THE BORREGO SPRINGS WINTER ROAD RUN
The Beginnings: 1990-1991-1992
In May of 1989
Gary and Barbe Breylinger
bought a vacation home in the Roadrunner Mobile Home Park in Borrego Springs.
The following fall,
Gary and Barbe invited a group of about fifteen friends to come down to the desert for a little ride, starting off with a simple chili and sangria buffet supper at their Roadrunner home on the Friday evening before the ride. The next morning everyone met at what became the “regular place” on a spacious unpaved area off Christmas Circle in beautiful downtown Borrego Springs. After a short rider’s meeting the gang blasted off for a fun filled weekend.
Prior to that first Run Gary had stopped in the local Sheriff’s two-Deputy office to explain what was planned. He mentioned that the group would be composed of a bunch of old geezers riding even older motorcycles, and that they would be lucky to even get them started, let alone rip up the town Saturday night. The Deputies seemed a bit skeptical, but gave a grudging agreement not to look too closely at certain minor equipment nfractions such as missing mufflers, lights, mirrors, license plates, brakes, fenders, and good sense. They were as good as their word by making sure they went the opposite way from our routes each day.
On that first
Run the town of
Everyone had such a good time on the first Run that the Breylinger’s were encouraged to host another run the next year. The 1991 run was held on Feb., 22 and 23. The list of bikes rose to about 30-apparently a lot more geezers had cabin fever that winter! The Friday evening chili buffet was held at the Breylingers’, but for the last time as it got a little hard to serve the increasing number of friends.
Our wonderful and long suffering Club member, Pat Stevens, had volunteered to carry the box lunches in her car to the lunch stop at the Park on the way to Ocotillo Wells on Saturday. The hungry gang was all seated under the shade, chatting happily, when Pat, who was following two riders, blithely drove right past the Park entrance and most of the way to Interstate 80. Her scenic side trip took the better part of an hour. Needless to say, appetites were keen when she finally returned.
dinner was held in the Roadrunner Clubhouse. The dinner was preceded by Rotten
Richard giving a demonstration on how a newly restored
The 1992 Run
riders list rose to 45, with friends coming from several states. The Run
followed some heavy rains which flooded the roads out of Borrego Springs to the
south. The route was quickly modified to change the destination from Julian to
The Sunday ride
was planned a s trip up to the top of
The 1992 Run was
the last hosted by the Breylingers. That fall they
sold their desert home and moved to
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