool and it could be strange. The strange part for me was that I heard through the grapevine that my good friend and photojournalist Felicia was looking for someone to ride with to the Rocky Point Rally in Mexico after that I worked my last job for 2016 at the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, Texas for J&P Cycles. Sounded like a great adventure, so I made the 1,300 mile ride to Phoenix to meet up with Felicia.
We stopped in Ajo, Arizona to purchase the required Mexican insurance and to check out some of the “wall art”.
Crossing the border was as simple as crossing the street. A special Lane was set up for motorcyclists and showing your passport was not necessary.
After crossing the border, it’s pretty much a straight shot to the host city.
After reaching our hotel, the first order of business was to start sampling the fine cuisine and it did not disappoint.
A meal like this will cost about 12 American dollars.
After getting settled into the seaside hotel, we opted to catch a cab and have a guided tour of the city. Puerto Peñasco is rich in history but is also a thriving city with rapid growth in the tourist and hotel/condominium industry.
The Mexican people revere their dead relatives and it carries over to the tourist trade. What we might see as strange is perfectly normal to other cultures (and vice versa).
Street art is very prevalent in and around the city with undesirable graffiti being almost nonexistent.
This reassembled whale skeleton gives you a perfect example of how huge these mammals are as you walk the length of it.
A man’s castle has no direct relationship to the size of his heart. The cab driver thought I was nutty when I asked him to turn around so I could get a picture of this trailer.
There is a helmet law throughout all of Mexico but there is also quite a bit of leniency especially during the rally dates.
The Rocky Point Rally is a four day event that’s been going on for 16 years and attendance was near 10,000 this year. A voluntary donation of 20 dollars will fetch you an official rally pin, patch, bandanna, koozies and more. But the beauty of the donations is that all proceeds go to local charities including a school for disabled children, a home for the elderly, the office for family and children services, the Red Cross, cancer awareness and prevention groups and the fire department.
I was amazed at the festive spirit and fun times that everyone was having. Note: no chickens were harmed during the rally.
If there was a language barrier I certainly didn’t notice it.
Due to the close proximity to the southwestern US states, a good number of Americans flock to the Rocky Point Rally.
Everyone was in good spirits.
Lots of lady riders were in attendance and strutting their stuff.
A sense of humor is a sign of a fun rally.
The beauty of Mexico is reflected in its people’s eyes.
The love of family is apparent everywhere I looked.
A fine example of an early Shovelhead custom.
The street scene went from laid back….
to happy mode.
The parade along the malecón (as they called it) went on for most of the day.
It didn’t matter what kind of 2 wheeler, 3 wheeler or quad you rode or even your preference of superhero, everyone was welcomed.
As with any good rally, music plays a big part and the talent certainly made the crowds put on their dancing shoes.
Bikes of the Rocky Point Rally.
The rally for me was a total blast and it was like getting a cool Christmas present from that uncle. Afraid of going to Mexico, don’t be ! The rally for 2017 is scheduled for November 9th through the 12th. More information can be found at www.rockypointrally.com