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Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
6/13/12

Greetings Riders,

Hard to believe we are half way through June already. Seems like this Summer is passing me by and I still don’t have plans for a long ride yet. The ride to Monterey up the PCH over Memorial Day weekend scratched the itch for a good ride, but it is starting to wear off and I will need another fix soon. (Click Here for last week’s newsletter and the review of the PCH ride.)

Even though we love riding the Black Hills, with Grandson #2 coming at the end of July, it looks like Sturgis is going to be out of the question this year. So as I set here in front of Google Maps reminiscing where we have been and where we want to go, I realized that we have done virtually no riding in Idaho. This would be an option, but it is real hard to beat good ole’ Colorado and Central to Northern California for exceptional riding. Wisconsin is also a possibility, but that would require a little more time than I have right now. Stay tuned. . .

I was going to do a follow up on the enforcement of the Jerome noise ordinance this week, but after looking at the extended forecast on Accuweather showing 16 of the next 25 days being over 109 degrees I have decided to run a reminder article that I feel is very important to read every Summer concerning dehydration.

Just last year I had a friend riding back from California in the middle of the afternoon in July, he started to feel a little woozy and before he could get stopped, passed out on the shoulder of I-10 and the bike fell on him. A passing trucker saw what was happening and stopped to pull the bike off of him and get him some water. He banged up his head pretty good and was dangerously close to being in a very serious life threatening condition if no one had stopped. If he had recognized the symptoms of dehydration sooner, or prepared for that ride, he probably wouldn’t have been in that position.

This article is told from a motorcycle riding point of view, but the condition is universal no matter what you are doing outdoors, and should be of concern to all of us. Take a minute to read the following and avoid this silent, but possibly deadly situation.


Dehydration
How to Avoid and Treat.

Well, we knew it was going to happen sooner or later. Temperatures in the Phoenix area are now getting to over 110 degrees. This is no big surprise, we do live in the desert and it has done it every year for the last 30 years that I have been here. But we do have to live in it, ride in it and survive in it. The last one is the most important and there is one very nasty silent enemy that you have to pay attention to, especially if you are going to ride in it, and that is dehydration. Every year I draw attention to this very serious condition, and every year I get a note of thanks from someone who benefited by this article. So whether we have lived here for 30 years or new to the valley, it is good to be reminded that we need to be aware that it can happen quickly.
 
The following article was done about 4 years ago recounting MY personal experience with dehydration and it needs to be repeated, especially with the forecasted heat. I thought I was a tough guy and this dehydration thing couldn't happen to me, but I was wrong. It is very real and can be very scary, especially if you are riding either as a rider or passenger. Please read the following, follow the suggestions and be very careful as we reach the extreme temperatures over the next couple of weeks. 
 
One thing that we all have to pay attention to and be extremely careful about this time of year is dehydration. Dehydration is a loss of water and important blood salts like potassium and sodium which can be very serious, especially when riding a motorcycle. It occurs when the amount of water in the body falls below normal, which, in turn, disrupts the balance of sugars and salts (electrolytes) in the body. A lot of us, especially those that are new to the area, don't really know that much about dehydration in general, and certainly not as it applies to riding. I didn't know that much about it either until about 5 years ago when Mr. Dehydration introduced himself to me as I was riding South down I-17 just North of Rock Springs. He made a believer out of me. It is one of those days that I won't soon forget, and it taught me a big lesson about not getting into that situation again. I, like a lot of other riders, had underestimated the impact of dehydration on my body.
 
I was heading back to the Valley in the late afternoon heading into temperatures of about 109 degrees, which was of course much hotter on the Interstate. About 20 miles North of Rock Springs I started noticing that I had cotton mouth so bad that I couldn't have mustered up a spit for a $100 bill. A few miles later I noticed that my sweat glands were no longer producing any sweat. My arms and face were completely dry. Shortly after that I remember that I starting having blurred vision, almost like I was seeing stars followed by a dizzy feeling and weakness in my muscles, like I really wasn't in complete control. Not being an expert in dehydration, or for that matter ever experiencing it before, I didn't know clinically what was going on, but I had a pretty good idea that was what was happening.
 
My immediate problem was, I didn't have any water with me, and I was still about 15 miles from Rock Springs where I could get some. The closer I got to water the worse my symptoms were getting. More blurred vision, getting more unsteady and weaker by the mile. It was like when I started going downhill physically, it was a rapid decent and every mile I rode doing 75 mph in 107 degree temps with no windshield just seemed to be sapping every ounce of moisture out of my body. I was almost to the point that I couldn't even swallow and considered stopping and letting my riding buddy go get me some water. I wasn't sure that I was actually going to be able to make it. But I decided to focus while counting down each mile in hopes that I would soon get to water.
 
We finally made it to the gas station next to the Rock Springs Cafe. For me, that old place had never looked so good. It was truly an oasis in the desert. I promptly threw down the kick stand and headed to the cooler to make my claim on the biggest bottle of water I could find and downed it in two gulps. I followed that with a big bottle of Gatorade. It wasn't long until I was starting to regain some of my faculties while getting back to normal vision and able to think straight. Needless to say, this put a little scare in me and I learned my lesson without it turning ugly on me. Now when I am riding in the heat I pay attention to maintaining hydration in my body.
 
Now, what should you do to avoid what happened to me?
Here are some tips to keep yourself in good hydration all the time and while riding.
 
1.  Keep the direct sun off of your skin. Wear a light colored long sleeve shirt over your arms and a helmet or a bandanna on your head. Exposing your skin to sun and wind is a double whammy that only increases fluid loss from your body. Wear generous sunscreen on exposed areas. Your brain is about 75 percent water, so anything you can do to keep your head covered is a good thing. A helmet can go a long way in preserving fluids in your body when it is extremely hot.
 
2. Pour water over your shirt. A good way to create a natural evap cooler for your body is to pour water over you arms, neck and the front of your shirt. While you are riding this provides a cooling sensation for your body.
 
3. Drink LOTS of water. You should be drinking at least 8 ounces of water every hour when riding and probably more. Sports drinks like Gatorade are also good as they replenish needed electrolytes as well as fluid. Caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee, and soda pop, as well as alcoholic drinks, should not be considered as alternatives for hydration. In fact, caffeine and alcohol can actually contribute to dehydration.
 
4. Drink water BEFORE you are thirsty. Once you have gotten to the point that your mouth is bone dry, you are on your way to dehydration. It is best to drink a bottle of water before you take off for a ride.
 
5. Take in more fluid than you are losing. If you are not making a trip to bathroom regularly, or your urine is a dark color, this means you are not getting enough liquids in your body. This is something to pay attention to daily, not just when riding.
 
6. A good idea for keeping you hydrated while you are riding is a CamelBak Hydration System. This is a 70 ounce pack that fits on your back with a tube that comes around for you to drink water while you are riding. Click Here to view.  
 
7. Symptoms of dehydration: Thirst, Dry Mouth, Dry Tongue, Fatigue, Dark Colored Urine, Infrequent Urination, Dry Skin, Rapid Pulse, Dizziness, Blurred Vision. Here is a good link for Preventing Dehydration.
 
With the humidity being as low as 4% on a daily basis right now. Dehydration can come upon you very quickly. Stay ahead of it by drinking plenty of water or sports drinks. As you are taking trips in or out of the Valley area, be sure and take water with you when you travel and make a note to drink some at every stop. Just be aware, this could happen to you.
 

 
Tidbits and Updates:
 
Mrs. C’s Street Glide update:
As you might recall from a couple of weeks ago, I stripped down Mrs. C’s new Street Glide and chromed the wheels, added chrome calipers, chrome hand controls and just about everything else I could chrome. All of the tin went into Chad at C.R. Designs for a fresh coat of custom paint and is now done and ready to be put back on. It is hard to tell in these photos, but this is a color called Molton Orange Effect. It is a red base with a gold pearl over the top followed with clear. It then has candy apple red graphics with a gold pin strip and a drop shadow. I will be putting it back together this weekend and hopefully it will be at the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by Law Tigers for the last 2 Thursday nights. Click Here for Photos of the new paint job.
 
Archives:
The archives on Cyclerides.com have been updated. If you want to review a past newsletter you can go to the Archives to review. If you don’t remember when it was, type in a keyword to use the Google search of the site. This will give you all the possibilities available with that word. Click Here to view.
 
Cyclerides.com Photographs:
Need something to do while staying out of the heat? See recent photos that I have taken from rides and events on the Cyclerides.com Smug Mug photo gallery. Plenty of Riding, Flying and Event photo’s and Video. Click Here to View.
 

 
Bike Nights
Every Tuesday Night
 
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: Only 3 nights left!
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.
Music: You will enjoy Live Music with “Legend City”.
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.
 
This Week
Saturday, June 16th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Indoor Bike Show. Have a cool bike you want to show off? This is the place to do it. We clear out the show room and display your bikes inside where it is cool. The bike show is FREE to enter and registration begins at 10 AM. Custom trophies will be awarded to category winners. There will be Music – FREE Food – Raffles – Bike Wash – Father’s Day Specials throughout the store on licensed Harley-Davidson products. 9 AM – 4 PM. Show Special! Purchase a Harley Motorcycle and receive up to a $500 Gift Card good towards Parts and MotorClothes Apparel. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
 
Saturday, June 16th
Anthem Harley-Davidson Hog & Dogs. Take summer for a ride and head up to Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson for Hogs & Dogs on Saturday, June 16th. Festivities will run from 11AM till 2PM and will include FREE food & drinks on the misted patio, a bikini bike wash, and a great summer sale! Catch up to 75% off Women’s leather jackets, gloves, and Men’s functional riding jackets! Beat the heat this summer with sizzling deals at Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson, located at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem, AZ or online at www.anthemhd.com. For more information or questions call (623) 465-1122.
 
Saturday, June 16th
Chandler Harley-Davidson 12 Year Anniversary Party. Join us from 9 AM – 6 PM as we celebrate our anniversary open till close with: Our Anniversary Special. Purchase a new or used Harley Motorcycle during our Anniversary Party and receive up to a $500 Gift Card to use in Parts and MotorClothes apparel. Also enjoy an Indoor Bike Show with Trophies, Live Band, Free Food, Raffles, Bike Wash by the Chandler Harley Girls, Watermelon Eating and Seed Spitting Contest and More. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
 
Thursday, June 21st
Chandler Harley-Davidson “Guys Night Out”. Bring a non-riding friend & receive a FREE Gift. Learn more about:
* The family of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.
* The JUMPSTART Experience.
* The pre-ride walk around – what you need to do before riding.
* Custom helmet fitting and riding gear.
* How to pack for a weekend trip.
* Proper technique on how to pick up a fallen motorcycle.
PLUS: Light Food and Drink is provided, Raffle Prizes and More, Representatives from T.E.A.M. Arizona will be on hand with rider course information.
You must RSVP for this event by calling 480-496-6800 or email: chdmarketing@ridenow.com. Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ.
 
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!

Here are the top 10 Fly By’s ever. #3 is crazy. That guy has some stones. Click Here to View

Trask Performance, Arizona’s premier performance and service center, will take care of all your bikes needs. Get ready for your Summer trips. We provide routine service, maintenance, dyno tuning and emissions service are just a couple of examples of what we can do. From mild to wild, we can create a custom build to suit your needs contact us for more info at 623-879-8488 ask for James or Nick
 
Here is a very creative motorcycle related video that I think you will enjoy. Click Here to View
 
Video of the Week: Everyone likes a good dog video. Check out this disappearing Chihuahua. It will surprise you! 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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