Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
In last week's letter I reported on the first 2 days of our trip to Durango and our ride around the San Juan Parkway Scenic Byway. Or as I have always called it, "The Durango Loop". If you missed last week's letter, you can Click Here to catch up. You can also view 181 of the most beautiful pictures that I have posted. Since last week, I put together a little 4 minute photo slide show of those pictures to the tune of "Rocky Mountain High". Click Here to view.
Since I still had not had my fill of riding on the Million Dollar Highway, on day 3 of our trip, we decided to head North again from Durango Mountain Ski Resort through Silverton and Ouray on our way to the Blue Mesa Reservoir in the Curecanti National Recreation Area, Colorado's largest body of water. The reservoir, formed by damming the Gunnison River is located between Montrose and Gunnison at an elevation of over 7500 feet. We had read that we would be riding adjacent to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and experiencing beautiful mesas, deep narrow canyons and fjord like lakes as we meandered our way around the forest and the terrain created by millions of years of erosion from the Gunnison River.
Rather than backtracking roads we decided to make a 140 mile loop out of this trip. We continued North of Montrose to Delta and Hotchkiss to come in from the North side through the Gunnison National Forest, across the dam and then back to Montrose. As with any motorcycle ride, when you are traveling to get to your chosen destination, it can sometimes not be as exciting as you would like. That was the case here as we traveled 25 miles of the flat part of Western Colorado from Montrose to Delta. But after riding from Silverton to Ouray, what could compare?
After we made the turn East the terrain got more interesting riding through farm land and dropping into the Gunnison National Forest to start our ascent to 9500 feet and an incredible view of Western Colorado. The information that we read was correct as we rode through 40 miles of incredible twisties through the forest adjacent to the deep canyon walls of the Gunnison River on our way to the Blue Mesa Reservoir. Every corner presented a new look at the area that almost made it hard to keep your eyes on the road. What a memorable ride!
As with most rides, a lot times there are subplots to go along with the beauty of the route that you are riding. It can be a mechanical failure, weather or running low on gas. For some reason, the latter seems to have worked its' way into the last couple of rides that I have taken. You would think that something as simple as keeping gas in your tank wouldn't be that tough. But, If you are like me and just want to ride, stopping for gas is just a big waste of daylight. So with that mindset and underestimating the availability of potential gas stations in the miles ahead, I sometimes tend to push it to the limit. In this particular case there was some good news and some bad news. The good news was that it wasn't me that was running low on gas in the Road Glide. The bad news is that it was Mrs. C. on her thirsty Vrod, mostly due to the fact that I elected to pass on the last gas station for the next 50 miles. Hmmm.....How do you think that decision went over guys?
At the last overlook stop I asked her how much farther she could make it on her tank of gas. She responded that she probably should have run out 10 miles ago. Not the answer I was looking for. So I checked the GPS to find that there was a gas station 20 miles away as the crow flies. The problem was, we would have to cross a 1000 foot gorge, a mountain and a lake to get there in a straight line. Otherwise, it was going to be a 30 mile ride. At this point, all I could hope for was a miracle or a good divorce attorney. Fortunately, I got the miracle. As we were nearing the lake, I spotted a sign that said GAS, 3 miles, with an arrow pointing to the left. I'm thinking my prayers had been answered. (Click on the links to get the pictures for this word story)
So I turned on this patch of asphalt that soon turned into a gravel road next to the lake. My euphoria is now being quickly deflated as I am not seeing anything that looks like a gas station on the horizon. After about 3 miles I see what looks like a farm house or a general store on the right side of the road that was in fact Ferro's Trading Post. I pull up to the front and see a sign that says propane gas, but I see no pumps for gasoline. I said to Dan, "the sign said gas, I hope it didn't mean propane gas". Off to my right I hear an old man belt out, "We got gas!" I responded, really? I don't see the pumps. He said, "we ain't got no pumps, it's down there in the tank". Yep! My oasis was a silver tank on stilts full of the petroleum that I needed to keep me out of the dog house and back into the good graces with Mrs. C.
So we take the bikes down there, the owner John climbs up on the ladder to open the flow to the hose and gives Mrs. C. the gas she needs to both get her back to civilization and get me back in the family. As it turns out, John goes to town once per week and gets gas in 5 gallon cans, climbs up the ladder and pours it into the tank to help bail out travelers that are in dire need of gas and headed for a week of abstinence if they don't find any. And all of that for only $4.00 per gallon. He should learn to negotiate, I would have easily paid $10 per gallon for it at that point. So as we hung around talking to John, eating some ice cream bars and looking at antiques, we found out that True Grit with John Wayne was shot near there and John was in the movie. Very nice old guy with lots of stories.
As always, I tend to look at each day with the glass half full, and not half empty. Without a few little hiccups here and there, you might miss some interesting detours along the way. If Mrs. C. hadn't been running out of gas, we would have never met John, seen his old General Store and experienced getting gas this way. I couldn't help be reminded of needing gas in the bottom of King's Canyon in California. Here is what that looked like. The rest of the day was uneventful as we made our back to Montrose, topped off with gas and then back across the beautiful Million Dollar Highway for my third time in 2 days. What a treat.
Monday morning we pulled out at 7am in 42 degree weather from the ski resort for our 430 mile ride home. The weather was beautiful and we were making good time until another one of those little issues that I mentioned above reared its ugly head. This time it was a mechanical problem. About half way between Kayenta and Tuba City, my bike decides to eject the spark plug from the front cylinder. Yep, as in blow it out of the head. If you have ever been between Kayenta and Tuba City, you know there is absolutely nothing out there including cell phone service. We knew Scott Pasmore was only a few miles ahead of us with his motorhome and trailer, but had no way to contact him. Woody tried to keep the plug in by wrapping foil around it, but that didn't work either.
So I had no choice but to ride it on one cylinder, doing a top speed of 60 mph wide open, spitting oil, noise and gas for the next 120 miles to Flagstaff where I had finally gotten hold of Scott to wait for me there. The last 30 miles up the hill to Flagstaff went at a rate of about 45 mph. I told my group that was the only time I would ride from Kayenta to Flagstaff wide open. But back to the glass being half full, I was really glad I was able to get it started and ride it back to civilization. It would have been a long day otherwise. I also learned to carry a set of tie downs in my bags as there was a Cyclerides.com reader who offered to put it on the trailer in Tuba City to take me home. Thanks to them for the offer.
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http://www.nps.gov/cure . Curecanti Recreation Area.
http://www.sangres.com/forest/forestgunnison.htm. Gunnison National Forest.
http://www.nps.gov/blca . Black Canyon of the Gunnison Park. A good detour if you are in the area.
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Highlight This Week
New Location Grand Opening. New
32,000 Sq. Ft. showroom.
18th Annual Hogtoberfest. Presented by H.O.G. Tucson Chapter.
Cruising For St. Jude. Proceeds go to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
10th Annual C.U.F.F.S. Run. This ride benefits families Law Enforcement Officers killed or injured in the line of duty.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Harley Davidson Biker Night at the Tilted
Kilt in Tempe! If you are looking for some fun on a Tuesday night, With 2 outdoor patios and plenty of excitement, This place is a good time! The Tilted Kilt is home to the best Scotch-Irish experience in Arizona, with an award-winning
menu, classic pub fare, and signature Kilt items sure to please any palate—not to mention twenty four globe-spanning
beers on tap! Biker Night Tuesdays also mean $3 Jack Daniels and half-price appetizers. And, with a Tilted Kilt Biker Night Card,
you receive 15% OFF your total bill. So what are you waiting for? Come on down and have a craic with Chester’s Harley-Davidson! The
Tilted Kilt is located at 660 W. Warner Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Just 1.5 miles East of I-10 on Warner Rd. 480-592-0102.
Click Here for Map.
NEW!!Chandler Harley-Davidson Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille & Pub. Stop by Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille and Pub located at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler, AZ. Join us for Munchies and Music, Food and Drink, Specials, Raffle Prizes and good old fashion H-D fun! Nozzlehead's is a fun firefighter-themed restaurant that serves the best pure angus burgers and meatiest wings in the valley. 12 flavors of wings! 11 tap beers served out of the front-end of a real fire truck. Hot Times, Cold Drinks and Great Food! Stop by this Tuesday for the First Night!! Click Here for Map. Stop by Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler for a Nozzlehead Food Discount Coupon.
Hacienda Harley-Davidson Bike Night at The Tilted Kilt. Stop by the new Tilted Kilt located at 7077 E. Bell Rd. for the Hacienda HD Bike Night. Enjoy the new Tilted Kilt for dinner or drinks while sitting on the patio large patio or inside watching your favorite sporting event on one of the many TV's inside. Stop by Hacienda Harley and get your 15% off Biker Card for the Tilted Kilt. There will be Jack Daniels door prizes. Free Jack Daniel's Shirts, Hats, Beanies, Handkerchiefs and Bandannas. Hacienda Harley-Davidson and Tilted Kilt Gift Certificates. Take a ride and stop by this Wednesday night. 6pm till close. 7077 E. Bell Rd. 480-922-8424. Bike Parking.
1st and 3rd Wednesday Nights
Superstition Harley-Davidson’s Bike Night. Superstition Harley-Davidson Bike Nights are back! We’re inviting you to kick back with your buds and take advantage of biker benefits! We’re featuring a different location every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month! Wednesday, October 4th we’ll be at "The Hot Spot" located on Apache Trail E. of Signal Butte in Apache Junction. From 6pm to 9pm, they’re servin’ it up right with $1 Domestic Drafts, $3 well drinks and FREE Buffet for all bikers.! Superstition Harley-Davidson in Apache Junction. (480) 346-0600 www.superstitionhd.com. Stay tuned for the October locations.
Wednesday, October 18th: San Tan Flat located at 6182 W. Hunt Hwy. in Queen Creek.
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 right next to Genesis Custom Cycles 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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
The "Hog Pen" at the Roadhouse Bike Weekend.
NEW!! Breakfast Buffet Now Beginning at 7am - Noon on Saturday! Click Here for your 2 for 1 breakfast buffet coupon good from 7am - 9am.
Grab a seat at the new Hog Pen bar rail and watch the bikes ride by. There
is plenty of new concrete motorcycle parking right out front. CCR is located on Cave Creek Rd. in the heart of
Cave Creek directly across from Harold's. It is a restaurant and bar that focuses on a broad menu of good food
and has a large bar for socializing with your riding pals for a good time. It is built to look like something
out of the 1800's, but it is brand new. Stop by this weekend for lunch, dinner or just to have a drink and take
a look at the place. I can tell you that their hamburgers and steak fries are exceptional. Mrs. C. had the
swordfish and said it was very good.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Wednesday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - Close
Friday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "Radio Dogma" 9pm - 1:30am
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Sugar Daddy's welcomes you back to riding with the Award Winning Sugar Daddy's Sunday Brunch voted "Best Sunday Brunch" by Newtimes 2006. Enjoy a $9 All You Can Eat Buffet, $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary Bar from 10am - 4pm. Relax to live music from 10am - 4pm on the 5700 sq. ft. climate controlled patio. Riding by later? Grab a quick BBQ from Noon - 5pm on the patio. You can also order off of the extensive menu.Our 5,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled patio has six air conditioning units, misters, and plenty of shade. Sugar Daddy's patio, food and entertainment is becoming a regular Sunday stop. If you haven't tried it yet, give them a try. Complimentary coffee is now served. Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd. for Brunch or Lunch from 10am - 4pm. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. Click here to see the awesome pictures and details of Sugar Daddy's located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. between Indian School and Thomas on the West side of the road. Stop by and check it out. A great place to hang out. Plenty of Bike Parking. If you have suggestions, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, October 7th
Cruising For St. Jude. Proceeds go to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Start for the event is to be at the Safeway on the southwest corner of Higley and Baseline, 5137 E. Baseline. Registration is between 7:30AM - 9AM. A pancake breakfast will be served during registration. The poker hands are collected at stops that run through Superior, Winkleman, Globe, and Mesa. Poker hand score sheets must be turned in by 3PM at the final destination and Winners will be announced by 5PM. The final destination, Hooter's of Mesa, offers a bbq deal for an extra $5 at registration. The Prizes are great and you can help raise money for a great cause, so join us! More info: email@example.com .
Saturday, October 7th
10th Annual C.U.F.F.S. Run. This ride benefits families Law Enforcement Officers killed or injured in the line of duty. All motorcycles are welcome. Registration at Chester's Harley Davidson at 922 S. Country Club Drive in Mesa, AZ. Registration starts at 8:00am, last bike out at 10:30am. Final destination Six Shooters, 705 S. Rural Rd. in Tempe. Vendors, Live Music, Raffles, Door Prizes, 50/50, Auctions. Entry fees: $15 for riders, $5 for passengers which includes one poker hand and ride pins to the first 300 entries. Lunch and T-shirts sold at the event. High Hand $300, Low Hand $100. For more information visit www.azchoirboys.com.
October 6th - 8th
18th Annual Hogtoberfest. Presented by H.O.G. Tucson Chapter. Vendors Galore, Wet T-Shirt Contest $1000 Prize, Poker Run $1000 Prize, Tattoo Contest, Bike Show, Bike Games, Western Gaming, Bikini & Firefighter Bike Wash, Fashion Show, BBQ & Other Treats To Eat. 4 Live Bands including The Fryed Brothers. Event at the Beaudry RV Center located at 3200 E. Irvinton Rd. in Tucson. Click Here for the full schedule. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday and Sunday
October 7th and 8th.
Ridenow Powersports New Location Grand Opening. Need a ride destination this weekend? Stop by the Ridenow Powersports new 32,000 Sq. Ft. showroom located at 15380 W. Bell Rd. in Surprise, AZ. I stopped by this location last week and it is a huge store jam packed with every imaginable powersports equipment including Metric Cruisers, Sport Bikes, Triumph, Dirt Bikes, Jet Skis, Quads, and Rhinos. See the latest in Polaris, Yamaha, Triumph, Suzuki. Motorsports equipment for all ages. Stop by the ultimate in powersports dealerships in the valley. Take advantage of the huge sidewalk sale with savings up to 70%. ATV Giveaway, $1,000 in hourly giveaways.
Saturday: Free Gift to first 200 customers, Live Band, Casino Parties, Free Chips, Win Prizes!
Sunday: Free Gift to first 200 customers, Pick-Your-ATV Raffle 5:00 PM. Stop by this weekend 10am - 5pm both days! 480-443-4567.
Saturday, October 14th
Chester's One Year Anniversary BIKE-A-PALOOZA. Join Chester's HD as they celebrate their One Year Anniversary with Fun and Entertainment ALL DAY from 10am - 10pm! Plenty to do all day long.
Bike Games: Test your riding skills from 10am - Noon.
Bike Show from Noon - 2pm.
Bikini Bike Wash Noon - 3pm.
Live Bands 2pm - 10pm. If Live Music is what you like, this is the place for you. 3 Bands - 1 Stage starting with:
MetalHead at 2pm.
The Hollywood Allstarz at 5:30pm
Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad at 8pm.
And while you are there, see all of the 2007 HD motorcycles and the latest
in Motorclothes. Don't miss this HUGE Party! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here
October 13th - 14th
PK Thunder at Glendale Arena. PK Thunder is a motorcycle event being held in association with the Promise Keepers Conference at the Glendale Arena on October 12-14, 2006. Go to www.pkthunder.org and www.promisekeepers.org to view the websites. The Promise Keepers Conference is an annual Christian men’s event. We anticipate over 6,000 men attending from all over the Valley and throughout the state and southwest. It will be one of the largest men’s event held in the Valley.
Friday, Oct. 13th motorcyclists will gather at the Glendale Arena from 4:00pm to 6:30pm for “Bike Night” before attending the PK Conference inside the Arena.
Saturday morning Oct. 14th at 7:45am an escorted ride will leave from Chester’s Harley-Davidson on 922 S. Country Club Blvd. in Mesa to PK Thunder at Glendale Arena. Stop by for a Continental Breakfast from 6:30am - 7:30am prior to the ride.
After the Promise Keepers Conference concludes at 4:30pm at the Glendale Arena the bikers attending will return to Chester’s HD to join in their First Anniversary where Ringo Starr’s Hollywood Stars and Grand Funk Railroad will be the entertainment. More info: email@example.com
October 13th - 15th
Rally at the Ranch. Stop by the newest major entertainment venue in the West Valley at Western Trails Ranch. Western Trails will be holding a Bike Fest called RALLY AT THE RANCH, with the main event Saturday for the Bike Run, and Concert Saturday night, with headliner Bad Company featuring Brian Howe. Live music also provided by Shut Up & Drive, Phat Bastard, and Poppy and the Usual Suspects. Bike Games, Poker Runs, Vendors, Bikini Contest, Wet T-Shirt Contest, Burn Out Pit, Bike Show Awards, Tattoo Contest, Giveaways, Partying! 3 DAY admission Includes Poker Runs And Bike Games Pre-Buy-$25.00 Day of the Event-$35.00. 3 DAY admission with no Poker Runs or Bike Games Pre-Buy-$20.00 Day of the Event-$30.00. First 500 get a free Ride Pin. Join our Texas Hold’em tournanment for a chance at a seat at the National Tournament of Champions. Includes airfare and hotel. Western Trails Ranch is located at 37823 Grand Ave. in Morristown, AZ. Mile marker 124. Click Here for complete agenda with times and activities. More info: 623-388-0450.
Saturday, October 14th
6th Annual Foothills Stampede and Poker Run. Take a 190 mile Poker Run with Foothills H.O.G. Chapter through scenic Arizona. Ride Patch for the first 500 registered. Pancake breakfast at Chandler HD for registered participants. $25 person/$45 couple registration includes Poker Run, Entrance to Ft. Mcdowell Casino, Lunch, Music, Share The Wealth Raffle, Door Prizes, Vendor and Shopping. All proceeds benefit Chandler Compadres. Sign in from 8:30am - 10am at Chandler HD located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800. Chandler HD will be offering 15% off from 7:30am - 10am on the day of the event to all registered participants.
Saturday, October 14th
Deuces Wild! Draw a Deuce to End Abuse. Poker Run to benefit SwanRider, a non-profit organization to end domestic violence. $20 per rider/$5 passenger. Ride approximately 100 miles. Everyone welcome. Register at Steel Horse Saloon 8:30am - 9:30am located at 1768 W. Bell Rd. Last card at Steel Horse 4:30pm. Raffle, Auction, 50/50 drawing. Prizes for best and worst hand.
Sunday, October 15th
Sugar Daddy's Biker Brunch Kickoff. Sugar Daddy's welcomes you back to riding with the Award Winning Sugar Daddy's Sunday Brunch voted "Best Sunday Brunch" by Newtimes 2006. Enjoy a $9 All You Can Eat Buffet, $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary Bar from 10am - 4pm. Relax to live music from 10am - 4pm on the 5700 sq. ft. climate controlled patio. Riding by later? Grab a quick BBQ from Noon - 5pm on the patio. You can also order off of the extensive menu. Click Here for more information. Sugar Daddy's is located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale.
Sunday, October 15th
Ride For Kids Supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The Ride For Kids® is a motorcyclist’s program that is helping to find the cause and cure of pediatric brain tumors. The Ride For Kids® also serves as a nationally recognized educational and patient support program for patients and their families, and the medical community. Brain tumors are the most deadly of all the childhood cancers. Ride starts at the Cardinals Stadium located at 91st. Ave. and Glendale Ave. in Glendale. Registration opens at 8am and closes at 9:45am. Free coffee, doughnuts and light lunch. The police-escorted ride will arrive at the end point at approximately 11 a.m. After a light lunch, participants will enjoy a Celebration of Life program that features interviews with young brain tumor survivors-the Ride for Kids® "stars" of the day. The minimum donation to ride is $35.
Sunday, October 15th
1st Annual Oktoberfest Poker Run. Sponsored by American Legion Riders Post 62. Sign in at 9847 W. Desert Cove Ave. in Peoria, AZ from 9am - 11am. Prizes for best and worst hand. $10 per rider, $5 for passenger. There will be food and door prizes at end of ride. Info: 623-266-6704.
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