Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,

If you missed the newsletter last week about the Law Tigers Arizona Mile Flat Track Races, Click Here to View. All the details of the day are available in this letter. Mini-Bike Races that Scott Pasmore and I, along with 4 others will compete in will take place at 2:45 and 3:15 pm. This should be a hoot!
Tickets for this year’s event are at Tickets for this year’s race start at just $39 with lots of other options including VIP trackside or rooftop, air-conditioned Turf Club & Club House and much more. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s race!

It is the middle of May, and it time to start thinking about destinations for motorcycle trips to take. That has been on my mind for the last couple of weeks. I wanted to come up with a good 4 day trip that I could stretch over a long weekend. When you live in Arizona, and want to get out of the heat, Colorado is a destination that is at the top of the list, at least for me. Not only does it have beautiful scenery for riding, it is also about 30 degrees cooler than here.

Everyone knows about the San Juan Parkway loop with Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and Durango. It is one of the best rides in the United States in my opinion. But there is a little known "Hidden Gem" just to the West of there that shouldn't be missed! That is Hwy. 141 that takes you from Naturita to Gateway and on to Grand Junction if you choose to go that far. I have always said it is like going through 60 miles of Sedona, only better! I wrote and an article on this in 2012 and wanted to bring it up once again as one that you should put on your list to do. This route is definitely on my list again for this Summer. Enjoy the Story, Photos and Map below.

"The Hidden Gem, Hwy. 141 in Colorado"

After dinner it was back to the motel to get rested up for an early departure on Saturday morning to finally get to see the car museum that had been alluding us the last 4 years. Gateway is 100 miles NW of Telluride by way of Hwy. 145 to Hwy. 141 through the small town of Naturita. Hwy. 141 was one of those roads that I was anxious to ride because I had been told that it was good, but not even looking at a Google satellite map or flying it in Google Earth prepared me for the epic visual experience that we were about to embark upon following breakfast at Los Jilbertos in Naturita.

Heading North out of Naturita
just a few miles down the road you make your first sweeping curve around the granite walled mountain with the San Miguel River tracking you on your right and the view of red rocks just ahead. At this point you will start to sense that the Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway is a very special place and that this is going to be a great ride. Now that this road has your full attention, what you don’t know is that the best is yet to come.
You will soon make a gradual 1000 foot decent from 5500 feet into the Unaweep Canyon where you will be flanked by shear red rock walls on both sides all while being shadowed by the San Miguel river that appears to be guiding you along your journey before handing off that task to the Dolores River that will usher you to Gateway. The lush green valley floor dotted with Aspens and Cottonwoods are a perfect compliment to the red rocks leading to the tops of the towering granite mountaintops that are mesmerizing you as make your way around the next turn.
Mrs. C. and I were both so awestruck by the raw beauty this Scenic Byway that all we could say was WOW! The beauty from the seat of a motorcycle was so breathtaking that you just wanted time to stand still so that you could absorb every bit of what you were seeing. It became just one fantastic view of shear red rock walls after another that seemed to reach 1000 foot above as we serpentine our way along this asphalt nirvana anticipating what would be beyond the next turn, almost making it hard to decide what to focus on next. And this goes on for 50 MILES! We just rode through Sedona and it is beautiful, but for a motorcycle rider, this road takes the riding experience to a whole other level and is the gift that keeps on giving, again and again.
One point of historical interest along the way is the Hanging Flume. In 1889-1890, crews built a wooden flume on the side of the shear cliff to deliver water to a mining project. The mine went bust and the flume was left to rot on the canyon walls. Portions of the flume are still there and you will wonder how in the heck they ever pulled this off. Pretty amazing especially for back then. You will find this approximately 24 miles North of Naturita. There is a pull off area to stop and look. This web site has some interesting background and close up photos of the Hanging Flume. Click Here.
We have ridden all over Colorado. The mountains in the Central part of the state are awesome, the beauty is undeniable and can be ridden over and over. But if you venture off to the West side of the State along Hwy. 141 you might be surprised at what Colorado has borrowed from Utah in terms of Red Rock and sandstone beauty as Gateway lies just 6 miles from the Utah border. The geology is that is exposed for all to see is interesting for all to see and try to understand.
As you crest the hill and pop out of the canyon into Gateway Canyons resort you will be greeted by an adobe styled multimillion dollar resort framed by the towering red sandstone landmark – The Palisade. Looking to the West horizon you will see the 12,000 foot peaks of Utah’s La Sal Mountains giving this resort a comfortable feel. Gateway Canyons offers many outdoor activities including mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking, off-road touring, air tours, Dolores River adventures as well as the Gateway Canyon Spa on site. This is also the location of the Gateway Car Museum. I will be following up next week with my report on the OUTSTANDING Gateway Auto Museum.
As a side note, a few years ago we took Hwy. 141 south of Naturita to Delores. While it is a good road and worth doing, if you have one shot at it, definitely take the road north of Naturita. I hear it is even good all the way up to Grand Junction. On this particular day, we turned around and gladly went back the same way we came on our way to Durango. Doing this road twice in the same day is a real treat. I have also included photos of the Million Dollar Highway in the gallery below.
Click Here for 124 Beautiful Photos of Hwy. 141 and the Million Dollar Highway. (Click Fullscreen for best viewing.)
Click Here for Map from Telluride to Gateway. Zoom in for details of road.
Useful Links:
Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway
Unaweep Canyon – Another resource.
The Hanging Flume Story and Photos.

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Only 4 nights left for the season!

This Week Live Music with "Strangeland"

The Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District
from 5-9pm.  Put this on your calendar, forward this email to your riding buddies, and come join us for Live Music, Vendors, Food, Fun and lots of Motorcycles. There are many new restaurants that have opened at Westgate in the last few months, so there are plenty of choices of places to eat and drink. Bike Night specials are posted below.

As usual there will be plenty of vendors for you to browse including Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Ridenow Powersports, Indian Motorcycle of Peoria, Law Tigers, Phoenix Motor Leathers, Affordable Powder Coating, Discount Biker Supply, The Clip Man, AzzKikr Customs.

Please take advantage of the great weather and help us make our 10th Season of the Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District the best yet. Westgate is located at the Loop 101 & Glendale Ave. in Glendale, AZ. Gates open 5pm and Live Music this week with "Skarlett Fever" begins at 6pm - 9pm. Come early, get your parking spot and enjoy some good food, drink and Live Music.

Great food and drink specials this season are:
Good Bad Ugly Brewing Co. (located inside Tavern+Bowl) - $1 GBU Beers All Night Long
Whiskey Rose – 25% off regular-priced menu items. Plus, enjoy happy hour from 3-7pm.
Salt - $3 Bud Light, Ultra, & Estrella bottles, $5 Jack Daniels & 20% off regular menu items.

McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon - Burger & a beer for $10, ˝ off all appetizers and $3 drafts from 4-10pm.
Calico Jack's - $3 Bud Light & Michelob Ultra bottles & 1/2 off appetizers
Saddle Ranch – Enjoy 2 chicken tacos for $6.75 and classic drafts for only $3.75. Additionally, happy hour specials from 4-6:30pm with 50% off all appetizers and drinks.
Kabuki – 10% off total bill. Visit for restrictions.
Popbar – Free unlimited dippings & toppings with any pop purchase.
Opa Life Greek Café - 20% off total bill.
Dave & Buster’s – Free $20 game card with the purchase of a $20 game card.
Mama Gina’s – 10% off total bill.

Where: Westgate Entertainment District, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Gila River Arena.
When: Friday nights beginning April 6th – June 1st
Time: Gates open at 5 PM -– 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising down Coyote Blvd.
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Special Thanks to our presenting Sponsors, Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Ridenow Powersports and Indian Motorcycle Peoria. And to our Associate Sponsor Law Tigers.

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This Week

Saturday, May 12th
Law Tigers Arizona Mile Flat Track Races. Don't forget to get your tickets to the Law Tigers Arizona Mile Flat Track Races on Saturday, May 12th. This is a great time with some of the most exciting professional Flat Track racing you will see. American Flat Track Pro Racing Championship Event, Bike Show, Mini Bike Races, Throwback Party, Live Music, Vendors and More! Opening Ceremonies will begin at 1:30 pm, National Anthem at 2pm and the first races rolling off the line right after. Click Here to buy your tickets now!

Next Week

Saturday, May 19th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Hogs and Dogs. Join Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson® on Saturday, May 26th between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM for our monthly Hogs & Dogs customer appreciation. Grab some friends and enjoy museum tours, free hamburgers, hot dogs, and ice cold drinks. Listen to some awesome live music provided by Pappy's Fire and Soul. Join us for the free Summer Touring Clinic at 12:00 PM. We will have the pro's showing you how to efficiently pack your gear on your summer road trips. Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Road or on the web at For more information e-mail or Call (602) 971-3400. See you there!

Saturday, May 19th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Freedom Demo Day.
Test Ride the new Harley-Davidson models from 9am to 4pm. BIKE GIVEAWAY! - Guess the 6-digit number correctly and WIN a NEW 2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy! Bikini Bike Wash 10am to 1pm. FREE Lunch at noon. EVERYONE who takes a test ride will be entered to win the Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Dream American Ride Sweepstakes. Raffles - proceeds benefit Expendables MC Arizona.
Armed Forces Day is May 19th.
To honor those who've served, ALL Military Members with I.D. with receive:
15% off ALL Labor
15% off ALL Aftermarket Parts &
15% off ALL licensed H-D Merchandise
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Over 6900 LIKES! 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 is for you dog lovers. This little guy was smart!. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week
The running of the bulls videos never get old. This one has a clever narration with it as well. Click Here. Click on the Video of the Week graphic to view.
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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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