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Greetings Riders,
Well, August is about over and as the calendar turns to September I will be mentally saying so long to Summer 2012 and turning my thoughts to welcoming evenings below 100 degrees and mornings that actually have a little crisp air. I know we will still be seeing days over 100, but the brutal days should be a bad memory and the Chamber of Commerce weather is not far away. As I look at the extended forecast, they are calling for 97 degrees for a high and low of 75 for the opening night of the Westgate Bike Night starting on September 13th. We will open the fall season with Live Music from bike night favorite “Kung Fu Grip”. Put this on your calendar to help us kick off the opening of 10 bike nights through November 15th.
Last week I left you with Day 8 of our Road Trip 2012. If you missed this newsletter and the story of us watching the car run off of the road, hitting a tree and rolling in front of us, Click Here to Read. This week I will wrap it up with a shortened but great Day 9 as we make our way from Hood River, OR to Bend, OR to end our trip.
To maximize our days off in the past we have shipped the bike to a location that we wanted to start at, then fly into that city, get on the bike and take off fresh from right where we want to be. When wanting to ride in Canada for instance, it saves a good 3 days of riding just to get there that can be used riding in the area you really want to. If limited time is a problem, this is a good way to do it. This time we did it a little different as we rode out of Phoenix and flew back. Allegiant Airlines is a good place to check for cheap airfares to some smaller markets. Our tickets were only $100 per person for a one-way ticket from Redmond, OR to Mesa Gateway Airport.
The ride South out of Hood River taking you to the Mt. Hood National Forest on Hwy. 35 is truly enjoyable. The route is a departure from your typical twisties through a forest as this particular area is FULL of orchards situated throughout the rolling hills as you make your way South. This landscape is full of old barns, houses, fruit stands and multiple side roads that will keep you busy along the way. The snow covered 11,000 foot Mt. Hood seems to loom around every corner providing a majestic back drop for everywhere you look, almost as if it is there to oversee the harvest. This mountain is truly an awe inspiring sight and keeps you looking forward to the next time that you will get a look at it.
The big tourist attraction in this area is a drive called the “Fruit Loop”. This is a 35 mile scenic drive through the valley’s orchards, forests, farmlands and communities. You can sample fruits, visit a winery, experience beautiful fields of lavender and see herds of alpacas along the way. Not only will you see tons of cherry trees, apple trees and blueberry bushes, this is also the nation’s largest pear-growing region. The fruit loop offers the complete experience of growing, producing and then enjoying the fruit and wine. If you are headed to this area, follow this interactive map of the fruit loop area. Click the numbers on THE MAP to see photos and learn about the attraction.
Going South of the Fruit Loop you will follow Hwy. 35 through the Mt. Hood National Forest to where it intersects with Hwy. 26. If you turn right onto 26 and go 2 miles to Government Camp you will be at the entrance to the road that will take you to the historic landmark Timberline Lodge that is celebrating their 75th anniversary. You will take a winding 6 mile ride up to the lodge that sits at 5960 feet in elevation. This is a must visit if you are in the area. The large pine log construction of this building is amazing and the view out the back of Mt. Hood is awesome. Well worth the 6 mile detour to see it. If you continue East on Hwy. 26 it will take you back to Portland or set you up to take some other scenic byways in Oregon, but we headed South for our rendezvous at Wildhorse Harley-Davidson in Bend, OR.
Our time was now running out for Road Trip 2012 so we headed South on Hwy. 26, 86 miles to Redmond where we turned West on Hwy. 126 with our destination Sisters, OR. This is a quaint little town that is well worth the stop. Sisters is a tourist stop near the Three Sisters Mountains that is full of shops, restaurants and activities. We stopped at a ice cream store on Main St. for a milk shake as we sat on a bench and watched the traffic go by. We were amazed at the amount of motorcycles that went through this town while we were there. We took Hwy. 20 back to Bend.
We left our bikes at Wildhorse Harley-Davidson to wait for their trip back home. If you are in the area, be sure to stop at their shop, they have some of the best shirt back designs that I have seen. I picked up a couple of them while I was there including the Crater Lake shirt. Thanks to Brandon Nash and Bill Nash for helping us out with this trip and taking care of our bikes while they were there. We then caught a ride back to Redmond for our last night on the road at the airport Best Western before taking a morning flight back to Mesa. Even though we had a couple of curve balls thrown at us along the way, Road Trip 2012 was another epic ride that was 3500 miles thoroughly enjoyed by both of us. Aside from the flat tire on my bike, both bikes ran superbly and we can’t wait till the next trip.
Click Here for Photos from the Day. Click Slideshow in upper right for best viewing.
Photos of the area from 2010
Click Here for Map of the Day. Keep in mind, this is the basic route, but there are many side trips along the way including the Fruit Loop.
Click Here for the Fruit Loop Map.
If you would like to review any one of the days of Road Trip 2012, go to the links below. Each link will have a link to map and photos.
Day 1 & 2 – Phoenix to Lake Tahoe through Sonora Pass and Ebbetts Pass.
Day 3 – Feather River Byway and Lassen Volcanic National Park
Day 4 & 5 – Burney, CA to Boise to Salmon, ID.
Day 6 & 7 – Salmon, ID to Lewiston, ID through Lolo Pass.
Day 8 – Lewiston, ID to Hood River, OR through Hwy. 129/3
Day 9 – Hood River, OR to Bend, OR

Tidbits and Update:
**You might have heard about the horrible crash involving a couple of motorcycles on the 101 last weekend. There have been far too many reports of motorcycle accidents lately. Please ride safe. Apparently a woman was going Westbound in the Eastbound HOV lane of the 101 and collided with a couple of motorcycles killing one of the riders. His name is Scott Benson. He was the father of 2 young boys who are still trying to come to grips with what has happened to their father. Scott had just started a new job and insurance didn’t kick in until September 1st. Click Here for the TV3 report on this accident.
Family & Friends of Scott Benson have established a donation account to help pay for funeral costs for a loving father and a great friend who passed away this weekend. To anyone who can contribute, please visit any local Wells Fargo branch to make a donation. Thank you for your support and prayers.
Fund Name: Scott Benson Memorial Fund
Fund Account#: 7348142071
***Get ready for fall bike nights!
The Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports will be starting the Fall season on Thursday, September 13th and will run for 10 consecutive Thursday nights through November 16th. We will again have Live Bands, Vendors, Food, Drink and lots of motorcycles. Kiss the intense heat good bye and join me for the first night on Thursday, September 13th from 5-9 PM. More details to follow. We will kick off the first night with crowd favorite “Kung Fu Grip”.
***I recently bought a 2004 Road King from a friend that has moved to California. Since I knew the bike pretty well, my original intent was to possibly build another custom touring bike out of it. But after remembering how much time and money went into the last one, I came to my senses and decided to just sell it. It is a 2004 Road King with an 88 CI Fuel Injected engine with 40,000 miles. It is in excellent condition all around including tires. Has a touring seat, aftermarket exhaust and windshield with it. The only blemish is a small dent on the right side of the tank. Other than that it runs strong and has a brand new battery in it. If you know of anyone who might be interested in a Road King, let them know about it. I am asking $9000 OBO. Here is the Craig’s List ad with pictures of the bike.

This Week
Thursday, August 30th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is keeping Thursday Bike Night alive on the West side with a rotating bike night for the next 2 weeks. This week, August 30th will be at Johnny Fox’s Public House, 6:30 – 9 PM, located right next to Arrowhead HD in Peoria, just South of the dealership. Join us and other like minded motorcycle riders to share our passion of riding.
September 6th – Tilted Kilt
* VIP Motorcycle Parking
* Arrowhead Harley Girls
* Door Prizes
* Food Specials
See flyer for details. Click Here.
Month of August!
Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale Financing Special.
For the month of August, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale is offering a special financing rate as low as 2.74% with approved credit. This rate is only at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale. Call 480-905-1903 for details. Also, celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with all Sirius/XM Radio’s as well as Garmin/GPS on Sale. See flyer for details. Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ. 480-905-1903.

Next Week
Saturday, September 8th
American Legion Post 5 - 9/11 Legacy Run. Come join us for the 3rd annual 9/11 Legacy Run at the American Legion Post 5. Located at 3927 West Southern Ave Phoenix, AZ. Ride starts & ends at post 5. Registration 8:00 - 10:00 A.M. $20 per rider-$25 with passenger. Run patches available for the first 50 registrations. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund for Veteran's children killed in action since 09/11/2001. Donations & raffle prizes accepted. Last bike in by 3:30 P.M. FREE buffet at end of ride. Breakfast available from 7:30 - 10:30 A.M. Poker hand high/low winners, raffle prizes, & 50/50 drawing. Enjoy live music from 4:00 P.M. - ??? Do not need a bike to participate & cages (vehicles) welcome! For more information call 602-237-3114.
Upcoming Events
September 14th - 16th
12th Annual Thunder Valley Rally sponsored by: Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, & the City of Cottonwood. Over $4,000 in prize money for the Poker Run, and over $2,000 for the KA Cycles Bike Show (Call KA Cycles for all your cycle needs @ 928.634.1364) Thank You: Grand Canyon Harley Davidson, Pepsi, Bud. Located in North Central Arizona the Verde Valley is encompassed by beauty with the Red Rocks of Sedona to the Northeast, Sycamore Canyon to the North, the Black Hills and Mingus Mountain to the Southwest and the Mogollon Rim to the Southeast.
Thunder Valley Rally was started in 2000 and was the brainchild of the former Cliff Castle Casino Hotel Team Member, Mike Spurgeon. From relatively humble beginnings 11 years ago to an event that has grown to be one of the Southwest’s premiere motorcycle gatherings. In 2011, the City of Cottonwood joined forces with Cliff Castle Casino Hotel by giving the event a new home OLD TOWN COTTONWOOD. Thunder Valley Rally is sure to bring motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the state of Arizona, Utah, California, Nevada and Colorado. Bikers and non-bikers alike are sure to be entertained.  The three day Thunder Valley Rally will begin Friday afternoon with the Barley and Grapes Ride beginning in Old Town Cottonwood, making their way to Jerome and back down through the wine country of Page Springs, and of course making stops along the way for a bit of tasting. The run will end by returning to Old Town Cottonwood so you can enjoy live music on the street, vendors and some Old Town charm.
Saturday will offer the Thunder Valley Rally Poker Run, beginning in Old Town Cottonwood at 10:00 A.M. and riding up the Oak Creek Canyon along 89A into Flagstaff and back down Lake Mary Road near Mormon Lake and finishing headed Northwest on State Route 260 back to Cottonwood. At the end of the Poker Run riders and non-riders will be able to enjoy live music, vendors, demo-rides, and much more in Old Town. Stay tuned for more events to come!

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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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