Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
5/11/11
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, we really need to be enjoying this weather in the Phoenix area. The temps we have been having seem more like March than May. As I look ahead, it is not predicted to be over 100 degrees until May 25th. I have lived here a long time and don't remember the month of May being this moderate. Let's enjoy it while we can, because we all know what is coming. But I did read that due to La Nina, we might have a little cooler Summer this year. Let's hope so.
 
Just thinking out loud, two weeks ago in the newsletter I made this comment. "How is the time going by so fast? I still don't understand how the spectrum of time works. When I was 10 years old on Summer break from school back in the small town of Lansing, Kansas, I remember hanging around the house bored out of my mind. The minutes seemed like hours and the hours seemed like days. The 3 months of Summer seemed like a year.
 
Well, I had two readers smarter than I am respond with an answer that I found very interesting and thought provoking. So if you are my age and are also wondering how time goes by so fast, ponder on this theory for a while. Here is what they said. "The perception of time passing at different rates as you get older is easily explained as a simple function of math. When you are ten and turn eleven you are 10% older so you have experienced 1/10 of your life in the last year. When your 50 and turn 51 you are 2% older. Even though the two time periods are equal, our perception is that 2% goes much faster than 10%." Ponder on that one while on your next ride.
 
And speaking of time, after one week off it is time for the Cyclerides.com Mesa Riverview Bike Night to start up for another 3 week run. If you missed the last one on April 28th, you are in for a treat as we are bringing back the band "Attitude Cat". They got rave reviews from the riders that week. And since baggers are all the rage right now, I thought it would be fun to have a Custom Bagger Ride-In Bike Show. So if you have a custom bagger with the all the goodies on it, I will have a special place for you to park to display your bike. I will also have a few ultra custom bikes displayed inside the Cyclerides.com Photo Gallery for you to see. Enjoy the Restaurants, Bars, Food, Outdoor Patios, Vendors, Music and Fun at the Cyclerides.com Mesa Riverview Bike Night. SEE YOU THERE Friday Night!
 
Each week I am going to try and give you a ride idea from the archives to help you have a reason to get out and take a road trip. I have a 4 day planned for the end of the month that I am really looking forward to. Last week I gave you 5 short ride ideas (Click Here to read) that are near the valley that will get you out for a couple of hours. This week I am going to highlight a great day ride that is one of the better destinations in the State. Even though it is relatively close to Phoenix, a lot of riders have not taken the ride up Mount Lemmon in Tucson, AZ.
 
The Beautiful Ride up Mt.Lemmon
(6/17/09)
 
I will be the first to say that the ride between Phoenix and Tucson is probably the most uninteresting 120 miles in the State. Even going through Florence Junction isn't good enough to spend the extra 45 minutes to do it. For the most part it is always windy, flat and boring. Which is probably why I don't go South very often. But here is the good news. Once you get past this forgettable stretch of asphalt and find the base of the Catalina Mountains in Tucson, you will soon be riding up a 32 mile route that I call one of the hidden Jewels of Arizona, Mt. Lemmon.
 
It had been over 6 years since my last ride up Mt. Lemmon, and I have to say, I had forgotten how beautiful it is. This road has more variety in 30 miles than I have ever seen. As I was riding up I kept comparing the landscape to other routes that I have ridden across the Western United States, but it kept changing. It was almost like 3 different areas rolled into one road.
 
Turning Northeast off of Tanque Verde Road you will be looking directly into the Santa Catalina mountains, the very same mountains that you will soon be dissecting on your way to the top. As you approach the base of the mountain you will see hundreds, if not thousands of giant Saguaro Cactus dotting the hillside as you start your ascent on what is known as the Sky Island Scenic Byway to over 8200 feet in elevation with your final destination being Summerhaven or Ski Valley.
 
After a couple thousand feet in elevation the Saguaro cactus will give way to boulder outcroppings and small scrub pines that seem to grow taller with every mile. A few more miles will have you riding on the side of the mountain as you weave and zig-zag your way up in elevation. The small rounded boulders will soon turn to more jagged rock formations as you ascend to your way to Windy Point Vista at over 6600 feet in elevation. This is where you will have dramatic views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and its deep canyons, the road below. You will get a feel for the ruggedness of the sky islands and their rise from the desert.
 
Another 1/2 mile will be a viewing area called Hoodoo Vista Point. This is a great stop that will give you a chance to see the hundreds of Hoodoo's as you examine the geological wonders through this stretch of the Coronado National Forest. What are Hoodoo's? (They are a tall thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland. Hoodoos are composed of soft sedimentary rock and are topped by a piece of harder, less easily-eroded stone that protects the column from the elements.) These Hoodoo's were especially interesting to me as a lot of them seem to have an identifiable shape that you can see in them and one in particular was a perfect profile of a face complete with eyes, nose and mouth. See if you can pick it out in this picture. Click Here.
 
The next 9 miles will have you winding your way through more beautiful rock outcroppings, smooth curves. a few twisties, tall pines and aspens as you are rising in elevation another 2600 feet on your way to Summerhaven and Ski Valley at 8200 feet in elevation. If you stay on this road it will take you right into Summerhaven where there is a general store and good place to eat called the Cookie Cabin. This is log cabin transformed into a restaurant that has indoor and patio seating where you can enjoy a great pizza or their signature Giant cookies. The old Mt. Lemmon Cafe that was famous for the pies is now closed.
 
The turn to your right just before you drop into Summerhaven will take you on a 3 mile ride up to Ski Valley at Mt. Lemmon where you can take a ski lift up to 9100 feet in elevation for a panoramic view of the entire area. This is a nice ride to the ski area and is recommended. Sky ride tickets for adults are $9.00.
 
As I said in the beginning, this ride is the motorcyclists gem of the Southwest. This 30 miles of road has you in awe from the beginning with massive amounts of huge saguaros and beautiful desert, twisty roads and canyons, breathtaking vistas that will have you rubber necking to get a peek as you are riding, Hoodoo's that will entertain you followed by tall pines and Aspen as you drop into Summerhaven to try and absorb all that you have just experienced. It is truly like being in 3 different places all in a 30 mile ride. The best way that I can describe this ride is that you start out on your way to Tortilla Flat, you get a glimpse of Bryce Canyon minus the red Hoodoo's on your way to the Sierra Nevada's and Yosemite National Park in California before ending up in Colorado.
 
It is kind of hard to articulate in words, but you will definitely go through 3 distinct landscapes and geological areas that will tickle your senses all the way up and have you looking forward to the ride back down the mountain that is equally enjoyable.
 
You can choose your own route to Tucson. I prefer to just get it over with and go straight down I-10 to the Grant Rd. exit, Grant Rd. to Tanque Verde, to the Catalina Hwy. which will lead you to Mt. Lemmon. From I-10 and I-17 at the stack it is 157 miles to the top of Mt. Lemmon. You will want to allow around 3 hours for the ride up and back if you plan to do any sightseeing stops and have lunch at the top. I had forgotten how great this ride is and am upgrading the rating on this ride to 5 spokes out of 5. This is an easy Day Ride from Phoenix. Optional stop would be a ride through the Saguaro National Park East which is located just South and East of Catalina Hwy. The only bad part of this ride is getting to Tucson. Now is a particularly good time to do this ride as the Saguaros are in bloom.
 
Click Here for Map
Take a look at these 114 Beautiful Photos
 
Useful Links
Details from Wikipedia of the Catalina Highway
Sky Island Scenic Byway
Map of Just the Sky Island Byway
Ski Valley Ski Lift
 

Tidbits and Updates:
 
I have been working on the Memorial Day celebration that we will be doing on Thursday, May 26th at the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night. I seriously can't wait for this. It is shaping up to be a touching and memorable patriotic program that you will not want to miss. Here is schedule as it is now.
 
*Memorial Day program starts at 7:15pm
*Patriot Guard Riders will ride in with American Flags waving.
*National Anthem will be sung.
*15 Minute Memorial Day Presentation to Honor our Fallen
*Program includes a moving video and song on Giant LED Screen you will not want to miss.
*A 15 minute Patriotic set by Mogollon that is fantastic.
*Mogollon will be in concert the entire night from 6PM - 9PM.
*Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper will be on display, 5-10pm. 
 
This will be well worth the ride from all parts of the valley to participate in this event to honor our fallen troops while sharing our love of this great country. The night will rekindle your patriotic spirit. Send this to your riding buddies and post on your rider sites. We need to show support to our troops and honor our fallen. Hope to see you there.
FYI: I am still looking for a marching band to play some military fight songs to open the show. If you know of a High School that could do it, let me know.
 

 
Bike Nights
 
Every Thursday
 
Only 8 Nights Left!
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night This Thursday night at the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night ride by and enjoy live music featuring the Sal Carlino Band
 
The wait is finally over. Welcome back to "The Times Square In The Desert". The Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night that has been a valley favorite for the last 2 years began again on Thursday, March 31st from 5-9 pm. It will run this season for 14 consecutive Thursday nights from March 31st and end on June 30th. Anticipation has been building for this year and we kicked it off with a record crowd of almost 2500 bikes on March 31st for another season of fun and entertainment. We hope to make this season as good as the last by bringing you different programming each week with Live Bands, Vendors, Displays and Special Events. We look forward to seeing you again this year. Don't forget to pick up your brand new Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt. You can also purchase them any time at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson – RideNow Powersports Peoria, Goodyear and Surprise. Click Here for Photos from bike night.
 
Restaurant Pick of the night!
If you haven't been here yet, try the Tuscan Oven for great food and their $8 pizza and beer special from 5-9. Plenty of space on their outdoor patio or their bar inside.
Also pick up the Tuscan Oven "Tomato" Card and receive 20% off all future visits.
 
Live Music:
The Sal Carlino Band 6-9 PM.
 
Click Here to view the new Westgate Bike Night Web Cam. It Works Now! Page automatically refreshes every 10 seconds. Will be live every Thursday for bike night from 5pm - 10pm.
 
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.
 
Petersen Johnson is a local Arizona law firm, whose attorneys have over 60 years of combined legal experience in Accident/Injury law and DUI/Criminal Defense law.  We have substantial experience in representing riders injured in motorcycle accidents.  Ron Petersen and Brad Johnson are involved in every injury case.  We discount our fees; never our service.  Please call us locally at 602-650-1200 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night. We are located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. Stop to see the latest 2011 HD motorcycles and to pick up the new Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt. 623-247-5542.
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.
 
T.E.A.M Arizona Motorcycle Training - "T.E.A.M. Arizona is the premier motorcycle rider education organization in Arizona.  We are dedicated to providing motorcycle education as a life-saving public service.  Through our passionate coaches and staff, we strive to deliver a FUN, safe, and consistent motorcycling experience to riders of all backgrounds and skill level.  T.E.A.M. Arizona is Your Road To Ride For Life."

For the duration of this run over the next 9 weeks, I will be updating the Westgate Bike Night page with the weekly photos, restaurant specials, special guests, musical guests and programming. So BOOKMARK THIS PAGE and check back every week to see what is coming up. I look forward to seeing you all next week at Westgate. Westgate City Center is located on the SE Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. in Glendale next to Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium.
 
Friday Nights
 
WE ARE BACK!
**The Cyclerides.com Mesa Riverview Bike Night We are back each Friday through the end of the Month. Enjoy Live Music in the street with the awesome classic rock band "Attitude Cat". The guys played last time and were a huge crowd favorite. We will also be having a Ride-In custom bagger Bike Show and some bike displays inside the Cyclerides.com Photo Gallery. 
If you have a custom bagger, we will have special parking for you to display your bikes on May 13th.
 
Only 6 nights left, this bike night ends on June 24th. We will not be able to have the bike night on the first Friday of June. See new photos from this Bike Night. Be sure and check out the new Cyclerides.com Photo Gallery behind the band stage featuring 50 blown up photos from the Cyclerides collection and some large canvas photos from the Rusty Childress collection.
 
For 2 years I have been looking for a great bike night location on the East side that would be comparable to the Westgate location. There is only one location in the valley that has a setup like Westgate, but Mesa Riverview, located at the Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. has the next best venue available to host a bike night. I wanted a location that is new, clean, attractive, well lit at night, has plenty of places to go eat and have fun, and could create that critical mass of excitement in one location. This is private property, so the management has agreed to close the street for 2 blocks in the complex from Bass Pro to the theatre. This will be utilized for motorcycle only traffic and parking. The great thing about Mesa Riverview is that they have 3 GREAT restaurants on the 3 corners in the middle of the 2 blocks plus 3 more within a few hundred feet.
 
These locations are Toby Keith's Bar and Grill with 18,000 square feet of Restaurant, 85 Foot Guitar Shaped Bar, Live Music, Dance Floor, Tv's And Outdoor Patio And Beer Served In Mason Jars. 
 
Across the street from Toby's is the brand new 14,000 square foot Cactus Moon Sports Grill featuring 12 pool tables, Forty eight 65" plasma screen tv's, a huge bar in the middle, a dance floor and a Huge outdoor patio.
 
The other corner across from Cactus Moon is Matta's Grill & Cantina featuring 5,000 square feet, 2 floors of great Mexican food dining, a great bar, beautiful interior design and an outdoor patio.
 
Within a few hundred feet of walking distance from the street parking is Chili's and Famous Dave's. All of these restaurants will have Bike Night specials and are welcoming riders from all over the valley to a fun Friday night at Mesa Riverview located at the Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. in Mesa. There is also a Gyro shop at the end of the street by the theatre and a Yogurt shop next to Matta's.
 
CLICK HERE to see photos of these great restaurants.
 
If you would like to be a vendor at this bike night, email me at info@cyclerides.com .
 
I would like to give special thanks to our First Sponsors of the Cyclerides.com Mesa Riverview Bike Night.
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links below to learn more about them.
 
Chester's Harley-Davidson - Your local Harley-Davidson dealer. See our display at Bike Night. Store location at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404
Victory Big Dog Motorcycles of Mesa - Your store for Victory and Big Dog motorcycles. Visit our display at Bike Night. Store location at 833 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-668-7969
Victory BMW - Stop by 1717 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler to see our full line BMW touring motorcycles. We carry a great selection of apparel and accessories to complete your BMW riding experience. We have new Arai, Shoei and Scorpion helmets in stock. We just got our new Olympia order as well.
The Law Tigers - "If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call 800-LAWTIGERS (529-8443) or visit lawtigers.com.  We know bikes, bikers, and the law.  The Law Tigers, Arizona's Injury Lawyers Who Ride."
 
I am looking forward to bringing some good fun to the East Valley riders and am currently adding the details to the page, but CLICK HERE to see some photos to give you an idea of how nice this property is and general information.
See you this week from 5-10pm.
Mesa Riverview is located at the SE Corner of the Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. Bike night location is next to Bass Pro. Follow the signs to cruise the Main St.
 
This Week
 
Friday, May 13th
Adolfson Peterson benefit ride for Sunshine Acres. All proceeds benefit the children at Sunshine Acres Children's Home. Start at Baseline Bar located 201 E. Baseline Rd. in Tempe, AZ. $10 single, $15 for 2 riders. Riders receive "route bandana". Poker Run $5 with 50/50 split with Sunshine Acres. Wheels up 12:00 noon.
1st stop, San Tan flats - Wheels up 1:30
2nd-Superstition Harley- Wheels up 3:00
3rd-Sunshine Acres -Wheels up 4:00
4th-Toby Keith Saloon - final card- poker 50/50 payout 5:00pm - enjoy bike night at Riverview.
 
Saturday, May 14th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Ladies Ride. May is Women's Riding Month. Join Chandler Harley-Davidson for a FREE ride to honor women riders! ALL Bikes Welcome. Meet at Chandler HD at 9:30 AM. Ride leaves at 10 AM. First 30 women that sign up will receive a special gift bag. Approximately 1.5 hour ride. Route presented day of ride. Ride ends at our luncheon destination. Please RSVP to chdsales@ridenow.com . Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
 
Saturday, May 14th
Ride For Officer Tirado & Officer Paz. 10:00AM - 2:00PM. No Ride Fee - Donations Only. 10:00 Meet at Youngker High School for Ceremony. 11:00: Kick Stands Up, Ride thru Buckeye to the Desert Rose. Ride Open to All Vehicles. 12:00 - 2:00 PM: Raffles, 50/50 Drawing, Music & More. Lunch Available For Purchase at Desert Rose. Escorted ride thru downtown by the Buckeye Police Department. End at Desert Rose, 18300 S Old US Highway 80, Arlington, AZ. Contact Info: Robbin 623-332-1654.
 
Saturday, May 14th
Bingo Run for AASK. This run is to benefit Aid to Adoption of Special Kids. Registration from 9-10 AM at Buddy Stubbs Anthem HD located at 41715 N. 41st Dr. in Anthem, AZ, exit 229 off of I-17. Cost is $10 per rider or $15 with passenger. Grand prize is $150. There will also be a 50/50 with other prizes awarded from the 50/50.  
 
Saturday, May 14th
Tuscon Harley-Davidson Ladies Ride. May is Women's Riding Month. Join Tucson Harley-Davidson for a FREE ride to honor women riders! ALL Bikes Welcome. Meet at Tucson HD at 9:30 AM. Ride leaves at 10 AM. First 30 women that sign up will receive a special gift bag. Approximately 1.5 hour ride. Route presented day of ride. Ride ends at our luncheon destination. Please RSVP to mahins@ridenow.com . Tucson HD is located at 7335 N. I-10 EB Frontage Rd., Tucson, AZ. 520-751-3380.
 
Saturday, May 14th
Camp Soaring Eagle Ride for Children's Laughter. This ride benefits Camp Soaring Eagle. This camp is for kids that are hospital dependent and most with terminal illness. We are working toward being one of the “Hole in the Wall  Camps” that Paul Newman started years ago. Help send seriously ill children to camp. Ride starts at Chester's HD located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. Registration from 9-11 AM. Ride starts at 11 AM. 1-3 PM Appreciation Party at the River Bottom Grill in Florence. $30 rider and $20 passenger. Fee includes: Pin, entry to River Bottom Grill Party, BBQ, live entertainment, raffle, T-Shirt for first 100 to register. For Info: www.CampSoaringEagle.org. Sherry Baker 602 396-5977 or
sbaker@campsoaringeagle.org
 
Next Week
 
Friday, May 20th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Service Open House. Event time 6pm - 8pm. Meet our Techs in person and have all your service question answered on the spot. This will be a great time to take some time with the techs to plan some of your future motor upgrades. We will be offering some fantastic Service Deals during the event. Store will be open late just for this event. Pizza and Drinks will be provided. See the Dyno Machine in action! Raffle Prizes, Giveaways and More. Don't miss this rare opportunity. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
 
Friday - Sunday
May 20th - 22nd
30th RoadRunner Rally presented by AZ Beemers. "Arizona's largest Sport Touring and Adventure Rider Rally". All makes/riders welcome". This is Just a Great Rally! Join your friends in the tall pines of Northern Arizona, at Camp Shadow Pines in Heber. A weekend of great riding, food and camping awaits you. Registration fee is $50. Your rally fee includes camping and dinner Friday and Saturday night, continuous coffee, clean restrooms and hot showers. Live music from Junction 87 and Soli Belly Dance Fusion for your evening entertainment. Demo rides, vendors and great door prizes. Evening entertainment, door prize drawings and tech sessions are planned. Sign up at the rally to win great prizes by joining the dual sport ride or poker run. Visit our vendors. Hiking and fishing at nearby lakes and national parks. There are motels and cabins available in the area or reserve a bunk at the camp for $12.50 per night. For schedule of events go to bottom of THIS PAGE. Contact Brian Boles at 480-861-2816.
 
Saturday, May 21st
Armed Forces Day at Chester's Harley-Davidson. Armed Forces Day is going to be huge at Chester's Harley-Davidson this year! 3 Events in 1. It's a full day, jam packed with events! Any ACTIVE MILITARY with ID will get a bike wash and lunch FREE, no need to bring a donation! Your service is your donation!
NATIONAL ARMED FORCES FreedomRide
8 AM - Registration, 8:30 AM - Opening Ceremonies, 10:30 AM - Last Bike Out.
Donations of $25 per Bike/$35 with passenger. Details at azfreedomeride.webs.com.
UNITED BLOOD SERVICES BLOOD DRIVE 10 AM - 2 PM
Chester's Harley-Davidson is sponsoring a blood drive for Armed Forces Day. Please click on the link below and make an appointment to Save A Life! There is always a need for blood and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. Sign up for your appointment, C
lick here!
BIKINI BIKE WASH & PARTY ON THE PATIO
with 93.3 KDKB and live entertainment by Sludge's Build a Band!
Click here to read about Sludge's Build a Band. 11 AM - 1 PM. Instead of a donation, bring an ITEM for the troops! Click here for a list of items they need. ALL will benefit PACKAGES FROM HOME, who will be on site to collect your donations! Donate an item, get lunch (volunteers from EV HOG) and your bike washed!
 
Saturday, May 21st
Anthem Harley-Davidson Hogs and Dogs & Women Garage Party. You are always looking for that destination ride and Anthem HD is a great destination for doing just that. Come out and join us on Saturday, May 21st at Anthem HD for some FREE Food, Drinks and Live Music from 11am - 3pm. Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson is also hosting a Garage Party and best of all it's free, and just for women! 11am - 3pm. Come out and discover taking the next step to motorcycling alongside fellow women during a day full of fun activities. Reserve your spot today by emailing marketing@buddystubbs.com . For more information on H-D Garage Parties click www.h-d.com/garageparty. Buddy Stubbs Anthem HD is located at 41715 N. 41st Dr. in Anthem, AZ. 623-465-1122.
 
Sunday, May 22nd
Celebration of Life in Rememberance of Kimmy Chapman. The event will be held at the El Zaribah Auditorium. 552 N. 40th Street Phoenix, Az 85008. 12:00pm to 4:00pm Come on out and party with everyone who loves and misses Kimmy. Live Music featuring Cellphone Cowboys. The Shrine Temple will have the bar open. Admission is Free. Silent Auction, Troop Fuel, Vendors, Cash Bar.  Free Vendor spots, call 602-708-3024 for vendor info.
 
Sunday, May 22nd
2nd Annual "Can You See Me Now?" Motorcycle Awareness Ride. 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. Ride leaves at 10am from the Cactus Moon Sports Grill located across from Toby Keith's at Mesa Riverview, Loop 202 and Dobson Rd. Cactus Moon opens at 10am with food and drink specials. Ride ends at Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek. All you can eat BBQ Buffet Special. Prizes and Live Music. The ride is open to any and all motorcycle riding individuals, clubs and groups. If at all possible, please wear a bright green, bright orange or bright yellow shirt. For more details go to http://mcawarenessridephx.com/ .
 
Sunday, May 22nd
First Annual Sage & Sand Grill Blessing of the Bikes BBQ and Bike Show. Start the riding season with a Blessing for a safe rest of the year. Promote a sense of community & fellowship among riders. Support local charities! Motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists alike may attend the blessing. The event features live classic rock music by Nowhere Fast from 3pm - 7pm. Blessing of the bikes will be at 4pm. Food specials,  vendors, families, give aways, door prizes, raffles and motorcycles of all makes and models. $5 entry donation (per bike or car) ALL ENTRY PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT: Paralyzed Veterans of America. Merchandise vendors are on-site and invited to sell leather goods, t-shirts, jewelry and other "biker stuff". Participants can enter their motorcycle for a chance to win the "Bikers Choice" Contest. Winners receive a trophy and cash prize.  
 
Sunday, May 22nd
American Legion Post #105 First Annual Car and Bike Show. Fund raiser for S.A.L. and A.L.R. Poker Run sign in starts at 11am. Last card 3pm. High and low hand winner. Breakfast and lunch available. 3534 W. Calavar Rd. in Phoenix. 602-938-1811.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Save The Date:
I am planning a big Memorial Day celebration for Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night on Thursday, May 26th and am excited to announce that MOGOLLON will provide the Live Music that night. For those of you that haven't heard it, they do a 15 minute patriotic set that will blow your socks off and put goosebumps on your arms. I have a few other surprises for that night as well as we honor our fallen on Memorial Day. Don't miss it. Should be our biggest night yet. Arizona Centennial Copper Chopper will be on display.
 
Extras

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 3100 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!

Watch this clip from the Jimmy Kimmel show. "I was Skaid!" This is hilarious!! Click Here to View.

Third world countries are some of the most resourceful people there are. Check this out. Watch the guys splashing water out of the boat so it won't sink. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week: I'm not sure how this happened, but it is one of the most devastating accidents I have ever seen. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.

If you would like to sign up for the Cyclerides.com Weekly Update Click Here.

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com

All information in this newsletter is 
Copyright © 2011 BDC Products, LLC.
Information may be used only with permission. 
All rights reserved.