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Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
3/13/13
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, it looks like spring riding weather in Arizona is officially here. The extended forecast is showing sunny and warm temperatures for the next few weeks. In fact, the report is for 90 degrees and sunny for the first night of the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night which is starting this season on Thursday, March 28th from 5-9 PM and running through June 27th. Should be perfect riding temperature for that night. I’m really looking forward to getting back out on Thursday nights. Plan to ride out and help us kick off the season with Live Music by “Fuel It”. Stay tuned to the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night page for all upcoming special events and live bands.
 
In real estate it is location, location, location. But in motorcycle riding it can be more about timing when wanting to ride one of the best roads in America. The ride up, or down, the Pacific Coast Hwy. #1 in California from Cambria to Monterey is always on the list of top 5 roads to ride in America. While it is always a spectacular ride, there are better times to do it. Due to the incoming marine layer in the Summer, the locals will tell you that the best time to ride this part of the coast is the April/May time frame or late September/October for the clearest days and best viewing of the ocean. Regardless of what time of year you ride it, your best bet is to hit this part of the ride around mid day.
 
We have done this ride several times and try to do it at least every couple of years. It is one that would be very difficult to tire of. We are not far from April now, so if this is a ride that you would like to take off of your bucket list, I would start making plans now to see this outstanding piece of Americana roadway. It is already on my list of things to do for early May. We have done this trip in both a 3 day and 4 day version. If you make this trek in the middle of the Summer, it is a good option to trailer to San Bernardino and then ride out from there due to the heat on that long hot stretch of I-10. I have ridden it several times in July and it is brutal. Either way, I would encourage you to do this road at some point in your motorcycle riding career and be sure to do the Angeles Crest Hwy. that I mention below.
 

 
Pacific Coast Highway 2012
 
Day 1
When we launched at Quaid HD in Loma Linda at around 1:30 PM we knew it was going to be a cold one as it was only 60 degrees and cloudy. Our destination that day was to be a 230 mile ride to Solvang, CA via Angeles Crest highway 2. Great plan and very doable, unfortunately for us, Angeles Crest Hwy. would take us to almost 8000 feet in elevation, directly through those clouds that we were seeing from 1000 feet at Quaid. The farther North we rode, the more windy and colder it got. By the time we reached Hwy. 2, Angeles Crest Highway at 5500 feet, it was down to 45 degrees and the fog was starting to roll in. We promptly pulled over and put on the only other layer we had brought with us.
 
Not much further up the road the fog was getting thicker and thicker to the point that we had only about 100 feet visibility on this beautiful mountain road that we could not see. Every time we came around a corner as we climbed, we would get hit with 40 mph gusts of winds and rolling drizzle fog. As we crested the mountain at 7800 feet, my thermometer was down to about 38 degrees. By the time we had ridden for about 40 minutes at an average speed of 20 mph, through the wind, drizzle and biting cold, we pulled over at around 5500 feet just below the fog just to try and regain some feeling back in our fingers. For those of you that have been in this kind of conditions, you know what I mean.
 
Another 10 miles West down the mountain we stopped at Newcomb’s Ranch, a popular biker stop, for a cup of hot chocolate to try and break the chill and warm our hands. Angeles Crest Highway is a a Scenic Byway, one of the best in the state of California and shouldn’t be missed. (See my report on it from last year). But much better when you can see it. My original plan was to continue on to Solvang by way of Simi Valley and Ojai, but since the unexpected slow travel on Angeles Crest, I decided to just take the 101 to Santa Barbara and on up to Solvang. However, in hind sight, I might have been as well off to go through Ojai as we were right in the middle of 5 o’clock traffic on the 101 which isn’t pretty. I will give you maps of both routes at end of story.
 
If you have never been to Solvang, it is definitely worth the detour to either spend the night there or just cruise the streets. Solvang is An authentic Danish settlement in Santa Barbara County. In fact, it looks as if it could be the "Danishland" section of Disneyland. It was founded by Danish immigrants in 1911 by Danish educators trying to escape the harsh winters of the Midwest, where the heritage, faces, and customs of the Old World live on. There are a lot of wine tasting, retail shops, inns, motels and restaurants available in Solvang. It is definitely worth the effort to see and spend some time here. We stayed at the Wine Valley Inn, 1564 Copenhagen Drive, and it was fantastic. Our favorite breakfast stop is the Belgian Cafe at 1671 Copenhagen Drive. Check out this waffle!
 
Day 2
On this trip I decided to take a ride through more of the old beach towns that we had never done before. In the maps below I will show you some of the routes we took that were interesting. The alternative is just to continue on the 101 up to Hwy. 1. Leaving Solvang take Alisal Rd. by the windmill to the 101. This is an unknown road that you would never think to take that is awesome and a really pretty ride. Go North on the 101 to Arroyo Grande. Exit 186 will take you right to the heart of the old historic town. A fun place to stop. From there go West on Grand Ave. to Hwy. 1 which will take you through Pismo Beach and back to the 101. Follow the 101 up to exit 200A (Los Osos Valley Rd.). This will take you to Morro Bay through the State Park that will drop you off right in the old beach town of Morro Bay for an up close look at Morro Rock. Cool little town.
 
From Morro Bay get back onto Hwy. 1 and you will be 20 miles from beginning motorcycle riding nirvana. Pacific Coast Highway 1 aka, PCH 1, aka, Big Sur Coast Highway is one of the best motorcycle or car rides in the United States, certainly the best on the West Coast. While Hwy. 1 stretches from Southern California to Washington, having traveled the entire road from top to bottom, the 100 mile section from Cambria to Monterey is by far the most desirable in my opinion and should be a must do trip for anyone that hasn’t ridden this beautiful stretch of American roadway highlighting the beauty of the Pacific Ocean and the sheer rock cliffs that hold it in.
 
There are several viewpoints that you can stop along the way to get excellent views of the ocean and landscape. You can also stop at a sea lion viewing area as well just North of Cambria. Another favorite stop is the Hearst Castle. We had done that on a previous trip. If you have not Hearst Castle, it would be worthwhile. But for us, this was solely for the purpose of escaping the heat of Phoenix and taking one of the finest routes in the states the way it should be done, on a motorcycle. We headed directly to the Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur that is perched on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the South. I would highly recommend stopping here to see the view and certainly planning your ride to eat there as well. The food is exceptional and the view is one of a kind on the patio. This place is a real treat. With some stops along the way for photo ops, this 70 miles took us about 2.5 hours. You don't want to rush this ride at all. We had dinner here on the patio while being blessed with beautiful sunshine and blue skies. Sometimes this is a rarity on this trip.
 
Click Here for our Photo Op with the ocean and bridge in the background.
 
By the time we got done eating and enjoying the sunshine and view of the ocean from the patio at Nepenthe, it was about 6 PM, so we saddled up and enjoyed the last 33 mile ride into Cannery Row in Monterey where we stayed the night.
 
Day 3
After a good night sleep, we were up early the next morning for breakfast. My original plan was to head inland on the Carmel Valley Rd. to Lake Nacimiento, but the lure of the morning OCEAN VIEW was calling. The typical marine layer was covering Monterey, so I decided to call Nepenthe and see how the weather was there. She told me that it was an absolutely beautiful morning there with sunshine, blue skies and the marine layer was way out. That’s all it took to change our plans as we decided to take advantage of perfect weather and enjoy this road in the opposite direction at least for 60 miles to Nacimiento Rd. where we would head inland.
 
Nacimiento-Fergusson is a mountain road, providing the only automobile access within the Big Sur region between Highway 1 and the inland US Highway 101. To say that this road is a little curvy would be like saying water is a little bit wet. The road quickly climbs up and across the Santa Lucia Range in the Central Coast of California to as high as 2700 feet before passing through Fort Hunter Liggett and ending at Mission Road in Jolon. The views of the Pacific Ocean and road below on your way up on a clear day are spectacular. But be advised that this is a fairly rough, narrow road that is pretty demanding at times, albeit exciting, for the first 16 miles. Then it levels out and is an excellent ride through the golden rolling hills of California. Once you pass through Fort Hunter you will reach Mission Rd. Turn South on Mission to Hwy., G14 and follow that to Nacimiento Lake and Paso Robles where you will meet up with the 101 again. There is a sign once you get close to Fort Hunter that says local traffic only. There was no one at a guard gate and I have read where there hasn't been for a couple of years. So we were able to ride straight through with no problem.
 
On this trip we ate lunch at Lake Nacimiento, a good place to take a break and eat while enjoying a nice view of the lake. From there we crossed central California on Hwy. 58 through the rolling hills on our way to Pine Mountain Club on Forest Hwy. 95, aka Cerro Noroeste Rd. off of Hwy. 33. THIS IS A GREAT ROAD that will take you back to I-5 that passes through a beautiful mountain community called Pine Mountain. There is a nice little biker stop called the Pine Mtn. Roadhouse. Take this road if you can, you will not be disappointed. There are a couple of small accommodations there if you are inclined to stay. Take a look at this interesting sign on your way into Pine Mountain. We stayed in a Motel 6 right on I-5 just East of Pine Mountain.
 
Day 4
This day was making our way back to Loma Linda by 1 PM so as not to get back to Phoenix too late. We stumbled upon a couple of excellent roads that will keep you off of I-5. We took Hwy. 138 East to County Route N2 that was an excellent road that took us through some beautiful ranching and farming areas past Lake Elizabeth and Lake Elizabeth Rd. into Palmdale. From there we followed 138 through Palmdale to Fort Tejon Rd. that led us to the fantastic Big Pines Rd./Co. Hwy. N6 through the Angeles Crest Forest. This is a great road. Put a star by this one. This will take you to Big Pines which is where we originally caught Hwy. 2 for the Angeles Crest Hwy. From here you can catch 138 again that will take you over to Big Bear Lake or I-15 back to Loma Linda.
 
All together we rode 910 miles on this trip. It included one of the best 100 miles of road in the United States and through some beautiful roads of Southern California. Our days ended at 8 PM on Day 1 & 2, 7 PM on Day 3 while getting back to Phoenix at 6 PM on Day 4. We had just done almost the same route over 4th of July last year and was just as thrilled to do it again. If you are looking for a good 4 day ride, this would be it. (We actually did it in 3 days last time.) Just follow our map and I’m sure you would be pleased with your trip. However you plan to do it, I would encourage putting the Pacific Coast Highway on your “roads to do” in the near future. I give it 5 spokes out of 5. Click Here for Story and Photos from PCH 2011 Ride. This one will give you a little different story and route.
 
I have included some links below as well as 185 photos and Google maps for you to follow. If you have any questions about this ride, feel free to email me atinfo@cyclerides.com .
 
Click Here for Photos from our PCH 2012 Ride.
Click Here for map of Day 1 and 2.
Click Here for map of Day 3 and 4.
Click Here for Story and Photos from the 3 Day PCH 2011 Ride. Here you will see some great pictures of the Angeles Crest Hwy. with blue skies and more editorial of the ride.
 
Useful Links:
Angeles Crest Highway
Pacific Coast Highway 1
Hearst Castle
Nepenthe Restaurant
Big Sur
Nacimiento Road
Attractions along the PCH
 

Tidbits and Updates:
 
Starts Thursday, March 28th
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 2 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.
 

Bike Nights
 
NEW!!
Spurs Saloon Thursday Night Bike Night. Eastsiders!! You now have a great place for a Thursday Bike Night. Spurs Saloon located at 2394 N Alma School Rd. Chandler, AZ. has the PERFECT location for a bike night. Spurs has a Large outdoor patio with an outside bar and Plenty of motorcycle parking right next it. And the really good news. . . The patio is located on the East side of the building so it will be shaded from the sun in the late afternoon. Nick, the owner is very motorcycle friendly and you will feel welcomed any day of the week. He understands that good food and great service is important for any bike night. On Thursday nights you can enjoy the music of Mogollon’s Duo “George and Duane”. Show your Bike Key for 20% off food order - $4 Jack Daniels - $1.75 Domestic Bottles - $5 Pork Sliders. Raffles, Food and Drink specials, Designated Bike Parking, Huge outdoor patio and GREAT entertainment! Stop by and check it out, you will be glad you did. 2394 N Alma School Rd. Chandler, AZ. Just 2 miles South of 60 on Alma School Rd. Map.
 

This Week
 
Saturday, March 16th
CASI Sanctioned Chili Cook Off Hosted by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. Proceeds 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 alchemistchili@gmail.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
Harley-Davidson 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
Chandler 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 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. 480-496-6800.
 
Saturday, March 16th
Buddy 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 marketing@buddystubbs.com or call (623) 465-1122. Anthem H-D can also be found on the web at www.anthemhd.com.
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, March 23rd
Tucson Harley-Davidson Demo Event. Hey Tucson! This is your chance to ride the brand new 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle FOR FREE. The Harley-Davidson factory demo truck will be at Tucson Harley-Davidson from 9am - 4pm on March 23rd and 24th 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! 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. 480-496-6800.
 
Saturday, March 23rd
Biker Information Guide Bike Night at Renegade Tap & Kitchen. Starting at 3 pm till 10 pm with Happy Hour prices the whole time. This has quickly become a great stop on Saturday afternoon and evening for those riding on the East side. Plenty of motorcycle parking as well as spacious and comfortable outdoor patios. On March 23rd enjoy a Hog Roast on the Patio. There will be Live Music at 7PM, Drink Specials and Raffle prizes for all to enjoy. If you haven’t seen Renegade Tap and Kitchen yet, be sure to stop by and see this popular biker stop on the East side. Renegade is located at 9400 Shea Blvd. just east of the 101 Fwy, on the South side.
Saturday, March 16th: St. Patty’s Celebration and Fallen Firefighters Charity Event. Renegade Tap & Kitchen has a great fund raiser with various Fire Departments raising money for the injured firefighters. All of the wait staff and bartenders will be firefighters dressed in KILTS…they will have entertainment and at the end of the night Renegade will write a check for 20% of the entire sales for the evening, including the bar tab. They will have boots to drop donations into and other fun things going on. Click Here for details.
 
Saturday, March 23rd
4th Annual American Legion Riders/SAL Chapter 58 Ride In Bike Show.  Held in Memory of Kimmy Chapman. The American Legion Post 58 - 16837 E. Parkview Ave., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, 480-837-5958 will once again hold this event. Proceeds donated to American Legion Charities. Open to the public - All are welcome to attend and participate. Bike Registration: 9:00 A.M. - Noon. Cost:$10.00 per bike (Ride in Only). 1st and 2nd Place Trophies awarded in the following classes: Stock Harley; Modified Harley; Custom; Antique; Metric; Bobber; Women's; also Trophy for Peoples Choice. Bike Judging at 3:00 P.M. followed by trophy presentations. Judging by Celebrity Judge Robert Shinn, owner/operator of Evil Twin Custom Motorcycles, Mesa, AZ and his staff of Celebrity Judges that includes Robert Shinn, owner/operator of Evil Twin Custom Motorcycles, Mesa, AZ and his staff of Celebrity Judges. Vendor sites available, $25.00 for 10X10 space. Venders please direct inquiries to: Kevin Woods, 480-628-3665, starryan1@cox.net. Corporate Sponsorship donations graciously accepted and appreciated. Please contact Kevin for details. Event/Party will also include: Live Bands and Music from 10:00 A.M. to at least 6:00 P.M. Antique Bike Display | Delicious food and many beverages and drink specials. | Raffles and 50-50 drawings throughout the day. Come on out to the Post in the Hills and enjoy our beautiful AZ weather and Post Patio. Party down and have a great day! Further information available at American Legion Riders Post 58 Fountain Hills, AZ, or visit www.alr58.org. All other inquiries, please call or e mail Event Chairman Neil Lyons at 480-335-7055 or nlyons@cox.net
 
Saturday, March 23rd
Anthem H.O.G. #2376 2nd Annual Anthem Desert Ride for St. Mary's Food Bank. The Desert ride is an Anthem H.O.G. sponsored event to support the St. Mary's Food Bank. Due to the friendly competition and generosity of multiple Chapters, over 140,000 meals were raised compared to the 80,000 last year, (which also surpassed the year before).
 
St. Mary's advised us that donations have been down dramatically in every area that they receive them. Unfortunately, these reduced resources come when times are harder than ever for the people who need them in order to feed their families. There was one exception, however. For 3 years running, the very same H.O.G. Chapters who came together for this cause have doubled their donations each year, the only source of St. Mary's that increased rather than decreased. Anthem may be sponsoring this ride, but by putting our competitive spirits aside for just one day, the real winners will again be the St. Mary's Food Bank and all of the needy families that will be fed as a result of our cooperative participation. We are extending an invitation for you to share this with your Chapter Members (and all other bikers and clubs) and to encourage you to join us on this great benefit ride while taking in the scenic desert views of Arizona. This is a great opportunity for Arizona's HOG Chapters and friends to all come together and show their unity not just for HOG as a club, but to unite under a banner of charity and brotherhood. Shedding the stereotypes, we can show our respective communities a true sense of what biker character is all about. Don't miss out on this historical Multi-Chapter event! Your registration fee of $30.00 per bike made prior to March 15th, 2013 will include the following:A commemorative Ride T-shirt (To the first 60 who pre-register by March 15th). The satisfaction of knowing that your contribution will help needy families right here in your community! A beautiful ride across the State with your fellow H.O.G. Members and other biker friends. Raffle tickets will be picked up at the start and then at some of the ride stops along the way. Our route starts at Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley Davidson and we will be traveling through Wikieup, Seligman, Chino Valley and then to the last stop at Connolly's Grill (2605 W Carefree Hwy Phoenix) at 5:30 P.M. Cash prizes and raffle items will be awarded at 6:30 P.M.  Registrations and information can be found online at: http://www.anthemhog.com/
 
Saturday, March 23rd
3rd Annual Highway Thunder Charity Ride. Charity ride for Make-A-Wish presented by Phoenix Vulcan Riders is a Scavenger Hunt with Cash Prizes, High/Low Hands, Door Prizes and 50/50. Sign in 9am at Cycle Gear located at 1040 S. Country Club in Mesa. $30 Single Rider/+ $15 two up. Lunch included.
 
Saturday, March 23rd
American Legion Riders 5th Annual “Legacy” Scholarship Rally/Poker Run. Meet at 6822 N 57th Dr. Glendale AZ. Registration starts at 8:00 A.M. $20.00 per bike $10.00 per passenger. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place poker run winners. Come out for some fun , food, 50/50, raffle prizes and D.J. music. You do not have to be an American Legion Rider to participate or own a motorcycle. Ride pins to the 1st 100 registered.
 
Upcoming Events
 
April 10th - 14th
Arizona Bike Week 2013.
Just over three weeks until Arizona Bike Week 2013!!
If you’ve ever bought tickets on-line to a concert or event, you know that you start off purchasing a forty-five dollar ticket and when all is said and done, you find out your credit card is being charged well over fifty bucks!  Do you wonder what all those fees, taxes and surcharges are?? We do too.
 
To eliminate any confusion or surprises when purchasing tickets on-line for Arizona Bike Week, we thought we would break down all our fees for you:
 
Five-day pass to Cyclefest, HandleBar Saloon and Vendor Village, April 10-14 is $45. Incudes: Admission to Miss ABW Pageant, Harley Stunt Shows, Freestyle Jumper Shows, Tonic Concert, Blues Traveler Concert, Doobie Brothers Concert,  Third Eye Blind Concert, Charlie Hunnam “Jax” Special Appearance, Freebird Concert and all other Cyclefest exhibitions, contests, etc. (sorry, too many to list). No Ticketing fees, Management fees, Convenience fees, Processing fees, Shipping fees, Facility fees, Service charge, Tax or Parking Fees. Total Cost $45.
Bottom line is; we don’t like getting hit with a bunch of add-on charges, so we don’t charge them. If you’d like to see for yourself, go to azbikeweek.com. And by the way, we also have single day passes available. No additional fees apply to those either. www.azbikeweek.com.
 
Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 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 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!

For those of us that like a good old fashioned Roadrunner cartoon, here is a new one for you made with digital technology. Very fun. Click Here to View.

This had to have been a major pucker moment for this snowmobile rider. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week. This video featuring Jeff Gordon will make you smile the whole way through. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.

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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com

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