Weekly Update

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Well, for those of you that live in the Phoenix area, I think we have finally turned the corner to what is the beginning of Autumn. As I look at the 10 Day weather forecast, I see no temps listed above 84 degrees, and evening temps in the low 60's. It has been a long time since I could say that. This kind of forecast means that there will be excellent riding weather for Bike Nights both riding to and riding home. The 2 Bike Nights are at Tempe Marketplace in Tempe on Thursday night with Live Music by "The Visitors" and Westgate Entertainment District on Friday in Glendale with Live Music by "Broken Toys". Dust off the bikes and enjoy the GREAT Riding Weather this week. See photos of Tempe Marketplace from last week with the new lighting on the palm trees. It made a huge difference. Click Here to View. You can also view photos from last week at Westgate with the Monkey Mixer on site. Click Here to View. We are talking about doing some other beer gardens there over the next 6 weeks. Stay tuned.

It is time for LEAF-Peeping in Northern Arizona.

As I mentioned above, Autumn is upon us which means that the leaves are changing rapidly at higher elevations in Flagstaff. This also means that we will all have another destination and an excuse to take a day trip for leaf peeping and viewing the fall colors the best way possible, from the seat of a motorcycle. The unobstructed 360 degree view from a motorcycle is by far the best way to view scenery, especially when it involves 60-70 foot tall trees. Two of the best places to plan your trip to view these fall colors is to take a ride up to Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff and Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona.

Snowbowl is known best for the skiing, but this time of year you can take a 7-mile cruise up Snowbowl Road to enjoy the scenic, changing colors of the mountains. Snowbowl Road from Hwy. 180 up to the ski lift is loaded with golden colored Aspens mixed with ponderosa pines that will definitely satisfy your desires to see natures beautiful phenomenon of brilliant color in landscape. And if you hit it just right with the wind blowing, you will witness a cascade of lemon and gold colored leaves blowing through the blue skies.

You can hike some trails while you are there to really be immersed in the colors. One of the popular trails that will drop you immediately into the vast aspen groves is the Kachina Trail. But if hiking is not your thing, you can also stop at Agassiz Lodge for food and then take the chairlift to the top of the mountain at 11,600 feet to really get a birds eye view from above. This is a beautiful sight to see and is one of my favorite things to do on my rides up to Snowbowl. To keep track of the best time to go you can check out the Leaf-ometer from the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau. It has updates from Arizona Snowbowl, the Forest Service, the Aboretum at Flagstaff and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. Go to

Here is an update from the Arizona Snowbowl web page:

"Snowbowl will be open daily from October 5-21 for peak fall colors! Stunning golden hues begin to shine their light on the mountain in mid-October. Experience the autumn scenery by taking the Scenic Chairlift up to 11,500 feet—where aspen groves steal the show with their quaking leaves for as far as the eye can see. When you’re not enjoying the scenery from the Scenic Chairlift, explore Snowbowl‘s trails by foot or bike to find stunning fall colors. To learn the best eye-catching locations to spot fall colors, read our leaf-peeping guide."
See for all the information on times of operation.

Oak Creek Canyon will be the next spot that will be a kaleidescope of fall colors real soon. The route on 89A from Sedona to Flagstaff is another one of my favorite Fall rides as it has a lot of different colors along the way with the red rocks as a backdrop highlighting the leaves. It is a beautiful 25 mile ride that will have your head on a swivel trying to see everything along the way. Keep in mind that you will not be the only vehicle on the road this time of year, so
it is best enjoyed at a slow pace so that you do not miss anything, including the car in front of you. They say that this will be best viewed the latter half of October into November. The Leaf-peeping guide still has Oak Creek Canyon in the green zone. So you can keep checking back to that web site for updates.

Here is a quote from the Leaf-ometer site about Oak Creek Canyon:

"As part of the beautiful Coconino National forest, Oak Creek Canyon is a nature lover’s paradise. With a multitude of plants that change color during the autumn season, Oak Creek Canyon transforms into the perfect fall picture. Full of radiant oranges, glowing yellows and alluring reds, the Oak Creek Canyon is impeccable for hiking with the family or that romantic autumn drive. Located along Hwy 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff."

This past weekend we took a quick trip up to Telluride to see the Fall colors and attend an event called "Telluride Cars and Colors" that takes place every year. Not only is Telluride one of my favorite towns to visit any time of year, seeing the aspens in full golden glow throughout the town of Telluride and Mountain Village was absolutely beautiful. The weather was still in the high 60's to low 70's in the daytime which would have made for a fantastic and beautiful ride around the San Juan Loop on a motorcycle. The end of September is on my calendar for next year to experience this on a motorcycle. One of the prettiest Fall color exhibition that I have seen. I picked a few of my favorite photos that I took from the weekend to share with you. There are some really stunning shots.  I also posted some on the Facebook over the weekend.
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Enjoy your week and
Please Ride Safe!

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Now there are 2 Bike Nights
Tempe Marketplace on Thursday and Westgate on Friday nights
2 Nights per Week. East and West Valley.

East Valley

See the New Bike Night Video for Tempe Marketplace. Just Released!

Thursday Nights, September 13th - November 15th
Live Music with "The Visitors" October 4th Bike Night to Tempe Marketplace See Photos from Opening Night. Click Here.
This is first time since 2011 that we have done a bike night in the East Valley and I am excited to be bringing it back. We will be riding into Tempe Marketplace for 10 consecutive weeks on Thursday nights starting on September 13th and ending on November 15th.
This is a fantastic venue conveniently located at the Loop 101 & 202. We will utilize the street and courtyard area in the center of Tempe Marketplace and will be able to cruise through and park our motorcycles on the street that is normally closed to traffic. There is a built in stage, tables, umbrellas and misters in the area that will keep you cool. 

We will have Live Music every week and will open the first bike night with the 74th Street Band on September 13th. There will be Vendors as well as Food and Drink specials throughout the complex. Click Here for Food and Drink Specials at Tempe Marketplace. Dave and Busters has a great 2nd story patio that overlooks the road and band that you will be able to hang out in and watch the bikes cruise through. California Pizza Kitchen is on the ground level with an outdoor patio and Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que with a large outdoor patio where all the bikes exit, as well as many other places throughout the district.Live Music for September will include: 74th St. Band, Backstage Crew and Skarlett Fever on September 27th. Ride in and help us kick it off on Thursday, September 13th. See Photos of where we will be having bike night. Thanks to Tempe Marketplace for allowing us to do this and to our presenting sponsors: Desert Wind Harley-Davidson, Ridenow Powersports Chandler, Indian Motorcycle Chandler and Nash Powersports, along with our associate sponsor Law Tigers who help make this happen.

West Valley

Friday Nights September 7th - November 16th - Stop by to see the "Monkey Mixer" and the Beer Garden Friday, Sept. 28th. Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District
- Live Music with "Broken Toys" October 5th
This season will be all Friday nights from September 7th - November 16th. Live Music every Friday night with some of the best bands in the valley. We are kicking off this season with great soul and classic rock by "The Visitors". Other bands include Strangeland, Skarlett Fever, Broken Toys, Backstage Crew, 74th St Band and Bad June. Enjoy Vendors, Live Music and Food & Drink Discounts throughout Westgate.
Thanks to our presenting Sponsors again this season, Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Ridenow Powersports Peoria and Indian Motorcycle Peoria and our associate sponsor Law Tigers. They are what makes this happen.

For those of you that have not been to Westgate, I like to call it the "Times Square of the Desert" that presents a great venue for a bike night that has been going on for 10 years as one of the biggest bike nights in the Southwest. Cruise and park on Coyote Blvd. next to the fountains, then visit the vendors and grab something to eat and drink at one of the many restaurants. Stay tuned for the food and drink specials. I look forward to getting this started again to provide a great place to ride to on Fridays nights. Ride in on Friday, September 7th to help us kick it off for the season. See you there!
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I am really excited to provide 2 excellent Bike Nights covering both sides of the Valley on Thursday and Friday nights so that everyone will have the opportunity to have a fun place to ride. It will keep me moving, but I am looking forward to seeing riders on both sides of town. Thanks for your continued support of our new endeavors.

This Week

Saturday, October 6th
Phoenix Triumph Grand Opening. Phoenix Triumph located at 833 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa, AZ is hosting a Grand Opening on Saturday October 6th from to 10 am to 3 pm to launch the iconic Triumph Motorcycle brand in the greater East Valley. Join Phoenix Triumph for a day of BBQ and an introduction to their full line of Triumph Motorcycles, Apparel and Accessories. While you are there, schedule a demo ride to check out the thrill of a Triumph Modern Classic, Adventure, or Supersport. | 480-668-7969

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Over 7000 LIKES! 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 like watching a magic trick of stolen goods from Wal Mart. How did she carry all of this? Click Here to View.

Video of the Week
Don't mess with this girl. She is packing some heat! Click Here. Click on the Video of the Week graphic to view.
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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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