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 Cyclerides.com 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
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 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.
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.
& 2 – Phoenix to Lake Tahoe through Sonora
Pass and Ebbetts Pass.
3 – Feather River Byway and Lassen Volcanic
& 5 – Burney, CA to Boise to Salmon,
& 7 – Salmon, ID to Lewiston, ID through
8 – Lewiston, ID to Hood River, OR through Hwy.
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
Fund Name: Scott Benson Memorial Fund
Fund Account#: 7348142071
***Get ready for fall bike nights!
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and
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.
Thursday, August 30th
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
Month of August!
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.
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.
September 14th - 16th
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
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
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
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