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Greetings Riders,
I would like to start this week with a shout out to all of the Women riders in celebration of the International Female Ride Day this Friday. Their only request for women is to “Just Ride”. There seems to be more women than ever hopping off of the back and riding their own motorcycles. It is so cool to see women riding these big baggers just as good as the men. In fact, I ride with one of those women all the time, and she keeps up with me no problem. Keep it going ladies, I love seeing you out there enjoying yourself. Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale is having a ride for women to celebrate the day starting at 4:30 PM from the dealership. Click Here for details.
This past Sunday was Mrs. C’s birthday. Since we are both Country music fans, I decided to take her to one of the last 2 shows of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at the Venetian in Las Vegas. We had heard so much about this show and how good it was, that we thought we better see it before it closes. They did not disappoint as it was a tremendous show, done in true Vegas style, in an unbelievable room at the Venetian. Since this was a smaller room and more intimate, they interacted with the crowd much more than they would at a typical stadium venue. They even sat down on chairs in the middle of the stage and took questions from the audience, and Tim even jumped off the stage while singing and walked a lap around the lower level shaking hands and posing for pictures. It was a really cool thing to see from mega stars.
But there was one really neat moment that the crowd will remember for a long while. While Tim was doing his songs this guy on the left side in about row 4 kept holding up a green sign that had Louisiana hand written on it with a magic marker. Tim McGraw happens to be from a small town in Louisiana so he took note of the sign mentioning it from the stage. After a couple of songs later, he called the guy up on stage and asked him his name and where he was from. He told him his name and town which happened to be the small town next to his. Tim said, “I know you”. Aren’t you married to Mandy’s sister. The guy said yes, she is sitting right there.
After a few more words of catching up on the old town, Tim took off his guitar, signed it and gave it to the guy, then posed for pictures with him on stage. It was just a cool moment to see a big music star take the time to interact with the crowd and do something so kind and memorable for this man. Besides that, the music was phenomenal and the show was excellent. Almost like seeing them in your living room. If they come back to Vegas, which by the looks of the sell out crowds it is very possible, I would highly recommend their show. (See Pics – Taken with Galaxy S3)
Saturday we slept in Vegas style. (those electric blackout drapes are the best) Then walked up to the Sugar Factory on the strip and got an outdoor table overlooking the sidewalk for lunch. After an hour of that, I’m going to say that Vegas has to be the best people watching place maybe anywhere. The clothes, costumes, hair styles, hair colors and general craziness is like no other. It is really a hoot to just sit and watch the people go by. You can certainly tell that when they land it Las Vegas, it is an escape and their life as they know it has been put on hold for at least 48 hours. Pretty funny stuff. We were then on down to the Harley-Davidson Café to see the decorations. If you haven’t been there, it is definitely worth the stop if for nothing else to see the giant flag on the wall made out of chains.
Our next stop was to see the new Cosmopolitan Hotel across the street. This place is over the top like all of the other hotels on the strip but is definitely slanted toward the younger crowd. Check out this party pool that they have which is located 4 stories above and overlooking the strip. (See Pool Pics)
It was getting later in the afternoon so we headed back to the hotel to catch our 7PM show at the Venetian called “Human Nature”. No, this is not a National Geographic documentary, it is a musical group of 4 guys from Australia that do nothing but Motown songs. If you like Motown, this is the show you must see. It has been rated as a top 5 show and probably has the best closing 30 minutes of entertainment on the strip right now. The show is produced by Smokey Robinson which incorporates some video interaction with him as well. Go see it! (See Pics)
We saw 2 excellent shows and Mrs. C. had a great birthday. Vegas is a cool escape, but it goes too fast and reality is still just around the corner. Another couple of show recommendations are “The Jersey Boys” and the Beatles “Love” show at the Mirage. This is an excellent Cirque show set to Beatles music.
For those of you that have ridden to Bagdad, AZ, here are some cool aerial pictures of the city and the mine that sustains the city.
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All photo’s were taken with my Galaxy S3 Phone.

Tidbits and Updates:
The May band schedule for the Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports has been set:
May 2nd: Backstage Crew
May 9th: Sour Diesel Train Wreck
May 16th: Chad Freeman and Redline (Currently playing at Treasure Island in Vegas)
May 23rd: Kung Fu Grip
May 30th: Chad Freeman and Redline (Currently playing at Treasure Island in Vegas)
**A friend of the motorcycle community, Shelley Parrish went down on the 202 Fwy. last week. She has had prayer warriors around the clock and is doing better, but from the pictures I have seen on FB, she got banged up pretty good. There will be a Fund Raising Event on Friday, May 3, at 8:30 pm at the Blooze Bar on 32nd Street and Cactus. If you have something of value to donate for an auction it would be appreciated.
**Looks like Harley-Davidson is ceasing production of 6 motorcycles including the Road King, Road Glide Custom and Road Glide Ultra. Wonder what they are going to replace them with?? Click Here for story.

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 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 “Backstage Crew”.
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 Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports:
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to 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 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.
Mama Gia’s - $.50 cent wings with an order of 24 or more. 1 Topping 16in pizza and 12 wings for $22.99. Mention our ad on and receive happy hour well, wine and Draft drinks

This 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.
Saturday, May 4th
Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale Cinco De Mayo Celebration. How Hot are You? Join us this Saturday for a Cinco De Mayo Party from 11AM – 2PM. We will have Food and Live Music. Stop by for some Mild, Medium or Habanero’s! Enjoy a spicy mix of great food from Habanero’s Mexican Grill while enjoying live music on the patio. All takes place at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. 480-905-1903.
Next Week
Friday – Sunday
May 10th –12th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Mother’s Day Special. Looking for that special Mother’s Day gift? Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is making finding one easy while also saving you a lot of money. Stop by AHD on Friday-Sunday and get:
15% off ALL Licensed Harley-Davidson Merchandise and Accessories for Women.
PLUS: Buy 1 get 1 at 50% off on Licensed Harley-Davidson Jewelry for Women.
PLUS: FREE Single Rose with purchase over $100.
AND: May 11th at 1PM Join us for our Motorclothes Fashion Show.
Open Mother’s Day 10AM – 5PM. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
Sunday, May 12th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson 2013 Mothers Day Ride. Join us for our Mother’s Day Ride Sunday, May 12th. The ride is FREE! Men are welcome to join the ride to show their support for women riders. All riders receive a raffle ticket and lunch from Arrowhead HD. Registration is from 9AM – 10AM. Ride leaves at 10:30AM. To RSVP, call 623-247-5542 or email Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
Friday – Sunday
May 10th –12th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Mother’s Day Special. Looking for that special Mother’s Day gift? Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is making finding one easy while also saving you a lot of money. Stop by AHD on Friday-Sunday and get:
15% off ALL Licensed Harley-Davidson Merchandise and Accessories for Women.
PLUS: FREE Single Rose with purchase over $100.
AND: Enter your favorite Harley Mom to win a $500 Shopping spree at Chandler HD. 
Open Mother’s Day 10AM – 5PM. Arrowhead HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
Sunday, May 12th
4th Annual Chandler Harley-Davidson 2013 Mothers Day Ride. Make it your day with a great ride with other ladies. Join us for our 4th Annual Mother’s Day Ride Sunday, May 12th. The ride is FREE! All women riders will receive a gift bag provided by Chandler HD. Registration is from 9AM – 10AM. Ride leaves at 10:30 AM. To RSVP, call 480-496-6800. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
Sunday, May 12th
Beach Boys Mother’s Day Performance in the Pines. Looking for a reason for a cool ride to the pines in Flagstaff? What could be a better one than to take in a Beach Boys concert in the pines of the Pepsi Amphitheater while you are there? The Pepsi Amphitheater is located just off of I-17 at exit 337 just South of I-40 at Fort Tuthill Park. This will be a great ride and a great place to see the Beach Boys. Sunday, May 12th, the concert starts at 2PM with a warm up act. The Beach Boys taking the stage around 3PM, finishing around 4:45 leaving you plenty of time to get back home. Tickets range from $25-$86.75. I was able to arrange a discount with the promoters of this event that gives Cyclerides readers a $10 per ticket discount. Just follow the link below and put FMC in the promotion code box for the discount. Click Here for Tickets. More information Click Here.
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to 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!

There is nothing like a happy ending at a McDonald’s robbery. Click Here to View.

This guy either has a brain the size of a neutron or balls big enough to come in a dump truck or both. Even birds don't attempt this  death defying flight.  They're smarter. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week. This is one of the craziest accidents that I have seen on a motorcycle. And to be caught on tape is even wilder. Good thing they had on a helmets. 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"

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