Well, it is a little hard to believe that we are already in March of 2011. These first 2 months have really gone by fast. But as the calendar in Arizona turns to March, motorcycle riders in Arizona really start to get excited as the weather will soon be premium for riding around the State, more events will be happening and Arizona Bikeweek is starting a week earlier this year kicking off on Friday, March 25th with Backstage Biker Bash at Chester's featuring Gretchen Wilson. Now is the time to start planning your month to take advantage of what is usually Chamber of Commerce weather here.
Oregon Trip 2010 - Day 8 & 9
As part of getting you excited about planning some trips, I am finally going to wrap up our Oregon Ride from last year with some more beautiful photos and route ideas taking you through Lake Tahoe, Ebbetts Pass and Carson Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. If you missed the letter last week outlining Day 7 in Northern California riding the Feather River Scenic Byway, Click Here. There are some really spectacular photos in this group.
We left you last week as we had settled for the night in Reno, NV. After an 11 hour day on the bike, we really weren't in the mood for taking in the Reno night
life, so it was a late dinner and then off to get some rest for another long day of beautiful mountain riding.
On Day 8 we left Reno and headed South on the freeway to catch Hwy. 431 West which is also called Mt. Rose Hwy.
This is a gorgeous ride as it winds up the East side of Mt. Rose from 4500 feet in Reno to 8900 at the Mt. Rose
summit, making it the highest year-round Sierra pass. This is only about a 13 mile ride, but it is a beauty. And
the payoff is a fantastic view of Lake Tahoe and Incline Village below. Be sure and stop there to take it all in.
A few fast facts: Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its depth is 1,645 feet, making it the USA's second-deepest (the deepest is Crater Lake in Oregon, being 300 ft deeper, at 1,945 feet deep). We saw both lakes on this trip. The lake was formed about 2 million years ago, has a surface area of 191 square miles, shoreline of 71 miles and surface elevation is 6225 feet.
After a few minutes of photo ops, we started our ride down the hill with our target of finding an old breakfast stop called the Red Hut Waffle Shop. We had eaten there about 25 years ago on a trip to Lake Tahoe and really enjoyed it. So we thought we would try it again. It is the same old building with the same great service and super waffles. After reaching Incline Village we turned East on Hwy. 28 that took us down the East side of the lake to Hwy. 50 where we found The Red Hut looking just like it did 25 years ago located in South Lake Tahoe at 2723 Lake Tahoe Blvd. See Map. This place has been around since 1959 and is a Tahoe tradition. If you are in the area, I would highly recommend it.
By the time we finally made it to the Red Hut, I was ready for a big breakfast. You will find that you don't go ANYWHERE very fast in the Lake Tahoe area during the Summer. Traffic moves slow and there is plenty of it. So don't be in a hurry when you make your 71 mile loop around Tahoe and plan plenty of time for it.
For us, after our first slow 60 miles and breakfast, it was now 11:30 am and we still had 250 miles of mountain riding ahead of us. We knew at that time it was going to be a long day. But we were happy to be riding in this absolutely beautiful area and were happy to be there, not caring when or where we stopped for the night. So we headed South out of Lake Tahoe on Hwy. 89 to Hwy. 88 which is also called Carson Pass.
I am going to explain these two roads in reverse of the way that we took them, because I personally think they are better done in these directions. I would take Ebbetts Pass going West and Carson Pass going East if at all possible. If you were to do all 4 passes and coming from Arizona, you would start with Tioga Pass through Yosemite to the West, Sonora Pass to the East, then Ebbetts West and Carson back East. It would be a memorable trip.
In our case, we headed on to the little old town of Bridgeport, CA where we were lucky enough to find a motel to close out Day 8. Day 9 was our long day to just knock it out and get back home. A very good way to make some time going up or back to Arizona is this. From Hwy. 395 which is right near the East entrance to Yosemite National Park, take Hwy. 120 East to Hwy. 6 East to Hwy. 95 in Tonopah, NV. From here you will take Hwy. 95 all the way to Las Vegas where you will pick up Hwy. 93 that will take you all the way back to Phoenix with a small stint on Hwy. 40 in the middle.
For us, it was a long 688 mile day to get home. But this particular leg of the trip is not much but long straight stretches of road that you can really make up some time on. We rolled back into Phoenix at around 9pm that night after having spent about 12 hours in the saddle. But it gave us plenty of time to reflect on what a great 3000 mile ride we had just accomplished. It was so good that we both said that we would easily turn around and go do it again. As always, Google all of the roads and passes that I mentioned. You will be surprised what you will learn that you can use along the way.
Thanks for riding along and letting me share our adventure with you. I will list below the links to the newsletters that I had for each day. They all include maps and photos. I will soon have this on the Day Rides and All Ride Photos pages.
Click Here for Google Map of the day.
Click Here for Google Map of 688 Mile Ride Home on Day 9
Click Here for Photos of the Day.
The complete Oregon Trip 2010 Newsletter links below:
Day 1 - Mt. Hood
Day 2 - West Cascades Scenic Byway
Day 3 - Cascade Lakes Byway and Bend, OR
Day 4 - Crater Lake
Day 5 - Ferndale
Day 6 - Lost Coast Hwy
Day 7 - Feather River Byway
Day 8 and 9 - Carson Pass and Ebbetts Pass to home.
Tidbits and Updates:
Plans are being made now to begin the 14 week run of the Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night March 31st. Westgate wanted to begin the bike night as soon as we could in March, but due to Coyote game conflicts with the arena on Thursday nights, the first night that we could start it is on March 31st. The good news is that we are going to be able to run 14 consecutive Thursday nights without interruption through June 30th. Bike Night will be kicked off by welcoming Ernie Lizarraga back from rehab as well as honoring all of the victims from that devastating motorcycle accident that took place almost one year ago. We are now in the planning stages for programming for each of these nights and look forward to seeing you again this season. If you would like to be a sponsor of this event, email me at email@example.com .
Every Thursday Night
Itís Biker Bull Night at Western Trails Ranch! Come on out to the Ranch and watch the bikers ride the bulls. This is a live bull show and Thursdayís are amateur night, starts at 7:00pm every Thursday. Bull riding is billed as the most exciting sport on the planet and that ainít no lie. We have audience games during the intermission with prizes, Happy Hour all night! Or ride the Mechanical Bull $2.00 a ride. Buzzardís Saloon and the Ice House will be open, so come early and have dinner in our steakhouse. Check out our website at www.westerntrailsranch.com. $5.00 admission at the gate; pays for the bull stock production company, which is K4 Bucking Bulls Luke & Gina Kraut. Itís just a good time Ė donít miss the excitement. Western Trails Ranch is located at 37823 NW Grand Avenue Mile Marker 123.5 FROM SURPRISE Morristown AZ 85342.
Saturday and Sunday,
March 12th and 13th
Tucson Harley-Davidson Demo Rides. This is your chance to ride the brand new 2011 Harley-Davidson of your choice. The Harley-Davidson factory demo truck will be at Tucson Harley-Davidson from 9am - 4pm on March 12th and 13th to let you experience the ride you have been dreaming about. It is always fun to see how the bike that you don't have would ride. There will be Food, Music, Vendors and Prizes! Must have a valid motorcycle license and be at least 21 years of age. Don't have a motorcycle license yet? Ask our sales associates about the Jump Start Rider Experience going on March 5th and 6th only. Tucson HD is located at 7335 N. I-10 EB., Frontage Rd. in Tucson, AZ. 520-751-3380.
Saturday, March 12th
2nd Annual Colon Cancer Ride. This ride benefits the Colon Cancer Alliance Central Arizona Chapter. "Take a Ride, Save a Butt". Ride begins at Chester's Harley-Davidson located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. Registration from 9am - 11am. KSU at 11am sharp. $25 Single/$15 Passenger. All riders get entry into the Angels Appreciation Party at the Buffalo Chip in Cave Creek. Also a Poker Game, All you can eat BBQ, Live Music, Libations, Dancing, Raffles and More. Ride pins for all registered.
Saturday, March 12th
Chandler Harley-Davidson BIKE NIGHT at Dos Gringos in Tempe. It is that time of year to start getting in some Arizona style evening riding. Chandler Harley-Davidson is hosting 2 upcoming bike nights at Dos Gringos located at 8000 S. Priest Dr. in Tempe, AZ. Meet at Chandler HD at 6pm located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler for the ride over to Dos Gringos. Win prizes from Chandler Harley-Davidson and Dos Gringos. $1 Happy Shots, $2.50 Coronas, $3 Gringoritas and Well Drinks. $2 Tacos. Ride by and enjoy a Saturday night with your riding pals. Bike night is from 6pm - 9pm. If you miss this one, there is another one on March 26th.
Special Ongoing Event
February 1st - April 30th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra Giveaway.
Looking for a new bike, have a little extra time on your hands and know a lot of people? Chester's HD is giving you the opportunity to win a 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra for a little effort on your part. Giveaway program starts February 1, 2011, and ends April 30, 2011. Just bring someone you know into Chester's Harley-Davidson to buy a new bike. You must accompany buyer to the dealership and have proof of purchase signed off by the General Manager. Buyer must agree to Chester's Harley-Davidson's terms of sale and cannot already have a deal pending at Chester's. Validity of referral is at the sole discretion of the General Manager and could be denied. The person who brings in the most new bike sales wins a 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide® Ultra. Referrals must be contracted and take delivery of a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle at Chester's Harley-Davidson by April 30, 2011. Winner must refer a minimum of three sales to qualify. There will be no ties. In the event that 2 or more persons bring in the highest amount of qualifying buyers, the winner will be the person that reaches the minimum of three sales first. Winner is responsible for all applicable sales tax, license and doc fees. Click Here for details.