Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
I would like to wish everyone a belated Happy 4th of July and hope
everyone had a great time enjoying celebrating the birth of this great
country. We were able to have all 4 grandkids over swimming for
2 days in a row. After having to endure the ridiculous news cycles that
we have these days, it was truly refreshing enjoying the innocence of
children for a couple of afternoons. They could care less about
politics or who is president. All they want is to soak up love and
attention from the G-Parents and top it off with some watermelon and
strawberries. As I spent this time with them and saw what was important
to them, it didn't escape me that life sure was a lot less complicated
back then. God Bless our children.
If you missed the newsletter last week, I started the recap of our recent trip East of the Mississippi. First stop was New Orleans and a visit to the World War 2 National Museum. If you missed the letter, Click Here to Read.
I had my 92 year old Father over to the house yesterday, who is a WW2
Veteran, to show him pictures and video that I taken of the museum.
Every time I talk with him about the war I learn something new about
what he did.
One thing I am continually amazed about with him, is the incredible detail that he remembers from over 70 years ago. He
was a medic on a tanker ship in 1943 and remembered exactly how many
gallons of each the oil, diesel and aviation fuel that they carried on
the ship. Truly amazes me what the mind can and cannot remember
sometimes. I guess it had that much of an impact on him.
Although our main reason for going to New Orleans was to go to the WW2 museum, you
can't be in Nawlins without taking in some of the local history and
craziness that goes along with that. Even though I have lived the last
36 years in Arizona, I am still a kid from a small town in Kansas that
is nothing like New Orleans. So this experience was still an eye opener
for the both of us. If you ever decide to ride the Natchez Trace Pkwy.
in Mississippi you will not be far from New Orleans.
Other than the Museum, the top thing on our list as total tourists was to experience Bourbon Street at midnight on a Friday or Saturday night,
and walking the French Quarter to see the historic buildings and see
the lifestyle of southern living in New Orleans. Well, in short, we did
just that and it was interesting to say the least. Bourbon Street on a Saturday night
is extremely packed with people and you can buy a drink out of just
about any bar and walk the streets with it. As the night progresses and
the more alcohol consumed, the more vibrant it tends to get and the
beads start to fly off of the balconies
to the ladies who want to make their mark on Bourbon Street. There is
no shortage of girls who are willing to trade a peak of the girls for a
string of beads. Cheap entertainment to say the least and no one gets
One other by product of this amount of people and drinking is that later in the night the
street gets pretty trashed, wet and grimy for the most part. My best
recommendation is not to wear sandals or thongs while visiting Bourbon
Street on a busy night. You could see just about anything on the ground
that you might walk through. Besides that, it was a good time hearing
all of the live music coming out of almost every bar, seeing all of the
tourists like us taking it in and watching everyone have a good time. I
don't feel the need to go back to Bourbon Street to visit, but we did
enjoy seeing what we had heard about for years for a couple of nights.
It was easy to get to as our hotel, the Mazarin, was only about 100
feet from Bourbon Street. See the video below that puts you right into the middle of the action.
Saturday afternoon we walked the streets of the French Quarter trying to see all of the famous places such as Cafe Du Monde
and others. The architecture there just blew us away. All of the
buildings were only about 2 to 4 stories tall and most all had outdoor
patios on them lined with very ornate steel railings. It was obvious
that with the temperate climate down there, people spent a lot of time
outside. You could literally spend a day just looking at all of the
fantastic ornate old architecture that we certainly are not used to here in Arizona or in Kansas where I came from.
There was some firsts for us in New Orleans. While walking
Decatur Street Saturday afternoon to catch some live music, we were
going to cross the street and we saw a police car slowing driving down
the street with the lights on. So we stopped to let it pass. Much to
our amazement, the Police were leading a "Naked Bicycle Parade"
down Decatur St. There must have been at least 300 bicycle riders in
different stages from total undress to partial or costume. Even one dude on a unicycle! How does that work?
As they say, there are some things that you just can't "unsee", and
there were several examples in this parade that would qualify for that!
I didn't want to keep all of this to myself. So, instead of giving you
the play by play in my words, you can watch it for yourself. Click Here for the Video. Disclaimer: You can't "unsee" this. Lol.
A little bit later while down on Canal Street, the same scenario happened, police
cars started blocking off Canal and there were police cars with their
lights on again. This time it was the New Orleans Gay Pride parade led
by the Sponsor Walgreen's and the N.O. Police. Once again, the
costumes, activities and different stages of undress were interesting
to say the least. Not something that we see every day in Peoria. One
little gay guy that was walking in the parade all dressed in leather
straps and not much else came up to me and said, fist bump me or I'm
not leaving. I said, "no dude, I'm good". He repeated the same and I
said, "I'm good". As I looked away he hit me in the arm and took off. I
just chalked it off as part of an experience of a day in New Orleans.
All in all, we like seeing an experiencing new and different things, and
if that is what you are looking for, New Orleans will certainly give
you plenty of opportunities for that. The architecture is fantastic,
the food is good and the culture is definitely different than what we
are used to here. But that was the good part. We truly enjoyed our 3
nights there and will never forget it. Keep in mind, we didn't venture
out of the French Quarter area and there is much more to see in New
Orleans. With that being said, I don't think it is someplace that I
feel the need to visit again any time soon. But we were really glad
that we did and got to check New Orleans and the WW2 National Museum
off of our list.
Next week I will be back with the review of Memphis and Graceland. Then the highlights of our 5 day ride in East Tennessee and North Carolina.
Photos and Video:
This is for those of you that haven't seen Bourbon Street on a Saturday Night. This
video puts you right in the middle of the party at midnight on a
Saturday night. See my selfie commentary at about 3:10 into the video. Click Here to View.
Click Here for Photos from New Orleans.
Click Here for the Cyclerides.com Facebook where I have posted photos from the trip.
Click Here for Map of the French Quarter.
Feel free to forward this letter to any of your friends that might like to see some New Orleans.
Stay cool and ride safe.
I have written about this several times in the past, but dehydration is a REAL thing and
needs to be respected. Especially with the heat and low humidity that
we are seeing now. If you would like to update yourself about symptoms
and how to avoid it, Click Here to Read.
Saturday, July 8th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Trikes & Ice Cream. Join Arrowhead Harley-Davidson on Saturday, July 8th for Trikes and Ice Cream. Enjoy FREE Trike Test Rides, Free Ice Cream, Free Lunch, Bikini Bike Wash and Live Music.
Sidewalk sale on end of season Motorclothes. Raffle proceeds benefit
Black Sheep. Join us for some cool ice cream, lunch and see what it is
like to ride a fantastic Harley-Davidson Trike. Arrowhead HD is located
at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
Saturday, July 15th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson Hogs and Dogs. Join Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson for Hogs & Dogs! They’ll
have free burgers, dogs, drinks and more as they host a great open
house on Saturday, July 15th from 11am till 2pm! This is also a great
opportunity to outfit your bike while we endure the summer heat! Now,
till August 19th grab 40% off labor on Twin Cam and MW8 camshaft
upgrades at Anthem Harley-Davidson. Also remember that Buddy Stubbs
Harley-Davidson is your home of the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty!
You’re covered when you shop Buddy Stubbs H-D so check out their
inventory today. Hop on your bike, grab some friends and roll up to
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson for all this and more. For more
information call (623) 465-1122 or go to www.buddystubbshd.com. For up to the minute info be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram!
Saturday, July 15th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Presents "Beat The Heat". Beat the Heat Event: Beat the summer heat and
join Chandler Harley-Davidson for our Beat the Heat Event! Enjoy a FREE
bikini bike wash, boot shine by Blacksheep, and patch sewing. While
you’re hear, enjoy lunch on us! Come out and hang with us and CHILL
OUT! Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in
Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New
Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to www.facebook.com/cycleridescom. Over 6500 LIKES! Take a look at all the new photos posted on the
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The human ventriloquist dummy. Hilarious stuff. Click Here to View.
Video of the Week
This Japanese motorcycle cops drill team is amazing! Click Here. Click on the Video of the Week graphic to view.
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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