Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Greetings Riders and Happy Thanksgiving,
Well, it looks like winter, at least Arizona style is finally going to make an appearance this week. Yes, for all of you reading this outside of the Valley area, high temperatures in the upper 60's marks the beginning of Winter around here. I've been getting away with just wearing a sweatshirt when riding, but now I might actually have to dig out the leather and gloves.
I've touched on a lot of different things in the newsletter over the years, but one thing that I don't think I have talked about is the protocol of stopping when you see another rider on the side of the road. As we all know, bikers are some of the most generous and helpful people that there are as a group and are always willing to help another rider in distress. But the problem these days for me is trying to figure out who REALLY needs help and who is just getting something out of their bags, taking a break or checking their voicemail.
It is hard at 70 mph to try and figure out in 2 seconds who needs help, and who doesn't. I look at what they are doing and try to decide if there is a problem or not. If I ascertain that there isn't, sometimes it still haunts me when I go on by and start second guessing myself that they might have actually needed help. You never know what to do. Usually for me, if they are leisurely getting something out of their bags, etc., I don't stop. But if they are tinkering with the motor, it is a sign to pull over. The good news is that with the reliability of the new bikes and the increased use in cell phones, there seems to be less stops for breakdowns and more for phone use than in years past, but is does still happen. Coming back from Rocky Point we could have stopped at least 4 times by the time we get to Ajo. But the first 3 I made the decision that they didn't need help or there was already another bike there. But the fourth one, I guess my instincts kicked in and I was right.
Just South of Why, AZ I saw this guy just standing next to his bike looking down the road. He was not smoking, not on the phone, just looking a bit perplexed, at least as far as I could tell at 70 mph. So I slowed down a little and mouthed "Do you need help?" He raised his arms as if to say, "I don't know what is wrong". So I slowed down, and both Mrs. C. and I did a U-Turn to go back and see if we could help. As it turns out, the guy was from Nevada and his Indian Chief had lost all power and died on the side of the road. He said it had been missing out for a while and he was trying to limp into Ajo. We tried starting the bike but there was no spark at all. I told him I had a cell phone that worked out there, but he said he didn't have anyone to call, but that he was staying at an RV park in Ajo where his truck and trailer was, and if he could get there, he could come back for the bike. So I put Mrs. C. on the back with me, and he rode the Vrod in to town to get his truck. Fortunately he had that available, or he would have been in big trouble, because that bike wasn't going to start any time soon.
He thanked us profusely for stopping as he had already seen many bikes go by that had not stopped. As it turns out, by having an extra bike available, we were able to provide a good way to get him out of the jam he was in. Mrs. C. and I felt good that we were able to help a fellow biker in need, but it still didn't solve the problem of stopping at every bike we see on the side of the road. With all of the other reasons that riders stop these days, maybe we should come up with some universal hand signal to let others know when we do actually need help, and not just taking a break, layering or answering a call. This way people like me won't have to beat myself up over whether I made the right decision or not with someone on the side of the road. Maybe if we need help, we should just cross our arms to make an X and stand next to the bike. Or maybe carry a yellow cloth and place it on the outside grip to signify that help is needed. Otherwise we will assume there is not a problem. If someone has a better idea feel free to let me know. Maybe we can start this trend right here in Arizona, and save a lot of needless stops to help someone that doesn't need help.
Bikers helping others goes on throughout the year, but it is even more evident during
the Christmas season. One event that I would encourage you to participate in is the Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids Ride that will be held Saturday, December 1st. This is a very special time as we bring in over
100 homeless and underprivileged kids that will be waiting for the riders at the end location to bring
in the toys. It is hard to describe the feeling that you get when you ride in or when you walk up to
stage to drop off your gifts and hear all of the cheers from the kids. A lot of riders bring candy to throw to
the kids as they ride in or walk up front with their presents. This year the Dickens Carolers will entertain
you with Christmas Carols as you get to the start location and then will do a special performance Skit at 10:15am
in Murphy Park located at 58th Ave. and Glenn Dr. in Downtown Glendale.
We will then take the short ride to Westgate where there will be a stage set up for 30 minutes of entertainment and music with 100 kids waiting for you to arrive. Westgate is bringing in snow for them to play in as well as feeding them before we get there. Rumor has it that Elvis might even make an appearance again this year. After the show, the kids will be told to get any 3 presents that they want out of the stacks of toys to take home with them. It is really cool to see them get their chosen gifts and then set down to examine them. In fact, I have a little surprise for the kids to help teach them about giving. If you have never done this ride before, it is truly a rewarding experience for everyone involved. I would encourage you to attend. Just bring one new unwrapped toy for a boy or a girl ages 6-12 years and a $5 per bike donation. The money left over after paying for the busses to bring the kids, insurance and the costs to put on the ride will be used to buy clothes for the kids at Pappas. Last year I took 2 teachers from the school and went shopping at a local Wal Mart and bought 3 overflowing shopping carts full of clothes and supplies. This was a needed boost to their clothing closets. Click Here for a couple of pictures. We then distribute the remaining toys to shelters around the valley.
One brief story I would like to share is that when we were shopping at the Wal Mart on around December 20th, filling those baskets, I saw a Woman looking at us trying to figure out what we were doing. She finally asked and I told her that we were buying clothes with money raised from a motorcycle toy ride and that we were also distributing toys to the shelters around town. I could tell that this touched her heart and she shared with me that she was in one of those shelters with her kids a couple of years ago but had gotten a job and was able to get her own place. She went on to say that she had recently lost her job and was probably going to have to go back to the shelter real soon. She then showed me a picture of her kids that was on a key chain that she carried with her. I could tell she needed help, just like that biker on the side of the road. I reached into my pocket, pulled out a hundred dollar bill and told her to buy her kids something nice for Christmas. She broke down in tears of disbelief right there in the store, wondering out loud where the cameras were. I said there are none, I just wanted to bless you. When you get back on your feet, do this for someone else some day. I don't remember her name, but here is her picture. You can still see her red eyes from crying.
A quote from a wealthy philanthropist that I have always remembered is "Success Unshared Is Failure".
I look forward to seeing all of you on December 1st to share a small part of our success with those that might be at a low point in their life. Stick around to see the lesson I will have for the kids to help them learn about giving, even at a time when it seems like they have nothing to give. Please see all of the ride details below.
Highlights This Week
Saturday, November 24th
Buddy Stubbs 8th Annual Denim Drive and Party. From now until November 24th, Donate your old "jeans!"
11am-3pm there will be a Big Party! KSLX Live Remote, Music by Wallstreet Band, Free BBQ Lunch. Huge Outdoor Sale.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Two Wheeled Tuesdays.
Take a ride on a Tuesday Night to the Chandler HD Bike Night at the Tilted Kilt. Bike night is every Tuesday night with food and drink specials, but Chandler Harley will be doing a special with live music the first Tuesday of every month. Enter drawing to win door prizes and gift certificates. For November, look forward to another special night at the Kilt. There will be Raffles, Vendors, Bike Competition, Portable Dyno Competition. Watch next week for weekly event specials. Bike night hosted at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe located at 660 W. Warner Rd.
Chester's Harley-Davidson Hooters & Harleys Thursday Bike Night. Join Chester's Harley-Davidson as they start their new Bike Night at Mesa Hooters located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. Just South of U.S. 60 on Superstition Springs Dr. Live Music by Tin Weasel from 7-9pm, Jagger Girls from 6:30-8:30pm, Specials, 1/2 off appetizers. Raffles and Games. Biker Punch Cards. Ride from the dealerships at 5:30pm. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa. For more information call 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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Cave Creek Corral Bike Weekends. This
is the patio that we have all been waiting for in Cave Creek. The
new 4000 Sq. Ft. patio at Harold's is finally finished complete with misters, TV's and an outdoor bar. There is plenty of room to put some tables
together and hang out with your riding group for breakfast, lunch or the cold beverage of your choice.
Saturday: Every Saturday Patio Party 12-5. 50% off appetizers (under $10). Drink Specials, $2.00 Bud / Bud light Bottles, $3.00 16oz Bud / Bud Light Aluminum Bottles & Widmer Hefeweizen Pints. $3.00 Margaritas, Sunrise, etc.. (new cuervo flavors; lime, orange, & pineapple)
Sunday: Every Sunday. All you can eat Breakfast Buffet $8.99 (from 8am - Noon). Live Music from 2-6.
Sunday's are SERVICE INDUSTRY DAY (from 8am to close). Are you in the Service Industry. Golf, Hotel, Restaurant, etc. Show us your check stub & receive 20% off your entire bill because we appreciate all that you do.
(not valid on already discounted items)
You can also choose from their full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu every day of the week. Plenty of new motorcycle parking right in front of the patio. A great destination patio for your weekend rides. Harold's is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. 480-488-1906. There are still no tickets being given for DB violations. Just continue to keep the noise down as much as possible when riding through Carefree.
The Popular Sugar Daddy's Sunday Biker Brunch. Voted Best Brunch in Phoenix New Times 2006. Sugar Daddy's is under new ownership and is undergoing a half million dollar makeover. The outdoor patio is being completely upgraded with new granite table tops and will be available for the new $9.00 all you can eat brunch. Sundays from 10am - 4pm. Live Music from 10am - 2pm.
Enjoy the patio with $2 mimosa's, $4 Skye Bloody Mary's.
Buffet includes: French Toast, Fruit, Eggs Benedict, Potatoes, Rice Veggies, Salad, Pasta Salad, Chicken Marsala, Biscuits and Gravy and much more. Sugar Daddy's is located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. 480-970-6556.
Saturday, November 24th
Buddy Stubbs 8th Annual Denim Drive and Party. From now until November 24th, Donate your old "jeans!" Not only are we collecting blankets for St. Vincent de Paul but also jeans! For the 8th year, we've teamed up with KSLX. Drop boxes at front reception. On Saturday the 24th, 11am-3pm there will be a Big Party! KSLX Live Remote, Music by Wallstreet Band, Free BBQ Lunch, 1st 100 people to bring jeans for donation receive KSLX gift, HUGE Outdoor Sidewalk Sale, 12:30pm Motorcycle Museum tours begin, free pool tournaments. Buddy Stubbs is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-7401.
Saturday, December 1st.
We are only 10 days away from the Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids Ride that will take place on Saturday, December 1st. If you haven't done this ride before, don't miss the most entertaining Toy Ride in the Valley! This year we are staging in Downtown Glendale at Murphy Park where there will be a performance by the Arizona Dickens Carolers. Coffee, Donuts and Water will be available. We will then be taking a short ride to Westgate City Center where there will be 100 homeless kids from Pappas schools waiting for us to arrive with presents. We will feed them, entertain them and let them play in the snow that Westgate is bringing in for the kids while they wait for us to arrive. We will have a stage set up for about 30 minutes of entertainment for the riders and kids including the Children's Choir, Jugglers, etc. before allowing them to all get any 3 presents that they desire. This is really a fun sight to see as this is the only gifts that some of these children will get for Christmas and they are really excited. Past years for this ride have been a lot of fun and I am currently working to finalize entertainment for the day. Click Here for the Flyer. Please pass this around to your riding groups. It is really special to see how these kids react when the riders bring in the toys, and for some, it is the only Christmas present they will get. Click Here for the video of last year.
Toys To Kids Ride
When: Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Where: Downtown Glendale, 58th Dr. and Glenn Ave. Dickens Caroler's will perform from 9am - 10:30am.
Time: Lineup 8am - 11am. Ride Leaves at 11am.
Ending: Westgate City Center, 93rd Ave. and Glendale Ave.
Activity: 100 Homeless Kids from Pappas Schools will be there to receive your gifts. 30 minutes of entertainment on stage before the kids get their gifts. Snow will be brought in for the kids. Bring gifts for boys and girls ages 6-12.
Refreshments: Food and Drink will be available at Westgate.
After Ride: The Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville House Band will start an afternoon concert immediately following the ride at approximately 1pm. Have lunch and stick around for some great music.
UPDATE! Immediately after the event will be a special concert featuring the Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville's house band that will take place on the same stage. This is an excellent cover band that you will really enjoy. Plan to hang around for a while and listen to some good music. There will be plenty of food, drink and seating available at the event.
Saturday, December 1st
4th Annual Mesa Police Department Safety Expo at Mesa Marketplace. Escorted Ride to the Expo! Registration begins at Chesterís at 7:30 a.m. and leaves Chesterís Harley Davidson at 10 am. The Expo Event takes place at the Mesa Marketplace from 10 am Ė 3:30 pm. The cost to ride is $10 per person, 5 canned food items or a $10 unwrapped toy. Lots of displays and activities for the kids and riders. Proceeds from registration will benefit the 100 Club, United Food Bank and Santa Cops. Click Here for the flyer and all of the details.
Saturday, December 1st
Ride for a Cause. Ride for a fallen rider Adam Ruelas involved in a serious accident riding his motorcycle to work. Registration at Detour Bar and Grill, 6403 W. Chandler Blvd. Registration 9:30-10:30am. $25 per bike, $10 per passenger. See flyer for complete details.
Sunday, December 2nd
35th Annual Kicks For Kids. This ride is now sponsored and organized by Star of Phoenix Chapter 113 & The Army Reserve NCO Council. Donation: One unwrapped toy of $5 minimum value. Sign in from 8am to 10am at the F.O.P. Lodge #2 located at Sweetwater and 19th Ave. in Phoenix. The route is South on 19th Ave. to Cactus, West on Cactus to I-17, South to Grant, East to 7th Ave. for refreshments, presentations and toy drop off. Breakfast available for purchase at the F.O.P. Lodge. Drill Team Performance at run start. Refreshments served at end location. Prizes available for best decorated bike, etc. Click Here for all details.
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Here is one of those candid camera type videos catching people trying not to look at something that is out of the ordinary. Click Here to View.
This is an oldie but it has come back around the internet and it continues to make me laugh. And who doesn't like a good "chimps talking" video? Click Here to View.
This is one of those videos that will make you realize the impact of the roadside IED's that our troops are having to deal with. Wow! This is amazing. Click Here to View.
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We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!