Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
8/25/10
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, it is hard to believe that we are already at the end of August. This month has flown by. Most likely because I was on the road for 9 days and never looked at the calendar anyway. So I have actually only been in the real world for 16 days which probably explains why it seems like the month has gone fast. The other 9 were just riding bliss. If you missed last week's letter and my review of the joys of an extended ride with no reservations and Day 1 photos, Click Here to read.
 
You would think coming off of a 3000 mile road trip would pretty much satisfy my desire to ride anywhere for a while, and sometimes it does. But this one was so easy and relaxing that I didn't come home beat up and needing rest, I am all ready to go again. Since we don't have a whole lot of time right now to use for a ride, we thought we would take advantage of the upcoming long weekend to maybe do one of our favorites that we had done before. After this long hot summer, I'm sure a lot of you are thinking about doing the same thing to get out of the heat, so I wanted to share with you a three ideas that fit well into the upcoming 3 day weekend, will keep you mostly out of the heat, but still log some miles for you.
 
Option 1:
The first one and also the leader in the clubhouse right now for us is the ride that we did and reported on in May of last year. That is the ride to Silver City, NM. It is an easy 3 day ride and this is a particularly good one right now because it gets you out of the heat pretty fast and mostly keeps you there, of course until you have to come home. The route that I chose was to go to Payson, Show Low, Alpine, then down the Coronado Trail Scenic Byway through Hannagan Meadow and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest to Morenci. Then cut over on Hwy. 78 at Three Way to 180 and into Silver City. The elevation in Silver City, NM stands at 6142 feet and temperatures range in the 80's this time of year. There is a really nice half day loop out of the city on the "Trail of the Mountain Spirits" Scenic Byway.
 
Then we came back on the East side of the mountain, which is the New Mexico side on 180 back to Alpine. Then took U.S. 60 out of Show Low, through the Salt River Canyon and back to the Valley. This makes for an excellent 3 day ride of a around 917 miles depending on where you start from. I calculated from I-17 and the Loop 101. The Coronado Trail is one of my favorite routes in the State.
 
Outbound Route Report - Phoenix to Silver City
Inbound Ride Report - Silver City to Phoenix
Click Here for Map. 917 miles.
 
Option 2:
The second one that we considered and have done several times is the ride to Durango, CO. I doesn't get much better than the San Juan Parkway and the Million Dollar Highway from Silverton to Ouray. This is one of my all time favorite routes for sure and would certainly be a cooler place to ride. If you haven't done it, I would highly suggest giving that consideration. But we have done it several times and have only done Silver City once. With just the basic route from I-17 and the Loop 101 it is 1100 miles. Add in the Curecanti Loop and you will be over 1500 miles.
 
Click Here for Ride Report and Photos.
Click Here for Map.
Click Here for Curecanti Loop
Click Here for Video with Music.
 
Option 3:
And the third choice would be the ride that we took a few weeks ago over the 4th of July weekend which is the ride and overnight stay at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon that we really enjoyed. I could even do it again right now. This one would need to be done fairly soon as the park closes in Mid-October. This is an excellent trip that not many ever do. Just take 89 North out of Flagstaff to 89A by the Vermillion Cliffs to Jacobs Lake and South on 67 to the North Rim. There is a great 22 mile in and out road that takes you to several view points of the North Rim area. As I said in the report that I just did, the North Rim blows away the South Rim in raw beauty.
 
If you haven't done this, I would HIGHLY recommend it. But get a cabin reservation right away as they do fill up, especially this time of year. Plus it is much cooler than the Phoenix area at over 8000 feet in elevation. It is a nice easy one day ride to the North rim totaling about 380 miles with stops at Lee's Ferry and Vermillion Cliffs. On your way back you can swing by the South Rim to verify what I said about the North Rim, or you can go to a location that we really enjoyed just East of Flagstaff that was part of my Cyclerides.com Monument Tour called Walnut Canyon National Monument that features Cliff Dwellings from the 1100's. A real nice stop on the way up or back.
 
Click Here for North Rim Ride and South Rim Ride.
Click Here for Cyclerides.com Monument Tour featuring Walnut Canyon National Monument.
Click Here for Google Map of route. 800 miles roundtrip if you follow our entire route.
Map of North Rim for rides to the points. 
Click Here.
Click Here for 190 beautiful photos. Click the "Slideshow" button in upper right of page and then click "Fast" in upper left of slideshow page and let it roll.
 
Summary:
These are all excellent rides that will get you out of town, enjoy some cooler weather and most importantly put around 1000 miles or more on your bike over a 3 day weekend. Gotta love that. Not sure where you will see Mrs. C. and I, but it will most likely be one of those 3 choices. For some closer rides, take a look at the Day Rides section for some ideas. Wherever it is that you decide to go, Ride Safe.
 
I will be back next week with Day 2 of the Oregon ride.
See last week's newsletter with Day 1 commentary and photos. Click Here.
 

 
Tidbits and Updates:
 
NEW!!
The Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night is going to start up again on September 16th. But the Fall season is going to be a little different. We are just going to do 3 Thursday nights for the Fall. So mark you calendars for September 16th, October 14th and November 11th which will be a Veteran themed event. I will end the season with the Cyclerides.com Toy Event at Westgate on Saturday, December 4th. This year we will have a band every month starting with Urban Roots bringing back classic R&B, Motown and Blues. Urban roots is an 8 piece band featuring seasoned musicians including a horn section that takes the vibe to the next level. There will be Vendors, Restaurant Specials, Videos on the giant LED, performances from the 6 million dollar dancing water fountains and of course plenty of motorcycle parking on Coyote Blvd. and beyond. Urban Roots will play from 6-9 pm.  
 
Plan to kick it off with us on Thursday, September 16th from 5-10pm at Westgate City Center located next to the Cardinals Stadium and Jobing.com Arena at Loop 101 and W. Glendale Ave. Click Here for Details. Sponsored by Arrowhead HD and Petersen Johnson Accident Lawyers.  If you would like to be a vendor or a sponsor on any of these 3 nights, please contact Barry at info@cyclerides.com .
 
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Thunder Mountain Ride in Payson
I want to call your attention to a really interesting motorcycle event coming up in Payson called the Thunder Mountain Ride on October 8-10. It is hard to believe, but they are giving away 13 motorcycles at this event to registered participants. Highlights include a performance by state wide favorite band Mogollon playing and other major acts. Food, Entertainment, Vendors, etc. There will also be 3 rides around the mountain areas. Should be fun. Watch the video below, it will get you excited. I would expect this to be well attended, so you might want to make your lodging reservations early. http://www.thunder-mountain-ride.com. Go full screen with the video.
 

 
Events This Week
 
Friday, August 27th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Hot Summer Nights Car and Bike Show. It ain't no cure for the summertime blues, but a cool car show can come close. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson hosts a free car and motorcycle show from 4-8pm Friday. This has become a very popular bi-annual event and a family-friendly place you can go and have some good, clean fun. Organizers expect two or three dozen bikes (the first 25 of which can be displayed indoors) and around 100 cars at the show. Plaques will be awarded to the top car in each of four categories - Muscle Car, Street Rod, Old School and Restored. Plaques will be awarded for the top bikes in each of the four motorcycle categories - Harley, Non-Harley, Vintage and Custom. In addition to the awards for each category, organizers will present "Best of Show" prizes for the best overall car and best overall motorcycle. Valley-based band "A Boy Named Sioux" will provide music for the show, playing their trademark blend of Southern rock and outlaw country. Food venders will be on-site serving Hotdogs, Beef Jerky, Shaved Ice, Popcorn and more. Once you've viewed the bikes and cars, you can enjoy the beer garden provided by the "DOON'' irish pub, located adjacent to Arrowhead HD. AHD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria. If you would like to register your car or motorcycle, call 623-247-5542.
 
Saturday, August 28th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Summer of Love Party. Ride by Chester's HD from 11am - 2pm to join in on their Summer of Love party.
Enjoy:
**Free Lunch
**Live Music with Holly Kirsten
**View the 2011 Harley's
**Free Demo Rides
**Fashion Show at 1pm
**End of Summer "Cool"
Also participate in the United Blood Drive from 10:30am - 2:30pm. Donate blood with United Blood services in August or September and you will automatically be entered to win a 2010 VW Beetle.
Chester's Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr., in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
 
Saturday, August 28th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Open House. Your first chance to see the new 2011 models up close including the NEW Road Glide Ultra and Sportster SuperLow.
Enjoy:
**FREE Food and Drink.
**Live Music
**Museum Tours with Buddy
**Bikini Bike Wash 11 - 2
Party takes place from 11am - 3pm.
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400.
 
Next Week
 
Friday, September 3rd
Motorcycles On Main St. in Mesa Sponsored by Chester's Harley-Davidson. After a 1 month Summer break, the Motorcycles on Main in Mesa is back. 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 4 Beer Gardens located throughout the 2 blocks and 4 Live Band Stages. Be sure and check it out this month on Friday, September 3rd 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.
 
Saturday, September 4th
Arrowhead and Chandler Harley-Davison present "The Best Seats in the House". Don't miss the September 4th Ride to Chase Field. Show your support with the Going Gonzo for Kids Program, benefitting the Captain Katie Foundation, with a ride to Chase Field on Saturday, September 4. Get $12 tickets to the game when the D-backs host the Astros at 5:10 p.m. $5 of each ticket will go to Captain Katie Foundation. The first 30 people to buy tickets will be located in the RideNow Powersports Pool Suite.
 
There will be VIP parking on 4th Ave. for motorcycles. Ride leaves at 2:30 p.m. from each dealership (Chandler Harley-Davidson and Arrowhead Harley-Davidson) and will end at Chase Field. Don't miss the pre-party at Cooperstown! For more information and to buy tickets Click Here.
 
Upcoming Rides
 
October 8-10, 2010
Thunder Mountain Ride. PUT THIS ONE ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW!
There are rides or events that come along every now and then that really get me excited and that includes the upcoming Thunder Mountain Ride Motorcycle Rally in Payson, AZ. Not only is Payson Arizona a beautiful place to have a motorcycle event, it is also the perfect time of year for it. But they are really making it huge by giving away 13 motorcycles to those who attend. Not to mention live music daily including high profile acts like Mogollon and rides through and around the rim.  I will be talking more about this event over the next several weeks. But for now I would like to direct you to the excellent video that they have done for this ride that will definitely get you excited about it. Event is sponsored by Native Air, City of Payson, North Country HealthCare, Outback Steakhouse and Budweiser.
 
This video is really good and will get you excited to participate. Click Here to View Video.  
Stay tuned for weekly updates for this event.
Click Here for Schedule of Events.
 
Best Deal Entry Fee: For $120 you receive drawing tickets for all 13 motorcycles, and a free T-Shirt.
For $60 you receive drawing tickets for 5 motorcycles.
For $20 participate and be entered to win one specific motorcycle.
Click Here to Register Now!
 
 
Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 2600 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!
 
Now this is some precision stunt driving. I can't believe these people don't even flinch.  Click Here to View.
 
This is amusing! Watch this bird dance to Ray Charles music. Click Here to View.
 
Video of the Week: This 2 minute video is excellent. You will watch it more than once. These kids are human spidermen. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
 
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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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