Well, it is Summer, and depending on where we go, we will experience all
different types of heat. After living in Arizona and experiencing
“Dry Heat” for the last 32 years, I kind of forget how miserable humidity can
be. Mrs. C. and I flew back home to Lansing, Kansas last Friday for for Father’s
Day and a mini family reunion with my Sister, my Dad and Tammy’s parents. As
soon as I opened the door on the plane, I had a 32 year flashback of how muggy
the Summer’s can be there. Within about 5 minutes my shirt was already wet with
perspiration that would be with me the rest of the day. At least with the heat
in Arizona, we know it is hot, and it is going to be hot. The hotter it gets, we
just crank the air up one more notch to be comfortable. It seems hard to ever
escape the humidity to get comfortable for some reason. Not to mention how hard
it can be to breathe when it gets really bad. After this little reminder, I
guess being a desert rat is not so bad after all.
I always knew there wasn’t much in Western Kansas but flat land, but after
seeing it low level from the air, it rivals the desert for being
desolate, that is for sure. One social nugget that I came away with after seeing
miles of flat farmland is that wherever you see a grain elevator, you will see a
small town. If you see a small
cluster of trees in the distance, you can pretty much count on there being a
grain elevator on the edge. My revelation from this trip is that there can be a
town without an elevator, but rarely an elevator without a town. Hey, you have
to think about something when seeing thousands of acres of green circles and
I did take some pictures from the air. They are not real
exciting, but it shows where a lot of our food and grain comes from as well as a
few cool shots from the air. For those of you that might have been there, you
will also see some pictures of Ft. Leavenworth located on the
bank of the Missouri River, which is where we landed.
One thing that strikes you after seeing this farming area from the air is
the thousands of green
. It is an interesting and unique look of landscape for
sure. If you have ever wondered about that, the reason the green circles are
there is that circular irrigation is the easiest and most efficient way to water
the crops. All you have to do is run one source of water to the middle of the
circle, then circulate a watering device around a pole in the middle of the
field to water the crops. Hence, the green circles everywhere. Click Here for photos. Click Slideshow in upper
right for best viewing.
There was one event that made me feel good and think of Arizona. While we were driving down the Main St. between Lansing and Leavenworth
coming back from the airport, we saw a bunch of people parked on the side of the
road and out of their cars lining the street holding flags looking to the South.
There were young and old alike anticipating something to be coming by. I asked
my Father in-law if they were having a parade or something today and he said
that they were all waiting for the Patriot Guard Riders to be leading a funeral
procession from Kansas City to the National Cemetery at Ft. Leavenworth for a
Soldier that was recently KIA in Afghanistan. We pulled over to watch it go by.
Sure enough, about 200 motorcycles with flags flying came roaring up Hwy. 73 leading the hearse and the cars. It was an awesome sight as always. Boy was I proud of
the PGR in Kansas and proud to be a motorcycle rider. Go PGR!! See photos.
ONLY 2 NIGHTS LEFT!
This week at the Cyclerides.com
Westgate Bike Night
we will have Live Music with “Sour Diesel Train Wreck”
playing their crowd favorite blend southern rock. We will also have
a large traveling interactive display of the new Yamaha “Bolt”
motorcycle for you to see and participate in. Classic cars will be on
display in center court. Should be a good time. Presented by Arrowhead
HD and Ridenow
To close out the season next week, June 27th will be “Rat Rod”
night with the Live Music from “Chad Freeman and Redline”.
the Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum is now open 6 days a
week! Hours are
Monday through Friday from 11AM to 5PM, and Saturdays from 12PM to 5PM. Guided
tours will continue to be performed every Saturday at Noon. The Buddy Stubbs
Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum (housed within the dealership) is home to over
125 motorcycles, from 37 unique brands, spanning 11 countries. The collection is
home to many unique and low production motorcycles which are housed and
preserved in running condition. Details and directions at www.buddystubbshd.com/museum
testing for motorcycles update
. After June 21st. No more
emission testing for motorcycles. The following was taken from the ADEQ
Update: This question has been asked a lot.
What if my registration is due now, can I wait till June 21 and not have to have
emissions testing? This is from a Cyclerides.com reader. “Even though my
registration is due now, I was told by both MVD and Vehicle Emissions that if I
wait until after June 21, I will not need to have my motorcycle tested. Here is
hoping that is correct. Thanks again for all you have done to keep us
informed about this issue.”
Thursday, March 28th – June 27th
ONLY 2 NIGHTS LEFT!
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike
Night this Spring being presented by Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson and Ridenow
Powersports. Bike Night began
Thursday night, March 28th with a HUGE crowd and will continue for a total of 14
nights ending on June 27th from 5 pm – 9 pm. This Thursday, you will once again
be able to enjoy a party every Thursday night with Live Music, Vendors,
Restaurants, parking on Coyote Blvd. next to the fountains and Hundreds of
motorcycles to look at as they cruise by. This is the place to be on Thursday
nights for sure.
Attractions this week:
Live Music this week with “Sour Diesel Train Wreck” 6-9
Large traveling interactive display of the new Yamaha “Bolt”
Display of Classic Cars in Center Court.
Here are the details for the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night
presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports:
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to
When: Thursday nights beginning March 28th – June 27th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style
Cruising down Coyote Blvd.
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and
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.
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
And to our Associate Sponsor Curly’s CustomsCurly's Customs. Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body
Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike
Night Restaurant Specials.
have worked very hard to get the restaurants to come up with some consistent
bike night specials. I think they have stepped up very well this year to offer some good
deals. There will be restaurant specials all season long that include offers
McFadden’s - 10% discount on your bill
when you show your M-class license on Bike Night. Plus, bikers can enjoy regular
happy hour specials, including $2 Bud/Bud Light Drafts, $3 Wells and $5
Appetizers from 4-7pm.
Calico Jack’s Cantina - $19.99 Bike Night Platters with Nacho
chips, mini-chimis, onion rings and jalapeno poppers, plus a pitcher of domestic
draft beer. Enjoy 10% off your bill when you show your M-class license on Bike
The Shout! House - $9 Natural Black Angus Burger, Fries,
and Beer special ($15 value) and a FREE cover for 2 card to come back on the
weekend ($10 value) when you show your M-class license on Bike
Kabuki - Take 15% off when you show your
motorcycle license during Westgate Bike Night. Valid only during Westgate Bike
Night events. Dine-in only. Valid only at Westgate City Center location. One
offer per table per party. Not valid during Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour.
Cannot be combined with any other offers or rewards. Excludes alcohol, tax,
gratuity and gift card purchases.
Saddle Ranch - 2 chicken tacos for $5.50*. Classic
pints of draft beer for only $3*. Plus, bikers can enjoy regular happy hour
specials from 4-6:30pm with 50% off all appetizers and drinks. *Valid from
6:30pm to 10:00pm on all Bike Nights, excluding event days when there are
concerts, sporting or other events at the Center, Stadium or Arena.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville - 10% off entire food bill to anyone who
presents their M-Class driver's license. Plus, bikers can enjoy happy hour from
4-7pm with 50% off appetizers, $3 well vodka, rum and gin drinks, $4 Landshark
20oz drafts and $5 Who’s to Blame Margaritas.
Mama Gia’s - $.50 cent wings with an order of 24 or
more. 1 Topping 16 in pizza and 12 wings for $22.99. Mention our ad on
Cyclerides.com and receive happy hour well, wine and Draft drinks.
Three great days --June 21, 22, 23, 2013. Make your room
reservation now. Note all hotels are in town, Holiday Inn and Best Western are
about a mile out of town. They all support the Buffalo Soldiers. We are asking
all Buffalo Soldiers organizations, veterans and friends to participate in this
our 5th annual event.
1) Friday June 21, 2013- 1st day- stop at Tucson Harley
Davidson for refreshments on your way to tombstone. Exit at Ida on the I-10.
Meet & greet happy hour 4:00 Pm until in tombstone at big nose Kate's saloon
& bar. Also seminar about the history of the buffalo soldiers on the back
patio. And tour the town, tombstone shops and bars.
2) Saturday June 22, 2013, 10:00 Am, Buffalo Soldiers,
veterans, horse soldiers and civilian parade. All can participate. On Saturday,
after the parade, introduction of all buffalo soldiers and supporting
organizations, national anthem, Saturday: 12:30 Pm poker run- disabled veterans
donation. $10.00 Per motorcycle and car; last bike out at 2:00 Pm -start at
Tombstone Harley to Sierra Vista Harley, Bisbee, AZ, Mexico near the
border, camp Naco where Buffalo Soldiers served. Tours of mile deep open pit old
mines, back to Tombstone Harley. Last bike in at 6:30 Pm. Poker prizes.
On Saturday night dance & salute to the buffalo
soldiers, awards and acknowledgements of different chapters. At Big Nose Kate's.
After tour and visit all bars, clubs and shops.
3) Sunday June 23, 2013, 8:00 Am morning breakfast for all and
Saturday, June 29th
Stubbs Hogs and Dogs
. Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson helps you plan
your next big ride during their monthly Hogs & Dogs! Join them
on Saturday, June 29th, from 11AM to 2PM for FREE food, drinks, live music, a
bikini bike wash and museum tours hosted by none other than Buddy! The Touring
Workshop will be the fourth installment in their popular Educational Clinic
Series taking place throughout the summer months. Their trained H-D personnel
will provide tips and tricks as well as showcase great H-D products that are
designed to help you take your riding beyond the city limits. Please RSVP early
to reserve your space! Don’t miss this summertime escape at Buddy Stubbs Arizona
Harley-Davidson! RSVP @ http://touringworkshop.eventbrite.com. Buddy
Stubbs AZ H-D is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ. You can
also check them out on the web at www.buddystubbshd.com .
Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook
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inclined. Click the LIKE button!
Looks like some fun with video photo shop.
But pretty good. Be careful how high you hit your
chip shots. Click Here to
Video of the
Week. Here is a great new
compilation from our friends from the shallow end of the gene pool. Very funny
and will make you go Awwww!. Click Here to
View. Click on the Video of the Week
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Blessings and Safe Riding To
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