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Greetings Riders,
I hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy some of this Chamber of Commerce riding weather we are having in Arizona right now. It doesn’t get any better than this. By the looks of the attendance to the events this weekend, there were a lot of bikes that rolled out of the garage to provide some two wheel therapy for their owners. I know it worked for us.
Thursday night, head over to the Westgate Bike Night for some Live Music with “Legend City”, some food, drink and fun! The ride home will be fantastic. Live Music from 6-9 PM. Only 4 nights left to the season. This week we will be in the normal place on Coyote Blvd. Next week, one street to the North due to a Coyote game. See you there! Only 4 Nights Left This Season!
As I was riding back from Cave Creek last Saturday, enjoying the ride, I was thinking about other short rides I could do around the valley that have an impact and more interesting than most. What popped into my head was the ride up to the top of South Mountain. This is one that I haven’t done for a while, but is really worth the while. Not only do you get a great view of the Valley at the top, but you can also just go pull up a rock, decompress and day dream about your next ride. I did a pretty detailed article on this ride several years ago and thought this would be the perfect time to bring it to your attention again. 
As most of you know from reading the newsletter in the past, and from looking at the Day Rides section of, I am always looking for that next destination that I can point the nose of the Road Glide to and then report back to you my latest finding. I was talking to a friend of mine one day (Mack) and he said he was going to take a ride up South Mountain. I knew South Mountain was there, I see the towers all the time, but had never taken the time to ride up to the top. For some reason I had always been under the impression that it was just a couple mile ride straight up to the top and it was no big deal. I WAS WRONG!
About 3 weeks ago I found myself with a little extra time on a beautiful Friday afternoon. I needed to add a few more miles for the 10,000 mile service and was itching to take a ride. So I pointed the nose of the Road Glide South and headed for the mountain with the towers on it. As I was riding down there I found it amazing that I have lived here for 25 years and have never been up South Mountain. In fact, never been to the bottom of it. I had to look it up on the map just to know for sure how to get there. I guess it is one of those things that when you are that close to it, you just don't find an urgency to go do it. Kind of like living in Arizona and never having gone to the Grand Canyon, but others will fly half way around the world to see it.
While South Mountain Park doesn't compare to the Grand Canyon in awesome beauty, it does have a pretty cool distinction of its' own. At nearly 17,000 acres, South Mountain Park is the largest Municipal Park in the world. When you think of a "Park" you might imagine open grassy fields, playgrounds, soccer fields and lakes. You won't find those here. This would probably be more aptly described as a desert mountain preserve. While picnics, 58 miles of hiking on 10 different trails, mountain biking and trail rides are popular activities here, it was the ride that will have me coming back.
South Mountain Park is easy to reach from anywhere in the Valley as it is located just West of I-10 at 10919 S. Central Ave. and South of I-17. Park hours are 5:30am - 11pm. You can take Baseline W. off of I-10 or 7th ave. exit off of I-17 to get to Central Ave. As you are heading South on Central you will see a sign telling you that you have reached the park followed by a tight right turn that will begin your journey. I would suggest taking a bottle of water or two with you especially as the temperatures get warmer because there is NOTHING at the top for refreshments. If you forget, you can make a quick stop at the Ponderosa Stables next to Scorpion Gulch to see the horsesand the 2 headed turkey, you can get a bottled water out of the vending machine.
As soon as you go past the Park Ranger station you will see a sign that says "Winding Park Roads 15 M.P.H. On Curves
". This couldn't be more true. Although it is only a 5.5 mile ride to Dobbin's Lookout, it will take you about 15-20 minutes to get there, especially if you are unlucky enough to get behind one of the sightseeing SUV's that are plentiful on this road. You will think it is a short ride, but by the time you Dobbin's Lookout, Buena Vista and the Tower Rd. among others, it will be about a 20 mile roundtrip full of twists and turns.
My first stop was to be Dobbin's Lookout
. At 2330 foot in elevation, it is the highest accessible point in the park. As I zig zagged my way up the side of the mountain I could see the view and the panorama of the Valley area to the North start to expand. Trying to take a peek as I was riding but also keeping an eye on this twisty road, I had to stop a couple of times to take it all in. The higher you go, the more of the Valley comes into view and the more awestruck you become. By the time you reach Dobbin's Lookout you have an awesome 210 degree view of the Valley from the Estrella Mountains to the Superstitions and everything in between as far as your eyes can see. As you park and walk onto the point you will see a brass plaque located on the top of a round concrete structure that will show you all of the points of interest across your view. There is an old stone building you can stand in to get out of the sun or you can set on one of the several benches to take in this incredible sight.
After we left Dobbin's we took the road back and headed South to Buena Vista Lookout
and then to the TV Towers. Yes, these are the same TV Towers that you see from almost anywhere in the valley. After seeing these for the last 25 years from afar, it was really neat to them up close and see what is around them. From the Tower Lookout point you can see all of Ahwatukee and as far South and you can see. The day that Mrs. C. and I were there we met up with some other riders that were taking advantage of this great ride. We were also entertained by paragliders who were strapping a parachute to their backs and jumping off of the back side of the mountain. Click Here for the video. I've done a lot of things including bungee and skydiving, but this just seems like a little too much left to chance on this activity. One little gust of wind at the wrong time and you could be doing a face plant into the side of a hill. But it did look thrilling, and it wouldn't surprise me if I were soon doing a story on paragliding. After watching the paragliders and taking a few photos we were ready to start our trip back down the hill.
If you are ever in a situation where you have some extra time and want to go for a short ride without leaving the valley area, this would be a good one. It would really be a good place to go to just sit on a bench and relax, maybe eat a sandwich, watch the city and the planes take off at Sky Harbor or watch the sun set and the city lights come to life. I enjoyed this ride so much that I took Mrs. C. back with me last weekend. And I'm sure I will be back again at dusk to see the valley lights. You will need to be very careful as you ride these narrow roads. There is loose gravel around a few of the corners and there are hardly any guardrails. Some of the corners are very tight and you don't want to miss one like somebody did here. On weekends there are a lot of bicyclists that you will have to avoid as well.
Other than that, go enjoy yourself and make this an excuse to get out and take a ride. I will be adding this to the Day Rides section on the site and I am giving it 4 spokes out of 5 for a good, short in town ride destination.
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Bike Nights
Every Thursday, Sept. 12th – Nov. 14th – Only 4 Nights Left This Season! 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 on Coyote Blvd. with “Legend City” 6-9 PM.
Grab your riding buddies and stop by to enjoy Live Music, Restaurant specials and other special events along the way. Click Here for Photos from the first night. For excellent photos from Rusty Childress of the Firefighter Appreciation night Click Here.
Here are the details for the Westgate Bike Night presented by Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports:
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Arena.
When: Thursday nights beginning September 12th – Nov. 14th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music, Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising down Coyote Blvd.
Click Here for Flyer.
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports:
Arrowhead HD
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the 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.
Ridenow Powersports
Stop by and talk to our staff at bike night or at one of our many valley locations. We feature many brands including Polaris, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Can-Am, BMW, Victory, KTM, Spyder, and Ski-doo. Click Here for a list of our locations.
And to our Associate Sponsors
Curly's Customs. Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike Night.
Scottsdale Victory and Indian Motorcycles. Scottsdale, Arizona NOW has it's own INDIAN & VICTORY Motorcycle Dealership! The New 2014 Indian Motorcycles revealed at Sturgis on August 3rd are NOW AVAILABLE for PRE-ORDERING! Be the First to OWN a NEW INDIAN MOTORCYCLE that will revolutionize the Motorcycle Industry!  Stop by and See us at Bike Night.
Bike Night Restaurant Specials.
I 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 from:
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 from 4-7pm.
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 Night.
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 Night.
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 Arena.
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.
This Week
Friday – Sunday
October 25-27
Indian Motorcycle of Chandler Demo Days. You’ve heard all about the brand new Indian Motorcycles for 2014 that have been completely redesigned and are now being produced by the multi-billion dollar Polaris Corporation. Now is your chance to ride one for yourself and see what all the fuss is about. Indian of Chandler is having 3 big Demo Days that will put you in the saddle of a 2014 Indian to let you see the difference. 9 AM – 5 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-27. Also join us for Oktoberfest! There will be Live Music (Saturday only), Raffles and Giveaways, Oktoberfest Girls and Free Food. Indian of Chandler is located at 1701 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler, AZ. 480-899-9113. .
Saturday, October 26th
Chester’s Harley-Davidson Party on the Patio. Stop by Chester's Harley-Davidson Saturday, October 26th from 11AM-2PM for our monthly party on the patio! FREE event to you, and benefiting Friends for Life Animal Rescue! Getting ready for this year's Halloween but feel in the giving spirit of the holidays? Stop by Chester's Harley-Davidson Saturday, October 26th from 11AM-2PM for a scary good time! FREE FOOD provided by Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers restaurant, LIVE MUSIC by local band Unknown Associates, BIKE WASH by the Dirty Dogg Girls, plus FREE ENTRY for a chance to win a Vegas Vacation! (one entry per person, winner drawn at 2PM, must be present to win) ALL MONEY raised will go directly to Friends for Life Animal Rescue. Friends for Life will be collecting supplies that they are in dire need of, which include: Dog & cat food (wet & dry), cat litter (clay only), paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and copy paper. **Friends for life is a non-profit, volunteer based organization enriching the lives of hundreds of local animals** What more could you ask for on a Saturday afternoon? We'll see you there! Chester’s HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Saturday, October 26th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Hogs & Dogs. Join Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson on Saturday, October 26th from 11am – 3pm for Hogs & Dogs as well as a brand new Boom! Audio workshop. Are you ready to learn about all the new updates and changes to the audio and infotainment system that Harley-Davidson® has introduced on the new Rushmore Touring bikes? We’ll also cover the available Boom! products for your bike. RSVP today @ Buddy Stubbs H-D will also have free food and drinks (while supplies last), bikini bike wash and museum tours with all donations going to HOG 2376 charities. For more information go to or call (602)971-3400. Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Road.
Next Week
Saturday, November 2nd
Ride to Rescue for Homeless Animals. The Ride to Rescue for Homeless Animals starting at Joeta's Leather - 433 West Main Street, Mesa, Arizona 85021. Gear up for Paw Placement's First Annual Ride to Rescue for Homeless Animals. Silent Auction: Items include trips, resort packages, garage services and much more. Raffle: Awesome prizes! GIVEAWAYS GALORE! All Riders receive an Event T-Shirt. Every mile is a life-saver for homeless cats and dogs in Arizona. Ride a scenic route for a good cause. What a great reason to hit the road! The Ride starts with Breakfast at Joeta's Leather in Mesa. Riders will take the Bee Line Highway (87) up to Fountain Hills, stopping at the Saddle Bronc Grille before cruising Palisades Boulevard, past the fountain and through the hills to Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale. After a lunch on the patio, riders will take scenic back roads through desert terrain to The Roadrunner Bar & Grill in New River. Have a refreshing beverage before heading the The Hideaway in Cave Creek. The ride is over but the party begins! Paw Placement Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to reduce euthanasia of cats and dogs through rescue, adoption and education about responsible pet guardianship. For more information 480-773-8547 or visit
Saturday, November 2nd
Christ’s Community Church Motorcycle Charity Ride. This will be a Poker Run with Grand Prize & Prizes Benefitting Street Light USA. Ride begins at CCC located at 4530 W. Thunderbird Rd. in Glendale, AZ. Check in & Breakfast at 8 AM. Kickstands up at 9 AM. Ride concludes at CCC Community Picnic at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 11 AM – 2 PM. More information contact Yvonne at
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 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!
Here is another crazy Criss Angel trick. Click Here to View.
This is how women burn calories in France. Good one. Click Here to View.
Video of the Week.  For those of you that live in the Phoenix area, this is a reminder why we live here. Some funny clips here. 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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