Weekly Update
Greetings Riders,
Well, the last 3-day holiday weekend for the Summer has passed and we now look forward to the Fall season and what that will bring. I read in the paper a couple of days ago that this was the 9th hottest summer on record in Phoenix and the 5th hottest for overnight lows. Even though the daytime average temps of 105.3 was normal, the evening temps were about 3 degrees above normal setting several record lows. August is always a bear for me, but that is behind us and the forecast of 2 digit temperatures through the weekend are encouraging. It will soon be perfect evening riding hopefully just in time for the first Bike Night on Thursday, September 16th. Plan to stop by and participate in the first big event of the Fall riding season and enjoy the Live Music of Urban Roots.
I was going to bring you Day 3 of the Oregon Ride but I really wanted to highlight the ride we took this past weekend because there is still time to take this ride before the snow falls.
Mrs. C. and I usually like to take these 3-day weekend opportunities and stretch them into 3 1/2 by hitting the road on a Friday afternoon. We had 3 possible ideas of rides for the weekend but finally settled on doing the Coronado Trail, one of the best routes in the state. The Coronado Trail, aka Arizona Route 191 runs from Springerville, AZ to Clifton. This road is also recognized by the NSBP as one of the 3 National Scenic Byways and 2 All-American Roads in the State of Arizona. What are National Scenic Byways? Here is the description from the NSBP web site:
"The National Scenic Byways (NSB) Program was established under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, and reauthorized in 1998 under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. Under the program, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads based on their archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. There are 150 such designated Byways in 46 states. The Federal Highway Administration promotes the collection as the America's Byways®."
Now that you know the description, I can tell you for sure they got it right with the Coronado Trail. We got a late start on this particular getaway Friday as we didn't leave the NW valley until 3pm. Probably the worst possible time to leave the Phoenix area on a 110 degree day. Our route was to take U.S. 60 up through the Salt River Canyon to Show Low and Springerville, then Hwy. 180 down to Alpine. A total of about 270 miles. The goal was to get to Alpine before dark, but at this point, that wasn't going to happen.
We made it about 65 total miles and had to duck into a QT for some air conditioning and a couple bottles of water before we could make a mad dash for some higher elevation and cooler temps. (Remember, dehydration is very serious, rehydrate before you get too hot). After getting cooled off we were on the road again and soon climbing in elevation where we got to tolerable temperatures in the upper 90's.
I don't take 60 that much throughout the year. But when I do, I am always reminded of how good of a motorcycle ride that is. That stretch just North of Superior is as pretty as anything you can see and the Canyon is gorgeous especially when the sun is illuminating the rocks. (See this from the air) And making your way through the high desert into the pines of Show Low is a very enjoyable ride. It is just getting out of town or coming back into the valley is what really sucks. We hit a little bit of rain just South of Show Low which was less than enough to get the rain suits out, but more than enough to get you damp enough to be cold when the temperature drops.
We entered Show Low at about 7 pm which meant it was starting to get dark and much cooler now that we were at over 6000 feet in elevation. I knew that we had 70 miles to go to Alpine and I was not looking forward to the last leg of this ride. It was now getting darker by the minute, we were damp and it was getting colder by the mile as we climbed to as high as 8500 feet in elevation just outside of Alpine. And to add a little bit of excitement to the ride, they sell license plates in Alpine declaring it "Elk Country". So I was cold, it was pitch black and I had my eyes glued to the sides of the road watching for Elk. Fortunately we ran the gauntlet without seeing any and I was extremely happy to finally see the sign to Tal Wi Wi lodge on my left.
For those of you keeping score, it was 277 miles, 5:20 minutes with 40 minutes stopped and a 50 degree drop in temperature. Ironic that when we left the valley we about had heat exhaustion, and when we arrived in Alpine we couldn't get the heat on fast enough. That is Arizona for you, it doesn't take long to change seasons here. We got checked into the Tal-Wi-Wi, had some dinner at the Rusty Cactus restaurant and then a night cap at the Longhorn Saloon, all right there on the property. If you are going that way, this is a superb place to stay. Newly remodeled rooms, friendly owners, great food and a lot of fun.
After a good "warm" night sleep, we were up early to get loaded and grab some breakfast at the Bear Wallow restaurant in Alpine before embarking on what could be argued to be the best motorcycle route in the state. As far as is concerned, it is the only day ride that has been given 5 spokes out of 5. I could give you the history of the road and have done it before. It was the route near where Coronado traveled as he searched for the "Seven Cities of Cibola" over 450 years ago, Blah, Blah, Blah. Cool information if you are a historian, but I'm here to ride a 95 mile patch of asphalt that could be called a motorcycle rider Nirvana. The fact that some guy was on a treasure hunt riding a horse really has no relevance on how I am about to enjoy the next 2.5 hours of my life on a motorcycle.
What makes this a 5 spoke ride in my opinion? There are a few things.
This route is more than just a 20 mile jaunt through some trees or a canyon and you are done. It is 95 miles that takes you through a couple of ecosystems, you literally go from Pines to Palms. Going from North to South you will encounter a drop of 6000 feet in elevation while experiencing a 30 degree increase in temperature. You will wind your way through over 400 curves and enjoy vistas that you can see for 50 miles on a clear day. Coming from Alpine you go through Hannagan Meadow about 25 miles South and will climb to as high as 9400 feet through the Aspens and Pines before descending to around 6-7000 feet for the next hour as you wind your way along the rim, taking in the vast views into New Mexico and Southern Arizona while enjoying the beautiful outcropping of boulders along the way. 
About 75 miles South of Alpine you will be at about 6000 feet and get this awesome view of the road below. This will start your descent for the next 20 miles into the mining areas of Morenci and Clifton which will end what might have been the most enjoyable 2.5-3 hours you have spent riding your motorcycle, certainly in Arizona. Clifton is your first stop for gas, water, etc. There is about 95 miles between gas stops. Hannagan Meadow has one pump but is only open certain hours and we stopped there once and they were out of gas. So my recommendation would be to fill up in Alpine and again in Clifton. Wow! Just writing this makes me want to do it all again this weekend.
Once we got gas and snacks at the Shell station in Clifton, we continued South to Hwy. 78 where we turned East to New Mexico. This road starts out kind of tame but turns into one excellent 35 mile ride over the mountains from Three Way to Hwy. 180 in New Mexico. If Silver City is your destination, go South on 180 and you are only 46 miles away. If you are doing the loop back to Alpine, go North on 180 and you have a beautiful 73 mile ride ahead of you back to Alpine and 8000 feet in elevation.
There is one little side trip that I will recommend on your way back to Alpine that we thought was really fun. After you turn North on 180 go about 20 miles and you will see a sign that identifies the turnoff on Hwy. 159 to the old ghost town of Mogollon, NM. This is an old mining town from the mid 1800's that is now a tourist stop. There was even a movie shot there in 1973 with Henry Fonda called "My Name is Nobody". There are still a couple of the movie sets and buildings that were used in the movie. It is a 9 mile in and back out ride. The first 4 miles are a nice 2 lane road and then it turns into a one lane road for the next 5 miles into Mogollon. You will climb 2000 feet on this road before you drop down into Mogollon. The road is in descent shape, but it is a very narrow one lane road with some blind corners that you will need to go very slow on. But it is more than worth the trip to see this old town with a lot of history. And if you like beauty shots for your bike, it provides some of those. Here is one. See links below for information.
Once you get back to Alpine you can go to Payson and drop down into the valley or go back down the 60 and the Salt River Canyon. Whichever way you go, it is a very enjoyable and scenic. Here are some mileages from Phoenix using I-17 and the Loop 101 as the starting point. You can deduct or add your mileage from there.
I-17 and 101 to Alpine, AZ via Globe: 265 miles.
Alpine to Alpine Loop via Coronado Trial and Hwy. 180: 210 miles.
Alpine to 1-17 and 101 via Payson, AZ: 250 miles.
For a total of 725 miles.
It can be done in 2 days with a long second day. But it is best to take off on a Friday afternoon and get a few miles out of the way to Payson or Show Low. We went to Alpine that Friday afternoon totaling 277 miles. Then did the loop, Mogollon and to Munds Park via Holbrook for a total of 460 miles that day. Just for reference it takes at least 2.5-3 hours minimum just to go from Alpine to Clifton and about 5.5 hours to do the Alpine to Alpine loop. Budget an hour to go to Mogollon if you stop for a bit.
There is still plenty of time to plan this trip, but it will be getting cold and snowy as you get into late October on the Trail, so you might want to do it in the next 4 weeks or so to be sure. After doing this route again, it has only solidified the 5 spoke rating I gave it 5 years ago. I highly recommend it. See some informational and photo links below.
Click Here for 180 Photos.
Click Here for Google Map.
Useful Links: Ride to Silver City via Coronado Trail. Day Ride Feature of the Coronado Trail.
Coronado Trail from NSBP
Arizona National Scenic Byways.
National Scenic Byway Site.
Information on Mogollon, NM
More information on Mogollon

Tidbits and Updates:
There is a very interesting event coming up that local Harley Dealer Buddy Stubbs is participating in. It is called the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run that kicks off on Friday, September 10th. The catch is, to participate you have to ride a Pre 1916 motorcycle and the ride goes 3300 miles from Coast to Coast and takes 16 days to complete. The race starts in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and ends in Santa Monica, CA. The average day will be 250 miles, which is a lot considering most of the bikes can only do 35 - 50 mph. Considering most of these bikes would normally be setting idle in a museum, it is really nice to see these bikes out on the road. Buddy will be riding a 1915 Excelsior Twin with a left hand sidecar. This bike is in original condition and has never been restored. Read the complete story on Buddy in the Cannonball Run. To see the bike and hear Buddy tell you the history of it, Click Here. The route will be coming through Flagstaff on Thursday, September 23rd on the way to Santa Monica. If you would like to see the bikes and the riders, Click Here for the tour stops. Click Here for the daily route and mileages.
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This 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. 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, or Eric Seitz 928-301-2620,
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
Next Week
Thursday, September 16th
The Bike Night is going to start up again on September 16th. If you didn't make it to one of the Bike Nights last spring, don't miss it now. 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 Toy Event at Westgate on Saturday, December 4th.
This year we will have Live Music 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 Arena at Loop 101 and W. Glendale Ave. Click Here for Details.
Sponsored by:
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the Bike Night. We are located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. Stop to see the latest 2011 HD motorcycles. 623-247-5542
Petersen Johnson Accident Lawyers.
Petersen Johnson is a local Arizona law firm, whose attorneys have over 60 years of combined legal experience in Accident/Injury law and DUI/Criminal Defense law.  We have substantial experience in representing riders injured in motorcycle accidents.  Ron Petersen and Brad Johnson are involved in every injury case.  We discount our fees; never our service.  Please call us locally at 602-650-1200 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  
Stop by Steve Wingenfeld's Allstate tent on Bike Night and check out Allstate's NEW Lower rates on All Harley's and all cruiser bikes. Now you can save over 40% with multi-line discounts. You can stop in at our Westgate office on Coyote's Blvd(suite 1056) or call us at 623.581.0374. Check out our Motorcycle website at, Just input zip code 85305 to get to my web page.
If you would like to be a vendor or a sponsor on any of these 3 nights, please contact Barry at
Thursday, September 16th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Garage Party. Do you know a woman who says, "I would love to learn to ride a motorcycle, but...? Tell her now is the time to get over that "but" and shift into first gear. She can learn more about motorcycling at our Women Only Garage Party. This is a FREE event that offers fun, beginner information for women with limited or even no background with motorcycle. Tell your female friends to join us for one night of fun, workshops and festive activities during this event geared toward women who dream of riding but just aren't sure how to get started on their motorcycle journey. Event Time is 5:30pm - 8:30pm. You must RSVP for this event to Deb Lotardo at 480-496-6800. or emal: . Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ.
Saturday, September 18th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Model Premier Open House. It is that time of year! The new 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycles are now at the dealership waiting for you to come take a look. You can do that this Saturday, September 18th from 10am to 4pm. While you are browsing the new models we will treat you to FREE FOOD: Hot dogs & hamburgers while supplies last. Music and a beer garden next door! Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
Saturday and Sunday, September 18th-19th
10th Annual Thunder Valley Rally at the Cliff Castle Casino. Plan to ride up North to Camp Verde, AZ for the 10th Annual Thunder Valley Rally featuring $100,000 in cash, prizes and charitable donations. September 18th Poker Run with over $10,000 in prizes. Bike Show with over $8,000 in prizes for 13 classes. Live Music performances "Battle of the Bands". Special Guests include San Francisco based "Unauthorized Rolling Stones" and Los Angeles based "Led Zepagain". Raffles include over $4,000 in Cash and Prizes each day. Also giving away 2 Victory Cross Roads motorcycles valued at $32,000. Ride registration on Saturday from 7-10am. The 10th Annual TVR Event will be a $30 Event Package entry fee in which guests will receive a Commemorative t-shirt, ride pin, and Bandana and a raffle ticket into the Victory Motorcycle giveaways and the free Poker Run leaves at 9am. Guests can participate in the Free Poker Run without purchase of the $30 Event Entry Package. CLICK HERE for all details. 800-381-SLOT. Location: I-17 North to Exit 289. 555 Middle Verde Rd., Camp Verde, AZ.
Upcoming Rides
October 8-10, 2010
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.
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.
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to 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 a funny bit of an old man singing a parody to the song "Side by Side" really gets to the funny part at the 30 sec mark.  Click Here to View.
I don't usually get political on the site. But this former Lt. Colonel in the Army, Allen West, running for Congress in Florida seems to have it figured out. This video with over 2.2 million views will get you motivated to become involved in where our country is heading right now. And he does it with NO TELEPROMPTER! Regardless of political persuasion, you should watch this. Click Here to View.
Video of the Week: You might have seen this one before, but it is worth watching again. It is about "Patches" the horse. Really good. You have to love a horse that can get you a beer out of the fridge.  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"

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