The tradition of riding up the Catalina Highway to Windy Point on
New Years Day started way back when. I remember aBMW
News with a picture of the Tucson Gang at Windy Point on the front
page. That was about the time Wanda and I got interested in the BMW
This year as is usual the meet up point was the McDonalds at the
junction of Tanque Verde and the Catalina Highway. This is good
place to meet - there’s lots of hot coffee and for the brave a warm
breakfast. It’s a good place to say hi to folks and depending on
the weather make the go or no-go decision. This year the weather
was terrific, really terrific. It was a no brainer.
Beemers were lined up out in the parking lot when Wanda and I rode
up. Leaving Sierra Vista at o-dark-thirty it’s a bit cold…we didn’t
get an early start.
According to the Weather Bug it was 27 degrees Fahrenheit when we
left. The dash on the K1200GT showed 30 for a mile or twenty before
it began to warm up. And warm up it did. By the time we pulled
into the McDonald’s parking lot it was into the high 50s. We
debated taking off our electric vests but though better of it as it
would get cooler as we headed up the hill to Windy Point
Lucky for us we left before the Jeeps. Except for a few slowmoving
we first left, the traffic wasn’t bad. I did do a quick pass on a
slower car that might be construed as speeding, but not too bad.
The road was dry and ice free by the time we started up. Snow along
the road started appearing after the 5,000 foot mark. Even so, the
temperature stayed in the high 50s.
There were two “groups” at Windy Point - the Beemer Group and
everyone else. Lots of Beemers and a pretty good contigent of
Ducatis as well. Everyone was kewl and we all had a good time
wishing each other Happy New Year and such. A nice gathering of
Our ride home took us down the mountain, a bit of freeway then
Highway 83 south to Sonoita. Hwy 83 over the Santa Rita Mountains
was dry but did have a bit of traffic; this was the 1st Day of the
New Year and a Sunday to boot. The temperature hit 77 before we
left Tucson and didn’t get under 70 all the way home. What a grand
day for a ride.