Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Bikers Cruising Red River A Boost to Local Tourism.(Journal North)

Byline: Andy Lenderman Journal Staff Writer

RED RIVER -- Dennis Fair rode a motorcycle 16 hours from Conroe, Texas, to be here today.

Fair, known as "Rehab" to his Marine Corps buddies, is among an expected 12,000 bikers cruising Red River and a panoramic highway loop that connects it to Taos, Angel Fire and Questa for the annual Red River Motorcycle Rally.

Fair came to spend time with other former Marines and pay his respects to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Angel Fire.

"It's a brotherhood," Fair said.

That fraternity and others like it are part of the single biggest event Red River, population 500, sees in a year. The rally gives northern New Mexico's tourist economy a big shot in the arm. …

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