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Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
5/9/12
 
Greetings Riders,
 
If you missed last week’s newsletter about our adventure over some great motorcycle roads and on to Las Vegas, Click Here to read and view the photos of Parker, Lake Havasu and Oatman. As a reminder, if for some reason the newsletter does not make it to your inbox, you can always read the online version by Thursday morning on the front page of www.cyclerides.com. Also, check out and “LIKE” the Cyclerides.com Facebook for photo’s and updates that I post during the week. You don’t have to be a member of Facebook to view the page.
 
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.

Four Lakes Tour

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


Tidbits and Updates:
 
**Mark Your Calendar! On Thursday, May 24th, I will be doing a Memorial Day tribute to our Veteran’s and active military at the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by the Law Tigers. Please plan to attend to honor these Men and Women who have sacrificed so much for us. Program will include live singing and video on the LED screen. Begins at 7:45 PM. This is a great time for us all to get together and show support for our Country. See you there!
 
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Bike Nights
 
Every Tuesday Night
 
Starts Tuesday, May 8th.
Mad Dog Saloon Tuesday Bike Night in Mesa. I am really excited about Mad Dog Saloon as it is a perfect stand alone bike night location with a huge patio. For those of you that live in the area you will recognize it as the former Salty Senorita’s. The patio is huge with an outdoor bar, the inside is huge as well with garage doors that open to the outside and TV’s everywhere you look. And plenty of motorcycle parking. There will be food and drink specials including $1.00 tacos on Tuesday’s. Mad Dog Saloon is located at 1860 S. Stapley, just 3/10 of a mile South of U.S. 60 on Stapley. Stop by and check it out. See you there for opening night on Tuesday, May 8th. Click Here for Details, Map and Photos of the Mad Dog Saloon.
Every Thursday Night
 
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by The Law Tigers: Don’t miss our 6th night!
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Jobing.com Arena.
When: Thursday nights beginning March 29th – June 28th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising down Coyote Blvd. Live Music with Sour Diesel Trainwreck.
You will enjoy Live Music with “Garland Green” featuring their great Classic Rock sounds.
Food and drink specials include: Calico Jack's - $3 Tacos, $2 Bud and Coors Original, The Shout House - $7 Burger, Fries, and a Beer, Shane's Rib Shack is offering a FREE 10 piece Traditional Chicken Wings Basket with the purchase of any Full Rack Rib Plate. Value $7.99. Saddleranch - Chicken Tacos for $5.50, Classic Pints of Draft Beer only $2.50, Large Pilsners of draft for only $4.50. Margaritaville: 15% Off Food with “M” class license.
Click Here for Flyer.
I would like to give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate Bike Night.
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links below to learn more about them.
Presenting Sponsor The Law Tigers
"Visit LawTigers.com or facebook.com/lawtigers for your chance to win a $500.00 Renegade Classics gift card."
Law Tigers is a professional association of motorcycle injury lawyers who help riders every day. Our association of motorcycle accident attorneys consists of a skilled group of personal injury lawyers whose mission is to support and promote the well being of motorcyclists. Dedicated to rider safety, awareness, and education, we are committed to the riding community. Find an attorney near you from our network of motorcycle accident lawyers or call Law Tigers, toll-free, at 1-800-529-8443. Our lawyers are available -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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.
Curly's Customs.
Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. We refinish Harley Davidson and Metric motorcycles. Our goal is to provide high quality workmanship & materials at a very reasonable price. Curly's is located at 12030 N. 111th Ave. in Youngtown, AZ. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike Night.
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.
 
Every Friday
 
Mesa Riverview Bike Night. The bike night at Mesa Riverview is now back!
Cactus Moon, Matta’s Grill & Cantina and Chili’s are combining for bike night this season. The venue is going to be a little different this time as they are under construction of Main St., but we were able to use the street between Cactus Moon and Matta’s for the Live Band and bike parking as well as the street behind Cactus Moon for bike parking.
Highlights:
Live Music.
Outdoor patio seating.
Food and Drink specials.
Motorcycle Parking on street.
Be sure to catch the first night on Friday, May 4th from 6-9 PM and then every Friday night. Mesa Riverview is located on the Southeast corner of Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. next to Bass Pro Shop.
 
This Week
 
Friday-Sunday
May 11th – 13th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Mother’s Day Special. HEY GUYS! Looking for that special Harley-Davidson related gift for your favorite Mother? Go to Chandler HD from May 11-13 and take advantage of their Buy 1 get 1 HALF OFF special on all in stock regular priced jewelry. Plenty of in stock necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings that your spouse would love. You can even ride over with her and let her pick it out herself. Open Mother’s Day from 10 AM – 5 PM. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
 
Saturday, May 12th
Bikers Shine for 2012 Benefiting Starbright Foundation. No Excuse for Child Abuse. Check in at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale 9am-11am. Last bike out by 11am. $20 Solo, $35 Rider. Lunch included in price and some special surprises. This ride heads to the "Westside" ending at Tailgaters off 67th Ave Great ride! Great Cause. 1st 125 registered riders get shirt and bag!! Lunch Included! Register at www.twogalsevents.com
 
Saturday, May 12th
3rd Annual Chandler Harley-Davidson Women’s Ride. ATTENTION LADIES! This one is just for you! Join us for our 3rd Annual Women’s Ride, Saturday, May 12th. The ride is FREE!* All women riders will receive a gift bag provided by Chandler Harley-Davidson. Registration from 9 AM – 10 AM. Ride leaves at 10:30 AM. To RSVP, call 480-496-6800 or email chdmarketing@ridenow.com . Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. *Must have valid motorcycle endorsement to go on ride. Gift bags are while supplies last.
 
Saturday, May 12th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Used Parts SWAP MEET. Looking for a good excuse to clean out the garage and get rid of some of those used parts you have laying around?? Bring them to Arrowhead Harley-Davidson on Saturday, May 12th and sell them. The Arrowhead HD swap meet is from 7 AM – Noon. This is a great opportunity to raise a few bucks from old parts to go buy some new shiny chrome for your ride. This is also a good time to find that obscure parts you have been looking for. There will also be Food Vendors, Raffles and More. No competitive items or bike sales please. Space is limited so call 623-247-5542 or email ahdebay@ridenow.com to reserve your spot. AHD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
 
Sunday, May 13th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Mother’s Day Ride. Join us for our Mother’s Day Ride Sunday, May 13th. 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 Harley-Davidson. Registration from 9 AM – 10 AM. Rides Leaves at 10:30 AM. To RSVP, call 623-247-5542 or email ahdebay@ridenow.com . AHD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, May 19th
Remembering Waldo. Join in remembering Waldo and mark the 5 year anniversary of his passing. 1 PM till whenever. Live Music, Free admission, everyone welcome. Come out and share some memories and pay respects to a man who has left a lasting mark on Arizona’s biker community. Welcome Charity home from her latest deployment. Party held at Kid Chilleen’s Steakhouse at 33125 S. Coldwater Rd. in Black Canyon City, AZ. On I-17 at exit 244.
 
Saturday, May 19th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Hogs and Dogs. Calling all Harley-Davidson lady enthusiasts! Are you ready to take the next step in riding a motorcycle? Anthem H-D is hosting a Women's only Garage Party on Saturday, May 19th, along with their monthly Hogs & Dogs event. The festivities will run from 11AM till 2PM so head to the dealership to enjoy a day designed especially for you! They will have several different stations set up including their newly acquired H-D Jumpstart module.  The H-D Jumpstart allows you to physically mount a Harley-Davidson, set your boots on the foot pegs, fire up the engine, and shift through the gears under the watchful eye of trained personnel. All of the activities are designed to help you effortlessly learn more about motorcycling and Harley-Davidson! FREE food and drinks will be served by the Anthem H.O.G. Chapter with all donations raised benefiting charity.  For more information or to register for the Garage Party contact marketing@buddystubbs.com or (623) 465-1122. Buddy Stubbs Anthem H-D is located at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem, AZ. Visit them on the web at www.Anthemhd.com.
 
Sunday, May 20th
3rd Annual “Can You See Me Now” Motorcycle Awareness Ride.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a proclamation  making the month of May, ARIZONA MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AND AWARENESS MONTH! All riders know that more needs to be done to raise motorists awareness to the thousands of motorcycles sharing U.S. roads and highways each year. Communities across the nation experience crashes resulting in serious rider injury or fatality due to inattentive, careless or unaware drivers. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008, 47 percent of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle. As a rider, everytime you have thrown that leg across the saddle and head out, you get first hand knowledge of how so many drivers are simply not paying attention. This ride is about getting out there and being as visible as you can. All we ask is that at least a few drivers will get the message.

Event time- 9:00. Rides depart- 10:00 Sharp. New This Year-  Your choice of 2 different start locations. Eastside – MESA: CACTUS MOON SPORTS GRILL. Riverview Shopping Center Loop 202 and Dobson (Near Bass Pro). Westside/GLENDALE-WESTGATE CITY CENTER. Parking Lot EAST of the Westgate complex (Corner of Sunrise and Coyote Dr). Ending at Harold's Cave Creek Corral. Located in beautiful downtown Cave Creek. Fee: It doesn't cost anything to participate in this ride. This ride is open to any and all motorcycle riding individuals, clubs, and groups.
 
 
 
 
Extras

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 3800 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!

This will make you appreciate the talent of an excavator operator. Pretty amazing. Click Here to View

This is one resourceful squirrel. Click Here to View
 
Video of the Week: HD Video is good, but these guys take it to the next level. Awesome video. 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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