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Greetings Riders,
Well, we are now into the second week of 2012 and it already seems like Christmas was a long time ago. If you missed the newsletter last week about my flying cell phone and some other good tips, Click Here to read.
With the encouragement of a couple of friends, this past Saturday I entered the Mako Glide into the Easyriders Motorcycle Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. Jim Michaud offered to take it out there with his bike and Paul Yaffe offered his crew to help get it set up before I got there, so it was really hard to refuse. Entering it in shows wasn’t something I had ever planned on doing, because I built it to ride, but they really made this pretty easy for me. So I said what the heck, let’s put it in there and see how it does against the SoCal bikes.
Mrs. C. and I had limited time, so we decided to fly the Cessna out to Fullerton, CA, which is just 7 miles from the Anaheim Convention Center, and make a day trip out of it. That was a good plan on paper, but flying to the California Coast in the morning is a crap shoot at best if you are not IFR rated, which I am not. We knew when we left at 7 AM Saturday morning that there was a marine layer over the coastal areas but were hoping that during the 3 hours it took us to get there that it would clear out before we arrived. Again, a good plan, that didn’t happen.
It was severe clear the entire trip until we got to about 15 miles from Fullerton. We could see the low level marine layer from several miles away, but without being able to see the coastline, we were hoping that it had moved back out far enough to allow us to get in. That didn’t happen. Click Here to see what it looked like below. Our airport was just West of the mountain you see on the left by about 5 miles. There was an 1100 foot ceiling and about a 500 foot layer of clouds covering our intended airport. There was no way I was going to be able to land VFR in Fullerton at this time.
So now it was on to Plan B, whatever that was. I had seen the Corona airport about 5 miles back that I could land at, but by the time I got back there, the clouds had pretty well covered that up too. So now it was on to Plan C as soon as I figured that out. I had anticipated something like this could happen before I got there, but no matter how much you plan in advance when flying, you still have to execute the plan, and when flying in busy California airspace with restrictions all around you, it can get a little tense, to say the least, when you deviate from the intended route.
While searching for another airport, I was still in touch with SoCal Approach which was very helpful in helping me get to where I needed to go. My next choice was Riverside Muni which was totally clear and is a towered Delta class airport. SoCal approach gave me the ATIS and Tower frequency I needed for the airport, but after doing circles up there it takes a minute or two to get your bearings again. I contacted Riverside tower and told them that I was unfamiliar and had to divert to their airport due to weather and they were more than helpful to get me in safely. It sure is nice to have a bunch of nice air traffic controllers out there to watch over you while you are flying.
We were now 37 miles away from our intended location. Our friends Scott and Dana were going to come pick us up at Fullerton. Now we had to ask them to fetch us at Riverside to get to the Convention Center to see the show. We got there at around Noon to take a quick run through the show. There were a lot of beautiful bikes on display of all kinds like you would expect to see at an Easyriders show. Unfortunately, we were only able to stay a couple of hours at the show as our ride back to the airport were driving back to Phoenix and we had to go. But we had time to see everything.
I was excited to get a text from Paul Yaffe later that night that the Mako Glide had gotten 1st Place in the Radical Bagger category. (See Trophy) I never expected that to happen, but was really excited and surprised. Congratulations as well to Jim Michaud who brought home the People’s Choice Best of Show trophy. I took several photos of the show so that you could see a lot of the bikes that were displayed. Click Here to view.
I will be at “The Ride” with the Mako Glide this Saturday. The Ride will be leaving from Hacienda Harley-Davidson at 11 AM. See you there.

Tidbits and Updates:
**REMINDER: The Arizona Centennial Ride is coming up on Saturday, February 11th. If you are interested in getting a T-Shirt or Ride Pin for this once in a lifetime event, I would suggest that you pre register to guarantee that you get one. For a registration of $25 you will get a Centennial Ride T-Shirt, Ride Pin, One ticket entry to win the Copper Chopper and be able to participate in the ride. On site registration will start at 10 AM at Mesa Riverview. Ride will leave at 2 PM. This will be an escorted ride that will go through Downtown Phoenix and on to the Capitol building where Phoenix Best Fest will be in full swing and Dierks Bentley will perform. T-Shirts and Pins will be available until they run out for on site registration, Pre Register to guarantee your collectibles. CLICK HERE to Register.

This Week
Saturday, January 14th
THE RIDE with Rick Hatch. “Rick says, “Please join me and my friends on this legendary ride and celebration”. Ride starts and ends at the dealership, registration begins 9:30a.m. Kickstands up at 11 AM. This will be a 100 mile ride. 1st stop Road Runner, 2nd stop the Hideaway followed by a scenic North Valley tour to Bartlett Lake. Ends at Hacienda Harley-Davidson at 3 PM where the party starts. Bands, Food, Beer and Fun Times. THE RIDE is free but donations will be accepted for Liberty Wildlife, a Scottsdale non‐profit organization whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate Arizona’s wildlife and The Colter & Associates Foundation 501(c)3 non‐profit.
Saturday, January 14th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson New Year BBQ and Used Parts Swap Meet. Happy New Year from Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. Please join us for a New Year BBQ and Used Parts Swap Meet on Saturday, January 14th. Set up for swap meet at 8 AM, space is free. BBQ will be 11 AM to 1 PM. FREE Food while supplies last with Raffle Prizes. Call to reserve space at 623-247-5542 or email . Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
Saturday, January 14th
Stand Up and Stand Proud Helping Homeless Veterans. During our event, we focus on saluting those who are true American Hero’s and reminding the community to never forget, our Veterans service and their actions in support of Freedom and these United States of America. EARLY REGISTRATION ONLINE OR Register at the Mesa Marketplace Swap Meet, U. S. 60 and Signal Butte, Mesa. (Map Below) Saturday January 14, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Receive a full breakfast including eggs, hash browns, toast, coffee and juice along with music and prizes. Then ride the beautiful Sonoran Desert on our 2 hour ride and arrive at Superstition Harley-Davidson @ noon for a complete BBQ lunch by the Mining Camp Restaurant and Trading Post. Veterans Salute, Flag Presentations and much more! Stand up and Stand Proud Needs your Help! Veterans Veterans Helping Homeless Helping Homeless. Monies go to Arizona Stand Down and support Homeless Veterans. $20.00 per Bike or Cage.
Saturday, January 14th
2nd Annual Skin and Steel. Bike Contest and Tattoo Contest. Event time 11 AM – 8 PM at the American Legion Post 2 located at 2125 S. Industrial Park Ave. in Tempe, Az. All proceeds benefit the numerous programs the American Legion supports. Vendors are always needed and spaces are only $20. Spaghetti Lunch, Baked Goods, Swap Meet, Food, Vendors, Music and Beer. See flyer for details.
Next Week
Saturday, January 21st
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Hogs and Dogs Chili Cook-Off. Join Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson as they hold a Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, January 21st, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Do you have the best tasting chili on your block? Then don’t miss this event where you can showcase your culinary skills! Whether you like your chili sweltering, hot or pleasantly mild there will be something for everyone to sample. For more information or to sign up for the cook-off e-mail In addition to 1st and 2nd place prizes, the Anthem H.O.G. chapter 2376 will be serving FREE food and drinks to support their H.O.G. chapter charities. Get out and enjoy this great riding weather and visit Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson located at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem, AZ 85086. They can also be found on the web at or by calling (623) 465-1122.
Entire Month of January
Month of January
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson “New Year – New Tires”. Penny Tire Special for the entire month of January. Purchase the rear tire at retail and receive the front tire for a PENNY! First tire at retail price and the lesser retail value will be at one cent. No other offer combined. Must be installed at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542. Please mention this advertisement to receive the special pricing.
Month of January
Chandler Harley-Davidson “New Year – New Tires”. Penny Tire Special for the entire month of January. Purchase the rear tire at retail and receive the front tire for a PENNY! First tire at retail price and the lesser retail value will be at one cent. No other offer combined. Must be installed at Chandler Harley-Davidson at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800. Please mention this advertisement to receive the special pricing.
Upcoming Events
Saturday, February 11th
Arizona Centennial Ride. Plan to attend this “Once in a Lifetime” event to celebrate 100 years of Arizona Statehood. This will be a DPS escorted ceremonial ride of approximately 15 miles that will take us West on the Loop 202 to I-10 through downtown Phoenix past Chase Field and West on Jefferson to the Capitol where we will end at the Centennial Best Fest featuring a performance by Dierks Bentley. This will absolutely put a rumble in Downtown Phoenix like they have never heard before. I can’t wait. The cost for the ride will be $25 per person that will include participation in the ride, a commemorative t-shirt, ride pin and one (1) ticket for the drawing to win the AZ Copper Chopper. The t-shirt and ride pin will be in limited quantity so you will want to pre-register to guarantee that you get these collectible items. Once they are gone that is it. There will be a very cool patch that will be available to purchase at registration. I will have a picture of that in a couple of weeks. Click the following link for a picture of the shirt design that I took with my cell phone at a meeting. This will be shirt back.

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 3500 FANS! Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!

Be careful when you clean your glasses. It could be misconstrued as something else. Click Here to View.
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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