I would like to start this week by
saying "Thank You" to all that attended the Cyclerides.com Mesa Riverview Bike
Night this season. It was very well received and culminated with at
least 1500 people attending the Heroes Night on June 17th. This is great
venue for a bike night that has a lot of upside. It was also an honor for me to
share 60 of my favorite photos in the Cyclerides.com Photo Gallery as well.
Thanks for visiting and for the kind words. We are now looking at the
possibilities of doing a fall season at Mesa Riverview. Stay tuned for updates.
Westgate Bike Night ends this Thursday night for the season as
well. Looks like we are going to get a break on the weather for the last night,
it is only supposed to be 107 and the nights cool down quickly. We are currently
working on the schedule for the Fall season now.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a
4 day 3 night road trip that we took to Hannagan Meadow, Silver City, Bisbee and
Kartchner Caverns. I covered the first 2 days in the 6/8/11
Newsletter that took us up the Salt River Canyon to Show Low,
Alpine, Hannagan Meadow, down the Coronado Trail to Mogollon, NM and then on in
to Silver City.
We awoke in Silver City and hit the
road early on Day 3 knowing that we had about 340 miles to our
destination of Bisbee with a lot of slow twisties and sight seeing
ahead of us. I personally don't consider Silver City a great
destination in and of itself, but there is some good riding around there and it
is a good place to spend with night with plenty of accommodations. One
route in particular that I would recommend is the "Trail of the Mountain
Spirits" Scenic Byway (Hwy. 15) to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National
Monument located in the Gila National Forest 40 miles North of Silver City.
This 40 miles takes you on a narrow, twisty,
sometimes one-lane road through the pines from the 5900 feet elevation in
Silver City to as high as 7500 feet before settling back to 5900 at
the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The monument is surrounded by the Gila National Forest
and lies within the rugged Gila
Wilderness, the nationís first wilderness area. Along the way you
will pass through the old historic town of Pinos Altos and see panoramic views
of the Gila Wilderness along the way. Once you arrive at the end of the paved
road, you pay your $3.00 entry fee that allows you to take a
short 1/2 mile walk to the dwellings for a self-guided tour. There is a
park ranger on site ready to answer any questions that you might have. I am
not an expert on this and have only been to two of them, but the Gila
Cliff Dwellings are by far the best Indian cliff dwellings that I
have personally seen. This is a very large complex with several rooms
that give you an excellent glimpse into the homes and lives of the
Mogollon people who lived in this area over 700 years ago. It still amazes
me the effort that went into constructing these cliff dwellings. But the
view is fantastic.
After touring the cliff
dwellings we headed back the same route that we came, and were
happy to do that as this is really a great motorcycle
road. As with a lot of routes, seeing it in the opposite
direction is almost like seeing it for the first time as the views from the
saddle are very different. Allow 4 hours for round trip from Silver City
that would include a stop at the Visitors Center and a tour of the dwellings.
1.5 hours each way just to make the 40 mile ride. If you wanted to mix it up,
you could turn East on Hwy. 35 that would loop you back around to Silver City.
We grabbed a quick lunch at the Adobe
Cafe in Silver City and then headed South out of Silver City on Hwy. 90 to I-10
West for our next destination of Chiricahua National Monument. Chiricahua is out in the middle of nowhere in far Southeastern Arizona,
so it is one of those places you won't be going by, you have to be going to it.
Even though the ride through Chiricahua
National monument is short at 8 miles each way, it packs a powerful
punch of ride quality
and beauty. This absolutely gorgeous and unique 8 mile ride takes
you from 5300 feet in elevation at the gate to over 6800 feet at the end of
the road at Massai Point where you will get a panorama view of the Hoodoos
that are similar to Bryce Canyon. There is a small hiking trail out to a
telescope that will give you a good view of some of the named Hoodoos. You can
also get up close to Balanced Rock and many other unusual rock formations.
It almost seems crazy to ride that
far for such a quick experience, but we have been there twice in the last
couple of years and I would not hesitate to go there again. There
is just something infectious and completely unique about this place that keeps
us coming back. Take a look at the photos and I think you will see what I mean.
My suggestion would be that the next time you are in Tombstone or Bisbee, take
the loop around the mountain and visit Chiricahua on your way back home. It is a
decent ride and would be well worth it.
National Monument is located 120 miles southeast of Tucson. Take
I-10 east from Tucson to the first exit for Wilcox. Travel 3 miles into town to
the stoplight and turn right. You will follow Arizona State Highway 186 for 32
miles to the junction of Arizona State Highway 181. Turn left and 4 miles later
you will be at the Chiricahua entrance station. It is 72 miles from Bisbee. (The park is
currently closed as of 6/29/11 due to nearby fire. Should be open within 2
weeks) I was told that the fire not affect too much of the trees on the 8 mile
drive. Check their website for current information.
dinner and a night at the Copper Queen
in Bisbee we were up early on Day 4 to take the 60 mile
ride from Bisbee through Miracle Valley to Kartchner Caverns for our 11:30am
tour reservations. If you have never been to Kartchner Caverns,
or even thought about it, I would put this on your list of things to do this
year. We hadn't been there in 6 years and I was more than ready to go back.
Originally, when Mrs. C. wanted to go there back in 2005, my thoughtswere, what is the big deal about
a few stalagmites growing in a cave? Why walk down into a cave
when I have perfectly good roads I could be riding on? I have to
admit, I couldn't have been more wrong. It is the combination of the awesome
colors and natural beauty that nature has been preparing for us over the last
millions of years combined with the diligence of the State Parks to bring to us
this phenomenon 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.
There are 3
rooms in Kartchner to visit. We toured what is called the Rotunda Room and the
Throne Room. The Big Room is closed from April - October due to
bats inhabiting the cave for reproduction. The Throne Room is the home of
the tallest and most massive column in Arizona known as "Kubla Khan", standing 58 feet from floor to ceiling where you will
learn new words such as "spelothems", "helictites" and "soda straws". Who would have thought that drops of water seeping
through limestone to deposit minerals one on top of the other that
form stalactites and stalagmites could be so interesting? Not me, but
after visiting Kartchner Caverns I have a new appreciation for what lies
beneath this earth that we cannot see.
It is highly recommended to make
reservations for these tours as they do fill up in advance. You can now
do it online. Click
Here. The cost is $22.95 per person. You can also call for
reservations at 520-586-2283. Kartchner Caverns is located just 9 miles South of
Benson, AZ. Take Exit 302 South off of I-10 at Benson, AZ. Click Here for the
Kartchner Caverns Park web site.
So if you are looking for a 4 day, 3
night 1200 mile ride, this would be a good route for you that
would take you as high as 9300 feet in elevation but keep you in at least
the 5000 foot or above range for most of the trip. Since we have taken this
ride, there was the Wallow fire in the Alpine area, so you will certainly
see some burned area. I have been told that the Coronado Trail from Hannagan
Meadow was not affected by the fire, so most of this ride will still be very
good. See links below for lodging and things to do along the way.
Tidbits and Updates:
**Believe it or not, Harley-Davidson has
released a sneak peak at the new 2012
HD models and colors. Some interesting tidbits on the 2012
touring models are: All eight Harley-Davidson Touring models are powered by a
Twin Cam 103 engine with Automatic Compression Release and integrated oil
cooler. Producing 102 ft. lbs. of peak torque at 3500 rpm, the Twin Cam 103
provides outstanding performance around town and on the open road. All Touring
models also feature the 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission, 41.3 mm telescopic
front forks, air-adjustable rear shocks and an Isolated Drive System for smooth
power delivery. Click Here for full press
Last Night of the Season! Thanks for all of
your support this year.
Westgate Bike Night will
finish out the season this Thursday night ending on June 30th. Ride in and enjoy
the Live Music with "HardRide" who is back by popular
Pick of the night!
If you haven't been here yet, try
great food and their $8 pizza and beer special from 5-9. Plenty of space on their
outdoor patio or their bar inside.
Also pick up the Tuscan Oven
"Tomato" Card and receive 20% off all future
6:30 - 9:30pm with the
Click Here to view the new Westgate Bike Night Web Cam. It Works Now! 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.
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
Your local Harley-Davidson
dealership and proud sponsor of the Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night. We are
located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. Stop to see the latest 2011 HD
motorcycles and to pick up the new Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt. 623-247-5542.
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.
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Training - "T.E.A.M. Arizona is the
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dedicated to providing motorcycle education as a life-saving public
service. Through our passionate coaches and staff, we strive to deliver a
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I look forward to seeing you
all this week at Westgate. 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 Phoenix
Saturday and Sunday, July 2nd and
Harley-Davidson Huge Last Season's General Merchandise Sidewalk Sale. Last
Season's General Merchandise on Sale outside with free BBQ lunch, Bikini Bike
Wash and Up to 75% off sidewalk sale. $5 & $10 dollar racks on
sale. Get ready for pool parties, buy 1 pair of sandals get the 2nd pair 1/2
off. Bikini bike wash & BBQ both days (Saturday & Sunday). Take
off parts bargain bin sale, all designer sunglasses 65% off!!! COOL OFF with our
hydration station. 4.99% O.A.C. Finance rates on 60 month term. Hacienda
Harley-Davidson is located 15600 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ. www.haciendaharleydavidson.com
Saturday, July 2nd
Harley-Davidson Party on the Patio. Live Bands every Saturday at the Party
on the Patio. We have a lot going on at Chesterís Harley-Davidson. This Saturday
July 2nd we have Party on the Patio Independence Day featuring "LoudHouse" with Pete Cummings of KSLX and our charity is Boys and Girls Club of the
East Valley. It is also the start of our Hot Rods and Harleys show. AZ BBQ
association will have a cook off and it is peopleís choice, come vote and lets
crown the winner. Bikini Bike Wash and much more. You donít want to miss this
event 11-2pm. There will be Food, Fun, Giveaways and More. FREE each and every
Saturday at Chester's. Each week we also help a charity with donations and this
week it is Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley. The party is each week 11-2pm
and features a different band and charity. Come out for this FREE event and have
some fun while giving back. Log on to www.chestershd.com for all the
dates, bands and charities. Like our page on Facebook as we add events as they
5-9pm Motorcycles on Main Celebration of Freedom event. Come and be a part of
this large party on main street and while you are there stop by Chesterís
Harley-Davidson booth and enter to win a 500.00 Gift Certificate. Must be
present to win as we draw the name off the stage at 9pm. A event for the whole
Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Saturday, July 9th
Harley-Davidson Summer Bash
. It is the time of year for a Summer Bash and
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is about to have a wet one! We'll have a
Dunk Tank, Raffles, Adult Big Wheel bike races, Bike Wash with the Harley Girls,
Live Music, Free Food while it lasts and lots of fun. Don't miss it! All the fun
takes place from 10am - 5pm. While you are there, check out the deals on the
remaining 2011 Harley-Davidsons in stock. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is
located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
Saturday, July 9th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Party on the
. Live Bands every Saturday at the Party on the Patio from 11-2pm. Click Here
to see who is performing
each week. We have a lot going on
at Chesterís Harley-Davidson. This Saturday July 9th we have Party on the
Patio with Dok and Gal all for East Valley Hog Charities. Each Saturday 11-2pm
we will show case a great band while helping others. Food, Fun and much more and
itís FREE. Chester's Harley-Davidson is located at
922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
Mid Week Updates will be made on the
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it looking new. It is an amazing product and one that we certainly can use in
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe
Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The
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