Well, it looks like we are starting
to settle into Summer pretty well as we are seeing consistent temps in the mid
100's. Might as well get used to it, that will be our life for the
next 90 days or so. If you
missed last week's newsletter about "Dehydration", now would be a good time to
read up on it. Click here to
read. It is a very real and
serious subject, especially with the heat that we will be seeing over the next
So what will you do if you want to
ride your motorcycle AND stay out of the intense heat in the Valley? Short of moving to Montana for the Summer, most of us plan some day
trips up North to higher elevation to at least get out of the intense heat. But
some might say, "I've done that trip so many times, I'm bored with it". I
suppose that is possible, but I have yet to get bored with any ride in the
State. My goal should be to do them so much that it could happen.
I guess boredom with anything, be it
a marriage, job or even a day trip is a bit of perception and
attitude toward whatever it is that you are getting uninterested in. Over Memorial Day weekend Mrs. C. and I wanted to go for a ride
on Sunday. We discussed a few options and decided to go to
through Wickenburg, up the hill to Yarnell for breakfast, to Prescott
via the forest and on up to Jerome. This is a ride that we have done many
times over the years, usually a few times per year. So I will admit to that
brief moment of wanting to avoid familiarity before I came to my senses and
realized that even a ride through beautiful Arizona scenery 100 times is better
than no ride at all. After getting a bit of a late start around 10am, we
were West bound on our way to enjoy the day and whatever it would
Given that this was our first ride
as "empty nesters" after our daughter was married last month, we started out the day with a different perception, or attitude, if
you will. For the first time, we didn't have to watch the clock to gauge
our progress throughout the day. In the past, there was always a time
constraint of some sort that would be in the back of our mind and would not
allow us to totally relax and submerse ourselves into the ride. I'm sure some of
you will know what I mean. Because we were now on OUR time, and could
return home whenever we wanted, we were able to really take some time to enjoy
the surroundings, make a few unscheduled stops and enjoy this route like never
Even though we had made this ride
many times, it almost seemed like a new experience as my focus was what I could
see in the moment, instead of looking forward to make sure I would meet my
obligations at the end. To exercise our new found freedom from time
constraints, we made a random stop in the little community of Congress located
right before you go up Yarnell Hill. I have always seen little antique
stores along this stretch, but this time a couple of old cars in a garage,
an old gas pump and an old Mobil
sign caught my eye. The garage
was surrounded by other antique items and wooden buildings located on the
North side of the road. There was also a sign that said there was a Art Gallery.
It all kind of intrigued me, so we turned around, parked the bikes under the
sign that said Congress
Junction and started doing some exploring. As we were looking
around, the owner of the place greeted us and told us to feel free to browse the
property and that there was an old Woody in the garage.
The owner of the property is Mike
Yacos who does Wood Design, Bronze Sculptures and Oil Painting. Mike gets logs out of the forest, brings them down to Congress and makes
some really unique wood items including, mantels, sinks, furniture, doors, etc.
He invited us into his house and showed us all of his creations.
It was really fascinating to see the talent that he has. We then went over to
the gallery, took a few shots of bikes in front of the old garage
before making our way up to Yarnell. Mike invites anyone to come up and view his
property and creations. It is a great little stop located on the North side of
the road at 27010 Hwy. 89. You can see his web site at www.mikeyacos.com .
This was just one example of
having all the time that we wanted. Had we been on a strict schedule,
likely we would have not turned around and the opportunity to meet Mike and
enjoy seeing his talents.
Since we had spent close to an hour
hanging out with Mike, our breakfast run had now turned into a
lunch run. We made our way up Yarnell Hill and stopped at the Ranch
House for some good chicken fried steak and eggs. Man was that
good. Then we proceeded on up Hwy. 89 through the twisties of the Prescott
National Forest into Prescott. And to our surprise, the town was packed as their
was a Western Art Fair going on in the town square. So we parked the bikes on Whiskey
Row and became a tourist, walking the streets and the art fair,
once again without looking at our watch even one time. It was a new, relaxing
and liberating experience.
After walking around for about
an hour in Prescott, we saddled up and headed North on 89 about 4 miles from town where we made another impromptu stop at
Watson Lake. Once again, we have been by the entrance to Watson Lake numerous
times over the last 30 years and had never taken the time to stop there and look
around. Once again, sans schedule, we decided to pull in. Wow! What a beautiful
lake that is tucked back in there amongst the giant granite boulders. Take
a look at this pic. There is fishing, hiking and you can even rent
kayaks and canoes. There are several short hikes to walk out onto the boulders
to just sit and enjoy the weather and the view. We thoroughly enjoyed walking
around the boulders and doing a mini explore of the area. What a little jewel of
a stop that we have never done before. Click Here for Information about
Watson Lake Park.
After that surprise we got back on 89
for a couple of miles and then took 89A up Mingus Mountain to Jerome. This road is truly one of the better ride routes in the area if not in
the State. You get to enjoy many twisties going up to 7000 feet at the pass.
Right now everything is really green making for a beautiful ride. Next
you will wind your way down to Jerome at 5200 feet getting a good view of
red rocks in the distance along the way. It is only about 12
miles from the bottom of the mountain to Jerome, but it seems like a lot longer
and the "giddy" factor is high at least for me. There are so many curves on
this road, that they even sell t-shirts at the shops in Jerome saying
that you survived the road. Once you get to Jerome, you can eat lunch at
one of the few restaurants, have a beer at the Spirit
Room and Jerry's, or get some ice cream and set on the
concrete steps and watch the bikes go by. This is a very popular
motorcycle destination in the Summer.
After listening to Combo Deluxe in
the Spirit Room, the reggae sounds of Amitaba at Paul and Jerry's Saloon and enjoying
a frozen chocolate banana on the concrete steps, we decided to head back to
the valley at around 6pm. Our route back was down the hill through Cottonwood to
I-17. This put us back into the valley just as the sun was going
down, perfect timing to stay out of the heat for as long as possible.
Needless to say, it was another fun
day on the motorcycles. But for these new empty nesters it was one
with no time constraints while making a point to take some time
to smell the roses and enjoy the surroundings as much as possible. I used
to be all about packing on the miles and viewing the scenery from a distance.
But I think my new M.O. is going to be to utilize the U-Turn more often to
experience my travel more up close and personal whenever I have the
chance. The cool thing about travel on a motorcycle is the opportunity to
meet people you might not in a car. It seems that almost everyone you meet are
as intrigued about what your adventure is for the day as well as you finding out
their story. In the case of Mike that I mentioned above, he is also a rider, so
he would be happy to see some bikes stop and see his creations. This would be a
good route to take in the next few weeks before the monsoons arrive. Have fun
and ride safe.
As usual, I took a lot of pictures.
There are several of Mike Yacos place as well as the rest of the
ride. Some really pretty shots of Watson Lake and the Arizona landscape. I'm
sure you will enjoy.
Ride safe this weekend,
Tidbits and Updates:
**I love hearing about and following rides that
people take. E.B. Chester and several others from the valley are
riding in the Hoka Hey Challenge that goes
from Key West, Florida to Homer, Alaska. The first one there gets $500,000. E.B.
is doing a blog keeping us up with the challenge. His group left Mesa, AZ for
Key West on June 9th. You can see the first few entries in his blog and then
follow the group to Alaska. Click Here to Read.
**If you are intrigued by old motorcycles AND a
good background story about a man that finds and restores them, check out this web
site. After the flash intro make sure to click on the
link "Mikes Bikes". Mike also does the History Channel program called American
Pickers. Click Here for more information
and to watch some clips as to how he finds all this old stuff. Very interesting.
**I don't know whether to laugh at this or be
really worried that there are actually these type of people living
amongst us that can vote. But if they are in great numbers, look out. This is a
2 minute clip from a radio call in show. I'm guessing you won't believe what you
are about to hear. This has had over 1.2 million views on You
Tube. Click Here to Listen.
**Here is a very creative skit by UCB Comedy
that is a parody on how the cleanup of the oil spill has
been handled. It is a parody, but there is some truth to it. This clip is
called "BP Spills Coffee" and has had over 4.6 million views and counting in the
last week. Click Here to View.
Only 2 more nights. Ends on June 24th!
Come down and watch the NBA Game 7 Finals tonight.
There is now a place to ride to on Saturday night in the West
Enjoy a $5 Food Menu, Outdoor Patio, DJ. Drink
Saturday, June 19th
Chandler Harley-Davidson is celebrating 10 years
of providing Harley-Davidson
Sales and Service to the Valley. Food,
Music, Raffle Prizes. 40% Off of select Harley-Davidson Leather
Saturday, June 19th
Located just off of I-17 North of Phoenix, this
is the perfect place to grab
lunch or a cold drink before or
after your ride up North.
Bike Nights This
Only 1 more nights left for Chandler Bike Night. Ends on June
Enjoy food and drink specials from:
San Tan Brewery - Chicken Salad sliders and a pint of
El Zocalo and
Downtown Chandler is located just 5.5 miles South of U.S. 60
on Arizona Ave. adjacent to Dr. AJ Chandler Park. (MAP) Bike Night will be from 6pm - 10pm.
Thanks to our sponsor Chandler
for their support. Look forward to seeing you
for the last couple of nights!
Saloon Wednesday Bike Night After Hours Party
. Jugg'z Saloon is
inviting you to stop by their "After Hours Party" for the Downtown
Chandler Bike Night from 7pm - Close. Jugg'z is located just 1.5 miles
South of Downtown Chandler at 851 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Enjoy 12 Wings
& Beer for $6.00, 12" Pizza and Beer for $6.00 and $2.00 Coors Light and Bud
Light. 2 Pool Tables, 2 Dart Boards and 4 TV's for sporting events. Bike Parking
in front of bar.
Billet Bar Bike Night has moved to Wednesdays as well as
Not only that, Billet Bar is now serving food
cooked right there on the grill!
That's right, Myron now has a grill
and is serving up 1/4 pound cheeseburgers and chips right there hot off the
grill for $6.50 every day of the week. On bike night enjoy happy hour
pricing on drinks all night long. Click Here
for 2 for 1 coupon for your first drink. Print
it out and bring it in to redeem.
This is the perfect time of year to
set on the patio and watch the action on Scottsdale. The Billet was Voted
"BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. There is no
better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The
Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes Every Day. Stop by and
take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. The new bars front
and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and
courteous staff. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any
of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool, listen to the latest music and
socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people
watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876.
Only 2 more nights. Ends on June
The Westgate Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.com is back and bigger than ever!
Come park on Coyote Blvd. and enjoy the
view as over 1000 bikes roll into Westgate. Watch motorcycle related videos
on the Giant LED screen, view vendors, eat at one of the local restaurants
outdoor patios while enjoying the $6 million dancing fountains. Enjoy
Music and Videos all night. If you haven't made it out
the Westgate Bike Night yet, you only have 4 more weeks to ride out and enjoy
the fun with 1000 people that share your passion of motorcycles. Walk the line
and see all of the beautiful motorcycles lined up on Coyote Blvd.
Here for Photos from last week.
If you can't make it, Click Here to view the new Westgate Bike Night
Web Cam. Page automatically refreshes every 10
seconds. Will be live every Thursday for bike night from 5pm -
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.
Only 2 Weeks Left!
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
Take advantage of a great food deal at The
. $6 Sturgis Burger Special includes Burger, Fries, and
Domestic Beer. And $2 Domestic Drafts all night. You can't beat
that! Located second level above Cactus Jack's. See the Rock N' Roll Dueling
Pianos. Every Thursday in June. Opens 6pm, Pianos at 8pm.
Just Sports at
Westgate would like to Offer 10% off their Purchase with Valid Motorcycle
Looking for a good quick ride destination or
a great place to meet up with your group for a ride? Grab lunch before you go! Every Saturday from 11am - 2pm head to
Chester's Harley-Davidson for the "Party On The
** Enjoy FREE BBQ Burgers and Dogs with
all the fixins',
** Live Music this week
with Dok & Gal
** Outdoor Sidewalk Sale 9:30am - 4:30pm.
Great Deals to be had on some inventory reduction!
** Pool Tournament: First Place $50
Chester's Gift Card. 2nd Place a $25 Gift Card.
** Guess the horsepower contest. $25
Chester's Gift Card to the winner.
Park under the patio, hang out with other
riders, meet new friends and DEMO a brand new Harley-Davidson. Good times to be
had by all. The Party on the Patio will be happening EVERY Saturday at Chester's
Harley-Davidson located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Every Saturday Night
Bombers Saturday Bike Night
. There is now a place to ride to on Saturday
night in the West Valley. Chilly Bombers is hosting a new bike
night from 7pm - 10pm every Saturday night located on the SE Corner of 51st
Ave. and Bell Rd. You will find a nice mix of indoor and outdoor patio seating
with a CO2 Myst System to keep you cool. Enjoy flat screen TV's from your booth
inside, sit at the U shaped bar, or sit outside and watch the bikes
roll in. Plenty of motorcycle parking. Enjoy a $5 Food Menu, $4 Jack Daniels, $4
Apple Jacks and $4 Jim Beam. On Friday nights from 5pm - 9pm ride by and see the
"Cruisin' Car Show". Awards given each night. For more information call
BASH In Gilbert. Every Sunday is BIKE DAY at BABE'S, Ride Your Bike To
BABE'S And Get 1/2 dozen Free Wings from 12-2pm. Party starts at
Noon. Live Band at 2pm. This week is Men Without Shame. $3.00
Jack Daniels, $2.00 Drafts. All The Food & Drink Specials You Can Handle!
Ride by Babe's new location this Sunday at 1686 N.Higley Rd. in Gilbert, AZ
to enjoy Good Food, Live Music, Babe's Girls and sit on the outdoor
patio to watch the bikes roll in. Plenty of motorcycle parking out front. See
PHOTOS from last week on our Facebook
and more information at our web site. www.babessportsbar.com/
Saturday, June 19th
Harley-Davidson 10th Anniversary Event. Can you believe it? Chandler
Harley-Davidson is celebrating 10 years of providing
Harley-Davidson Sales and Service to the Valley. We are inviting you to stop by
this Saturday from 9am - 5pm and join us as we will have Food,
Music, Raffle Prizes and the HOG Chapter will be raffling off a quilt. Take
advantage of the HUGE sale to get Dad that special gift for Father's
Day. 40% Off of select Harley-Davidson Leather Jackets. 20% Off Performance
Machine Product Line, in stock or special order wheel packages, grips, air
cleaners, etc. $15 select HD T-Shirts. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W.
Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6886. www.chandlerharley.com
Saturday, June 19th
Anthem’s Hogs and Dogs! Located just off of I-17 North of Phoenix, this is
the perfect place to grab lunch or a cold drink before or after your
ride up North. Or just make it a destination for your Saturday
morning ride. Party hours are from 11am - 3pm. Hang out and listen to Live Music
while the babes wash your bike at the Bikini Bike Wash from 11-2. Enjoy
free hot dogs and drinks in the shade of our misted patio. Plus, shop for dad at
our Father’s Day Sale! Located right off of I-17 and Anthem Way. For more info,
Monday, June 21st
Work Day. Motorcycle and scooter riders' 19th annual commuting day is this
coming Monday, June 21st. Participation in the yearly demonstration
is estimated to triple the number of riders on the road. Motorcycle and scooter
groups and organizations actively encourage riders to commute by cycle on this
day. On Ride to Work Day, motorcycle and scooter commuters seek improved
employer recognition and support for this form of transportation and increased
public and government awareness of the positive value of
Tuesday, June 22nd
T.E.A.M. Arizona are proud to announce the
Tuesday Night, Skills Under The Lights training series. On the third Tuesday of
every month (4th Tuesday this month only) we will
be offering a 3-hour session that will focus on at least 2 different published
skills. We also will hold an easily understandable body position and suspension
seminar q+a style. Check www.motorcycletraining.com or become a Fan of
TEAM AZ on Facebook to see what the skills of the month will be in advance and
you can reserve a spot by registering online or by calling 480-998-9888 during
office hours. To make this
training accessible and fun we will rotate riders on the course and will keep an
appropriate Rider to Instructor Ratio. Riders must fill out paperwork, provide
proof of insurance, motorcycle endorsement and wear at minimum, LS shirt, Long
Pants, Over the Ankle Footwear and Full Finger gloves to ride the range, and may
participate for the entire 3-hours or any part thereof. If you do not have a
helmet or gloves we will lend you them.
What do you get?
1 - Controlled, safe and maintained
2 - Lighting appropriate for training.
3 - Courteous,
certified and professional instructors.
4 - Established training
5 - Interaction with other riders in a fun and friendly
6 - Better skills and re-enforcement or proper safe riding
All this and more, for only $25. ($5 goes
to the AZ Fallen Riders Fund)
Saturday, June 26th
at Buddy Stubbs AZ Harley-Davidson. You might not have heard of Leslie
Porterfield before but she comes with a long list of accomplishments in record
setting speed on a motorcycle. She holds the world record as
the fastest female on a motorcycle and, among many other accomplishments has
become the first woman on a motorcycle to earn inclusion in the prestigious
Bonneville 200 mph Club. The
event will be held at Buddy Stubbs HD located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Road. From
11am - 3pm enjoy Pictures and Autographs with Leslie as well
as free food and beverages, live music and tours of Buddy Stubbs motorcycle
museum. The museum is 3000+ sq. ft. of classic two-wheeled history with over 35
different motorcycle manufacturers and a collection of over 125 rare machines
from 1903 through the late 20th Century. Tour space is limited.
“We are honored to have Leslie visit us
in Phoenix to meet with riders and other motorcycle enthusiasts. During her
visit, she will have the opportunity to share her personal journey to world
record fame, give out autographs, and talk about what’s next for the resolute
racer and record breaker,” said Ed Martinez, founder and editor-in-chief of
Saturday, June 26th
Hot As Hell Poker
Run. Hosted by the MMA Eagle District. Sign
in at Chuy's at 4pm located at 5134 N. 95th Ave. in Phoenix. $10 per hand plus a
donation for a no kill animal shelter, Rainbow valley pet
rescue. More information call 623-433-6503. Last stop is glenfair
Mid Week Updates will be made
on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
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
Ok, this video is chilling. Watch the dash cam
on this police car as the officer makes a routine traffic stop. Turn up the
sound so that you can hear the dialog.
I would guess you will watch this a few times to see the sequence of events.
Police have a dangerous job. This one was extremely fortunate.
Click Here to View.
Here is a video that I have
named "Oh Crap". Think you've had a bad day? Watch it and you will
see what I mean. Click Here to
Video of the Week: This video is
called "Lucky Day". It is a bunch of clips of close calls. Some you have seen
before, but a lot of new ones. Very entertaining. Click Here to
View. Click on the
Video of the Week graphic on the page.
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