Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
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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
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.
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Tempe Marketplace on Thursday and
Westgate on Friday nights
per Week. East and West Valley.
See the New Cyclerides.com Bike Night Video for Tempe
Marketplace. Just Released!
Thursday Nights, September 13th -
November 15th - Live Music with "Bad June" October 11th
Bike Night to Tempe Marketplace See Photos from Opening Night. Click
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
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
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.
to Tempe Marketplace for allowing us to do this and to our presenting
Wind Harley-Davidson, Ridenow
Powersports Chandler, Indian
Motorcycle Chandler and Nash
along with our associate sponsor Law
help make this happen.
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 "Strangeland" October 12th
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
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
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.
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
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