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I have done a lot of events supporting
the military and Veterans over the last 18 years with Cyclerides.com,
but as I sit here writing this letter, I am having trouble putting into
words how excited I am for this Cyclerides.com Veterans Day Bike
Night. The joy I have gotten seeing everyone step up to help with
this event including private air transportation for the
Veterans to Phoenix, asking Westgate if they would line Coyote Blvd.
with 16 American Flags and they promptly said yes, having the band CTS
to play the event, working with Rick Cochran on the presentation, and
getting the giant 20 foot THANK YOU VETERANS banner that will hang
below the Welcome Riders sign, along with other details has all been
absolutely fun and gratifying in every way. I will admit that this is
as excited as I have been for one of these events since we did the live
satellite feed to Iraq at the Hearts to Heroes event in 2005.
As I watched the video of U.S.
Navy Seaman 1st Class Ray
oldest Pearl Harbor survivor at 105 years old, and learn more about his
story, it humbles me that we will have the opportunity to meet this man
and shake his hand. The fact that he survived Pearl Harbor and went
back out into combat that day is a story in itself, but I would also
like to know his tips for a long life! Apparently getting a physical
trainer at the age of 101 has something to do with it. (See Video) I am
looking forward to spending some time with him to hear his story.
We will also have United
States Army Special Forces Command
Sergeant Major Ramon Rodriquez with us that night. Ramon has 3
Bronze Stars, 3 Silver Stars and 5 Purple Hearts. When I first read the
story about Ramon Rodriquez I was absolutely humbled by his bravery and
commitment to our country. Then I watched the movie Hacksaw Ridge last
weekend and that put a big exclamation point on the bravery that our
combat soldiers possess. To see real life played out in that movie was
almost unbearable to watch. If you haven't seen the movie yet, I would
recommend it. Desmend Doss, the subject of that movie was awarded the
Medal of Honor for his extraordinary service at Hacksaw Ridge, the same
medal that Ramon Rodriguez is up for now.
If you use Facebook, stay tuned
tomorrow starting at about 10:15am as I will be on the private
jet that will be going to Long Beach to pick up Ramon and to San Diego
to pick of Ray and Kathleen. My goal is to do Live Updates along the
way as we pick up these Veterans and get a few words from them on the
plane. I plan to video and document the trip on Facebook and in the
newsletter for next week. For the Cyclerides.com Facebook go to www.facebook.com/cycleridescom.
Like it if you are on Facebook, but even if you are not a member of
Facebook, you can view the page.
I would again like to thank Ridenow Charities for funding the private
transportation that will bring these 2 men in the style they
deserve from Long Beach and San
Diego, CA on Thursday and return them on Sunday.
In a world that seems to be going off
the skids in many ways, this will be a welcome diversion. I
encourage everyone to take time this Friday night to come out to Honor
Veterans, all of those that are serving in our military, enjoy a night
of patriotism, and in particular, spend some time with these 2 heroes.
Westgate has lined Coyote Blvd. with 16 American Flags in honor of
Veterans Day. Please bring the whole family to enjoy a night of
patriotic music by CTS, to honor our Veterans and the United States of
America. It will be a wonderful time and I look forward to seeing you
there. Get there early for best parking as there is an event that night
in the arena that night. Parking will be limited in event plaza, but
overflow will be plentiful. There may be intermittent closure of Coyote
Blvd. later due to people on the road. You will be directed to overflow.
for more details:
Veterans Day Bike Night
Entertainment District, Loop 101 & Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ.
When: Friday, November 10th
Time: Gates open on Coyote
Blvd. at 5pm.
Music: Live Music with
CTS from 6-9pm
Meet and Greet: Ray
and Ramon at 7pm at Indian Motorcycles Tent.
Presentation of Colors and Ceremony at 8pm.
Live music for this evening from 6-9 PM
will be the band CTS, featuring
Jeff Senour who is an incredible performer, patriot and military
supporter. This is the perfect band to celebrate Veterans day with as
they are Driven by a passion to celebrate the greatest country in the
world and touching the souls of America’s youth through music, Jeff
Senour formed the CTS (Called To Serve) rock band in 2002. Senour and
CTS have created inspiring original music with a positive message
garnering worldwide recognition and numerous awards, including:
*Song And Music Video Of The Year: Military Writers Society
*Southwest Airlines Presidents Award
*Snowball Express “Official Song”
*Performances On USS Missouri For 75Th Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor,
Pentagon Washington DC, USS Midway San Diego, 105th Birthday
Celebration For Ray Chavez – Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor.
Jeff has several original songs by CTS dedicated to our Veterans that
will be played throughout the evening.
At 8PM there will be a special 30
minute presentation featuring the
National Anthem and unfurling of the 20 foot flag that flew on the USS
Missouri, a Color Guard presentation, Patriot Guard Riders, and a
presentation of Ray Chavez and Ramon Rodriguez who will both address
the crowd. If you are looking for a place to show your patriotism and
your support for our Veterans and active military forces, I invite you
to join us on this magical night, Friday, November 10th with these 2
military heroes. You will also have the opportunity to talk with them
and see the medals on display.
truly believe this will be a magical night that will give us
opportunity to show our love for the Veterans of the United States
Armed Services and well as show our Patriotism and love for our country
at a time when we need it so much. Hopefully we will see you on Friday,
November 10th at the Cyclerides.com Bike Night for
Veterans at Westgate
Entertainment District. Live Music by CTS from 6-9pm. Special
Presentation to our Veterans at 8 PM on Coyote Blvd.
Bring all of your family and friends to show our Veterans that we
support them! Don't forget to stop by and see the live Bald Eagle
brought in by Liberty Wildlife.
Photos and video of the event will be in the newsletter next week.
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Cyclerides.com Logo and Shirts!
Working on the Veterans Day Bike Night inspired me to come up with a
new logo that celebrates America. I am calling it the Cyclerides.com
"Old Glory" Logo. They will have the phrase "Ride-Eat-Sleep-Repeat" on the front
with a small Old Glory logo below and a large Old
Glory logo on the back. Please take a look at it and see what you
think. Click Here
I will have a limited quantity of these shirts for sale at the Veterans
Day Bike Night and
will be using this as my new logo going forward. The shirts will be
available in short sleeved black to start and I will be adding Long
Sleeved black by December 1st in time for Christmas. The price is only
$18 online that includes free shipping. Click Here to Order.
*Friday Night this
week! Live Music with "CTS".
Cyclerides.com Bike Night at
Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District will begin our 9th Fall
Season with 11 nights total on Friday, September 8th from 5pm - 9pm. Yes,
you read that correct, Friday night. Due to interest in Friday nights
last time and some conflict with events at the arena, we have decided
to do the first 7 Cyclerides.com Bike Nights at Westgate on Friday
nights. For those of you putting this in your calendars to keep track,
those dates will be Friday nights from September 8th - October 20th.
Here is where it gets a little
first idea was to do the last 4 nights on Thursday nights and that is
how we were going to proceed. Then Westgate got notified of an event
happening at the arena on Thursday, Nov. 9th. So we are switching that
one night to Friday, November 10th when we will have a big Veteran's
Day celebration at bike night. So the last 4 nights will be on
Thursdays, October 26th, November 2nd and November 16th for the last
night. November 10th will be on a Friday. It was unfortunate that we
couldn't keep all 4 Thursdays in a row, but with all the conflicts
either way, this was the best way to do it.
This is a great excuse for all to get
out on the motorcycle and enjoy some
cooler weather especially for evening riding. There was a lot of good
feedback on Friday nights last time as a lot of people used it for a
date night on the motorcycle and were able to stay out a little longer
as for some it isn't a work night.
Thursday, November 16th: "Kung Fu Grip"
Thanks once again to our presenting sponsors: Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Ridenow Powersports and Indian Motorcycle Peoria,
And also to our Associate Sponsor: Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers.
For more information, go to the Cyclerides.com
Bike Night Page. Here
you will find the bands that will be playing each week and photos
posted throughout the season. I look forward to seeing you all again
for bike night this fall. Westgate
Entertainment District is located at the SE corner of Loop 101 and
Glendale Ave. in Glendale, AZ.
Thursday, November 9th
Appreciation Night presented by the Husband and Wife Law Team. Event time from 5pm -8pm. Free BBQ
Dinner, Raffles, Live Music by 74th Street band and special ceremony
honoring local heroes. Seating available for the first 150 RSVP’s. RSVP
Takes place at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ.
Saturday, November 11th
Veterans Day Blood Drive. Join
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson on Saturday,
November 11th from 10am to 1pm for their Veterans Day Blood
Drive! American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be onsite from 9am -
*Bikini Bike Wash (last bike
wash of the season)
*Free Lunch & Ice Cream
*DJ *Boot Shining
*Raffles - proceeds
benefiting Nation of Patriots - Arizona
15% off H-D licensed
merchandise to all active duty, retired, and veteran military members.
MIND-BLOWING MARKDOWNS on all
To schedule your appointment
for the blood drive, please call: 1-800-733-2767 or visit
redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code: harleydavidsonpeoria. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is
at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
Saturday, November 11th
Harley-Davidson Veterans Day Appreciation. Join us Saturday, November 11th from 10AM -
3PM for our Home
of the Free, Thanks to the Brave Veterans Day Appreciation event.
All are welcome. Coffee and Donuts will be served while supplies last.
All Veterans receive 20% Off Licensed H-D Merchandise. Chandler HD is
located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd., in Chandler, AZ 480-496-6800.
Month of November
Harley-Davidson Service Specials. Keep
your bike looking Brand New and in shape for the riding season.
Leather Bag and Seat Service:
Engine Bright Service: $29.95
White Wall + Wheel Clean
Buff All Paint + Wax: $49.95
Oil Change Special: Regular
Oil - $89.95, Synthetic Oil - $119.95
1/2 Off Labor on exhaust
slip-on install. Offer includes Free Safety Inspection.
Chandler Harley-Davidson is
located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
Friday, November 17th
& Iron 2: Bike Show & Car Show. 6pm - 9pm.
Registration begins at 5pm. *Free Food *Live Band *Patch Sewing *and
Best Club Style / Best Bagger
/ Best Custom / Best Softail / Best Sportster / Best Import
*Plaques and gift cards for
winner of each category.
All Makes & Models Welcome
$300 Tattoo for First Place
Winner, $150 Tattoo
Tattoos courtesy of Top
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is
located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
Saturday, November 18th
Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson Hogs & Dogs. Join
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson for Hogs & Dogs! They’ll
have free burgers, dogs, drinks and more as they host a great open
house. This month they are thanking the Military with 15% off all
Riding and Casual Gear along with an extra 10% off all End of Season
Motorclothes! In addition, they'll have legendary pinstriper Lyle Fisk
on site to stripe bikes, cars, phones, or whatever you've got!
Join them Saturday, November 18th from 11am till 2pm! Great food, cold
drinks, fun shopping and an all-around good time! So hop on your bike,
grab some friends and roll up to Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson.
For more information call (623) 465-1122 or go to www.buddystubbshd.com. Also check
them out on facebook at facebook.com/anthemhd
and Instagram @anthemhd
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