"Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?" is what the 5th Dimension would sing back in the 70's!! Well, here is your chance to actually ride in a balloon or see hundreds of balloons of all shapes, sizes, colors and designs! Then join The Esquire ( Don ) and the Reverend ( Thom ) as they lead you to the Land of Enchantment and you end up in Albuquerque for the 49th Annual Balloon Fiesta!! On your way there, there is a stop in Roswell, New Mexico where you might see some little green men roaming the streets! While in Albuquerque, when not attending one of the balloon sessions, there is the opportunity to explore the wonders of the area. There is Old Town, Madrid ( the city where "Wild Hogs" was partly filmed ), Sandia Peak, the Tramway, and endless New Mexican eateries. There is also a planned ride that will take you through Los Alamos, Valles Caldera National Reserve and through the Jemez Pueblo region. There will be a group dinner at one of Albuquerque's most popular restaurants where Christmas happens all year long! This week long, Level 4 ride, will go kickstands up at 7:30 am sharp from the HEB in Leander. So....... do you want to ride in a beautiful balloon??.......... then this is the ride for you!
HEALTH ADVISORY: The elevation of Albuquerque ranges from 4,900 feet above sea level in the valley (Austin is from 429 feet to just about 1,000 feet) to over 6,700 feet in the foothills. The mountain around the city can go over 10,300 feet. Make sure that you are physically healthy and able to withstand the mileage of this trip (around 1500 miles + round trip) and altitude prior to signing up!!
This is a trip of a lifetime and has the potential to become an annual favorite. Be sure to make your reservations early as this is a popular event and the Best Western hotel in Albuquerque will not hold our block past Sept 7th.
When the event tickets go on sale, tickets can be purchased online at www.balloonfiesta.com. We are monitoring the event website and will update the calendar and send an e-blast to members.
Hotel room blocks have been reserved for 10 Kings and 10 Double Queens. Lodging information is listed below:
Wednesday night, October 6, 2021 – Roswell, NM
3620 N. Main St.
Phone: (575) 623-3216
Rate: $96.00 plus tax per room per night
Rooms will be held until September 20, 2021
The group reservation is Central TX Harley Owners Group
Thursday – Sunday nights, October 7-10, 2021 - Albuquerque
Best Western Sure Stay Plus
10330 Hotel Avenue NE
Phone: (505) 275-8900
Rate: $149.00 plus tax per room per night for Oct 7, 8, and 9. The rate is $95.00 for Oct 10.
Cancellation policy is a minimum of 24 hours prior to date of arrival to avoid penalties
Rooms will be held until September 7, 2021
The block reservation name is Central Texas HOG
Monday night, October 11, 2021 – San Angelo
Holiday Inn Express
4613 W. Houston Harpe Exp
Phone: (325) 223-2200
Rate: $109.00 plus tax per room per night
Rooms will be held until September 27, 2021
The block code is CHO for Central TX Harley Owners Group
Once you have made your lodging reservations please remember to register for the overnight online on the CTHOG Website by clicking on the REGISTER HERE button on the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Overnight Calendar entry. Registering for the overnight ensures you receive all communication from the overnight Road Captain and most important lets the Road Captain know you will be joining the ride. This ride is limited to 40 members.
Members Only Events: These events are only open to chapter members. No guest may attend.