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Well, we are only 5 days away from electing a new president. Campaigns always seem to turn ugly in the final month and this one is no different. The finger pointing and accusations are at an all time high, but at this point, it doesn't appear anyone is listening. The favorite line of the political pundits is that this is the most important election in the history of the United States. I would tend to agree with them at this point as I have not had a sick feeling in my stomach over a Presidential election like this since Jimmy Carter was running. Hopefully this one turns out better than that one did. This is a really scary time for the future of our Country. Regardless who wins the office, we need to pray that they have the best interest of our country first, not be in it to build a legacy for themselves. If not, we could be in for a long 4 years of change that we cannot even imagine as we set here today. God please bless America.
Locally, there is one subject that we have been hearing about almost as much as the election and that is the installation of stationary and mobile photo radar cameras throughout the Valley and soon to be throughout the State. This was going to be the subject for the newsletter today. I have done a lot of research on photo radar from the technical aspects, including photos of installations explaining how they work, to the philosophy of why they are being installed, read research reports done by ASU telling the results of having them and examined a look forward into what we might expect in the future for traffic control.
This is a hot topic in our state that I have done and am still doing a lot of research on. Unfortunately, I didn't get all of my supporting documents and interviews done with DPS done until last night. I want to present this to you the best that I can so I am going to postpone this article until next week. I think you will find it informative and interesting.
It is the perfect time of year for evening riding and we have a couple of new bike nights coming on the West side. This Wednesday, November 5th, 6-10pm is the first night for the Sandbar Mexican Grill Wednesday Bike Night. This is a very fun place featuring a large outdoor sandy beach patio and large indoor beach theme with 30 HD TV's inside. Great food and drink specials. Click Here for Photos and Details.
I am also ironing out the details on a revolving bike night at the Westgate City Center which would include motorcycle parking in Fountain Plaza, Music, Food and Drink specials by a different restaurant each week. If this all comes together, I will include details on this event scheduled to begin on Wednesday, November 12th. Stay tuned.
NEW!! First Night This Wednesday
Sandbar Mexican Grill Wednesday Bike Night. Ride by the Sandbar Mexican Grill this Wednesday night where the patio instantly sweeps you away to a tropical island paradise as thatch and tin roofs cover the bar. Sit on one of the many high topped tables on the sandy beach or sit at the palapa bar outside and watch TV while listening to music. Or go inside to the dining area featuring a huge bar with 30 HDTV's to choose from around the room all decorated in an island beach theme. Sandbar has a great menu of Mexican food and will be featuring build your own burrito's for $5.00. Choose any ingredients you want off the menu, pack them into your burrito all for $5.00. There will also be $2.00 off ALL Drinks which makes domestic bottles $2.00 and Margarita's $3.00. Ride by this Wednesday night to check out the Sandbar Wednesday Bike Night. Motorcycle Parking Only will be blocked off in front of the restaurant. Click Here to see Photos and details. Click Here for Sandbar Web Site.
Harley-Davidson Bike Night at Dos Gringos Mesa. Ride by the New Dos Gringos
Mesa located on the northwest corner of Greenfield and Baseline in Mesa. Dos
is sure to make an impact and add some flare to the east valley. Enormous patio, complete with its own outdoor
bar and separate dining areas on each side. Dos is a casual neighborhood hangout with great food and cold cervezas.
Feel free to dine at one of our four tops, relax at one of the booths lining the edge or just belly up to the bar.
to View. There will be drink and food specials and Raffles
and Fun from Chester's Harley-Davidson. Ride with Chester's from the dealership at 5:30pm every Thursday located
at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. The food is amazing and always the latest in cold libations await. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool, listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures.
Saturday, November 1st
4th Annual Shriner's "We Ride So Kids Can Walk". This is one of the best organized and enjoyable rides of the year. It is a ride wrapped around a mini event all for a great cause, the Shriner's Children's Hospital. Not many charities do we get the opportunity to see where the money is going and how it is spent. I was invited to visit one of the Shriner Clinics last year in Phoenix and was amazed and humbled by what this organization does for kids, ALL at their own expense which comes from what they raise at various fund raisers like this one. These kids with pediatric disorders including problems with bones, joints, muscles, orthopedic deformities, etc. are diagnosed at a local clinic and then flown to one of the 22 Shiners hospitals for treatment, at no cost to the family. I walked away with a whole new admiration of the guys with the oversized funny hats and the undersized bicycles. I would highly encourage supporting this event. Click Here to learn more about the Shriners and their purpose.
This year the ride has 4 start locations. Arrowhead HD, Chandler HD, Chester's HD or the Shrine Auditorium located at 552 N. 40th St. in Phoenix. Registration from 8am - 10am. Drawings start at 2:30pm. There will be over 50 vendors at the end location this year. $20 per person includes Admission, Raffle Ticket, Ride Prize Ticket and Meal Ticket. $25 includes previously mentioned items plus a Pin and T-Shirt. Highlights this year include:
All attendees with their admission will get a raffle ticket for the grand prize which is a Yamaha Rhino and trailer, meal ticket for hamburger or brat or hot dog, chips and soda, ticket for door prize. Those doing the ride will receive a t-shirt and pin in addition. All folks attending will be able to attend a free concert from 5-7pm, Vendors with all kinds of items, Over $20,000 in Door prizes, Live auction with top of the line patio furniture and pool table, Silent auction, Bike show with 9 classes, Beer Garden, Richard Tyson, the actor from "Jakes Corner" doing autographs, W. Steven Martin doing MC, Free bike wash, Arizona Rattlers cheerleaders doing autographs and Fang their ambassador, Run going to Cave Creek, Carefree, Rio Verde, Fountain Hills and back to Shrine Auditorium. Check out web site www.el-zaribah.org/mcrun. You can register on line.
Sunday, November 2nd
American Legion Riders Post 8 Casa Grande Poker Run. Registration is 8am - 10am at the American Legion Hall located at 713 N. Park Avenue in Casa Grande, AZ. $10 Rider/Single. $15 W/Additional Rider. Ride Pins to first 100, Poker Payouts High and Low, 50/50 Raffle. Ending location is American Legion Hall in Coolidge. Food and Drinks will be available at designated stops and at end of ride. Information at 520-233-8293.
November 6th - 9th
8th Annual Rocky Point Rally
It is that time of year again. The popular Rocky Point Rally is next week. Never been, maybe want to go? Watch This Video! This is annually one of the most fun events of the year. It is hard to explain why. Not much riding, but a lot of people watching, just hanging out and a good time. Riding through The Malecon is a spectacle all in itself. If you are going, I would suggest getting your rooms reserved now. Here is a link to get your reservations. A lot of the rides and activities that have been done in the past will be done this year. Click Here for Agenda. Most activities will be at Playa Bonita or on the Malecon this year. One little event that I am really looking forward to is that Mogollon will be doing a concert ON THE BEACH Saturday night behind Playa Bonita. That will be fun!
**Don't forget to bring candy to throw to the kids at the Parade on Saturday.
**A new place to hang out in Rocky Point is the Camel Toe Cantina, Bands Daily, Dancing on the bar is encouraged! Just off of Calle 13 about 2 blocks from the Penasco Del Sol Hotel.
"Mystery Cards Poker Run to Mexico". Starts at Flores Chevron in Why, AZ.
"Welcome Party" at Hacienda Las Fuentes.
"Mystery Cards Poker Run to Mexico". Starts at Flores Chevron in Why, AZ
"Cinco Estrellas Rollin the Dice Resort Ride"
"Rally at the Playa" - Playa Bonita Resort
"Friday Night Bar Hop" - Desert Oasis, Sandbar, Camel Toe Cantina
"Fiesta on the Malecon" - Bike Show, Music & Activities
"Rally at the Playa" - Playa Bonita Resort.
"Hacienda Moto Parade" - Red Cross to the Malecon. Bring Candy to Throw to the Kids of Rocky Point.
"Concert on the Beach" Featuring MOGOLLON at Playa Bonita's Beach.
Saturday, November 8th
Darrell Ashford Jr. 7th Annual Charity Poker Run. You are invited to the 7th Annual Charity Ride in memory of Darrell Ashford Jr. to some known as TANK. Darrell loved to have fun & was a very giving person, he always gave to the homeless by serving dinner at a shelter or just giving them a few dollars at the corner. The ride will start at Chopper Kings & Paint Shop at 10:30am sharp located at 3232 W. Virginia in Phoenix. Your $25 donation entry will include Ride, a T-shirt (while supplies last), lunch at Steel Horse Saloon, entry to Mckenna’s and 1 free raffle ticket. The winner of the poker run will win $1,000 in cash and the Worst Hand $100.00. We would also like you to know trucks & cars are welcome. The 1st person is $25.00 the second person will be $10.00. (all Cars must follow BEHIND bikes). We will be having a BIG raffle: Airline tickets, hotels, restaurants,
massages, house appraisal, Diamondback tickets & many more items. Over $3,000 in raffle prizes.
Sunday, November 9th
George Aponte Benefit Ride. The following is from Harold Fischer at Chandler Custom Cycles. Don’t know if you ever met George. He had a liver transplant (partial) 10 years ago and because of the medication he was on he couldn’t get back into the normal workforce.To help out, I had him working part time in the shop. He is one of the most personable people you could ever meet---loves everyone and everyone loves George. Given the current situation, we are having a benefit ride for him to help raise some money for a very expensive operation. George has been given a thumbs up by both his liver doctor and the transplant surgeon to go ahead with a second transplant. George is officially listed and is in "waiting" mode. In addition, George has a breathing disorder known as HPS and is on oxygen. The good news is that HPS puts him higher on the transplant list, and hopefully it will be a relatively short wait! Registration 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Chandler Custom Cycles – 1 block south of Elliott Road on the east side of Arizona Avenue. Donation Minimum of $15.00 per Person. Last Stop at 12 Noon. San Tan Flats in Queen Creek. Door Prizes, Free Lunch and Soft Drink. For Information call Harold Fischer at (480) 497-3573.
Sunday, November 9th in Tucson, AZ
1st Annual Ride With Ryken. To benefit the MISS Foundation. Ryken Everett was 3 months old when he passed away due to SIDS. Click Here for Story. Ride starts at Trident Grill located at 2033 E. Speedway in Tucson, AZ. Sign In begins at 9:30am. Last bike out at Noon. Riders $20, Passengers $15. Additional Hand $10. Final Stop at Montgomery's Grill and Saloon located at 13190 E. Colossal Cave Rd. in Vail, AZ. Door Prizes, Pig Roast, 50/50, Live Music and More. All Bikes Welcome.
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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