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Spud Run

The 27th Annual Spud Run, May 2019


    Fellow Knights, it’s not too early to begin planning your 2019 calendars and pencil-in the 27th edition of the West Coast Conference’s annual trek to Boise, Idaho, the infamous Spud Run.  For our bay area California 7 Chapter, lush Interstate 80 through the Sierra Nevada’s will morph into barren high-desert wasteland so prevalent while coursing through Nevada; at the Idaho border a magic transformation to verdant dense forests of potato trees and tangy kettle chips growing lush on limbs await our famous 600 mile journey.  It’s truly a sight to behold!

    For 2019, we’ll once again blaze our trail with an overnighter in Winnemucca, Nevada, the shortest route possible, if not most scenic.  If you care to join me on this epic ride and 3 day stint at the incomparable and ever evolving Riverside Hotel, please read on:

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019: Depart the Chevron Station/Starbucks, 4490 Central Way, Fairfield 94534 @ 0800 sharp.  We will stop for gas at Nyack Shell around 0930 then brunch at the Silverado Casino in Fernley, Nevada at 1130.  By 1530 we’ll be luxuriating at this evening’s layover, The Winnemucca Inn and Casino, 741 West Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, Nv. 89445. (800 633 6435).  I have a block of 10 rooms reserved under the “Blue Knights Group” banner; single king rates are $89.00 and double queen $99.00 + tax.

THURSDAY, May 23 through and including Saturday, May 25, 2019: The Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise, Id. 83714. (208 343 1871).  The “Blue Knights Group” rate is $105.00 + tax, both king and double queen.  At this writing, the cost for the Saturday night group BBQ is unknown so ascertain and pay for that when making your room reservation.

SUNDAY, May 26, 2019: We’ll leave Boise @ 0800 and head back towards the coast, but first an overnighter at the Super 8, 1350 W. Newlands Dr., Fernley, Nevada. 89408, (775 575 5555).  The “Blue Knights Group” has a block of 8 rooms @ $89.99 king and $99.99 double queen.

MONDAY, May 27, 2019: This Memorial Day morning we’ll get an early departure, around 0500.  With about 250 miles back to the bay Area, the sun will be rising in our mirrors as we enter California at the border and climb into the Sierra Nevada’s.  On the downhill slope, Sweetpeas Restaurant in Auburn is always an excellent breathing space for an awesome breakfast and coffee.  And, we’ll be home before the onslaught of heavy afternoon traffic!

    I say it every year, but this bears repeating, again: Weather on this trip is always a crap-shoot and highly unpredictable; the multiple mountain ranges from just west of Winnemucca, through Jordan Valley, Oregon, and  beyond the Idaho border to Nampa mandate 4 season riding gear.

    Hope you’ll join me and our merry group for the festivities and please give me a shout-out at  If and where you’re joining in.

His Own Self, Dennis M. Brown   









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