Featured Thanks, Pie Town, For The Great Moto Trip Memories! But No Thanks To Covid.

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  1. Sandi T.

    Sandi T. It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    Damn this virus! I just this morning received a text from a friend in Albuquerque with the news that our beloved Pie-O-Neer Cafe in Pie Town, New Mexico is closing permanently (no) thanks to COVID-19. Another example of how some things will be forever changed. :sob: Especially for the owner and her employees.:(

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    We LOVE (well, now loved) the Pie-O-Neer! This quaint little place has been a must-stop on nearly all of our major motorcycle trips going anywhere north and northeast out of Tucson. We have even made an 80-mile detour "just" to go there. The last time we were there was several years ago when Mr. Sandi and I rode to Albuquerque to spend time with friends (including the one who sent us the sad news of the cafe's demise) and to ride in northern New Mexico. Kathy, the owner, is a delight, and we always met other patrons who loved the cafe just as much as us or, if they were first-timers, were delighted to have found Pie Town (Population 186).

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    The first time we went to Pie Town was with our good friends and riding buddies, Kelly and Dena during a 2,000 mile 8-day road trip. We'd heard about Pie Town and about the two pie joints from others who'd discovered them on road trips or motorcycle trips. Here are three of our four bikes in front of the porch--the missing bike is Kelly's GSXR 1000. Yeah, he rode that bike on that road trip. Ouch! ;):joy: I was on my 2012 Harley-Davidson "Switchback" back then--that's my bike on the far left of the photo.

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    Kathy bought the Pie-O-Neer with her mother back in 1995 and has run it ever since. Here's a great little article in New Mexico Tru magazine if you're curious and care to read more about this gem.

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    Here's Kathy showing off her Blueberry Pie with Stars topping. Delicious! But my favorite was her cherry pie. Best I've ever had and cherry is my favorite. Cherry pie was my "birthday cake" of choice as a kid.

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    The Pie-O-Neer wasn't open every day so when planning multi-day motorcycles trips we'd have to plan around when it was would be open. A couple of times we just couldn't make the dates work and now I wished we'd tried a wee bit harder. : unamused: "Take--and make--opportunities to do things when we can" is now another of my mottos.

    The interior of the cafe was welcoming and cozy with a big wood-burning stove in the center and an old-timey bar along with wooden tables and chairs. Kathy was also an artist as were some of the other 186 residents of Pie Town. So she had a side room off the cafe that was a gallery displaying wonderful local art and jewelry all of which was for sale. We'd always meet and strike up conversations with other patrons as we were having our pie and coffee. We met people from all walks of life. Our last time there we met a couple from England who were touring the U.S starting in Florida to ending in San Francisco. One of the two was a London native. His partner was originally from the U.S. (Ohio) and had moved to England as a teen. They'd discovered Pie Town on the internet while planning their American travels and just had to go there for the "Americana" value. :)

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    Here are Mr. Sandi's and my Road King's parked in front of the Pie-O-Neer the very last time we were there. When we pulled up, there was yellow "caution" tape up around some very obvious damage to the porch. Kathy informed us that about half an hour prior to our arrival a woman had plowed right into the porch with her car. She was in her 50's and had just gotten her FIRST driver's license! She accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake. Kathy said they all thought it was an earthquake. :eek: Thankfully, there were no casualties other than the porch.

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    But unfortunately our beloved Pie-O-Neer Cafe is a casualty of the pandemic. :sob: So R.I.P. Pie-O-Neer. We shall miss you dearly. Thank goodness for photos. And thank you especially for all of the fond memories and the delicious pie.:kissing_heart:
     
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  2. Duckadiledundee

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    As it gone out of business completely or closed until further notice...love the idea of the pie o neer.....
     
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  3. OldNick

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    Great story @Sandi T. love the history of the place, if I ever find myself in the States, that’s the first place I’m going to visit just so I can say ‘I’ve been to Pie Town’:)
     
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    Another casualty that will be sadly missed , there is a café near me called The Ponderosa , just magnetic for bikes , will be interested to see if they are in a position to open again , I hope so
     
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  5. Sandi T.

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    Unfortunately, Duck, it has gone out of business permanently. :sob: Not just “until further notice”. The owner and her partner are pulling up stakes and moving to start a new business elsewhere. We’ll have to keep tabs on her because I’m sure her new business will be as unique and lovely as her pie café was. :heart:
     
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  6. Sandi T.

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    Thanks, OldNick! Although the Pie-O-Neer café is now closed, there is another place across the road from it called the Pie Town Cafe that as far as I know is still open. We stopped at that one last year on our way home from Sturgis in August because our usual café was closed that day. Pie Town Cafe serves lunch as well as pie. It was good but not quite up to par with Kathy’s place. That said I had a terrific piece of pie that was very New Mexican ingredient inspired. Pear pie with pinon nuts and green chilies. It was delicious!

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    I hope the Ponderosa makes it, chiari1. I’m afraid we may be missing a lot of our old favorites when the dust finally settles from this virus. :(
     
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    Sorry to hear this @Sandi T. you are right it was a fine place that served awesome pies, visited it myself on a couple times on road trips, this covid 19 has got a lot to answer for.
     
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    It's fun to know that you've been in the Pie-O-Neer too, Don, and can picture it and have fond memories of it! :) That gem of a place will be sorely missed--along with many more to come I'm afraid. Yes, COVID 19 certainly does have a lot to answer for. I hope that the Pie Town Cafe can make it through the pandemic without permanently closing too. That would be a doubly sad deal for Pie Town. Mr. Sandi and I have riding buddies who we've told about Pie Town and the Pie-O-Neer in particular and we had plans to ride there with them in the next year or so. Yet another reminder to not put things off until "some day".
     
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    I could live in your pie town @Sandi T.

    So long as the pie shops,were open :heart:
     
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    Perhaps they should have tried Go Fund Me page. They perhaps could have done pick up only and when you arrive they just put your pie on table and you pick it up, like a take away etc. I know Ace Cafe in London encouraged people to still by memorabilia from their website. Never know might have worked. Shame to see so many businesses going under all over the world. Bloody Covid needs a good kicking, roll on the vaccine
     
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    A sad day for pie eaters everywhere :sob: don't know if I have mentioned it, but I love a pie Sandi :yum.

    Old Trumpy pants looks like he might have been a regular at this place, send him a tweet demanding that he intervene, he could do with some positive press :p
     
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    #13 Sandi T., Jun 22, 2020
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    It is a wonderful little place, @Tiglet! What I didn't mention is how beautiful it is there.:heart_eyes: As the Pie Town city sign shows, the elevation is 8000 ft. It is a combination of wooded mountains and big expansive views through meadows. The roads are also a combination--long straights, hills, and curves. Pie Town sits between two other small towns--Quemado (pop. 228) and Magdalena (pop. 880). Well, the tiny crossroads town of Datil is between Pie Town and Magdalena but it is even smaller than Pie Town at pop. 54. The closest "big" towns are Springerville Arizona (pop. 1,892) to the west and Soccorro New Mexico (pop. 8,407) to the west, both about 80 miles away. It is definitely the way out west--wide open spaces!! :grinning:
     
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    A Go Fund Me page is something I hadn't thought of, @QuadumphUK! I'm not sure how much business they'd be able to get with pickup orders, though. Pie Town is quite a long way from any towns with a substantial population. It has always seemed like a place where, like us, people go through it on U.S. 60 on the way to someplace else and stop there for pie along the way. If I remember right, Kathy told us once that she'd make 30 or so pies each day, open at 11AM, then close up shop when the pies were all gone.
     
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  15. Sandi T.

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    Yes, @Bad Billy, it is a sad day for pie eaters. :sob: I figured you were a pie lover, Billy. I mean, you do have a "Powered by Pie" decal on your bike. :)

    Yeah, Trump is a little low on positive press these days, isn't he? But I do NOT tweet. In fact, this forum is the only "social media" thing that I do. I was on FaceBook once about a dozen years ago for about six hours but woke up thinking, "This is a bad idea" and cancelled my account. I've never missed it.
     
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    I have twitter but don't use it, I also have Face Book, I didn't until I started racing but so much information is on there about our club & events that I felt I needed it, not a fan of the post every detail of you life gang : unamused:, but I use it for what I need to know & it is fine. :cool:
     
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    Perhaps, as they say of the donut baker, who was tired of the whole business, this entrepreneur was heading for greener $$ pastures. Businesses that are on the edge of survival could not weather COVID, due to a lot of reasons. I wish the owners the best and a location that provides steady income. Here in Iowa we lost many of our city center shops and cafes after the flood of 2018. Lack of insurance coupled with lack of cash in the bank presented an impossible barrier. A lot of small shops operate on shoestrings with the owners barely surviving. The shutdown, which some say was misguided for a 94% recovery rate (in Arizona), positively killed these people. One needs to ask, was it worth it?
     
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    Sandi T;
    Is it poss. someone else might resurrect the business?
    Seem too good an op. to miss, if it was showing a profit before the dreaded CV19.
    Ken.
    PS. I’ve had 2 cruisers, Honda VTX 1300 and Honda 750 Shadow, but only covered about 100 miles between them, so, gotta ask....Is it comfortable riding soooo many miles with the cruiser feet forward position?
     
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  19. Sandi T.

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    Ken, it would be wonderful if someone could resurrect the business! I have no clue how it did financially but it was known far and wide and there was even a little documentary filmed about it (which I've not yet seen but now need to track down).

    A feet forward position with floorboards is extremely comfortable for long miles! I don't know that it would be with pegs, however, but my touring bikes have had floorboards. I did a few trips on my first bike, a Harley Street Bob which had pegs but they were mid-mounts. I definitely got my best test ever on the long-range comfort of various aspects of my Road Glide last fall when we rode to Sturgis. We had a couple of 500 +/- days so ample opportunity to notice any little niggling uncomfortable things. The foot position was excellent plus I had highway pegs on my engine guard which gave me another place to rest my boots to stretch out my legs even further when just tooling down a straight highway. The other thing about floorboards is that you can move your boot fore and aft at a fair amount giving you another way to change up your position a bit rather than be locked in to one position for miles and miles. Much as I absolutely love my Speed Triple, it's not a bike I'd do big back-to-back miles on with those ergonomics. Perhaps if I were (a lot) younger?! ;):joy:
     
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    @Sandi T.
    As usual a brilliant insight into biking on the 'wrong' side of the pond ;) but I have to say, a lot of your stories contain food and the eating of. How come you are not the size of Winnebago??:)
     
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