Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
9/1/10
 

Greetings Riders,
 
It is almost hard to believe that it is September already. Where has the Summer gone? The good news is that my attitude about the heat got better just by seeing the calendar change. Won't be much longer now till the evenings will cool down and remind us why we live here. The last 3 day weekend of the Summer is upon us. Last week, I gave you 3 ideas of where to take the long weekend ride. If you missed it, Click Here to read. I've decided to make some cosmetic changes and updates to the site. The first one is the logo on the front page. Not only is it a new logo, but I plan to overlay it onto a photo that reflects the beauty of our State. Click Here to see the first photo and the new logo. This will periodically change as I get new photos. Also, the Archives Page is now up to date. If you want to view a past newsletter, Click Here for the Archives.

Oregon Ride 2010 - Day 2 - West Cascades Scenic Byway

 
Two weeks ago I started the report on our recent 2010 Oregon Ride. If you missed the photos and story from the first day, Click Here to read.
 
We all know that Day 1 of a ride definitely has a feel of its' own. You are really excited to get going, but you still haven't quite let go of the real world until a couple hundred miles down the road. And even then, you still can't believe that you have actually embarked on your big adventure. On Day 2 you have gotten some miles in the saddle and finally begin to realize that you don't have to go to work for another week, start to let yourself leave the real world behind and begin to enjoy your ride. This trip was no different. By the time morning rolled around on Day 2, I was ready to see what Oregon had to offer.
 
On this particular trip, I decided to take as many National Scenic Byways as I possibly could. And with Oregon, that is not hard to do at all as there are 10 Oregon National Scenic Byways throughout the state and several state scenic byways. So what are National Scenic Byways? America's Byways is the umbrella term used for marketing the collection of 150 distinct and diverse roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. America's Byways are gateways to adventures where no two experiences are the same and include the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads. The National Scenic Byways Program invites you to come closer to America's heart and soul. Click Here for a list of America's Byways in each state. Here is a National Map of Byways. 

On this day we actually did two byways. Beginning with the West Cascades Scenic Byway that starts in Estacada, OR and runs South to Westfir, OR. We added a little detour through Sisters, OR so that we could enjoy the McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway before picking up the West Cascades Byway on in to Westfir. The ride South from Estacada to Detroit will take you along the Clackamas River through the Western Cascades with views of the snow capped volcanic peaks. You will come to the little town of Detroit where there is a cool little gas station overlooking Detroit Lake. Well worth the stop and the top off for gas and a snack. From there you take Hwy. 22 and continue on through the ancient western red cedar and Douglas Fir to the Junction of 126. Here is where we went East on 126 to Sisters and picked up the McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway.
 
At Sisters you will go West on Hwy. 242 and have a beautiful view of the 3 Sisters mountains before heading back into the forest on the narrow road that will take you through the ancient lava fields surrounded by mountains and trees. It is almost surreal looking as you ride through overhangs of trees covering the roads as you wind your way up the hill to pop out to lava fields and views of the Cascades. At the summit of this pass you see the Dee Wright Observatory constructed from the surrounding lava rock that will give you a panorama of the cascades. This is truly a unique road and one that you should put on your list of things to do when riding in Oregon. Your ride down the hill will consist of several 15 mph switchbacks through covered roadways as you make your way back to Hwy. 126.
 
The last section of the West Cascades Scenic Byway is kind of hard to find, and you are never really sure if you are on the right road, but it takes you South from Hwy. 126 on Hwy. 19 (and several other names along the way) to Westfir and Oakridge. This will take you past Cougar Lake and wind you through 60 miles of dense forest and twisties to the town of Westfir and the "Office" covered bridge. This is a very cool old covered bridge that has been restored. You can ride across it and take a break in the park after your previous 60 mile jaunt through the forest. Oakridge is also a good place to settle for the night. There is a good Best Western there, but not too many other choices.
 
This concluded Day 2. It was a good route to just settle in and enjoy the beautiful old forest, lakes and snow capped Cascade mountains. But don't expect to pack on a bunch of miles on this route as we only covered about 260 miles in 9 hours of riding.
 
I will be back next week with Day 3 that will take us through the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway and through the waterfalls of the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway. 
 
Click Here For 78 Photos. Click Slideshow button to view Fullscreen.
Click Here for Google Map.
America's Byway Map.
Oregon National Scenic Byways.
America's Byways
National Map of Byways 
 


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. Event time is 5-10pm. I will end the season with the Cyclerides.com Toy Event at Westgate on Saturday, December 4th. This year we will have a live 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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Events This 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.
 
Saturday, September 4th
Captain Justin "JD" Dotson Support Fundraiser. United West Valley Firefighters in Co-Operation with the United Mesa Firefighters. Justin was involved in a serious motorcycle accident on August 10th. A fundraiser is being held to help Justin and his family. See flyer for details. 

Next Week 

Saturday, September 11th
9-11 Ride and Heroes Festival. Heroes Festival on 9/11 Remembers the Sacrifices Made by Those at Ground Zero while Raising Money for Local Public Safety Charity the 100 Club. Ashley Manor in Chandler will be hosting the first annual Heroes Festival on 9/11 as a day to remember those that were lost and to celebrate those who continue to serve. The day will begin with the Heroes Festival Motorcycle Ride from Cave Creek to Ashley Manor followed by the main event, Heroes Festival, featuring a special tribute to 9/11 heroes, live music, comedic entertainment by Mark Cordes “The Spouse Whisperer”, and local brew & food. All proceeds from the ride and event registrations will benefit the 100 Club of Arizona, a local non-profit that provides immediate financial support to public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.
 
Check In at Cody's, Hideaway and Buffalo Chip in Cave Creek from 9am - 11am. 9am Complimentary Continental Breakfast will be located at Cody's only. www.codyscavecreek.com. Ride starts at 11 am from all locations. Ride will be escorted by the Sheriff's Dept. down Scottsdale Rd. to the 101 South exiting at Price Rd. in Chandler. Ride ends at the Heroes Festival, 1300 S. Price Rd. in Chandler. At 1:00pm a special guest will sing Amazing Grace, followed by a moment of silence and a couple of words from the 100 Club of Arizona. Then the doors will open to the Heroes Festival for Riders only with Arizona Blues Project, alcohol, and food!! Bar proceeds benefit the Beer for Brains Foundation and the Autism Foundation.
 
Heroes Festival: Tickets available online or at the door. Event Starts - 6pm. Comedy Show starts at 7pm. Band starts at 7pm, Island style/Reggae Band, Feel free to dress in your best Island gear and be ready to party all night!! Event Ends - 12am. Food and alcohol available for purchase. Bar proceeds benefit the Beer for Brains Foundation and the Autism Foundation. $10.00 admission to Heroes Festival. $20 for Heroes Festival and Ride. Click Here for more information and to order tickets online.
Saturday, September 11th
3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off & 9/11 REMEMBRANCE RUNRide begins at Biker Babes and Beyond  418 North 15th Street in Cottonwood, AZ 86326 (Across from the Verde Lea on Main Street. Sign-in 8:30AM, KSU 9:30AM. Come Join the Fun and Enter your best Pot of Chili!!  End Party will be at the Players Sports Bar & Grill in Cottonwood, AZ. * Dice Roll with $150 High Score / $50 Low Score * $15 single rider and/or Chili entry * $20 Rider & Passenger * $10 Bike Show Entry * $10 Event Entrance – Without Run or Chili entry * Chili & Bike Show Entry – 11AM – Players Chili Tasting & Judging – 12PM – 4PM * Live music by Cadillac Angels * Vendors, Raffles, 50/50 and More * Vendors and/or For More details call Chris Childers 928-300-6733, rebelpridecc@yahoo.com or Eric Seitz 928-301-2620, eseitz77@yahoo.com
 
Saturday, September 11th
America's 9-11 Freedom Ride. On September 11th there will be a 9/11 memorial event in the cool pines of Prescott. Please mark this date on your calendar and join us in remembering the tragic events of September 11th 2001 while supporting two extremely worthwhile charities on this very special day. The event will raise money for both the Buck up for Wounded Warriors and the children's charities of the Whiskey Row chapter of Wind & Fire MC. This event will bring together motorcyclists and people from all over Arizona as they travel the many beautiful routes that all lead to Prescott. Following their arrival they will be a part of an escorted procession of fire trucks, motorcycles and classic cars to the courthouse plaza in downtown Prescott. At the plaza there will be a remembrance ceremony with the honor guard posting the colors followed by keynote speakers. After the ceremony there will be a celebration in honor of those who put their lives on the line to keep America free and safe. The festivities will include live bands, food, beer garden, raffles, 50/50, mechanical bull etc. See flyer for details 

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! This is pretty graphic, but it shows the danger of even being a traffic cop on a motorcycle.  Click Here to View. 

Criss Angel is an amazing magician. I cannot figure out how he does this one. Click Here to View. 

Video of the Week: Who says you can't teach an old elephant new tricks? This is a pretty smart elephantClick 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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