Tonight I sit in a hotel room in
Baltimore, MD at 10:30 pm local time Tuesday finishing the newsletter for this
week. My day started at 5 am this morning in Phoenix, AZ as I arose to embark on
what will be one of the most important and gratifying things that I will ever do
with my 87 year old Father. As most of you know, he is a WW2 Veteran having
served in the Navy in both WW2 and later in Korea. As a WW2 Vet he was sponsored
by his Sun City Elks Lodge to take take the Honor Flight with 27 other WW2
Veterans to Washington DC to see their Memorial. Each one has to have a guardian
to help them and my Father chose me to accompany him on this trip.
To say the this is an honor to be in
the company of 28 World War II Veterans escorting them to their memorial is a
huge understatement. This group of men range anywhere from 80 to 94 years old.
You might be asking how can one of them be 80? He fudged on his application and
enlisted when he was 13 years old. More on that next week.
It has been a long whirlwind of a day
with a lot of emotion. Not only do I consider all of these men to be the pillars
of this great country, that all willingly went to war at a very high cost to
defend our country and make it the greatest in the world, but a lot of others
feel the same way. I will admit to outright tears rolling down my face as I took
the long walk with my Father at my side along with these 27 other great
Americans wearing their yellow Honor Flight shirts as we headed toward gate 7 at
Sky Harbor. I literally became overwhelmed with emotion while I watched as
EVERYONE in the other gates rise to their feet and started to applaud and cheer
as these gentlemen slowly walked the corridor making their way to the gate.
It was an extremely proud moment and
overwhelming to see the patriotism rise up from the crowd and very emotional to
see these guys honored for their service by total strangers over 60 years later.
And also overwhelming that my Father was one of them. It was an awesome moment
that will never be forgotten. I am so proud of Dad and all of these guys, and at
the same time so proud of these people to give them this show of love and
gratitude. Just an incredible moment that welled emotion from deep inside my
gut. Hard to explain.
We also experienced the same as we
exited the plane in Baltimore as we walked through a long line of travelers that
were cheering and shaking hands with these vets. It has truly invigorated my
faith that their still are many good people in this country that understand what
these guys, and our current military mean to the future of America. We haven’t
even gotten to the good stuff and it has been an incredible trip just to be able
to witness the goodness of total strangers.
Tomorrow we start the day visiting
the WW2 Memorial followed by the Navy, FDR, Iwo Jima, Vietnam, Lincoln and
Korean Memorials. We will then go take a tour of the Capital followed by a trip
to Arlington to witness the changing of the guard. The day will end at Ft. Myer
for dinner followed by a night tour of Washington DC. It is a long day that
starts at 7 am and ends at 7 pm that will be packed with history of the United
States. I can’t wait to get started. We will then head back Thursday afternoon
where I will go straight from the airport to Westgate for Bike Night getting
there around 7:45 pm.
The weather report couldn’t be much
worse Wednesday with 50% chance of rain and a high of 43 degrees. But we are
going to make the most of our time here and enjoy it none the less. I will be
posting pictures throughout the day on Wednesday on the Cyclerides.com Facebook
. Next week in the newsletter I will have a full report on the trip and will be
anxious to share photos and video with you.
Click Here for a photo with my
Dad and I standing next to the Honor Flight sign. Go to www.honorflight.org for information on
this great program that sends WW2 Vets back to see their memorial that took way
to long to be built.
God Bless America!
September 13th – November 15th
Only 2 Nights Left!
Music this week with Valley Favorite “Kung Fu Grip”.
are ready to enjoy the break in the weather and get back on their bikes. So 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
are the details for the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by
Arrowhead HD and Ridenow Powersports:
Where: Westgate City Center, Loop 101
and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Jobing.com Arena.
When: Thursday nights beginning
September 13th – November 15th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music, Food,
Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising down Coyote
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports:
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the
Cyclerides.com/Westgate 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.
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.
to our Associate Sponsor Curly’s CustomsCurly'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
Restaurant Specials at
Saddle Ranch - 2 chicken tacos for $5.50. Classic pints of draft beer for only $3.
6:30pm to 10:00pm All Bike Nights, excluding event days/nights (when there are
concerts, sporting or other events at the Center/stadium/arena). Show “M” Class
on license for discount.
Calico Jack’s Cantina - Bike
Night Platters. Nacho chips, mini-chimis, onion rings & jalapeno poppers,
plus a pitcher of domestic draft beer for only $19.99. Enjoy 10% off your bill
when you show your motorcycle license.
The SHOUT! House - Bike
Night Burger Deal: Burger, fries and one beer for only
Kabuki - Take 15% off when
you show your motorcycle license during Westgate Bike Night, Dine-in only. One
offer per table per party. Not valid during Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour.
Margaritaville – 5-9 PM. 15%
off for bikers that show their motorcycle license, alcohol not included. $2
Wednesday, November 7th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Loco Patron Bike
Night. Join Chandler Harley-Davidson for
Bike Night at Loco Patron from 6:30 – 9:30 PM located at 1327 E.
Chandler Blvd., Phoenix, AZ. Featuring a Ride-In Bike Show with Trophies
Awarded. Bike Night Specials include $2.50 domestics, 10% off food for H.O.G.
Members, Raffle Prizes throughout the night by the Chandler Harley girls, VIP
Motorcycle Parking, LIVE MUSIC from Paul Ludenia.
Saturday, November 10th
Red, White and Blue Bike Show at Chandler
Harley-Davidson. Come out and support our
local Veterans from 10am – 4pm on Saturday, November 10th. Harley’s
Heroes will be onsite to process claims for Vets in need! If you are a vet in
need or know a vet in need, please tell them about this event. Enjoy FREE FOOD,
Music, Raffles and a Bike Show with trophies awarded at 3pm. Call the store at
480-496-6800 to register for the show. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W.
Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. www.chandlerharley.com .
Saturday, November 10th
Veterans Tribute Ride. On Saturday, November 10, 2012 motorcycle enthusiasts and
the community will come together at the Veterans Tribute Ride & Family
Festival to honor all five branches of our armed services and our
veterans presented by Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln. Proceeds benefit the
USO Arizona and Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society. $30 rider/$50 two-up.
Includes dinner & party with ride registration. $15 for After
Party & Concert only includes 1 Drink Ticket. All monies stay in
Arizona and will be used for programs that support the men, women and families
in our state. The day is filled with two moving experiences: from 10 am – 2 pm
bikers can register for the Veterans Tribute Ride at Sanderson Ford located at
6400 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale and enjoy the FREE Family Festival with activities
such as a rock wall, Broken Toys Band, Veteran services plus food and drinks.
Kick stands are up at 2:30 pm with two honor stops: Wesley Bolin Plaza and
Arizona State Veterans Home.
Pre-Register this week at the Cyclerides.com
Westgate Bike Night
VETERANS TRIBUTE RUN
2:30 PM: Kicks Stands Up at Sanderson
STOP: Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 W.
Washington St. (home to 29 Memorials)
STOP: AZ State Veteran Home, 4141 North
S. Herrera Way, Phoenix
Bring a DVD and/or CD to donate to the
REFUEL and REFRESHMENTS sponsored by
Madison Pointe Apartment Homes and Dunkin Donuts
6 PM - 10 PM: Party At Harley-Davidson of
$15 - After Party & Concert only
includes 1 Drink Ticket
The event finishes with a
Party at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale from 6 – 10 pm featuring Furious George
Band, Miller/Coors Beer Garden, Tequila Sheila and Whiskey Ranch BBQ. For more
information visit the website www.AZTributeRides.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/aztributerides .
Tuesday, November 13th
Bike Night at Hooters Mesa. Ride in to Hooters of Mesa the 2nd Tuesday of Every Month
for Bike Night. You will be greeted by the Hooter’s Girls and some
of the best wings in the West. Bike night from 6-9 PM. Motorcycle parking and
ALL bikes welcome. Raffles. Hooters Mesa is located at Alma School Rd. South of
US 60. 480-839-4767.
Saturday, November 17th
Whip up a batch of your best chili and join us
at our Chili Cook-off event to see who'll win bragging rights for
the best chili 'round town! We'll have a live band & ice cold beer so don't
miss out! The cook-off is from 11am-2pm
$5 donation includes all the chili you
can taste (100% of donations benefit the Combat Vets). You are the
Winning categories include:
-Best Over-All ($200 gift card &
-2nd Best ($100 gift card &
-Hottest ($100 gift card &
-Most Unique ($100 gift card &
-Best named/Table Theme ($100 gift card
We'll also have a bloodmobile out in the
parking lot from 9am-1pm if you're feeling generous and would like to donate.
For more information about the blood drive, visit this link: To register to donate blood, visit this link: Sponsor code: ScottsdaleHarley
Saturday, November 17th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Hogs & Dogs. Buddy Stubbs Anthem H-D invites you to their Hogs &
Dogs event on Saturday, November 17th, from 11:00-2:00 p.m.! This
month they ask the ever-important question, "Are you riding in the correct lane
to protect your life?" TEAM AZ will be onsite during the event to provide a FREE
Lane Positioning Seminar and to answer your important riding questions. Be sure
to RSVP for the seminar taking place from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the HOG room and
join Team Stubbs and TEAM AZ as they discuss valuable riding information you
won’t want to miss!
Grab your favorite riding partner
and head to Buddy Stubbs Anthem H-D to take part in the class and/or to enjoy
their monthly FREE hot dogs and sodas! For more information contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (623) 465-1122. Anthem Harley-Davidson is
located at 41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem, AZ 85086, find them on the web at
Saturday, November 17th
5th Annual Fallen Firefighters Motorcycle Poker
Run. Registration will be at The Nautical
Beach Front Resort in Lake Havasu at 8am, with the poker stops in
various places throughout Mohave County as in years past. The final stop will be
back in Lake Havasu at the Nautical Beach Front Resort. The Los Regulars will be
playing live music as well as a DJ playing into the night with a variety of
other events. All final poker stop events, food and fun are at the host hotel
allowing all local and out of town guests to party it up without having to ride
when the fun is over.
Saturday, November 17th
American Legion Riders Post 107 benefit ride for Justa
Center. This benefit ride is for the JUSTA
CENTER and will provide them with much needed funds to help at risk
homeless Veterans get off the streets and back to work. In addition to their
daily needs (i.e. showers, laundry and restrooms) they assist Veterans in
getting their VA benefits, finding housing, jobs and help them regain their
lives. Ride starts and ends at American Legion Post 107, 20001 N. Cave Creek Rd.
602-971-9982. Pre reg $20 per rider and $5 for passenger. Registration will be
available on site starting at 8am. Breakfast burritos available with coffee.
Last bike out by 10am, back by 4pm.
Saturday, December 1st Save The
Date! Saturday, December 1st.
The Cyclerides.com Toys to Kids event will once again be held at Westgate City Center in the fountain plaza area where we will bus in 130 underprivileged and
homeless kids from the
Children First Academy from downtown Phoenix. We will entertain them, feed them
and then they will each get to pick 3 gifts from the stack of toys that you
bring to take home with them. One of the toys that they pick is for them to give
away to another child that could not come. There is no cost for this event. All
we ask is that you bring at least one toy or game per person for ages
This year is going to be especially fun as we once again have Craig Davis for
entertainment. Craig was a huge hit for
the adults as well as the kids last year. He is a world
class magician that normally charges over $2000 per show at private parties and
corporate events. He combines the art of illusion, comedy and the spectacle of
the circus that is amazingly entertaining.
Craig specializes in Original and Unbelievable Grand Magic Illusions,
Side-Splitting Comedy, Audience Participation, Trained Tropical Birds, Amazing
Juggling and features
Original, Exciting Music. This is always a special event and should be
especially entertaining this year. Bring the whole family. Craig will
start his performance at 10:45 AM. So be sure to be there. Check out a video on
his web site. Click
Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids.
Itinerary of the Day:
The morning will begin at 9 AM at Westgate City Center with
Christmas music spun by Big D’s Mobile
Saddle Ranch will have
available an all inclusive $9.99 per person breakfast buffet beginning at 9 am.
The kids will be arriving at 10:15 am and all will enjoy some street
entertainment as a warm up for the big show. At 10:45 am the Toys to Kids will
begin with some amazing comedy, magic and juggling from Craig Davis. Bring the
whole family to enjoy this great event. This is usually the best day of the year
for these kids and they love to see the riders and bikes. Westgate City Center
is located at Loop 101 and West Glendale Ave. in Glendale.
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe
Riding To All,
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