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Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
4/24/13
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, I might be the only one in this camp, but I am enjoying the 90 degree weather we are having right now. With the ultra low humidity, it is just perfect for riding. What a change from last Thursday night when I actually had to put on a sweatshirt to ride home from bike night. By the way, we have Live Music by “Fuel It” this week at the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports. They are the band that kicked off this season that everyone liked so well. Hope to see you there.
 
To get into the right frame of mind to write the newsletter this week, I decided to take a little ride out to Lake Pleasant to enjoy this wonderful riding weather. Riding the lakes around here are just so beautiful and peaceful, especially this time of year. The wildflowers are out and the cactus will soon be blooming. And if you ever need a spot to just get away by yourself and take it all in, go to the visitors center at Lake Pleasant. It sets on a hill overlooking the lake that is just beautiful. And if you do it right around sunset, it makes the experience even better.
 
As I was riding back, thinking about the story for the newsletter, I remembered one I had done a couple of years ago called the Four Lakes Tour. I found it in the Archives, read it again, and couldn’t find a way to improve on it. So I decided to bring it to you now, for a great way to take advantage of this riding weather that we will all be wishing we had again in another month or so. Ride safe and enjoy the “Four Lakes Tour” story below.
 

“Four Lakes Tour”
 
We are at that time of year where my riding urge is at a high level and is sometimes hard to control. I’m starting to plan some longer trips and getting antsy to roll up a few thousand miles of ribbon. Locally, I love the early morning or late evening short sleeved riding weather. Last Friday morning I was on my way to see a friend off of I-17 and Carefree Highway, so I decided to head North on Lake Pleasant Pkwy. and take Carefree Hwy. East to his place. Next thing I know I’m turning West and find myself on the Northwest side of Lake Pleasant back to the 4 Lane ramps. Riding around lakes is so pretty and peaceful that you just want to take your time and relax. Still not sure how I got there, the bike just wouldn’t turn East. . . Here is an interesting picture I took from the 4 Lane Ramp. Click Here.
 
After several miles of riding around the lake roads and watching people launch their boats, I realized that the Saguaro Cactus are now starting to bloom and are beautiful. And the good news is, for some reason there seems to be a huge amount of Saguaro’s around the lakes in Arizona. So not only will you get in a good ride, you will see some beautiful landscape and a lot of cactus blooms right now.
 
I'm not sure what it is that draws me to riding the lakes. Maybe it is the raw beauty around them with the intense desert landscape or just escaping the traffic of the city while enjoying some peace and quiet. But since riding to a lake is a personal preference of mine, a couple of years ago I decided to do a little research and see what it would take to make an in town road trip out of it and visit all of them in the same day. Since I live on the West side of town, I plotted a route that would take me from Lake Pleasant, to Bartlett Lake, Saguaro Lake and Canyon Lake. The distance to visit each lake in succession is only 144 miles. Of course, you have to get back home, so it my case it would be a total of 232 round trip. But at least 60 miles of that would be freeway.
 
So for those of you that haven't been to these lakes, what do you do when you get there? What I like to do is ride every possible paved road around the lakes. In the case of Lake Pleasant and Bartlett there are a few miles of roads around the lake area that you can ride that are really pretty. Saguaro and Canyon don't offer much riding around the lakes, but the road getting to Canyon is one of the best in the State and the restaurant at Saguaro has the best views. There are restaurants at 3 of the lakes with Bartlett offering a little General store to get something to eat and drink. I will go over each lake below giving you the options of where to go and what to do including a map of the area.
 

Lake Pleasant:
Lake Pleasant is the largest lake in the area, collecting water from snow melt in the North 
and acting as a reservoir to provide drinking water for Phoenix throughout the year. It is located 9 miles West of I-17 on Carefree Hwy. (Hwy. 74). The best riding is to take Castle Hot Springs Rd. which is just West of the lake. Go N. about 2.5 miles and you will see your first entrance to the lake. It will cost you $6 to enter the lake area, good for 24 hours. This road will take you to the new Scorpion Bay Marina where you can eat Breakfast or Lunch on the water at the Dillion's restaurant on site or rent a boat and take cruise on the lake. Lunch is served every day, breakfast only on Saturday and Sunday starting at 8am.
 
You can also ride to the Overlook that gives you a great view of the lake and a Visitor/Nature Center to tour. This area will give you an additional 13 miles of riding round trip to the entrance. Once you reach the entrance on your way out, turn right and follow Castle Hot Springs Rd. another 3 miles to the end where it turns into dirt. Turn right and this will take you back to the 4 lane ramp which is a good ride and will add another 4 miles.
 
All total there is about 25 miles of riding and exploring around the park that you can do at Lake Pleasant after you turn off of Carefree Hwy. It is really a beautiful area and the food at Dillon's at Scorpion Bay is really good. Click Here for Map of Lake Pleasant. You can view their web site for more information.

Bartlett Lake:
The next stop is Bartlett Lake which is a 45 mile ride from Lake Pleasant. 
Simply take Carefree Hwy. East out of Lake Pleasant and follow that to Cave Creek Rd. Turn North on Cave Creek Rd. and follow that 10 miles to the Bartlett Dam Rd. Turnoff. Follow Bartlett Dam Rd. 14 miles on a beautiful ride through the Tonto National Forest desert to the Lake. This area has a high concentration of Saguaro cactus that you will really enjoy. The view of the lake on your last 2 miles down to the lake is gorgeous. There is a short walk to the Marina dock store for some water or packaged sandwiches. About 1/4 mile from the ramp, you will see the SB Cove Rd. This will take you 4 miles back to Bartlett Flats that will drop you off at water's edge. This is a really beautiful ride that you will want to do. 
 
When you reach Cave Creek Rd. again on your way out of Bartlett Dam Rd, you can turn right and take Cave Creek Rd. road which turns into Seven Springs Rd. for the 5 mile ride till it ends. This is a really cool twisty road through some really pretty scenery that hardly anyone takes because it eventually turns into a gravel road. But it is an excellent ride and worth the round trip. Click Here for Google Map of this area. 
Click Here for 
Photos of ride to Bartlett Lake.
 
Saguaro Lake:
From Bartlett Lake you will take a 57 mile ride through Rio Verde, Fountain Hills and then Hwy. 87 
to Bush Hwy. where in 4 miles you will come to Saguaro Lake. (See Map) Turn into Saguaro Lake and veer to the right to go to the Lake Shore Restaurant that sits overlooking the lake and the marina. They have a large outdoor patio that will give you a beautiful view of the lake, mountains, cliffs  and the marina. The restaurant opens at 9am 7 days per week. This is the best place of all the lakes to sit back on the patio, to enjoy the view and the weather. If you veer left on your way in to the lake you can follow the lake shore around about a mile or so and get a good look at the marina and the cliffs around the lake. This is also a good place to park and take a hike up the hill for a better view. About a mile North of the main entrance to the lake you can take Butcher Jones Rd. down to a different part of the lake as well. Saguaro Lake Marina Web Site.
 
Canyon Lake
From Saguaro Lake you are now 32 miles from Canyon Lake. The funny part about this is that you are actually only 7 miles from Canyon Lake as the crow flies. Just continue South on Bush Hwy. to Usery Pass. South (left) on Usery Pass to Brown Rd. East on Brown to Apache Trail Rd. where you will embark on one of the best 14 mile rides in the State to Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flat. Apache Trail aka, Hwy. 88 the lake is truly a fantastic motorcycle ride. You will ride up, down around and through the mountains in the Tonto National Forest getting to your destination. In my opinion, this is one of the prettiest desert rides in the state by far. Beautiful saguaro cactus, mountains, vistas and views. And when you get to the overlook to enjoy your first view of Canyon Lake, be sure and stop to take a picture and enjoy it for a minute before winding your way down to the lake.
 
There is a restaurant at the Canyon Lake Marina called the Lakeside Restaurant & Cantina. They offer indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy the view. Lunch is served 7 days per week with breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Menu includes steak, omelets, salads, sandwiches, seafood and fantastic burgers. If you don't feel like eating on the lake, you can ride another 2 miles to Tortilla Flat for an outdoor grilled burger or a full menu inside. Regardless of where you decide to eat, be sure to take the additional 6 miles of paved road on past Tortilla Flat. It turns into dirt at that point and continues on to Apache Lake and Roosevelt Lake. So if that is not your thing, simply turn around and enjoy a different view on the way back. But it is well worth your time to enjoy this forgotten stretch of asphalt that is lightly traveled, but with gorgeous views.
Check out these 
stunning photos of the ride to Canyon Lake.
 
Conclusion:
This concludes the Cyclerides.com Four Lakes Tour which should give you some riding ideas and destinations 
for the next few weeks. The route that I described would be over 170 miles if you did every road and provides some of the best riding around the valley area. You can do it all at once or break it up over the next few weeks, but any one of these lakes are always a good destination if you have that burning desire to get some wind in your face and only have a few hours to get it done. 

Click Here for the overall Google map of the Four Lakes Tour.
Click Here for 
Printable overall map of the Four Lakes Tour.

Useful Links
:
Cyclerides.com Bartlett Lake Day Ride
Cyclerides.com Tortilla Flat Day Ride


Bike Nights
 
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.
 
Every Thursday, March 28th – June 27th
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night this Spring being presented by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports. Bike Night began Thursday night, March 28th with a HUGE crowd and will continue for a total of 14 nights ending on June 27th from 5 pm – 9 pm. This Thursday, 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.
 
Live Music this week with “Fuel It”.
Custom Bagger Show in center court.
 
From the looks of things last week, riders are ready to enjoy some great weather and get back on their bikes. So grab your riding buddies and stop by to enjoy Live Music, Restaurant specials and other special events along the way. Click Here for Photos from the first night.
 
Here are the details for the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports:
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Jobing.com Arena.
When: Thursday nights beginning March 28th – June 27th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising down Coyote Blvd.
Click Here for Flyer.
 
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports:
Arrowhead HD
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night. Stop by and see the latest in what Harley-Davidson has to offer. Speak to one of our trained sales staff about what Harley-Davidson motorcycle would be right for you. We are located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
Ridenow Powersports
Stop by and talk to our staff at bike night or at one of our many valley locations. We feature many brands including Polaris, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Can-Am, BMW, Victory, KTM, Spyder, and Ski-doo. Click Here for a list of our locations.
And to our Associate Sponsor Curly’s Customs
Curly's Customs. Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike Night.
 
Bike Night Restaurant Specials.
I have worked very hard to get the restaurants to come up with some consistent bike night specials. I think they have stepped up very well this year to offer some good deals. There will be restaurant specials all season long that include offers from:
McFadden’s - 10% discount on your bill when you show your M-class license on Bike Night. Plus, bikers can enjoy regular happy hour specials, including $2 Bud/Bud Light Drafts, $3 Wells and $5 Appetizers from 4-7pm.
Calico Jack’s Cantina - $19.99 Bike Night Platters with Nacho chips, mini-chimis, onion rings and jalapeno poppers, plus a pitcher of domestic draft beer. Enjoy 10% off your bill when you show your M-class license on Bike Night.
The Shout! House - $9 Natural Black Angus Burger, Fries, and Beer special ($15 value) and a FREE cover for 2 card to come back on the weekend ($10 value) when you show your M-class license on Bike Night.
Kabuki - Take 15% off when you show your motorcycle license during Westgate Bike Night. Valid only during Westgate Bike Night events. Dine-in only. Valid only at Westgate City Center location. One offer per table per party. Not valid during Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour. Cannot be combined with any other offers or rewards. Excludes alcohol, tax, gratuity and gift card purchases.
Saddle Ranch - 2 chicken tacos for $5.50*. Classic pints of draft beer for only $3*. Plus, bikers can enjoy regular happy hour specials from 4-6:30pm with 50% off all appetizers and drinks. *Valid from 6:30pm to 10:00pm on all Bike Nights, excluding event days when there are concerts, sporting or other events at the Center, Stadium or Arena.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville - 10% off entire food bill to anyone who presents their M-Class driver's license. Plus, bikers can enjoy happy hour from 4-7pm with 50% off appetizers, $3 well vodka, rum and gin drinks, $4 Landshark 20oz drafts and $5 Who’s to Blame Margaritas.
 

 
This Week
 
Friday, April 26th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Guys Night Out. FREE EVENT! 6 PM – 8:30 PM. You do not have to own a motorcycle or have a motorcycle license to join this event. Learn more about: The family of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, The JUMPSTART Experience, The pre-ride walk around, Custom helmet fitting and riding gear, Proper technique on how to pick up a fallen motorcycle. PLUS: Light food and drink is provided, Raffle Prizes & more, Representatives from TEAM Arizona will be on hand with rider course information. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. You must RSVP for this event by calling 623-247-5542 or email mhains@ridenow.com
 
Friday, April 26th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Guys Night Out. FREE EVENT! 6 PM – 8:30 PM. You do not have to own a motorcycle or have a motorcycle license to join this event. Learn more about: The family of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, The JUMPSTART Experience, The pre-ride walk around, Custom helmet fitting and riding gear, Proper technique on how to pick up a fallen motorcycle. PLUS: Light food and drink is provided, Raffle Prizes & more, Representatives from TEAM Arizona will be on hand with rider course information. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. You must RSVP for this event by calling 480-496-6800 or email mhains@ridenow.com.
 
Saturday, April 27th
Buddy Stubbs Hogs & Dogs. Join Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson on Saturday, April 27th from 11AM till 3PM for our monthly Hogs & Dogs customer appreciation as well as our new rider Motorcycle Boot Camp. Along with FREE food and drinks we will be walking new riders through the different steps and products that are unique to the Harley experience. Okay, here’s the thing: Every Harley motorcycle rider was a newbie once. Yes, every one! It’s just one day we went from dreaming about it, to doing something about it. Are you up for it? Do you have non riding friends that you want to share your passion with?
Then check out Buddy Stubbs Harley‐Davidson Motorcycle Boot Camp. Part party, part basic training, it’s a fun, laid‐back way to get started, hang out with lots of your fellow beginners, and learn all about riding and Harley-Davidson. Starting at 1:30PM we begin with the basics, and go from headlights to tailpipes to get you up to speed on everything you need to know. We’ll have our stationary JumpStart Harley running so you can feel the rumble and rush of firing up a real Harley-Davidson and shifting through the gears. Best of all, it’s FREE! To RSVP for our Boot Camp simply go to http://buddystubbsbootcamp.eventbrite.com. Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix. They can also be found on the web at www.buddystubbshd.com. Call (602) 971-3400 for more info.
 
Saturday, April 27th – Every 4th Saturday
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. Live Music, Raffles and lots of fun. 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. Click Here for details. Sunday Pre-Ride Breakfast starts at 9:30 AM.
 
Saturday, April 27th
American Legion Post 75 3rd Annual Car and Bike Show. Show benefits American Legion Riders Post 75 charities. Event time from 11 AM to 3 PM. 10625 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ. All cars & bikes are welcome, participant voting Top 10 car and top 10 bike awards. Registration opens l0 AM, Sorry no pre-registration. Show limited to 50 cars and 50 bikes, show parking opens at 9 AM. Spectator and general parking for post will be across the street at Big Daddy's. Registration $10 this includes a $5 off coupon toward the Hog Roast Dinner ticket later at day. Music by The Cruisin' DJs. Good food, drinks, and fun. Come out and help some great causes. For more info call Dick at 623 206-3492 Or John at 602 516 6385.
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, May 4th
MSgt Randy Gillespie Memorial Poker Run. All proceeds raised go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Sign in from 7-9 AM at Jimbo’s on 51st Ave and Cactus. $15 Single/$20 with passenger. Free event pin to first 100 to register. Prize giveaways, raffle, 50/50 drawing, Food, Music, and bike wash with the Harley Girls starting at 1 PM at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. See flyer for details.
 
Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 4200 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!

I think I might have had this in here before, but it is definitely worth looking at the dummies one more time. A couple of them will make you cringe for sure. Click Here to View.

This guy is a “speed painter” and is really amazing. See if you can figure out what he is painting. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week. The expressions on the faces of these girls are priceless. What would you do if you thought your helicopter pilot was drunk. Funny stuff. 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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