A cool breeze and gorgeous sunrise greeted 45 RAPAC Rally Riders as they gathered in convertibles, motorcycles and cars at the new SouthEast Valley Regional Association of REALTORS® offices to kick off the third annual Rally Ride on Oct. 4, 2018.

The route once again focused on sights, scenes and flavors of Arizona. After two years of going north, this year the ride headed south through Queen Creek, Tucson, Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Tombstone and more.

The first destination was the Queen Creek Olive Mill for a farm breakfast. The working mill produces olive oils, vinegars, coffee and lots of fresh food options. The staff talked to the group about how olive oil is made, how it’s best used, how to pair oils and vinegars, and they answered questions about the facilities.

The riders then rolled through Florence on their way down to Old Tucson. This old west town was originally built for the 1940 film Arizona and it has continued to be used for hundreds of other productions. The Rally Riders were treated to a private tour and a hearty barbecue lunch.

Our caravan passed through Sahuarita and Sonoita on its way to Sierra Vista. After a quick stop to check-in to their hotel rooms, the riders were on the move again to enjoy a four-course Italian meal at Pizzeria Mimosa in Hereford. The night set in over dinner as a fire on the private patio flickered under the bright stars, so visible compared to the night sky under the bright lights of the Phoenix metro area.

Day Two began shortly after sun up with a serene drive just miles from the border with Mexico. Highway 92 led the riders right into Bisbee, the beautiful border mining town with a vibrant artist community. Breakfast was served in the Spirit Room of the historic Copper Queen Hotel. The entire place was decked out for Halloween, helping the old hotel live up to its haunted reputation.

The next stop ensured that everyone was able to walk off their morning feast by strolling through the dirt streets of Tombstone. People headed off into the shops, grabbed drinks in the saloons, watched reenacted gunfights and some even held their own mock gun duels during the short visit. Once the pistols were put away, sarsaparilla downed and souvenirs loaded, it was time to move out.

Riding up through Benson and Vail, the convoy made its way to Loews Ventana Canyon Resort for a southwest-themed taco bar. The restaurant and its patio with a gorgeous view of Tucson was reserved for the Rally Riders who enjoyed the place all to themselves. The group concluded the trip and people made their way home, bringing the 2018 Rally Ride to a successful end.

Don’t miss out on next year’s RAPAC Rally Ride, which is free to all Major Investors. Contact Charles Siler, REALTOR® Party Director Charles Siler for more information on how to become a RAPAC Major Investor. Investments can be made in installments or all at once.

Photos from the 2018 RAPAC Rally Ride

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