Your post reminds me of a story about bats. They wondered if bats could still hear insects if they were near a very busy highway. Amazingly enough, they can.
NOISE, and we love it. The distant muffled roar of motorcycles, on the highway several blocks away, day and night.
You?ve undoubtedly heard of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. This is a mini version in Ruidoso, New Mexico, about 45 miles from my town. I don?t know how many bikes, or from how far away, but they number in the thousands.
The Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally, Sep 17 - 21: http://www.motorcyclerally.com/page16.htm
I guess those who own motorcycles ?like to ride?. Anything, and everything within a 100 mile radius of Ruidoso will see their share of ?tourista?s? during this week.
There are motorcycles going both directions on the 4-lane highway, day and night. Motorcycles run with the headlights on all the time. On this level and straight highway, I have seen a line of bike headlights that extends for at least three miles at a time. They are courteous and safe operators. They ride usually only on the outside lane.
Bikes of every description, representing heavy investments. Two and Three wheelers. Some with a mini-trailer in tow. Probably 95% are being ridden by two people - couples. I found it interesting that most of the riders that I observed up close in restaurants, are of ?empty nester? age, including many retired.
Businesses, particularly restaurants, are very busy all the time.
The White Sands Balloon Fiesta, at the White Sands National Monument, is scheduled for Sep 20 - 21. The launch of several hundred brightly colored hot air balloons, within an hour or so at daylight, against glistening white sands is spectacular, to say the least. Hundreds of the bikers take in the show, if only as an excuse for a 120 mile round trip ?ride? for the day.
The Tularosa Basin Wine Festival, sponsored by several Chambers of Commerce, is also scheduled for Sep 20 - 21, in a very large park adjacent to the highway, in Alamogordo, between Ruidoso and White Sands. Bikes are parked, circling the park.
Here in ?booney town? Tularosa, our only offer is a large Travel Center - gas pumps; convenience store; gift store; and restaurant. We are just about half way between Ruidoso and anywhere else south or west. Too many parked bikes to count at a glance, throughout the day and evening.
The ?noise? only reminds us this is a ?cash flow fiesta? weekend.