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New Asphalt on Road to Tortilla Flat!
I have long talked about the ride to Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flat,
State Route 88 Apache Trail, as being one of my favorite Valley
rides. That is until the road got so bad that I could no longer
recommend the route. The road had been deteriorating for the last
4-5 years to the point that it just wasn't worth the risk and
wear and tear on your bike to go do it. I kept inquiring with ADOT
about their plans to repave the road and thankfully they started the
process last November and hoped to be completed by the end of the
Summer. The great news is that it is now completely done with new
asphalt all the way out to Tortilla Flat! The word is they are soon
going to chip seal the 6 miles of pavement that goes beyond Tortilla
Once I found out that the roadwork was completely finished I literally couldn't wait to go ride the new asphalt, so Mrs. C. and I braved the heat last Sunday and rode out there to check it out. (See my Cyclerides.com Facebook Post)
I am happy to report that they did a fantastic job of not only
seamlessly laying the asphalt, but added and improved several pullouts
along the way so that slower drivers have an easy way to pull over to
let traffic pass by. The road is as smooth as a baby's butt and an
absolute joy to ride. Completely new asphalt begins around mile marker
204 and on it to TF. It was very enjoyable riding this route again
through the Tonto National Forest and Superstition Mountain Range
taking in some of the more beautiful desert landscape that we have in
the area as you drop into Canyon Lake.
After the customary stop at the Canyon Lake Vista, we
continued on past the lake to Tortilla Flat where we had lunch at the
Superstition Saloon and Restaurant. It had been a few years since we
had been here and they went crazy with the dollar bills on the walls,
and everywhere else for that matter. People from all over the world
sign dollar bills and they put them on the walls, ceilings, you name
it. The place is now completely covered with dollar bills everywhere. A
lot of them are written on and dated from as recent as 2017 and 2018.
The restaurant is a pretty basic diner type menu but the food is good.
I had a cheeseburger and Mrs. C. had a chicken quesadilla that she said
was very good. If you get a chance, try the Saddle Bar Stools on for
The restaurant is closed on
Monday and Tuesdays in the Summer from June 1st to September 30th.
Wednesday - Friday 10am - 5pm. Saturday and Sunday 9am - 7pm.
After lunch we walked to the next building down to the Country Store for a dip of Chocolate Chip ice cream
in a cup. This was excellent ice cream and highly recommended after
lunch. You will find that they continued the dollar bill wall papering
theme in there as well, in fact took it to the next level as the air
ducts and rafters are covered with dollar bills as well. Most of them
signed and dated. Quite a sight to see.
For those of you that haven't been there, Tortilla Flat is an authentic remnant of an old west town, nestled
in the midst of the Tonto National Forest, in the Superstition Mountain
Range. Tortilla Flat started out as a stagecoach stop in 1904 and
neither fire nor flood has been able to take away this historic stop
along the Historic Apache Trail. Now the town consists of a Restaurant,
Saloon, Gift Shop, Groceries and a U.S. Post Office. The signs say
population 6. And yes, there really is 6 people that live there. In
season there is live music on the patio 7 days a week starting
See the Panorama of Tortilla Flat.
I would highly recommend putting this route back on your list of Valley rides. It
is a beautiful ride and now on excellent pavement. Just be patient as
there can be some slow traffic out there on the weekends. Relax and
enjoy the scenery. Tortilla Flat is located 17 miles NE of Apache
Junction on AZ State Route 88. A great way to make it a scenic ride
from Scottsdale or the West Valley is to go through Fountain Hills to
Hwy. 87 to Bush Hwy past Saguaro Lake, to Usery Pass, to Brown Rd., to
Apache Trail (SR88) and on to Tortilla Flat. Click Here for Map.
Quick Tip: I Always recommend taking the 6 miles of paved road continuing on past Tortilla Flat. It
is some of the prettiest part of the ride in my opinion. You go out for
6 miles till it turns to dirt, then turn around at the overlook.
Beautiful ride. But they are getting ready to chip seal that part of
the road. So be aware that it could be new chip seal. But check it out
while you are there, it is worth the ride!
Click Here for Photos. There are some beautiful shots from the Road and from the Air.
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Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District
This Season ended on June 1st! Stay tuned for the
Fall Schedule starting in September after Labor Day.
Thanks to our presenting
Sponsors, Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Ridenow Powersports and Indian
Motorcycle Peoria. And to
our Associate Sponsor Law Tigers.
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
Friday and Saturday
June 15th & 16th
6th Annual Alpine Country Blues Festival.
A musical event in the hear of Alpine, AZ. Our Festival Hats are back
on and we’re gearing up for another great event. Can you believe it’s
our 6th Annual?! We’re sticking with Father’s Day Weekend 2018,
hoping to jam before the summer rains begin. Mark your calendars and
plan to join us for the Sixth Annual Alpine Country Blues Festival in
Alpine. 2018 promises to bring more incredible music for our Blues and
Country fans from across the Southwest. We’ve moved the Friday
Night Kick-Off to an earlier start from 6:00pm to 8:45pm - Join us for
dinner at the field from one of our great food Vendors! Music
will continue Saturday at 10:30am for a full day of great Country and
This year’s Festival will be held once again at Mellody Field on
Highway 180, 2 blocks east of the Junction of Hwy’s 180 & 191.Go to
for all of the performers and times that includes Chris Colston, Chuck
Hall Band, Shari Rowe Band, Ally Venable Band, Lance Lopez and many
others. Friday night General Admission is $15. Saturday is $30. Weekend
pass is $40. Click Here for Tickets.
Saturday, June 16th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Father's Day Event. Join Arrowhead Harley-Davidson for their Father’s Day Event on Saturday, June 16th from 10am to 1pm.
*Legendary Deals for Legendary Dads on all pre-owned motorcycles.
*Build Your Own Grilled Cheese Station
*Root Beer floats
*Bikini Bike Wash
*15% off All Bar Ware, Tin Signs, LED Lights & Exhausts
*Enter to win the ULTIMATE Father's Day raffle basket!
*First 100 Father's will receive a limited-edition 115th anniversary pin.
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542. www.arrowheadharley.com
Saturday, June 16th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Father's Day Festivities.
Help us celebrate Father's Day on Saturday June 16th at Chandler
Harley-Davidson from 10am - 2pm. Take advantage of 15% Off of select
licensed H-D Boots, Belts, Jewelry & More! While you are there
FREE Food & Bike Wash from the Harley Girls.
Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 844-942-7539. www.chandlerharley.com
Enter by July 16th
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It is STYLIN-N-STURGIS time again!! This year we are going bigger and
better! One lucky winner will receive the Sturgis trip of a lifetime.
Could it be YOU? Enter your name to win a chance at at a STURGIS TRIP
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