Well, as far as I know, I am still a “Stoner”. If you missed
last week’s letter about my cruel introduction to kidney stones, Click Here to
read. After 3 difficult days managing the
movement of the stone, I had been pain free for about 72 hours. To manage my
optimism that I wouldn’t feel that pain again, I started counting the hours of
being pain free to trick myself into thinking that it might have passed without
me knowing it. I felt pretty good Saturday morning and decided to play in the
Wounded Warriors golf tournament in Sun City Grand with Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson. I made it through the day and thought that I was out of the
woods, that is until about 9PM that night and my little barbed pain inducer
decided to make another move to remind me that all was not well. So out with the
Percocet and off to bed to sleep it off.
Realizing that my optimism had gotten ahead of itself, and that it had not
magically disappeared, I was now reading everything on the internet
that I could find as a home remedy to eliminate a kidney stone. The one that
seemed to be the most consistent was to juice lemons and drink the pure juice,
followed by a therapy of water and juice behind that. The theory is that the
citric acid is supposed to breakdown or dissolve the stone and it will easily be
passed. So Mrs. C. broke out the juicer and a bag of lemons and I was on my way
to concocting my magic “Caraway Stone Elixir” that would eradicate my stone.
That was the plan anyway. . . After downing 8 ounces of pure lemon juice, that
according to Mrs. C., produced an award winning “Bitter Beer Face”, the stone
was starting to look pretty good.
The other one that I came up with was to mix 2 ounces of pure lemon juice
with 2 ounces of virgin olive oil followed by 10 ounces of water to
drink before bed. Hmmm. I’m not sure how well that worked for the stone, but it
did make for a silky smooth pea the next morning and it definitely works as a
colon cleanser. Still not sure if either one of these have done any good, but at
this point I am ready to try hanging from my feet while wiggling around patting
my head and rubbing my stomach to see if I can get things moving to shake this
crystal nemesis out of my kidney.
Even with all of these magic home remedies and a 20 mile ride on the bike
with no air in the shocks, there still has been no evidence that it
is gone. So either it has found a nice place to camp to keep me out of the
Percocet, or it has dissolved and passed without my knowledge. Putting it in AA
terms, I am now 7 days without pain, which is good. I guess if I have no
evidence by Monday that is actually gone, it will be back to the Dr. for another
CT scan to see if it is still there, and if so, what to do next. I have to know
one way or the other. It just wouldn’t be a good idea to be out flying the plane
or on a ride when this thing decides to rear its ugly head again.
Thanks to everyone who responded with their own stories and home remedies
last week. This was one time that misery did love company. I had no
idea that kidney stones were so prevalent, and apparently it is not necessarily
an age thing. These little boogers can attack anyone, old, young, male or
female. All is good for now, but stay tuned.
I want to remind everyone that the Spring season for the Cyclerides.com
Westgate Bike Night
starts on Thursday, March 28th from 5-9 PM.
Just 3 weeks from today, you will once again be able to enjoy a party every
Thursday night with Live Music, Vendors, Restaurants, parking on Coyote Blvd.
next to the fountains and Hundreds of motorcycles to look at as they cruise by.
This is the place to be on Thursday nights for sure. We will kick off this year
with the 7 piece “Fuel It Band” for our Live entertainment. Weather should be
great, I look forward to kicking off this new season on March 28th. Hope to see
you there on opening night! Please pass on the word. Click Here for more information. Westgate City
Center is located at the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave.
Have a great weekend and ride safe!
Tidbits and Updates:
Pre-Rally days for Arizona Bike Week is only 30 days away. A
couple of big events the first weekend are the Buddy Stubbs 9th Annual Bike Week Bash on
Saturday, April 6th that features a 2 acre beer garden with Live Music and
vendors from 12PM – 8PM. This is always a great time with thousands of
motorcycles in attendance. On Sunday, March 7th, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale
is having their 2nd
Annual Bike Week Blast-Off Party with a full day event
agenda including motorcycle stunt riders and featuring the headlining band of
John Kay & Steppenwolf. See the April event calendar on www.cyclerides.com for the upcoming events.
Saturday, March 9th
Annual Teen Challenge Bike Run
. Since 1965, Teen Challenge of Arizona has
been combating the drug and alcohol problem in our state with
amazing results... a documented 86% Success Rate! As a nonprofit recovery
program supported by donations from caring individuals, family members,
community organizations, local businesses and churches, we're also getting the
word out about substance abuse prevention and education. Bike run begins with an
8AM registration/Breakfast. 9AM ride begins. Start at the Greater Phoenix Teen
Challenge located at 1515 W. Grand Ave. in Phoenix. Ends at the Christian Life
Ranch located at 47819 N. Fig Springs Rd. in Phoenix. Cost is $25 (includes
breakfast, lunch and t-shirt). See flyer for details.
Saturday, March 8th & 9th
Ride for the Warrior
Two-Day Motorcycle Rally & Music Festival featuring 7 bands. BBQ from Whiskey Ranch and Up in Smoke, static display of military
helicopters including Apache and Blackhawk. By enlisting the caring power of our
community, our mission is to raise awareness and funds for our United States
Military Veteran organizations. Ride for the Warrior is a non-profit
organization under the IRS tax code 501(c)3 created for the sole purpose of
raising money for United States Military Veteran organizations. We are proud
that our organization is strictly a 100% volunteer based group, and that 100% of
the funds we raise go directly to the United States Military Veteran
organizations. The funds raised for our 2013 event will be split between
Operation Wounded Warrior and The Pinal County Veterans Memorial Foundation. By
enlisting the caring power of our community, our mission is to raise awareness
and funds for our United States Military Veteran organizations.
Take a ride and enjoy some wonderful music and food.
Starting locations will be at the Tucson Harley Davidson, and Chandler
Harley Davidson. Sign in from 8-10 a.m. $25 per bike (1 up or 2 up).
includes 1 pin, and admission to the event. Self guided ride, route to be
determined. Arrival time 1:00pm at the Ride for the Warrior Music Festival at
the Ed Hooper Rodeo Grounds in Casa Grande. For more information and band
information, check out our website www.rideforthewarrior.com
Saturday and Sunday
March 9th & 10th
Harley-Davidson Demo Event. This is your chance to ride the brand new 2013
Harley-Davidson motorcycle FOR FREE.
The Harley-Davidson factory demo truck will be at Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson from 9am - 4pm on March 9th and 10th 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 vendors on site both days! And Raffle
Prizes throughout the day. Must have a valid motorcycle license and be at least
21 years of age. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn.
Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
Saturday, March 16th
Sanctioned Chili Cook Off Hosted by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson
benefit the Arizona Burn Center. We will be offering trophies for
may People’s Choice Categories as well as best decorated chili booth/team. Best
GREEN Chili, Mystery Celebrity Judges, Raffle Prizes. People’s Choice Chili
starting at 11:00 AM, CASI Competition Red Chili Turn-In at 2:00 PM. For Chili
information contact Jerry Lee at 623-388-9748 or email@example.com . Arizona burn contact
Paula Walker at 602-344-5624. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N.
Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
Saturday, March 16th
of Scottsdale St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
. Everyone is Irish on St.
Patrick’s Day! So, Join us for a Wee Bit O’ Fun on Saturday, March
16th from 10AM – 4PM. All Lads and Lasses wearing green receive a 10 pack of
entry forms to win a Softail Slim. Enjoy Cold Beer – Grub – Door Prizes – LIVE
MUSIC – Green Bikini Bike Wash. With a qualifying $300 purchase get a
Commemorative 110th Illuminated Picture Frame as your free gift while supplies
last. Now through March 31st. Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale is located at 15600
N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ. 480-905-1903.
Saturday, March 16th & 17th
Harley-Davidson Demo Event
. This is your chance to ride the brand new 2013
Harley-Davidson motorcycle FOR FREE.
Harley-Davidson factory demo truck will be at Chandler Harley-Davidson from 9am
- 4pm on March 16th and 17th 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 FREE FOOD Saturday and Sunday from 11AM – 1PM! Onsite
Vendors, Patches – Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off. And Raffle Prizes throughout the day.
Must have a valid motorcycle license and be at least 21 years of age. Chandler
Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ.
Saturday, March 16th
Stubbs Anthem Hogs and Dogs
. Buddy Stubbs Anthem H-D invites you to their
monthly Hogs & Dogs on Saturday, March 16th from 11AM till 2PM!
This month we want to know, "Is your suspension setup correctly for how you
ride?" TEAM AZ will be onsite to provide a FREE Suspension seminar as well as be
available to answer your valuable riding questions. So, if you are one of those
riders who agree that you can never have too much riding knowledge, RSVP to this
seminar and join us! The class will be from 12:00 - 1:00 in the HOG room. There
will of course be FREE hot dogs and sodas available so grab your favorite riding
partner and ride up to Buddy Stubbs Anthem H-D! For more information e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (623) 465-1122.
Anthem H-D can also be found on the web at www.anthemhd.com.
April 10th - 14th
Arizona Bike Week 2013
countdown is underway! Less than 5 weeks till the start of Arizona Bike Week
2013, and what a good one it is shaping up to be. If you haven’t made your plans
or taken your days off, you might want to do that now. One of the
aspects of Arizona Bike Week that we are most proud of is the hundreds of
thousands of dollars that are raised for a multitude of charities, through the
many fund-raising opportunities our event presents. This year there are more
organized rides than ever before. They are all for amazing causes and all offer
you a great time you can feel good about. Each includes a different variety of
amenities such as breakfast, lunch, pins, patches, t-shirts, prizes, etc. All
rides that occur from April 10 – 14 include admission to Cyclefest and that
night’s concert. For complete details, go to the “Events” page at azbikeweek.com
or go to the “Rides” page for a brief summary. We hope you’ll join in on
one or more of these rides during Arizona Bike Week 2013. Many of these rides offer preregistration incentives such as discounted
fees, t-shirts, pins, etc. You can get more details on these rides and all the
activities and events planned for Arizona Bike Week 2013 by picking up a Guide
to Ride or visiting www.azbikeweek.com.
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go
to Cyclerides.com Facebook
4100 FANS! Take a look at
all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the
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!
is entitled. “How Spain gets rid of stupid people”. I can see where they got
that title. Click Here to
For those of you that like amazing
dog stories, this is one for the ages. Click
Here to View.
Video of the Week. This video is a Wow, Wow, Wow!
This is called the Red Bull Rampage. These guys have some stones too. Not for
me. Click Here to
View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the
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