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Greetings Riders,
Well, we are just a couple of ticks of the calendar away from October and that means lots of charity rides on the calendar and hopefully some cooler weather. The heat has been hanging on but the Bike Nights are in full swing with night 3 of 10 coming this week featuring 70’s theme night. We will have 70’s era classic cars and Big D’s Mobile DJ’s spinning tunes from the 70’s at Westgate and Mesa Riverview. Rumor has it there might even be a disco ball. So whether it is 3 Dog Night, Foreigner or Stayin’ Alive that you like, you will hear it all on these nights. Get the bike out and come join us this Thursday and Friday nights at the Westgate Bike Night and Mesa Riverview Bike Night.
Don’t miss next week at both places, it is going to be Monster Truck Theme Night! 
2011 Ride Day 6
Cooke City, MT to Jackson, WY
Featuring Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park
Last week I left you after crossing the Beartooth Pass and ending the day in Cooke City, MT. If you missed that report Click Here to read and view the pictures of Beartooth Pass. This week we will be going from Cooke City, MT to Jackson, WY.
At dinner in Cooke City some other travelers that we met mentioned that we might be able to see some wildlife about 3 miles East of where we staying. Our big desire was to see a Moose this year since that is the only major wildlife that we had not seen in all these years of riding. The locals had all told us this is Moose territory and if we got up early we would probably see one. In fact, there is even a motel called Big Moose Resort. We both figured if we were even going to see a Moose, this would be the area. So we got up at the crack of dawn to head out on the bikes to score a Moose sighting. Sounded good on paper, but as we all know when you want to see something that bad and go out of your way to do it, chances are the Moose are going to keep you guessing and that was the case on this outing. We saw one deer grabbing some breakfast in the trees and that was it. The Moose sighting was going to have to wait. Not even Big Moose Resort could produce their namesake in the meadow.
So we went back to the motel to eat breakfast, lament the lack of a Moose sighting and get packed up for our ride this day which was going to take us 175 scenic miles through Yellowstone National Park to Jackson, WY. The NE entrance to Yellowstone is only about 6 miles from Cooke City, which is why there are so many motels in the middle of nowhere. We got gassed up and had ridden about 3 miles West toward the park when out of the corner of my eye I see something big moving on the side of the road. I hit the brakes and looked to my left to see, wait for it. . . yep, a moose walking down the side of the road the same direction we were going. I alerted Mrs. C. that there was a Moose and that we would turn around to get a good look at it.
I was so excited to see a Moose that didn’t have a flying squirrel with goggles next to it that I about dumped my bike trying to do a u-turn and get a picture of it. When I turned around she ducked into some trees next to the road to grab a snack while trying to throw me off the trail.There was a small meadow right next to the trees that I thought she might go to, so I broke a stick that was laying on the ground which made her wander out into the meadow where I got a great shot of our first Moose. Click Here to view. By this time, there were half a dozen cars that had stopped to do the same. After a few pics and watching her eat some grass, we were back on our way to the Northeast Yellowstone entrance.
It was that time of year to renew my annual National Park pass, so I paid my $80 that will get both of us on our bikes into all of the national parks and monuments for the next year. This is a great deal if you plan to do more than 2 or 3 parks per year as it would have cost us $40 just for this park. The Northeast entrance was the only entrance to Yellowstone that we had not been through, so now I can check that off the list. It is about a 30 mile ride from the NE entrance to Tower Junction that will take you through the Lamar Valley as you ride along side the Lamar River while looking at several 10,000 foot peaks in the distance. It is likely that you will see some wildlife in the Lamar Valley area, most likely Buffalo. When you reach Tower Junction there is a gas station and the Roosevelt Lodge and Cabins. 
We turned South and rode 19 miles to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for our next stop. Along this route you will pass Tower Fall, view Mount Washburn and go over Dunraven Pass before reaching Canyon Village. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is definitely worth the stop. In fact, it is one of my favorite places in the Park. There is a loop off of the main route that will take you to overlooks for the Upper Falls and Lower Falls with a view of the canyon. These falls are outstanding and well worth the effort to see them. From there we continued South 59 miles past Yellowstone Lake and on to the South Entrance.
Leaving the South Entrance of Yellowstone takes you right into the Grand Teton National Park on your way to Jackson, WY and past the Grand Tetons. This is a really nice ride as you make your way to the Grand Tetons that you will soon see in the distance. You will travel 24 miles where you will see the huge Jackson Lake on your right. The best way to see the Tetons up close is to turn right at Jackson Lake Junction, which is also known as Teton Park Road. This will take you on a 20 mile ride that is nothing less than spectacular. The mammoth 13,000 foot Teton range is stunning and seems to go on forever.
Be sure to turn right into the North Jenny Lake junction to stop at Jenny Lake. This is one of the prettiest settings for a lake and mountain that you might ever see. Absolutely stunning in my opinion. You will then exit South Jenny Lake junction and be back on the Teton Park Rd. again which will take you to the Moose Junction. At Moose junction you will see a sign to Dornan’s. Turn into there for food and gas. They have a great restaurant with an outdoor upper deck and beautiful view of the Tetons. I would recommend a stop there. From Moose Junction and Dornan’s you can either continue on Hwy. 191 direct to Jackson or take the Moose Wilson Road to Teton Village and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. There is where you can take the Aerial Tramway to the ski mountain. This road will then bring you in from the South of Jackson.
Jackson is a beautiful little town with an abundance of shopping, restaurants, motels, hotels and bed and breakfasts to choose from. One stop that most bikers frequent is the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and Cadillac Restaurant. These are right in the center of town. In the summer months you will always see bikes parked in front. Click Here for a great 360 degree picture on their web site. We love Jackson and have stayed there 3 times now. You could easily make that your home base and do day trips out of there for 3 days.
And if you are inclined, you can go see what is known as the “most photographed barn in America”. This is an old barn that has the Grand Tetons in the background that Ansel Adams photographed in the 1950’s. Since then photographers have come from all over the world to snap a picture of the old Moulton Ranch Barn. Here is ours. I was told if you go there early in the morning there will be several photographers lined up waiting for the perfect shot. We happened to be there mid afternoon and there were still people stopping to get a shot of it. It is located just 3.5 miles North of the Moose junction off of Antelope Flats Road in the Mormon Row Historic District. You can’t miss it. (Google Map to barn.) Wikipedia about the Moulton Barn.
This route from Cooke City, MT to Jackson, WY could be one of the most power packed 175 miles of scenery that I can remember ever riding. There is so much to see and tickle the senses on this route that you can barely process it all before the end of the day. And if you get lucky and see a moose up close, it puts it over the top. If you haven’t made it to Jackson, WY and the area around there, I would put it on your list of places to ride for sure.
Next week I will conclude our 2011 ride taking us from Jackson, WY to Phoenix via Hwy. 12 in Utah.
See our 108 photos from Day 7 that includes Yellowstone National Park and Jackson, WY.
Click Here for Map of Route.
Useful Links:
A great Yellowstone Nat. Park Map.
A more concise Yellowstone Map with mileages.
Grand Teton National Park Map.
Moulton Ranch Barn.

Tidbits and Updates:
**You probably heard that there was gunfire again between 2 motorcycle clubs at the Reno Street Vibrations rally this past weekend. The rumor is that this will lead to a “no colors” rule at the casinos in Las Vegas this weekend for the Las Vegas Bikefest. Click Here to read the story.
**The new bike build is getting closer to being out of the fabrication process. It is turning out to be pretty cool for sure. The rear lights have been a tough one for me to figure out. Everything else is custom on this bike, so I just couldn’t slap on some LED strips in the bag fillers and call it good. So we took the old blinkers from the front and molded them into the bags with some exposed on the side and then molding toward the front of the bag. Very retro and fits with my Corvette theme really well. Hope to be to the painter by the end of next week. Click Here to View.
**Put on your calendar to attend Monster Truck at the Bike Nights Thursday at Westgate and Friday at Mesa Riverview October 6th and 7th.

Thursday Nights Westgate Bike Night: See Photos from last week.
We are going to expand the frequency for the Fall season at Westgate as there will be 10 nights this year. Due to the Coyotes schedule and not being able to overlap on their games because they use events plaza, we will be doing 5 Thursday nights in a row starting on Thursday, September 15th through Thursday, October 13th. Then we will switch to Wednesday nights for the next 5 from Wednesday, October 19th through Wednesday, November 16th. Event Time 5-9 PM. This year we will be doing theme nights that will incorporate classic cars, music and Extreme Machines.  The next 2 will be 60’s and 70’s with classic cars reflecting the era. We will then move on to “Extreme Machines” bringing in for display the most exotic motorsports we can find for you to see. I am really looking forward to programming this season. There will be something new to see each week. Click Here for Schedule and details. Pass this on to your riding pals. If you would be interested in being a vendor contact me at .
Highlights this Week:
70’s Theme Night this week!
Big D’s Mobile DJ’s spinning tunes from the 70’s
Classic cars from the 1970’s will be on display.

I would like to give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate Bike Night
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links below to learn more about them.

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.

Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports 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 and to pick up the new Westgate Bike Night T-Shirt. 623-247-5542.

Curly's Customs
Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. We refinish Harley Davidson and Metric motorcycles. Our goal is to provide high quality workmanship & materials at a very reasonable price. Curly's is located at 12030 N. 111th Ave. in Youngtown, AZ. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike Night.

Allstate Insurance – Kirk Borg Agency
Allstate insurance has extremely attractive insurance rates for motorcycles, cars and homes. Stop by and see Kirk at Westgate to get a competitive quote on your bike. Ask about bundling all your insurance for reduced rates. Contact Kirk Borg at or call 623-561-0445. Located at 20229 N. 67th Ave., Ste C-4 • Glendale, AZ 85308.

Trask Performance. A full service shop specializing in high performance upgrades and dyno tuning. Let our team of professionals fulfill your performance needs and unlock your bike’s full potential. Motorcycle Builder and performance expert Nick Trask will be Featuring his turbo systems. This will be your opportunity to meet Nick and see how he can improve the performance of your bike. 21601 N. 3rd Ave. Suite D., Phoenix, AZ. 623-879-8470.
Friday Nights Mesa Riverview Bike Night: See Photos from Last Week.
We will be doing 10 consecutive weeks at Mesa Riverview starting on Friday, September 16th and ending on November 18th. Event time 6-9 PM. I will also be programming theme nights at Riverview with Live Bands, Vendors and static displays including the best of Monster Trucks, Power Boats, Sand Rails, etc. for you to view. The Photo Gallery will also be back with some new photos from the archives and from our trip this year. For those of you on the East side, we are looking to bring you even more fun this season. Look forward to seeing you there. If you would be interested in being a vendor contact me at . Click Here for Details.
Highlights this Week:
70’s Theme Night this week!
Big D’s Mobile DJ’s spinning tunes from the 70’s
70’s vintage cars on display.
I would like to give special thanks to our First Sponsors of the Mesa Riverview Bike Night.
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links below to learn more about them.

Chester's Harley-Davidson - Your local Harley-Davidson dealer. See our display at Bike Night. Store location at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404

The Law Tigers - The Law Tigers are Arizona's Injury Lawyers Who Ride. We know bikes, riders, and the law. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call 1-800-LAWTIGERS (529-8443) Visit

Ridenow Powersports. Valley wide locations for all of your ATV, Jet Ski and Motorcycle needs.

This Week
Saturday and Sunday, October 1st & 2nd
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Demo Days. Been waiting to ride that new Harley-Davidson that you saw in the magazine? Now is your chance, take advantage of Demo Days at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson in Peoria this weekend. Event time 10am-4pm. Don't Ride? Want to feel what riding a Harley is all about? Try the Jumpstart Experience! You will feel like you are riding a motorcycle without ever leaving the parking lot. Get here early to ride the Bike you want to own. Enjoy Food and Prizes. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
Saturday, October 1st
Chandler Harley-Davidson Used Parts Swap Meet. Looking for a good buy on some used parts, or need to get rid of some? Head over to the Chandler Harley-Davidson Used Parts Swap Meet. Not only will you see plenty of used parts and take offs, there will be up to 70% Off on select licensed Harley-Davidson products. This all takes place from 9am – 3pm Saturday, Oct. 1st. Swap Meet: No competitive items or bike sales please. To Pre-Register for space email Deb at Chandler Harley is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
Saturday, October 1st
Tombstone Harley-Davidson Grand Opening Ride! Be the first to see the new Tombstone Harley store! Start ride at Tucson Harley, head to Sierra Vista HD and end at our new Tombstone location. Registration 9 a.m. at Harley-Davidson of Tucson with breakfast. Ride is FREE! Ride will leave at 10 a.m. after safety briefing. Show a stamp from all 3 locations and get a special Ride Pin. FREE Lunch for all riders at Tombstone Harley-Davidson. For more information, call 520-751-3389. If you can’t make the ride, take a scenic ride to Tombstone and see the latest location for Harley-Davidson shirts in Arizona. Be the first to get your Tombstone HD shirts!
Saturday, October 1st
Fundraiser For a Little Boy- Stephen James.
Stephen James was diagnosed with a rare disease called eosinophilia esophagitis in October 2010. Since birth he has had many stomach issues and eventually stopped growing. After his diagnosis he was taken off most all foods and put on a feeding tube to get the majority of his nutrition. It has been a rocky road since his diagnosis but throughout all he has been through, this little boy has remained the happiest, smiling child you will ever meet. The doctors are finally starting to get Stephen on the right track but this will be a life long adventure in trial and error to keep him healthy. Please come together to help this family and little boy with the medical expenses they have incurred and continue to incur throughout this journey by coming out to this event on October 1st, 2011 between 7:00Am - 1:00Pm. Have your car washed, enter the raffle, buy some baked goods, or just go shopping in their rummage sale. Located in Marcello's parking lot, 1701 E. Warner Rd, Tempe AZ 85284. See flyer for pictures of Stephen and details.
Saturday, October 1st
Hard Ass Run. This Ain’t Your Grandpa’s Poker Run. 300 + Miles. The Run sign in is at Chester's H-D at 922 S.Country Club just north of Southern in Mesa, AZ. Sign in time is 7:00 to 9:00am. $20 Singles $30 Couples. Live Band, Run Shirt and Run Pin Included at Last Stop. Rain or Shine. Everyone Welcome 50/50 Door Prizes.  Tour through some of the Best back roads in Arizona and enjoy a FREE poker run to boot. As always, the route is A Mystery known only to a select few. Come join the fun. Brought to you by A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona East Valley Chapter. For Information call Jack at 602-696-3015. Poker Hands 1st- $250, 2nd- $150, Worst - $100, All Proceeds to benefit A.B.A.T.E. Of Arizona.
Next Week
Saturday, October 8th
Harley-Davidson of Tucson HOGtoberfest presented by Tucson Harley Owners Group. A great way to celebrate fall in Southern Arizona! Registration is free!! Check the website for information on ordering shirts, patches, etc. Highlights of the event include 3 different length Poker Runs, good food, Beer Garden, Bike Show, Vendors, Silent Auction, Fashion Show, Tucson Harley-Davidson Bike Build, Harley Girls Bike Wash, Big Wheel Races, Car Show and three Hot Summer Nights finalist bands vying for the $1,000 Battle of the Bands Grand Prize! HOGtoberfest is sponsored by Tucson Harley-Davidson, and the event is at the Dealership on the northwest corner of Interstate 10 and Ina Road. 7355 N. I-10 EB Frontage Rd, Tucson, AZ. Poker Runs start at Noon and Last Bike in is at 4:30. The event closes at 8:00PM. Click Here for Details. 520-751-3380
Saturday, October 8th
Choir Boys C.U.F.F.S. Ride. This is always a good run. Choir Boys are a Law Enforcement organization committed to assisting the survivors of fallen law enforcement officers with immediate needs. This is a great cause to help families of the Civil Servants the help us every day. Net proceeds go to the families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty. Registration starts from 11:00 am – 1 pm. Donation: Rider - $25.00, Passenger - $15.00. Free Ride Pin to first 500 registered. After party at Chester's Rocktoberfest featuring a concert with Paul Rodgers. Live Bands all day, Vendors, Beer Garden, Sponsored by Chester's Harley-Davidson. FMI call 480-894-0404. Register at Chester's Harley Davidson 11 am – 1 pm at 922 S Country Club Dr., Mesa.
Saturday, October 8th
Chester’s Harley-Davidson Rocktoberfest with Paul Rodgers.
Rocktoberfest is back bigger and better than ever with Paul Rodgers in concert. You heard him in Bad Company, Free, The Firm and Queen. Grammy Award Winner Paul Rodgers will be hear to rock your socks off with all of your favorite tunes. This Singer, Song writer has sold over 125 million records. You will also enjoy Vendors, Bike Builders, Bikini Contest, Food and Beer garden at the Chester’s Harley-Davidson pavilion. Tickets on sale today at Chester's H-D. Let The Good Times Roll. General admission only $20.00. VIP tickets range from $45.00 - $60.00.
Don’t miss this one, Paul Rodgers puts on a great show!
Gates open at 11am with bands all day long including:
Pete Cummings (KSLX), Crooked Grin, 74th Street Band, Christopher Robin Band, Sludges Build a Band (KDKB), Mojo Zoso,
Grahams Number from Atlanta GA.
Chester’s HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
VIP tickets are by row and are limited. Get yours now. Click Here to buy tickets.
Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Demo Event. Been waiting to ride that new Harley-Davidson that you saw in the magazine? Now is your chance, take advantage of Demo Days at Chandler Harley-Davidson in Chandler this weekend. Event time 10am-4pm. Don't Ride? Want to feel what riding a Harley is all about? Try the Jumpstart Experience! You will feel like you are riding a motorcycle without ever leaving the parking lot. Get here early to ride the Bike you want to own. Enjoy Food and Prizes. Spend $200 in Genuine Motor Parts or Motorclothes Apparel OR buy a Motorcycle and go in the Money Machine. Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
Upcoming Events
Saturday, October 22nd
“Arizona On the Move” City of Peoria Centennial Celebration. SAVE THE DATE! This is one event that you will want to attend. Presented by SRP, this event includes a free community breakfast sponsored by Peoria Firefighters Charities, a 5K run (7:30 am start), family bike ride, Motorcycle Run to Prescott, kids arts and crafts, the Copper Chopper, horse and buggy rides, entertainment and much more!
After the event, enjoy "Mogollon" in concert at Arrowhead Harley Davidson from 4 pm–7 pm.

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 3400 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!

Every once in a while you see a really interesting shot on the PGA Tour. Here is one and the guy won a new car. Better to be lucky than good in this case. Click Here to View.

Trask Performance Too Hot To Ride Specials!
Riding season is just around the corner. So bring your bike in now and have it prepped. Service specials such as oil changes, tranny and primary lubrication changes and free tire installs. We do a quality check ensuring your ride is good to go. From now till October 15th. Make an appointment with James at 623-879-8488 ext 3. Trask Performance is located at 21601 N. 3rd Ave. Suite D in Phoenix, AZ. Arizona's premier performance and service center, Trask Performance!

This one is hilarious!! Someone had some fun with a Beagle. Click Here to View.

Video of the Week: This is a really good story about a dog that rides on the back of a motorcycle and hangs on. Complete with riding glasses. 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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