Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
5/30/18

Greetings Riders,

If you missed the newsletter last week about the trip to the Grand Canyon Caverns, Click Here to View.
If you missed the short Video of the walk through the Caverns, Click Here to View.

Only 1 Night Left! We are winding down the season for the Cyclerides.com Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District. We will have Live Music with "The Visitors" for the final night of the season on June 1st. See you there!
THANK YOU to all who participated this season!

We have some beautiful places to ride in the State of Arizona and the scenery is so diverse that within a couple of hours the landscape can completely change. I have been fortunate enough to have seen most of the State and would like to share them with you. Five years ago I listed my top 5 favorite destinations in the State and they are still the same today. Although I have added one more destination today that will make it my Top 6.
 
These are 6 destinations of what I consider worthy of putting on your "to do list" this year. I will give you a brief description of each and then a link to the story and photos.


Cyclerides.com Top 6 Destination Rides In Arizona

1. North Rim of the the Grand Canyon. (5 Star Destination. Best of the Grand Canyon Rides)
Whenever anyone mentions the Grand Canyon, the South Rim is usually what they are referring to. It is the closest to the Phoenix area, the easiest to get to and the most often visited by far. In fact, of the 5 million visitors to the Grand Canyon every year, only about 10% make it to the North Rim. But as far as I'm concerned, those 90% are missing the real beauty of the Grand Canyon. The North Rim is much more beautiful in my opinion. It seems to be enhanced by more erosion which creates more of a 3-D look to the canyon versus the "big ditch" look of the South Rim. It is a really pretty ride to get there and plenty of miles to ride along the rim. Cabins are available for overnight stay. Dress warm as it is at 8800 feet in elevation. The park is only open from Mid-May to Mid-October. Put this one at the top of your list for an overnight ride this year. Click Here for Full Story.
Click Here for Google Map.
Click Here for 190 Beautiful Photos. 

2. Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. (Never get tired of this one)
Located just 25 miles South of Flagstaff, Arizona.The red rocks of Sedona at 5000 feet in elevation are so unique and one of a kind that it is a place that I never seem to get tired of. I have ridden all over the Western United States and Canada and haven't seen a place that compares to the color and beauty of Sedona, Arizona. And the good part is that it is only 90 miles away from Phoenix. People come from all over the world to see the red rocks of Sedona and it also happens to be one of the best places to ride a motorcycle through. The best way to get the full view of riding into Sedona is to take Hwy. 179 off of I-17. This way you get the views for about 20 miles as you ride in. There are plenty of places to eat, stay or hike while you are there. Then head up 89A toward Flagstaff to cap off your ride. This is a really good 25 miles of riding. Here are some photos from the ground. And here are some exceptional photos from the air that will give you an overview of what you will see.
Here is a link to the Day Ride feature for Sedona that was done several years ago with a map that includes Jerome.
Click Here for Map.
Click Here for Full Story. 

3. Tortilla Flat and Canyon Lake. (Best Phoenix Local Destination)
(GREAT NEWS! Road construction is complete!)
Located just 14 miles East of Apache Junction, Arizona. This destination has been and always will be my favorite ride in the Valley area. If you are looking for a ride with magnificent desert landscape packed with centuries old Saguaro cactus nestled in between the mountain backdrops of the Tonto National Forest, this is the one for you. In my opinion, if that is your criteria, this is one of the most beautiful, curvy, and enjoyable rides that you can take in the Phoenix area topped off by an extraordinary view of Canyon Lake as you make your way to the old stopping point known as Tortilla Flat for lunch. Don't forget to take the additional 6 miles of asphalt past Tortilla Flat. Most riders have not done this section or have even heard of it. But it is the icing on the cake. When the road turns to dirt, turn around and enjoy the 20 miles back to Apache Junction.
Click Here for links to recent Story, Photos and Map.
Click Here for original Day Ride Feature with map.
Ever wonder what the road looks like from the air? Click here for a birds eye view. Very interesting. 

4. Mt. Lemmon and the Catalina Highway. (5 Star Ride and Destination)
Located on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona. The ride up to Mt. Lemmon on Catalina Highway is exceptional in many ways and is a motorcyclists gem of the Southwest. This 30 miles of road has you in awe from the beginning as you ride through 3 eco-systems 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. At the top in Summerhaven there is a good little place to eat. This is at 8200 feet. So check the weather before you go. Click Here for the Full Story with photos and maps.
Click Here for the original Day Ride feature with maps.
Click Here for Map 

5. Kartchner Caverns. (An Unforgettable Experience)
Located at Kartchner Caverns State Park just 50 miles Southeast of Tucson, Arizona. Kartchner Caverns has got to be one of the coolest and most memorable places that I have been in Arizona. Kartchner Caverns is a still virtually pristine massive limestone cave that has 13,000 feet of passages and two rooms as long as football fields. The State Park offers tours through these multi-colored formations that are live and still developing today. You will see the 58 foot tall Kubla Khan column as well as many other formations. 

The Caverns are the combination of the awesome colors and natural beauty that nature has been preparing for us over the last 200,000 years combined with the diligence of the State Parks to bring to us this phenomenon and light it in such a way that it is a real "life experience". I'm not going to give it away, but the end of the 1.5 hour tour is phenomenal. The last 5 minute production is worth the whole trip, you will be moved by this experience. The visit to Kartchner is still something that I think about often. The park is open year round. There are 2 separate tours in 3 rooms that you can take. The Big Room is only open October - April. You will need to make tour reservations ahead of time as there is limited space per tour. Cost is $22.95 per person for ages 14+ and well worth it.

I highly recommend a visit for the whole family to Kartchner Caverns.
Click Here for my story with maps and photos.
Click Here for Map to Kartchner Caverns.
Click Here for Kartchner Caverns State Park information and to buy tickets. 

6. Grand Canyon Caverns. Yes, this is another Cavern experience, but this one is a Dry cavern in the Northern part of the State. It is located on Route 66 between Seligman and Peach Springs, AZ. This is one of those really cool, under the radar, "hidden gems" that I had never been to in my 37 years in Arizona. I had briefly heard the name from time to time, but just thought it was one of those cheesy road side attractions from yesteryear on Route 66. Well, after visiting Grand Canyon Caverns this past Sunday, it is a fantastic destination and one that you should put on your list of things to do. It could be a day trip, overnight family trip as they have 48 motel rooms, a motorcycle day/overnight trip or even a private plane trip, as it has its own runway next to it. However you choose to go, it will be a fun and enjoyable adventure. You can even use it for a place to stay while visiting Supai Falls, rafting the Colorado River or visiting the Grand Canyon.

If you would like to experience a part of the Caverns, watch this short video of the tour. It is really cool to see. Turn on sound to hear the tour guide. Click Here to View Video.

Location: Route 66 at Mile Marker 115 between Seligman and Peach Springs, AZ
The shortest distance to drive to the Caverns is 177 miles from I-17 and the loop 101 in Phoenix which Google Maps says takes 2:45. Click Here for Map.
Phone: 928-422-3223. Email: info@gccaverns.com
Tour Times: 9am - 5pm
For more information on tours and reservations, go the Grand Canyon Caverns web site. 
Here is a great History of the Caverns
Click Here for Cavern Tours & Times Information

So these are 6 of my top destinations to put on your upcoming list of places to ride. I will be visiting a few of these myself again this year. Feel free to forward this to your riding groups to share some ideas with them.

Enjoy and RIDE SAFE!


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Please Ride Safe!
Barry


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Cyclerides.com Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District
Last Night of the season this Friday Night!

This Week Live Music with "The Visitors"

The Cyclerides.com 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,  The Clip Man.

Please take advantage of the great weather and help us make our 10th Season of the Cyclerides.com 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 kabukirestaurants.com/westgate 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.
Click Here for Flyer.

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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Next Week

June 7-10
27th Annual Too Broke for Sturgis. 27th Annual Too Broke for Sturgis 2018 meeting once again at Mormon Lake Lodge Campground – 1991 Mormon Lake Rd, Mormon Lake, AZ. 86038. Ignite your engine, twist the throttle and come up to the cool pines and celebrate the sheer joy of it all! Too Broke For Sturgis has evolved from a simple getaway for folks that were too broke to go to Sturgis to a major annual event weekend. Hosted by ABATE of Arizona as our primary fund-raising event, Too Broke has become "a blast for everyone that attended and if you don't make Too Broke, well it's your own fault then." You can rest assured that the money raised goes to a great cause, fighting for your motorcycling freedoms. Everyone who attends is made to feel like family, even first timers.

The Saturday Poker Run will take you on a tour of that awesome scenery! And don’t forget about the Miss Too Broke Contest, Tattoo Contest, Poker Walk, Bike Games, Wet Tee-Shirt Contest. Too Broke is just an all-around great biker party. Feature Band are Unchained & Mojo Rats. The event is an ADULT ONLY party, attendees must be at least 18 years old to enter. For more information visit http://www.toobrokeforsturgis.com



Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to www.facebook.com/cycleridescom. 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!

How much practice do you think it took this guy to pull this off? Note the between the legs. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week
This girl is amazing! Watch these trick golf shots. Click Here.
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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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