Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
6/30/10
 
Greetings Riders,
 
First of all, I would like to say Happy Birthday to the greatest nation in the world, the United States of America. Let's hope that the good people of this country can keep it that way by resisting the opposing forces who would like to CHANGE that proclamation. Stand strong America!
 
Well, after last week's newsletter where I spent 8 paragraphs telling you that I had nothin' to talk about, but somehow rallied  with some aerial pictures of the Salt River Canyon to pull out a very small something, I decided that I had better come back with a little more meat this week. I know that the scorching heat, SB 1070 and the "I hate Arizona" chants that can be heard across the United States have all been good water cooler talk, but an interesting motorcycle related story is also developing as we speak.
 
This story is very long and involved, but I am going to give you the highlights and links to let you read as much about it as you would like. Some of you might have heard about the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge. The Hoka Hey is a 7,000 mile motorcycle race from  Key West, FL to Homer, AK. The winner of the endurance race is supposed to pocket $500,000 in Alaskan gold. The participants were all supposed to follow speed limits, traffic signs and would be outfitted with GPS units to monitor their progress. They would reach each check point to get the route for the next leg to hold down potential cheating. They were also supposed to sleep next to their bikes in route while spending as much as 18-20 hours per day riding if they had any hope of winning the $500,000.
 
Sounds kind of interesting and exciting on the surface. But after you peel a couple of layers back and really take a look at it, maybe not so much, at least for me. First of all, the Hoka Hey Challenge cost you $1000 to enter the ride, with very slim hopes of winning the money, because there is always someone that is going to be crazier than you, especially when there is a half million dollars on the line. Not to mention the verification of following the rules for that many riders.
 
Secondly, if you just want to take a long ride, get a bunch of your buddies together and plan a long trip and go do it, enjoying the ride and not having the added stress of riding to the point of being unsafe, dangerous to yourself and others and just generally beating yourself up for 8-10 days. I'm sure there are many of these riders that are just out for the ride and to enjoy the trip, you just don't need to give some guy $1000 to do that.
 
And third, I never warmed up to the name, especially when it came to going on a motorcycle ride. Seems a little counter productive to me. Apparently, the phrase "Hoka Hey" means "It's a good day to die". The story goes that this was the roar of every warrior that rode into battle with Crazy Horse. Not really something I want to be saying as I take off on a motorcycle ride. I'm just saying. These are just my thoughts when I took a closer look at this event. For those who chose to do it, I'm sure it sounded like a good idea at the time and for many it will have been. I will be anxious to see how it all plays out.
 
I don't know how it is going to end, reports are that it didn't get off to a good start. The message boards, blogs and newspapers are full of reports from rider's and families that are following the riders. I will give you a few of the highlights of their comments and then give you some links to read below including a link to a radio interview of a rider that has already finished.
 
Here is a sampling of the posts on the Facebook message board?
 
**There have been 16 accidents and at least one death. One guy ran off the road into a ravine after apparently falling asleep. Another rider fell asleep and ran into the back of a dump truck. He lived.
**3 separate accidents at the same turn due to poor directions.
**Claims of early riders taking down road signs to confuse the riders behind.
**Maps given to the riders were not correct.
**Questions about the validity of those that were the first to show up in Homer, AK. Well ahead of schedule.
Radio Interview of Riders first in.
**No tracking for bikes for validation as advertised.
**No film crew for reality show as advertised.
**Odd things reportedly said by organizer Jim Red Cloud: "I lied to get you all here, I just wanted to get food and water for my people". "You will be going to 7 burial grounds and collecting the souls of dead warriors."
**Rumor that organizer checked out of hotel in Homer, AK.
** Claims that the whole thing is a scam.
I don't know what is true and what is fiction, but you can read all of these threads on the Hoka Hey Facebook discussion board and at the links below.
 
These are a few of the issues that have been reported, there are many other stories too numerous to list here.
 
It is a shame that this ride has been tainted by all of the described occurrences. I'm sure that there were some that actually thought they had a chance to win this thing that are extremely upset at the circumstances and it has probably put a damper on what should have been a real adventure. And there are probably a lot of those out there that just wanted to go have a good time in a semi organized event, enjoying the ride along the way and being out there for their own personal reasons.
 
Whatever those reasons are that each of the 700-800 riders entered this race, it will all be coming to and end on July 4th in Homer, AK where they will announce the winner. For now it has turned into a big "Peyton Place" and what some are calling the "Hoka Ha Ha" and the "Hoxa Hey". It will be fun to keep an eye on this event and see what happens. At the very least, those who participated will have some stories of a lifetime, that is for sure. I look forward to hearing them. My condolences to those families who lost loved ones and those injured in collisions.
 
Here are some links to news reports that you can spend some time catching up on the Hoka Hey. A guy from the Examiner.com in Tucson has done a good job of following the reports from this event. Here are a few links, and from these links at the bottom of the page and in the body of text there are several more.
 
Hoka Hey Launches from Key West.
Update on Hoka Hey first day crashes.
Hoka Hey Challenge generates controversy, skepticism.
Facebook discussion board. Many threads to follow.
Brief updates by E.B. Chester.
Radio Interview of one of the first in.

 
Tidbits and Updates:
 
**The Westgate/Cyclerides.com Bike is now over for the season. Thanks to everyone who supported this event for the last 16 weeks. Stay tuned to the newsletter for the upcoming Fall schedule that will include at least 1 night per month September through November.
 
**Mrs. C. and I are heading to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon North Rim then to the South Rim this weekend. We have a cabin rented for the North Rim. We are looking forward to getting out of the heat for the weekend. Will have full report and photos next week.
 
**Ok, it is seriously hot out right now. If you are out riding, even if it is a getaway out of town, be very cognizant of dehydration and drink plenty of water before you get on the bike and when riding. Click Here for Dehydration Tips.
 
**A lot of you have asked what I do when not doing Cyclerides.com activities. About 10 years ago I developed a product called Hat Saver. You spray Hat Saver on the outside of your hat or cap and it keeps the sweat stains from ruining your hat. It has gotten 4 stars from Gold Magazine new products review, was featured in Golf Digest, Editors pick for holiday gift ideas in Golf Mag and was featured on QVC. In fact, it was highlighted in a segment yesterday on TV 3. I know a lot of you reading this right now wear hats and constantly ruin them, especially this time of year. Hat Saver will solve that problem for good and it also will work on bandanna's. You will be amazed at how good it works. It is sold online at www.hatsaver.com for $8.99 per can. For all of my Cyclerides readers I will give you the shipping for free. Normally $6.75. Just enter the coupon code CYCLERIDES for the discount. There is a 2 can minimum order. Click Here for the 1 minute TV3 spot from yesterday.
 

 
Highlights This Week
 
Friday, July 2nd
Motorcycles On Main St. in Mesa Sponsored by Chester's Harley-Davidson.
FIREWORKS THIS WEEK! And Much More!

  
Bike Nights This Week
 
Wednesday
 
Billet Bar Bike Night has moved to Wednesdays as well as Thursdays!
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar.  The Billet Bar has now moved bike night to Wednesday nights as well as Thursdays.
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.
 
Thursday Night
 
Westgate Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.com. This event is now over for the season.
 
Every Saturday
 
Chester's Harley-Davidson "Party On The Patio".
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 Patio".  
** 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. 480-894-0404.
 
Every Saturday Night
 
NEW!!
Chilly 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 602-298-0843.
 
Events This Week
 
Friday, July 2nd
Motorcycles On Main St. in Mesa Sponsored by Chester's Harley-Davidson. FIREWORKS THIS WEEK!
Riders have been asking for something to do on a Friday night for a long time and it is finally here at least once per month. Last month over 1000 riders came out to downtown Mesa for a fun time. Ride to downtown Mesa the first Friday of every month for the Downtown Mesa "Motorcycles On Main St." Cruise Main St. and enjoy Sturgis Style parking on the inside lanes. Park and show off your bike. The night will feature 8 Beer Gardens located throughout the 2 blocks and 4 Live Band Stages. Be sure and check it out this month on Friday, June 4th to join in on the motorcycle fun in Downtown Mesa from 6pm - 10pm. Downtown Mesa is located Just East of Country Club Dr. on Main St. Ride in with Chester's HD. Meet at the dealership at 6:30pm located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. Ride leaves at 6:30pm and ends at the Chester's Booth on Main St. Reserved Motorcycle Parking on the Main St.
 
Events Next Week
 
Saturday, July 10th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem presents "Would you know what to do at a motorcycle accident scene". Joins us at Buddy Stubbs Anthem H-D on July 10th from 11-3. At 12 PM, Phoenix Firefighters will be here to show riders and cagers (thatís right, bring your car-driving friends) what to do in case youíre in a motorcycle accident or youíre the first responder and also, the best ways to avoid a motorcycle accident. This event is back by popular demand and not to be missed. You will walk away with some knowledge that might help you save a life! In addition, we will have free sandwiches and cold drinks. Enjoy them under our misted patio while listening to live music from 11-2. Bring us your dirty bikes-Bikini Bike Wash 11-2. Sidewalk sale with up to 50% off on t-shirts, boots and helmets. Buddy Stubbs Anthem is located at 41715 N. 41st. Dr. in Anthem, AZ. Exit 229 off of I-17.
 
Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 2400 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 is a guy who probably won't be getting the "Truck Driver of the Month" award. Click Here to View.
 
A lot of you have asked what I do when not doing Cyclerides.com activities. About 10 years ago I developed a product called Hat Saver. You spray Hat Saver on the outside of your hat or cap and it keeps the sweat stains from ruining your hat. It has gotten 4 stars from Gold Magazine new products review, was featured in Golf Digest, Editors pick for holiday gift ideas in Golf Mag and was featured on QVC. In fact, it was highlighted in a segment yesterday on TV 3. I know a lot of you reading this right now wear hats and constantly ruin them, especially this time of year. Hat Saver will solve that problem for good and it also will work on bandanna's. You will be amazed at how good it works. It is sold online at www.hatsaver.com for $8.99 per can. For all of my Cyclerides readers I will give you the shipping for free. Normally $6.75. Just enter the coupon code CYCLERIDES for the discount. There is a 2 can minimum order. Click Here for the 1 minute TV3 spot from yesterday.
 
I know I have had this one in before, but it is just too funny not to run again. It is titled "Why middle aged women shouldn't drink. Pretty funny stuff. Click Here to View.
 
Video of the Week: Ever wonder why there is some games that the pitcher just can't get his groove on? This video might reveal an answer. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com
 

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