Well, we are back safe and sound from our 2012 Road Trip. If you
missed the newsletter last week, written on a picnic table in front
of Grizzly HD in Missoula, MT., about the blowout on the Mako Glide while riding
Lolo Pass, Click Here to Read. Our
impromptu adventure this year took us over 3500 miles from Phoenix to as far
North East as Missoula, MT and as far North West as Hood River, OR and a whole
bunch of roads in between through Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Washington and
California. Every trip has its’ own personality, but this one might have been
one of the more unique, with a couple of interesting events along the way.
I have said this before, but it is really hard to explain the
feeling of taking off on a 10 day motorcycle adventure with only a
few clothes in your saddle bags, a GPS and a general idea of which way you want
to go. The term “Freedom” is used a lot with riding motorcycles, but quite
frankly I can’t think of a better word to describe the feeling of taking off
with the wind in your face, leaving the daily grind in your rear view mirror,
not knowing where you will be laying your head that night, and simply adhering
to the edict of “Eat, Ride, Sleep and Repeat” for the next 10 days. And when you
throw in the view of snow capped mountains, crystal clear blue lakes and
rambling streams, from the asphalt of a few scenic byways, it is very hard to
drag yourself away from that.
all pretty much live in some sort of structure in our everyday lives, it starts
to seem like we are the hamster on the wheel, knowing that the
faster we run, the faster the wheel will turn, and we will still be in the cage.
Be it our jobs, taking care of the kids, or other obligations, there is ALWAYS
something that we have a schedule for in everyday life. It is nice to unwind by
immediately getting rid of the things that we HAVE to do. In other words, take
our schedule, leave it on the kitchen table on our way out the door and adopt a
gypsy lifestyle for a few days to completely clear your head. With these once
per year longer rides, that is what we try to do. It can never be 100%, but a
good 90% is a start.
The only way that I have found to fully get away is on my
motorcycle. Your focus is right in front of you at all times, the
phone isn’t ringing, I’m not answering emails, and there is nothing that I HAVE
to do at that particular time except keep the shiny side up and soak up the
moments that are in front of me. It is you, the road, the elements and the
adventure of seeing beautiful countryside while wondering where you will end the
day and what new friends you will make along the way. For us, the unknown is the
adrenaline that keeps us going 12 hours a day trying to soak up every mile while
making hundreds of deposits into our memory bank of life.
For those of you that have experienced this type of freedom, you
know exactly what I mean. For those that haven’t, I hope that you throw caution
to the wind some day and give it a try. Reservations, strict routes
and scheduled times to stop riding every night are overrated and unnecessary.
Not really much different from the schedules of home. Try feeling the
exhilaration of not knowing where you are going to stay the next night. Play the
game of rolling into the next small town when you are really ready to quit
riding for the day, not because it is on the schedule, then picking out the best
motel. You might get skunked once in a while, but you just go to the next dot on
the map and try again. That is all part of the adventure. Then go to a
restaurant, visit with the locals that are just as intrigued with what you are
doing as you are with why they live where they do. I can’t even count the amount
of people we meet at gas stations and other stops that want to know everything
about our adventure, seemingly living vicariously through our conversations.
This method probably isn’t for everybody, but it is
how we have done it for the last several years and it has worked very well, and
actually allows you to cover more miles in a day. Once you do it, I doubt you
will go back to structure on the road again.
This year we covered a total of 3550 miles in 8 1/2 days of
riding. Everything we took was in our saddle bags. Our day would
start on the road between 7:30 to 8:00 AM after breakfast and ending at about 8
PM. We did 650 miles the first day to Bridgeport, CA and then averaged about 400
miles per day after that. From Bridgeport after the first day our route took us
through the Sierra Nevada’s via the Sonora Pass, Ebbetts Pass, South Lake Tahoe,
Bucks Lake Rd., Feather River Byway, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Boise, ID,
Sun Valley, ID, Missoula, MT, Lolo Pass, Joseph, OR, Kennewick, WA, Hood River,
OR and on to Bend, OR where we left the bikes at Wildhorse HD to be shipped back home. Seems like a lot, but believe me when I say
that neither one of us were ready to give up the keys in Bend. We could have
easily headed to the coast and spent another week working our way back home.
But. . . That kind of timing was not in the cards this time, so we had to bend
so long to the bikes and hop on an Allegiant Airlines flight back to Mesa
I once again got snap happy with the camera on this trip and
took just over 2000 photos that I will be sharing with you over the
next couple of weeks. There are definitely a few that will be blown up and put
on the garage wall or gallery. I have included just a few of my favorites on
this page to give you a glimpse.
Here for an approximate view of our Google Map
route from the first few days.
Here for an approximate map of the final
Go to the Cyclerides.com Facebook Page
see all of our posts from the trip. Even if you are not a member of
Facebook, you can still view the photos and comments on this page. And while you
are there, “Like” the page. We are almost to 4000. Be sure to see my latest post
of the action shot of the deer that is staring me down on the side of the road
trying to decide which way to go.
Stay tuned for next week where I will start with the first few
days and post the photos of the Sierra Nevada passes. Awesome beauty only 800
Every Tuesday Night
Dog Saloon Tuesday Bike Night
in Mesa. I am really excited about Mad Dog
Saloon as it is a perfect stand alone bike night location with a huge
patio. For those of you that live in the area you will recognize it
as the former Salty Senorita’s. The patio is huge with an outdoor bar, the
inside is huge as well with garage doors that open to the outside and TV’s
everywhere you look. And plenty of motorcycle parking. There will be food and
drink specials including $1.00 tacos on Tuesday’s. Mad Dog Saloon is located at
1860 S. Stapley, just 3/10 of a mile South of U.S. 60 on Stapley. Stop by and
check it out. See you there for opening night on Tuesday, May 8th. Click Here for Details,
Map and Photos of the Mad Dog
July 19th – Tilted Kilt, July 26th – Hooter’s, August 2nd will
be People’s Choice.
* VIP Motorcycle Parking
* Arrowhead Harley Girls
* Door Prizes
* Food Specials
Saturday, July 14th
Collectors Show. In conjunction with the SEMA/National Car Collectors Show we will be inviting motorcycles of any make to join the show. there
will be Music, Awards, Vendors, Food and fun for the entire family. Come show
off your motorcycle and be a part of this National Event. 67th Ave. and Bell
Road behind Mexteca Restaurant in the K-Mart parking lot from 5:00 - 9:00
Saturday, July 21st
Stubbs Anthem Hogs & Dogs
. Buddy Stubbs Anthem H-D invites you to join
them on July 21st
from 11AM to 2PM for their scheduled
Hogs & Dogs event! This month, in addition to FREE food and drinks, they
welcome the expert trainers from T.E.A.M. Arizona for a special on-site class
devoted to the art of cornering. Learn the secrets to getting the most out of
each and every corner while riding your Harley-Davidson!! The FREE class begins
at 12 PM and is a great opportunity to gain essential motorcycling skills or
just brush up on those you may have forgotten. Registration is limited so please
be sure to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Buddy Stubbs Anthem
H-D is located at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem, AZ or on the web at
Mid Week Updates will be made on
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This must be Ricky Ricardo’s dog. He has gotten the Latin moves down. Click
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Not sure who this belongs too, but I
accidentally got someone’s voice mail from CVS Pharmacy. Click Here to Listen.
Video of the Week:
Not even sure what to say about this one, except, they had a goal, and it worked! . Click Here to
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Blessings and Safe Riding To
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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