Weekly Update
Greetings Riders,
Well, The dog days of summer are officially here. With the temperatures being above 110 for so long, it seems that people are just wanting to stay inside as much as possible. Riding a motorcycle seems to be right behind jumping in the pool. But. . . if you are like me, that can only last a short time until I am anxious to get back on the bike and see the world. If you are looking for a good excuse to get out of town to the cooler country for a couple of days I have one for you. A couple of weeks ago Mrs. C. and I did a ride to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and then to the South Rim. This is an excellent weekend trip. If you missed it, Click Here for the Report and here for some beautiful Photos of the North Rim and South Rim.
When it gets this hot in Arizona that is my cue to pull up Google Maps and start looking for a cool get away place to ride to. This year I have been looking at Oregon and Northern California as possible locations. Since we have limited days to spend, I am thinking about shipping the bike to Portland and winding my way about 2500 miles back. If anyone has some locations to visit or great road ideas for those areas please let me know.
When you are on some long straight roads, it is much different than say, riding the Million Dollar Highway, because it gives you much more time to think. On this last trip to the North Rim, we had a few stretches that I was able to just think and allow some random thoughts come to my mind. Often times coming up with more questions than answers. I would like to share a few of them with you now. If you have some that you have come up with, email them to me and maybe I can post the list.
Here are the top 10 of my random thoughts:
1. When there is not a cloud in the sky, where does that water that hits you in the face come from? Did a guy in that 757 flying over just flush the toilet?
2. When you are on a 2 lane highway and it opens up to a passing lane on your side of the road,  why is it that the slow car in front always decides that he should go faster? I can never figure that out.
3. Why is it that they over fill the cracks in asphalt leaving slick elevated "tar snakes"? Why not just fill it level to the top and be done with it? More is not better in this case. Those things can really make you pucker on a curve.
4. On a long straight desolate 2 lane road, is the 55 mph speed limit more of a suggestion than a rule? I think so.
5. I saw this on a sunshade for a car windshield that burned up a few miles of thought for me: "Do not attempt to operate vehicle with sunshade in place." Well, that IS good advice. But if you know the person that has tried this, let me know the next time they are on the road. I will be sure and find something to do around the house.
6.  How would you like to be the first Spanish explorer back in the 1500's cruising South down Hwy. 67 on your horse and come upon the Grand Canyon North Rim knowing that you had dinner plans that night with the Hopi's on the other side? That isn't going to happen.
7. Technology is supposed to make us smarter, but I think texting is dumbing us down. One mistake that I see everywhere all the time is the word "your" being used when someone means "you're". If you want to tell someone they are the best. It is "you're the best" not, "your the best". Funny the things you think of while riding. Even wikiHow has a page on this.
8. Who invented politicians? I wish they would take them back. Enough said.
9. As I was standing on the South Rim reading a sign telling me how the Spanish first found this place in the Summer of 1540, it really got me thinking about how these people communicated. In today's world of instant access it is almost unfathomable how they even found each other again.
Did Coronado ride up to the edge of the South Rim on his horse, put his hand up over his eyes to shade the sun while observing this huge canyon, then pull out is I-Phone to text Magellan on the East Coast with the GPS coordinates, and a note that said "dude, you've got to see this place"? Put those coordinates in your Garmin, get on your horse and get out here. See you in 6 months. Then did he fire up his I-Pad to take some notes and email them to Vasquez? I seriously don't know how this type of information was accurately recorded and has been passed along for the last 500 years. For all we know it is from some high school creative writing class or a lot of conjecture and filling in the blanks by a historian.
10. And last but not least. Why is it that when you are riding directly into a solid dark sky of rain clouds, you smell rain in the air, cars that are coming at you are wet with their windshield wipers on, that somehow the rain is going to miss you? That is the power of positive thinking at its best. I seem to have a particular problem with this one.
Ponder your own thoughts on your next ride and let me know.
Plan a trip. Ride safe and have a good weekend.

Tidbits and Updates:
This is an excellent 8 minute video of interviews with riders on the Hoka Hey during the trip. Excellent account and well done from a rider perspective. It was a religious experience for at least one guy. Watch to at least the 7 minute mark. I think anyone would enjoy this video. See the hammock system for the bike. Click Here to View.

Bike Nights This Week
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.
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.
Events This Week
July 23 - 25
19th Annual Too Broke For Sturgis presented by ABATE of Arizona. TBFS is the largest biker event in AZ other than Bike Week. There is live music, The Fryed Brothers, bike games, a bike show, Miss Too Broke contest, a wet t-shirt contest and more. TBFS is ABATE of Arizona's annual fundraiser. All proceeds go directly towards ABATE’s efforts to preserve and promote motorcycling throughout Arizona. THIS IS AN OLD SCHOOL ADULTS ONLY PARTY! No one under the age of 18.  Admission: $30 per person for weekend pass * $15 per person Saturday Pass ** ABATE MEMBERS GET $5 off per person for weekend pass. Admission includes: * Event pins to first 1500 *Camping Fri & Sat nights *Live Music Fri & Sat night * Bike Show *Poker Run * Poker Walk * People Games * Ms Too Broke Contest * Wet T-Shirt Contest * 50/50 Raffle  [Vendors call 520-371-1735] All takes place next to Mormon Lake Lodge located just South of Flagstaff. See flyer for directions and details or visit Website: or  Call 602-ABATEAZ or  E-mail:
Saturday, July 24th
Chester's Harley-Davidson presents E.B. Chester's Story of his 9100 mile Hoka Hey ride. E.B. Chester is back from his 9100 mile Hoka Hey Challenge adventure and wants to tell his story. Click Here for E.B.'s personal video invitation. Stop by the Chester's Harley-Davidson HOG Room on Saturday, July 24th at 10:30am to hear E.B's one hour presentation as he outlines his incredible story of how they rode from the Florida Keys to Homer, AK, over 9100 miles in 12 Days. For all who ride, this will be a treat to hear this story of endurance in a once in a lifetime ride.  Meet fellow Hoka Hey Riders Travis & Judy. Limited Seating and Lunch Provided. Must RSVP by Thursday, July 22nd. Call 480-894-0404 or email . Chester's Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Next Week
Saturday, July 31st
Buddy Stubbs Hog & Dogs and YOU! Buddy Stubbs is celebrating 44 years of being in the Harley business this month and he is inviting you to come celebrate with him. The party is from 11am - 3pm and will include Free Food, Drinks, Live Music, Museum Tours with Buddy, Pool Tournament, Misted Patio, Bikini Bike Wash from 11-2. Not only that, you can do some shopping while you are there at up to 50% off on selected T-Shirts, Helmets and Boots. Buddy Stubbs is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400.
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 2500 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!
The latest edition of the Biker Information Guide is now out. Check with your local bike shop or dealership to get your copy now. See my article on the Kartchner Caverns.
Want to see a Military Tribute rock and roll style. Watch Gene Simmons and Kiss and they sing all the military songs at a USO event. Very uplifting as the troops sing along. This had over 1.7 million views. Click Here to View.
Want to see how our troops in Iraq handle tech support issues with their HP electronic equipment? Check this out. Click Here to View.
Video of the Week: If this one doesn't make you laugh, nothing will. Could have been from Dumb and Dumber. 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"

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