Well, when the mercury surpasses
70 degrees and gas prices are over $3.00 per gallon, it is time to start taking
the bike as the first mode of transportation. And it looks like
both of those are happening now. When I have to make those cross town
trips, the Road Glide gets to ride while the gas guzzler sits. It is amazing how
much money you can save on a 100 mile round trip across town. For me it is about
$15 and it is a whole lot more fun. Do some math for yourself and see how it
works out for you. It could at least work out to a free lunch.
As usual this time of year,
especially after the rather ugly weather we have had for a while, I really start
getting antsy to put on a few miles. A lap across town just doesn't
do it for me. So last Friday, I wanted to check out a couple of new roads up
North. It was going to be a nice day here at about 74 degrees, but I wasn't
real sure how warm it would be in that direction. So I layered a bit, hopped on
the Road Glide at about 11:30am and headed North. After exploring the
roads, that I will bring to you soon, I decided to go through Cottonwood for a
late lunch and on up to Jerome where there was still snow on the ground. See
Picture. Any excuse to add a few miles.
Believe it or not it was a balmy,
beautiful 60 degrees in Jerome at 4:30pm. I was thinking it
would have been much cooler than that. But it was great. After hanging out there
for a few minutes, I thought I had better head back to beat the cool, but it
just kept getting warmer on the way home. It ended up being a beautiful 235
mile ride for the afternoon that was desperately needed Chicken Soup for my
Riding Soul. It was invigorating and left me planning my next ride before I even
So the moral to this story is, don't
let the thought of going to the higher elevations scare you right now. Between here and Sedona, there is only about an 8-10 degree difference in
high temps. So if we are going to see 70 here on Saturday, they are going to be
around 61. And with the sun shining on you, it will feel perfect when riding.
Just for reference, Sedona is 4500 feet elevation and Jerome is 5000 feet. So
roll the bike out of the garage this weekend, head out late morning and put some
miles on like I did this past week. You will be glad you did.
Enjoy this beautiful weekend for
Mrs. C. and I are excited to
announce that we have a new member of the Cyclerides.com family. We are
Grandparents for the first time! Our daughter gave birth to a
beautiful, healthy 8 lb 6 oz baby boy Monday night. We are thrilled! He is
a real cutie! I have heard that being a Grandparent was really special
and didn't know how it was going to feel. But when you see your
Daughter, who you have raised from a baby, holding her own baby, you realize
that your parental life has now come full circle. It truly is a blessing and we
are proud Grandparents. The good news is, Grandpa Caraway has noticed
that the boy already seems to have an interest in motorcycles and
planes. I'm just saying. . . There will at least be those kinds of toys
coming his way in case I am wrong. Here are a couple of pics.
Submit your photo to the
Women Who Ride photo gallery. I decided to kick off 2011
with a new Women Who Ride photo gallery. I started
it 2 weeks ago and we now have 30 women riders who have sent in
their picture. If you are a Woman who rides your own bike, send me
a good photo of yourself either riding the bike or a beauty shot sitting on or
standing next to your bike. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add them
ASAP. Click Here to see
the Gallery, or you can always see it on the front page of www.cyclerides.com
Reader's Rides Gallery!
Since a lot of you are probably
starting to get the same itch that I am to ride and have probably
taken a look at some of your trips the last few years. Send me a couple of your
best photos from the locations you have been. Preferably next to a sign,
landmark or landscape that we might recognize. This will be the beginning of the
Reader's Rides Photo Gallery. Email your photos to email@example.com . Look forward to sharing your rides with you and others. Click Here for
Saturday, January 22nd
Harley-Davidson Swap Meet
. This is your time to clean out that garage and
get rid of a few things you have been tripping over. If you don't
have anything to sell, then come by to find that nugget you didn't know you
needed. Set up for vendors from 8:00am - 9:00am. Event time from 9:00am - 2pm.
There will also be a Hot Dog vendor on site and Harley Girls. Limited spaces, so
please call 520-751-3389 to reserve your spot. Tucson HD is located at 7355 N.
I-10 Frontage Rd. East in Tucson, AZ 85743.
Aloha Halo Benefit
Run. Registration at Top Shelf located at 3301 W. Greenway Rd.
in Phoenix 10am - 11:30am. Raffles begin at 3:30pm at last stop. Prizes,
Raffles, 50/50. $10 Bike or Car. $5 breakfast.
Memorial Poker Run. This is a memorial Run for Grant Walker who recently
passed away from a motorcycle accident. All proceeds go to the
Grant Walker Memorial Fund. Run Leaves the Steel Horse Saloon located
at 1818 W. Bell Rd. at 11AM. Register at 10. $15 per person/$20 per couple.
For donations only: visit any Chase Bank and ask about the Grant Walker Memorial
Fund. Prizes for the Best and worst hand. More information call Trout at
Saturday, January 29th
Harley-Davidson Swap Meet and Classic Car Show. This is your time to clean
out that garage and get rid of a few things you have been tripping over. If you don't have anything to sell, then come by to find that nugget you
didn't know you needed. Set up for vendors from 8:00am - 9:00am. Event time from
9:00am - 2pm. There will also be a Hot Dog vendor on site and a classic car
show. Registration for car show starts at 9am. Trophies will be awarded at
2pm. Limited spaces, so please call 520-751-3389 to reserve your spot
vendor spot. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler,
Buddy Stubbs Hogs
and Dogs Chili Cookoff. Ride by and enjoy the Buddy Stubbs popular end of
the month party. In addition to the usual Hot Dogs and fixings,
this month Buddy is featuring a Chili Tasting and Contest. 1st and 2nd
Place cash prizes for best chili. Event is from 11am - 3pm. Live Band, Museum
Tours, Pool Tournament. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to
sign up. Buddy Stubbs HD is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix.
Classics of PhoenixWinter Clearance Sale. Cool Nights and HOT Prices! All the gear you need for a warm ride home. Don't miss your chance to get
that riding item you have been wanting at 20% Off. Brand New Hoodies and Long
Sleeve Shirts, Fleece Lined with Thermal Outer. 20% Off Everything in
stock! Saturday and Sunday 9am - 4pm. Renegade Classics is located
at 3102 E. Cactus Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-595-9597.
Checkered Flag Run. The Checkered
Flag Run is a weekend in Arizona hosted by the Second II None
Phoenix Motorcycle Club, Phoenix International Raceway and Talking Stick Resort
and Casino. The weekend culminates with an escorted motorcycle run from Talking
Stick Resort and Casino to Phoenix International Raceway to watch NASCAR
Drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson tear up the track in
the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Sunday, February 27th,
2011. 3 days of activities and fun. Go to www.checkeredflagrun.com for
more information. Click Here for tickets.
Saturday, February 26th
Hogs with Hearts
Poker Run. Hacienda HOG Chapter 97 is hosting the Second Annual Hogs with
Hearts Poker Run. This run is in support of the MDA Children’s
Summer Camp at Camp Shadow Pines east of Payson, Arizona. We’ll be
giving away over $5,000 worth of raffle prizes so don’t miss out on your chance
for some great prizes as well as making a difference in a child's life. The
entry fee is $25 for a single rider and $35 two-up. Fee includes a t-shirt for
the first 100 registered riders, ride pin, coffee and breakfast supplied by
Dunkin Donuts at the start, lunch and live music at the end. The ride will
start at Hacienda Harley-Davidson. There will be prizes for high and low
hand as well as dozens of raffle prizes including a Shell Vacation Club week
valued at over $2100. Best Hand grand prize is $250 cash. Ride
Registration is from 8am - 10am at Hacienda HD located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in
Scottsdale. All Bikes Welcome. Join us for a great 120 mile ride through
beautiful Arizona scenery and make a huge difference in a child’s life.
More information and online registration at www.hog97.com
SAVE THE DATE!
March 30th - April 3rd.
Arizona Bike Week 2011. Arizona Bike Week is
a little over 2 months away. The dates this year are March 30th - April 3rd
for Cyclefest at Westworld in Scottsdale. Musical acts this year
include Skid Row, Warrant, Heart and Buckcherry. Pre-Rally Days start Friday
March 25th with the Chester's Harley-Davidson Backstage Biker Bash featuring
Gretchen Wilson and the Herndon Brothers in concert. There are lots of RV and
tent camping options available. Go to www.arizonabikeweek.com for tickets and more
Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
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
The new Biker Information Guide is now out and
expanded by 16 pages.
Pick up a copy at your local
I think I had this in the letter a couple of
years ago. But it is definitely worth another look.
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This is an
interesting commercial by Pine Sol to promote clean
floors. How do they think of this stuff? Click Here to
Video of the Week: Ok, this one made
me laugh out loud. A lot. The beer commercials have done it again.
But we probably won't see it in this country. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the
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