Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
10/10/18


Greetings Riders,


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About a month ago I posted some photos of flying along the Pacific Coast Highway at about 1000 feet just out over the water. Click Here to View Photos. The photos are fantastic! It really shows you another view of one of the best roads to ride in the United States. This week I will show you some photos from the road and give you some ideas about how to ride it.

The Pacific Coast Highway 1, aka PCH 1, from San Simeon to Monterey is always ranked in the top 5 of roads to ride in the U.S. and is easily in my top 5. I have ridden it several times and it never gets old as it seems to almost take on a different personality due to the weather that particular day and the direction you are traveling on it. My personal favorite way to ride this stretch of road is from the North to the South. The reason is that this puts you on what I like the to call the "view" side of the road. The outside of the road gives you a much better view of the ocean and cliffs below. Of course, you will also have to keep an eye on what you are doing as not all of the road has guard rails, and it is a long way down as you might have seen from the photos above. One thing you might be surprised about on this ride is that it is not all with a view of the ocean. You will also be riding through some pines and cedar trees along the way.

When to go:
April/May or September through November is usually the best time to ride the PCH for a couple of reasons. The weather is usually better due to less fog on the coast and there is less vacation type traffic. Having both no fog and less traffic is a huge plus on this particular road. There are very few places to pass much past San Simeon. So if you happen to get stuck behind a motorhome, you might as well save yourself some aggravation and pull over at one of the many scenic overlooks and let it get well ahead of you.

Things to see:
1. I would suggest a stop at Hearst Castle which is at the southern end of the PCH in San Simeon. This house built by Randolph Hearst in the early 1900's is a sight to see. But you would need to budget around 3-4 hours to fully see this.
2. A good place to eat along the way that is also near the southern end of the road is at Gorda, CA which is about 26 miles North of San Simeon. It consists of a gas station selling gas that costs $6.99 per gallon, a restaurant with an outdoor patio and a great view of the ocean, and a small motel with rooms overlooking the ocean. There is also an ice cream shop if you just need a desert and want to take in the view.
3. One of our favorite places to stop on the is ride is a place called Nepenthe which is in Big Sur. This is a restaurant that is perched on the top of a hill overlooking the ocean. It has a Huge outdoor patio with a breathtaking view of the coastline looking to the South. The food is good, but fairly expensive. So if you are not ready to eat, be sure to stop here for some refreshments and soak in the sun and the beauty of the Pacific coast. I have never missed stopping here on our trips along the PCH.

If you don't have time to take your own bikes over there to do this trip, you can easily get commercial flights into Monterey, CA and then rent bikes from Eaglerider in Carmel, just South of Monterey. The fly and ride is a great way to do it. If you have 4 days to spend, you can fly in on a Friday, ride down to San Simeon and back to Monterey on Saturday. Ride North up to Alice's Restaurant along Skyline Dr. and back to Monterey on Sunday. Then either fly home Sunday evening or Monday morning.  For those with time issues, this is a great way to get in some outstanding riding in a short amount of time.

If you haven't yet done the Pacific Coast Highway on a motorcycle, be sure to put this on your list of things to do. It is one of the best and most memorable rides you will ever do. Here is a complete story that I did just on the PCH from a ride that we did back in 2008. This will give you details that I didn't include in this letter. Click Here to View.

Click Here for Photos.
Click Here for Short Video of riding on PCH.
Click Here for Map.

Please stay tuned and "Like" the Cyclerides.com Facebook Page for updates on special activations, Live Music and Specials at both of our Bike Nights.

Enjoy your week and
Please Ride Safe!
Barry


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

East Valley

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

Thursday Nights, September 13th - November 15th
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Live Music with "Bad June" October 11th
Cyclerides.com 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.
Cyclerides.com Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District
- Live Music with "Strangeland" October 12th
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. http://b.link/crbnfall18.

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!
Restaurant Deals for Westgate: Click Here to view

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.

Next Week

Saturday, October 19th and 20th
2nd Annual Desert Wind Harley-Davidson Skills Competition. Top Police Motorcycle Officers & Skilled Civilian go head-to-head in this ultimate competition of motorcycle skills. Anyone can go fast and straight, but slow motorcycle manipulation in a confined space is an entirely different skill. Family Friendly and 100% of the profits go to the Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation.
8/19 is practice day. 8/20 is competition day from 8am - 4pm. Free lunch starting at 11am. There will also be activities for the kids, raffles, vendors and fun!. Desert Wind HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. For more information call 480-894-0404.

Saturday, October 20th
Bikers for Boobies AZ 10th Anniversary Ride and Party. Each year we strive to be able to touch more lives in a positive way as people fight the battle for their life. We raise money and we ride, and we celebrate those that have looked cancer in the eye and stared it down and won. We also celebrate the lives of those that fought hard but are no longer with us. We party, we raffle off a motorcycle, and we also raffle off some other crazy items, ALL in an effort to raise money for those that need it. Your participation, your donations, your time, ALL goes where it is needed, and stay local in our community. 1st 500 pre-registered will receive swag bag and 10th anniversary t-shirt. $30 solo rider, $50 couple. Registration and check in at HD of Scottsdale from 10am - 1pm. Live Music by Threefold Fate. Complimentary lunch provided by HDOS. Last bike out of HDOS by 1pm. Last bike into Dirty Dogg by 4pm. After party at the Dirty Dogg Saloon. Live music by Moonshine Voodoo, Skarlett Fever and Micki Free Thunder Jam with special guests.


Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to www.facebook.com/cycleridescom. 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!

Skateboarding Fails. These will make you cringe! Click Here to View.

Video of the Week
Absolutely unreal what people will try to shoplift and get away with it. 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"
www.cyclerides.com

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