Well, I hope all of you in the Phoenix area are enjoying the break in
weather that we have gotten for the last few days. And by break, I
mean under 100 degrees. I personally had reached my breaking point on hot
weather and am more than glad to trade in my sweat towel for a sweatshirt. Looks
like it will be great for the Cyclerides.com
Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports with a high of only 92 on Thursday and
evening low of 69. Stop by and say hi while enjoying live music by the Backstage
Crew. If you were there for the Firefighter Appreciation night a couple of weeks
ago, or if you were not, check out these excellent photos by Rusty Childress.
Click Here to View.
In the newsletter last week I started my series on what I call our
Nashville Ride 2013. It covers our first couple of days in the very
cool city of Nashville, TN with photos from the area. If you missed it,
Here to catch up. This week will cover our
first day of riding that includes a stop in Franklin, TN, Lynchburg, TN to the
Jack Daniel’s Distillery and on to Cleveland, TN.
We got an early start on Sunday to embark on 7 days of riding the Smoky and
Appalachian mountains while touching 6 states along the way. As we
left downtown Nashville early Sunday morning on Broadway, I couldn’t help but
reflect on what only a few hours earlier was a neon lit, music filled street
with thousands of partiers, was now a sleepy little town that you could feel was
merely resting up for another exciting night in Music City. Our destination this
morning was a short 20 mile ride to historic Franklin, TN, founded in 1799, for
This entire area around Nashville is filled with Civil War history, but
Franklin is where one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of the
war took place. The Battle of Franklin was fought in the city on November 30,
1864, resulting in almost 10,000 casualties (killed, wounded, captured and
missing) and turning forty-four buildings into field hospitals. After breakfast
in downtown Franklin, we rode out to visit the historic Carnton Plantation. Carnton became the epicenter for tending the wounded
and dying after the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. The home was
situated less than one mile from the location of the activity that took place on
the far Union Eastern flank. It was on Carnton's back porch that four
Confederate generals’ bodies were laid out for a few hours after the Battle of
Franklin. If you are in the area, it is a beautiful ride out to this plantation
and worth the visit.
From Franklin we took Hwy. 431 South to Hwy. 129 to Lynchburg, TN to visit
. This was a very pretty ride across the
Tennessee countryside on 431. And the smaller 129 meandering through the farming
area into Lynchburg was even better. The town of Lynchburg is a one stop light
town with a population of 5700 people. But it happens to also be home to one of
the oldest and biggest whiskey distilleries in the world. Ironically, it also
happens to be in a “Dry” county. Which made for a catchy tag line, “the wettest
little dry county in Tennessee”.
We are not whiskey drinkers at all, but we couldn’t pass up the
opportunity to tour the oldest registered distillery in the United
States and hear the history behind one of our best known and iconic brands.
Prohibition was a big part of our American history and Jack Daniel was a big
part of that.
We rode into Lynchburg and parked in the old town
near the Harley dealership. There were probably 40-50
motorcycles parked around the square as this is a big stop for riders from
around the world. We left our bikes there and took the 1/4 mile walk along a
walkway through the trees to the welcome center of the distillery. This is a
modern building that tells the story of Jack Daniel’s with displays around the
room. At this point you pay for your tour and receive a ticket and armband that
will allow you to take the next available tour. When your letter is called, your
tour guide will gather you up in the projection room for a short video about
From there, you board a van that will take everyone about 1/2 mile up the
hill to start the tour at where they burn the wood for the charcoal filtering process.
Jack Daniel's whiskey is filtered through sugar maple charcoal in large wooden
vats prior to aging, which is an extra step that is not used in making most
Bourbon whiskey, and the company claims that this makes the product different
You now start your trek down the hill to the Cave
Spring where the cool iron free water used to make the whiskey
comes from and supposedly is what makes it so good. This is also where there is
a life sized bronze statue of Jack guarding his precious spring. Well, actually
a little more than life sized. Jack only stood 5 feet 2 inches tall, but
somewhere along the line, the maker of the bronze added another 4 inches and
Jack now stands 5’6” in bronze. The story goes, and you could hear a few
versions, that at the age of 13, Jack started watching how to make moonshine
from a local man. He learned the trade well and started making his own and
running it. The man who owned the spring, which was crucial to this premium
whiskey, wanted to get out of the business and sold it, and the land to Jack in
1866, at the age of 16 years old, for $25. Not a bad investment. It sold to
Brown Forman in the 1950’s for over $25 million.
From there we walked to Mr. Jack’s small office where he came to do his
daily business. In this office was a safe that holds great
significance to the well being of Jack Daniel. The story goes that Jack came to
work early one day and couldn’t remember the combination to the safe. He tried
but could not get it open. Being frustrated by not being able to get into his
safe, he kicked it and broke his big toe. Not being one who liked to go to a
doctor, he ignored the problem that eventually turned into gangrene. He died
from that in 1911 at the age of 62 years. A common joke that is told during the
tour of the distillery is that all Jack had to do to cure his infection was to
dip his toe in a glass of his own whiskey to clean it.
From there, the tours takes you to several different buildings that include a walk through where they heat the mash and mix it in huge
containers. You are allowed to look into the giant vat and even smell it. You
won’t want to leave your nose down there long as it will clean out your sinuses
immediately. You then go to the still house where you see the whiskey being
distilled into a clear liquid that looks like water. The next area shows the
whiskey being sprinkled over the charcoal that gives Jack Daniel’s whiskey the
special flavor that it has. Once again, you are allowed to look into the vat of
this process and smell the whiskey.
The last stop is the bottling building that hand bottles the Jack Daniel’s
Single Barrel whiskey. These are barrels that are aged, hand
picked, tested and deemed to be the best Jack Daniel’s whiskey that you can buy.
They are individually bottled right there at the distillery. You can even buy an
entire barrel of it if you like. So why did Jack call his whiskey Old No. 7? Was
it simply his lucky number? Some say that Jack Daniel had seven girlfriends or
the #7 train carried his barrels. Only Mr. Jack knows the real reason. But
ironically, it was 1907 when he got ill and gave the distillery to his Nephew
before he died.
You end the tour back at the welcome center where, even though this is a
dry county, you can buy a bottle of their special bottled whiskey
that includes Gentlemen Jack and Single Barrel that they will engrave for you.
As I said before, we don’t even drink whiskey, but we couldn’t pass up buying a
bottle for a souvenir from our visit to a piece of American history that was
engraved with a motorcycle on top, followed by:
Barry & Tammy
August 25, 2013
This was a very interesting tour full of history that I would recommend to
anyone that happens to be in the area, or even close. You will not
be disappointed. The grounds of the distillery are beautiful and the ride to
Lynchburg is excellent. From there, our next destination was to be the Cherohala
Skyway that would take us to the Tail of the Dragon. So we made our way on the
back roads out of Lynchburg toward I-24 winding our way through a small piece of
Georgia before going through Chattanooga and catching I-75 to Cleveland where we
would end our 250 mile day primed to start the Cherohala Skyway the next
Check out some of the video’s on the Jack Daniel’s web page.
Very interesting. www.jackdaniels.com
Come back next week where I will give you my review on the infamous Tail of
the Dragon. You might be surprised by my what I have to say. Will
it be a myth buster?
Keep in mind, Jack Daniel’s does not allow photos inside the
buildings. But there a plenty from outside.
Tidbits and Updates
**Saturday morning I had the chance to take a ride up to Cottonwood to
check out the Thunder Valley Rally. I wasn’t able to stay for the
concert, but I could see that the event was well organized and improved from
past years. Congrats to Jim Moore and all those involved for a job well done.
And to Cottonwood for opening up their town as a destination for motorcyclists
to ride to and party in their streets for the weekend. Being that close, I
couldn’t pass up a ride up to Jerome. There were a lot of bikes up there as
well. It was a nice little 220 mile round trip. Always glad to sneak in one of
New Fall Season!
Thursday, Sept. 12th – Nov. 14th
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike
Night this Fall being presented by Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson and Ridenow
Powersports. Bike Night began
Thursday night, September 12th with a HUGE crowd and will continue for a total
of 10 nights ending on November 14th from 5 pm – 9 pm. This Thursday, you will
once again be able to enjoy a party every Thursday night with Live Music,
Vendors, Restaurants, parking on Coyote Blvd. next to the fountains and Hundreds
of motorcycles to look at as they cruise by. This is the place to be on Thursday
nights for sure.
Attractions this week:
Live Music this week with “Backstage Crew” 6-9 PM.
Here are the details for the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night
presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports:
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to
When: Thursday nights beginning March 28th – June 27th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style
Cruising down Coyote Blvd.
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the
Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night. Stop by and see the latest in what
Harley-Davidson has to offer. Speak to one of our trained sales staff about what
Harley-Davidson motorcycle would be right for you. We are located just South of
83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
Stop by and talk to our staff at bike night or at one of
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Stop by and See us at Bike Night.
Night Restaurant Specials.
have worked very hard to get the restaurants to come up with some consistent
bike night specials. I think they have stepped up very well this year to offer some good
deals. There will be restaurant specials all season long that include offers
McFadden’s - 10% discount on your bill
when you show your M-class license on Bike Night. Plus, bikers can enjoy regular
happy hour specials, including $2 domestic Drafts, $3 Wells and $5 Appetizers
Calico Jack’s Cantina - $19.99 Bike Night Platters with Nacho
chips, mini-chimis, onion rings and jalapeno poppers, plus a pitcher of domestic
draft beer. Enjoy 10% off your bill when you show your M-class license on Bike
The Shout! House - $9 Natural Black Angus Burger, Fries,
and Beer special ($15 value) and a FREE cover for 2 card to come back on the
weekend ($10 value) when you show your M-class license on Bike
Kabuki - Take 15% off when you show your
motorcycle license during Westgate Bike Night. Valid only during Westgate Bike
Night events. Dine-in only. Valid only at Westgate City Center location. One
offer per table per party. Not valid during Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour.
Cannot be combined with any other offers or rewards. Excludes alcohol, tax,
gratuity and gift card purchases.
Saddle Ranch - 2 chicken tacos for $5.50*. Classic
pints of draft beer for only $3.75 when showing M class on license. Plus, bikers
can enjoy regular happy hour specials from 4-6:30pm with 50% off all appetizers
and drinks. *Valid from 6:30pm to 10:00pm on all Bike Nights, excluding event
days when there are concerts, sporting or other events at the Center, Stadium or
Mama Gia’s – Enjoy $3 domestic beer and $.50 cent wings
with an order of 24 or more when showing M class on license.
Shane’s Rib Shack – Free 10 piece
traditional chicken wings with the purchase of 20 traditional chicken wings when
you show your M class license. Plus, domestic beer for $2 per bottle.
Whiskey Rose Bar & Grill. Take 10%
off your bill when you show your M class on license. Excludes Alcohol.
Saturday, September 28th
Don’t miss this always popular event at Arrowhead HD. Clean out the garage,
make some money for new chrome.
SWAP MEET: 6 AM – 1 PM. Bring those old parts
sitting around the garage and sell enough of them to buy some new chrome! Used
parts only. No competitive items or bike sales. Space is limited so call
623-247-5542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
FREE Lunch: Hot Dogs served 11 AM – 1 PM.
While supplies last.
FREE Bikini Bike Wash by the Arrowhead HD
Girls from 11 AM – 3 PM.
Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in
Saturday & Sunday
September 28th & 29th
Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson Open House and Factory Demo Rides
seen the new 2014 Harley-Davidson lineup and you are ready to test ride? Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is hosting FREE Factory Demo Rides
September 28th from 9am to 5pm and September 29th from 10am to 4pm. Bring your
gear or borrow some from us and see what the most technologically advanced
Harley ever built is like! All the while, join the crew at Buddy Stubbs AZ H-D
for a Wide Open House Harley style with FREE lunch (while supplies last), a
bikini bike wash, museum tours and much more on Saturday September 28th from
11am-2pm. The weather is beginning to break and riding weather will only
get better so ride on over to Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson. AZ H-D
is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85022. Or catch them on the
web at www.buddystubbs.com.
Saturday, September 28th
. Benefiting the Arizona Burn Center Pediatric Trauma Unit. Check-In at HD of Scottsdale from 9AM – 11AM located at 15600 N. Hayden
Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ. 4 Stops include Cocomo Joe’s, Greasewood Flat, Rio Verde
Fire District and Hooter’s of Scottsdale for a Wing Lunch. Last bike in at
Hooter’s 2PM. Games at each location for points. Goodie Bags, Drawings &
More. Live Music by Whiskey Dogz. $20 per person or $35 per pair. Double Points
Day. Receive double points on all purchases at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale.
Saturday, September 28th
Games and Bike Show
. Hosted by the Green Knights from Luke AFB. Benefits Mary Ellen’s Place and Sallie’s Place. Event time 9:00 AM to 3
PM. Come out and play Biker Games while enjoying Live Music, Great Food,
Raffles, Skills Challenges, Vendors and Biker Kids Area. Event location Coyote
Honda, 10555 Papago FWY, Avondale, AZ. 85323. $10 Donation to participate in the
bike games. $10 donation to enter the Bike Show. See flyer for more details.
10/1/13 – 10/31/13
Harley-Davidson H-D Sunglasses by Viva Sale
. For the month of October we are
having a 20% OFF sunglass sale on all of our Harley-Davidson Viva Sunglasses.
Fantastic selections of goggles, day/night sunglasses and Pink
Label styles. All Harley-Davidson Viva sunglasses comes with a 3 year warranty.
And best of all, they won’t break the bank. Average price is around $40. The
Harley-Davidson Collection is revved up for Spring 2013! The Spring Collection
draws its inspiration from the iconic brand itself. With an eclectic range of
colorations, intricate details, and materials, the collection features styles
that are both classic and contemporary in design. Highlights of the collection
include details such as the iconic bar and shield logo on branded chrome temple
tips, sleek cut out temples, stone accents, and leather accented temples.
Click Here for more details and styles.
Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
Wednesday, October 2nd
. Westgate City Center will be hosting a Hot Rod Night at Westgate on Wednesday nights starting on October 2nd for 6 weeks
through November 13th from 5-9 PM. Live Music. Come down and check out the hot
rods hosted by Nancy Perry Productions.
Saturday and Sunday
October 5th & 6th
Harley-Davidson Ride The 2014’s Demo Days
. The Harley-Davidson factory demo
truck will be on-site at Chandler Harley-Davidson, fully-loaded with 2014 H-D
Motorcycles for you to test ride for FREE!! Saturday and Sunday 9AM
– 4PM. Just for coming by you can also enjoy a FREE Lunch from 11am – 1pm both
days while supplies last, Raffles throughout the day and a Bikini Bike Wash by
the Chandler Harley-Davidson Girls. PLUS! The DRAG Specialties truck will be
on-site both days. Purchase any item from the DRAG Specialties truck (in stock
or order) and receive 10% Off. Have it installed Saturday or Sunday and receive
15% off your purchase. Come out and see and ride the new 2014 HD Motorcycles for
yourself. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ.
Saturday, October 5th
. This is the 18th Annual Fallen Officers Run. Rain or Shine,
Open to all Bikes. Registration at Bass Pro Shops located at 1133
N. Dobson, Mesa, AZ from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Ride Fee $15 per bike, $5 per
passenger. Finishing point is Superstition Harley-Davidson located at 2910 W.
Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. Live Music, Food Vendors, Car Show, AR-15
Raffle, KDKB’s NeanderPaul Live Remote. End of ride party is open to the public.
October 11th – 13th
! This year enjoy 3 Days of Activities at Bob’s Biker Blast taking
place at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale. This year Bob’s Biker Blast
features SOA Bobby autograph signing and Headliner’s Grand Funk Railroad and
Country Music Star Gary Allan on Saturday night. Free admission for all riders
with motorcycle endorsement. Goof for 1 rider and 1 passenger. $20 donation for
all others. HD of Scottsdale is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale,
Featured Events start at 4PM:
Food & Drink, Mechanical Bull, Live Band-Aero Train,
Featured Events start at 10AM:
Vendor Expo, Cardinals Cheerleaders, Burritos & Bloody
Marys, Food Trucks,
Twin Peaks Bikini Contest 5:15 PM, Live Music
all day starting at 11AM.
SOA Bobby Autograph Signing 11AM – 1PM.
Bob Parsons welcome and bike giveaway at 9
Headliner Grand Funk Railroad at 7:30
Headliner Gary Allan at 9:30 PM.
1-Stop Poker Run to benefit PCH. 7AM
Concessions and Beer Garden with Sunday Football 10AM –
Stunt Riders show every 20 minutes 11AM – 4PM.
Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook
4400 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!
Some old Johnny Carson clips are the best. Here is Dom
DeLouise performing an egg trick. Click
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Jeff Dunham is a great ventriloquist. Here is his blooper
video that has gotten over 4 million views. Click
Here to View.
Video of the Week.
a great commercial for the Ultra HD TV from LG. A real
“gotcha”. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the
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Blessings and Safe Riding To
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