San Antonio’s first Rally De Los Muertos was by all accounts a success. San Antonio hadn’t seen a multi-day rally since Amerivespa 2010, and local riders were happy to come out in force, along with quite a few others from Austin, Houston, Waco, and Abilene. In total, over 100 riders registered.
Despite the cold front and rains rolling through earlier in the day, Friday’s registration at The Motorcycle Shop went well. The skies cleared and the rest of the weekend was brisk and beautiful. A large group rode from The Motorcycle Shop to the Alamo Street Eat Bar in South-town to enjoy the best food trucks the city has to offer. After that, those in no mood to go to bed made their way to the Limelight for dancing and music courtesy of the Alamo City Soul Club.
On Saturday morning, both the early and the late risers filled themselves with barbacoa and machacado at Taco Haven. From there, one group struck out for the long ride to Canyon Lake near New Braunfels for scenery and twisty roads. Others embarked on the in-town poker run, which took them to Ray’s Drive-In on the west side for puffy tacos, Big Lou’s Burgers & BBQ on the east side, Local Coffee in Alamo Heights, and The Motorcycle Shop on the northeast side.
After that, several of the in-town group took in the Dignowity Hill Pushcart Derby, where various local groups raced custom-made and often artistic and ornate carts. Saturday’s events officially closed the rally with dinner, awards, and a raffle at Tucker’s, with music by the Sugarskulls. Awards were given for the best hand in the poker run (which was a full house), best costume (which was a husband and wife dressed as the Doctor and the TARDIS from Dr. Who), scariest scooter, best scooter, and farthest ridden (one brave soul rode through Friday’s rain from Houston).
Sunday morning, the diehards stuck around for brunch at The Monterey, which is by several accounts San Antonio’s best gastro pub. Over peanut butter and banana pancakes, the riders talked about the weekend’s events and rallies to come. In all, we expect Rally De Los Muertos to become a new San Antonio scooting tradition.