Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
11/22/17

Greetings Riders,

I would first like to remind everyone that the Cyclerides.com Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District is now over for the season as of last Thursday night. Thanks to all that participated throughout 2017. The number one question that I had last Thursday night was when will it start up again. We are currently looking at schedules with Westgate, but to alleviate the conflict with Coyote games, we will concentrate on Friday nights and are looking at beginning the end of February and finishing the end of May to use more of the great riding weather. Stay tuned for exact starting dates that will be announced soon.

If you missed the newsletter last week with the photos and video from the Cyclerides.com Veterans Bike Night, Click Here to View.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

One thing that I have been wanting to share with you was our stop this past Summer at the Rock & Hall of Fame located in Cleveland, OH. The Rock Hall was one of the places that have been on my bucket list for several years. The reason it has been on the list for so long is that it just wasn't the most convenient place to get to from Phoenix, AZ or a place that I would normally be going by to get to someplace else. So it kept getting pushed aside until this year, and it was by accident.

This visit happened on our fly and ride trip this year when we went to Knoxville and rented the 2 Harley's and rode the North Carolina and Tennessee for 5 days. At the end of that trip we were going to continue on East to visit Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers took their first flight. But the weather was so bad there that we had to find another destination. So as I was looking on the map, I found that Cleveland was only 2 hours from us and this would be a great time to see the Rock Hall. So we headed North and landed at the Burke Lakefront Airport that is literally only a quarter mile from the HOF on Lake Erie.

We arrived in Cleveland around 11:30 am and ended up staying at the new Hilton downtown over looking the Cleveland Browns Stadium and the The Rock Hall that is located next door. Since we didn't have enough time to go to the HOF that day, we decided to take a walking tour of Cleveland. All I can say is Wow!! We had no idea Cleveland was such a nice city. My perception was that it was an old rust belt city that would have nothing to offer. I couldn't have been any more wrong. The revitalization of this downtown inner city was absolutely amazing. They have converted a lot of the old industrial buildings on the waterfront to urban housing and created an entertainment district that was really outstanding. Whoever was responsible for that deserves an award.

With the Browns stadium, the Cavaliers the Indians stadiums and the waterfront all within walking distance, it creates a very vibrant experience in the downtown area. And the history that is celebrated there with monuments, old buildings and outdoor theater and entertainment is very cool. The city is extremely clean and well kept. We walked several miles around the city that afternoon and felt completely safe into the evening hours. So if you are planning a trip in the Cleveland area, plan some time to explore this city.

The next day we got up early and had breakfast in the city before heading the Rock Hall of Fame where we spent the next 6 hours immersed in Music History. In 1986, Cleveland was chosen as the Hall of Fame's permanent home. Since opening in September 1995, the "Rock Hall", part of the city's redeveloped North Coast Harbor, has hosted more than 10 million visitors. Sometimes when things are on your bucket list, when you finally get to see them they can be a disappointment. This wasn't one of those times at all. If anything, it exceeded expectations. There is so much to see and experience in this museum that there is no way to consume or retain all that you will see in one day.

There are so many ways to explain this place that it could take forever, but this paragraph from Wikipedia sums it up nicely: There are seven levels in the building. On the lower level is the Ahmet M. Ertegun Exhibition Hall, the museum's main gallery. It includes exhibits on the roots of rock and roll (gospel, blues, rhythm & blues and folk, country and bluegrass). It also features exhibits on cities that have had a major impact on rock and roll: Memphis, Detroit, London and Liverpool, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle. There are exhibits about soul music, the Fifties, Sun Records, Atlantic Records, hip hop music, Cleveland's rock and roll legacy, the music of the Midwest, rock and roll radio and dee-jays, and the many protests against rock and roll. This gallery also has exhibits that focus on individual artists, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and others. Finally, the Ahmet M. Ertegun Exhibition Hall includes two theaters, one of which features a film about the roots of rock and roll and one that features films on various subjects.

As I mentioned, there is so much to see here and it is so steeped in music history, that it is almost mind boggling. You see many of the music events that we witnessed in our lifetime now enshrined in this building. And speaking of the building, it is a very recognizable 7 story pyramid shaped building with the giant letters, LONG LIVE ROCK, emblazoned in red out front, built on the shores of Lake Erie with over 55,000 square feet of exhibition space.

You will most likely spend the most time on your favorite artists, but my highlights of the visit was following the history of Rock and Roll that they have represented so well, and spending time reading almost everything about the Beatles, Stones, Elvis, a very interesting special exhibit about John Cougar Mellencamp and a special exhibit about the 50 years of the Rolling Stone magazine. They do have a very good restaurant in the building, so you can spend all the time you need there without leaving the building.

I would highly recommend putting a visit to Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on your list of things to do. If you enjoy music of the last 60 years or so, you will certainly enjoy seeing how it developed. It is virtually impossible to replicate the experience of a visit here by photos, but I have included some of my favorite exhibits and photos of the area including downtown Cleveland for you to see.Enjoy!

Click Here for Photos. The best way to view them is to click on the photo on the right that will make it full screen, then arrow through them full screen.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
Enjoy time with your family and friends. Please Ride Safe!
Barry

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New 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 to View. 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 $15 online that includes free shipping. Click Here to Order.



This Week

Month of November
Chandler Harley-Davidson Service Specials. Keep your bike looking Brand New and in shape for the riding season.
Leather Bag and Seat Service: $39.95
Engine Bright Service: $29.95
White Wall + Wheel Clean Service: $29.95
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.

Saturday, November 25th
Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson Hogs & Dogs. Join Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson for their monthly 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! Join them Saturday, November 25th from 11am till 3pm! Great food, cold drinks, live music, fun shopping and an all-around good time! So hop on your bike, grab some friends and ride over to Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson. For more information call (602) 971-3400 or go to www.buddystubbshd.com. Also check them out on facebook at facebook.com/buddystubbshd and Instagram @buddystubbshd


Upcoming Events

Friday and Saturday
December 9th and 10th
Morongo's Sleigh Ride Toy Run. Enjoy Morongo's 1st Annual Sleigh Ride Toy Run with multi-platinum selling 80's rock icons Great White and Slaughter on Dec. 9th and Vixen & Autograph on Dec. 10th. 1 Day Online - $20- / 1 Day at Door - $25-. Admission includes Bike Games, Bike Show, Food, Drinks, and Live Entertainment. Donate a $15- or more new, unwrapped toy to be entered into event raffles. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. This event is located at the Morongo Pavilion, 49500 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA, 92230.
Saturday, December 9th
Toy Runs begin at 11:00 AM at both Palm Springs Harley-Davidson, 19465 N. Indian Canyon Dr., 760-329-1448

and Temecula Harley-Davidson at 28964 Old Town Front St., 951-506-6903. Contact either dealership to sign up for rides.
Day 1# - Doors open at 12pm and music begins at 6pm. Click Here for Tickets.
Day 2# - Doors open at 10am and the concerts begin at 12pm. Click Here for Tickets.



Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to www.facebook.com/cycleridescom. Over 6800 LIKES! 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!

Great tribute to the military by the West Virginia marching band. Click Here to view.

Video of the Week
This girl has an amazing memory. She can memorize a deck of cards in 30 sec. Check this out. Click Here. Click on the Video of the Week graphic to view.
 
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com

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