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NMSU plans fourth annual Ride for 4-H Clover motorcycle tour

Scenic northern New Mexico will be the setting for riders in the fourth annual Ride for the 4-H Clover motorcycle tour Aug. 26-28.



Motorcyclists take a break at the Valles Caldera National Preserve during last year?s annual Ride For the 4-H Clover Motorcycle Rally hosted by New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service. This year?s ride is scheduled for Aug. 26-28. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

Participants will experience the thrill of riding among some of New Mexico?s most dramatic settings, from colorful geologic formations at Abiquiu to the forests of Red River. They?ll also have a chance to learn about New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station Extension and outreach activities in northern New Mexico.

?This year?s ride will not only be a great opportunity to learn about Extension and Research programs in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, but also an opportunity to support the New Mexico 4-H Program,? said Jon C. Boren, associate dean and director for the Cooperative Extension Service. ?You will experience great fellowship and the beauty of northern New Mexico.?

Ride for the 4-H Clover is an awareness-building campaign first envisioned by NMSU Regents Vice Chair Mike Cheney as a way for people to learn about the many opportunities New Mexico?s youth can experience through the Cooperative Extension Service 4-H program. Cheney and NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers invite motorcycle riders and non-riders alike to participate in the ride.

On Aug. 26, riders and other participants will get together for a launch party from 6-7:30 p.m. at Santa Fe Harley-Davidson, 4360 Rodeo Road. On Aug. 27, the group will gather again for an opening ceremony from 7:30-8:30 a.m., also at Santa Fe Harley-Davidson.

The group will depart Santa Fe on Airport Road and NM 599, then on to U.S. 285 to U.S. 84. They?ll stop at Echo Amphitheater near Ghost Ranch for a break and program at 9:30 a.m.

They?ll continue north to Tierra Amarilla, then on to Hopewell Lake in the Carson National Forest for a lunch stop. Next stop will be a fuel stop in El Prado at 2:15 p.m.

The group will then turn north on NM 522, joining the Enchanted Circle route. They?ll stop briefly in Red River, then continue on to Taos, arriving at 4:45 p.m. and checking into the Sagebrush Inn. At 6:30, riders will reconvene for dinner and a program at the Sagebrush Inn.

On Aug. 28, riders will depart Taos at 9 a.m., bound for NMSU?s John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center, where they?ll arrive at 10 a.m. for a break and a program. At 11 a.m., they?ll depart for Las Vegas via NM 518 and I-25. They?ll have a fuel stop at Romeroville, then continue on to Santa Fe Harley-Davidson for lunch, a fuel stop and closing remarks.

All proceeds benefit Cooperative Extension Service 4-H youth programs. Registration fee of $75 includes reception on Friday evening, lunches along the route, dinner in Taos, breaks, a commemorative pin, a long-sleeved commemorative T-shirt, a small stuffed animal and access to reduced rates at partnering hotels along the route.

Hotel arrangements in Santa Fe and Taos can be viewed at ridefortheclover.nmsu.edu.

For more information or to register for the ride, visit ridefortheclover.nmsu.edu or call 505-983-4615.