Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
I would like to start the newsletter this week by saying THANK YOU to all that take the Cyclerides.com Weekly Update and have told your riding friends about it. We rode passed another milestone this week by crossing the 8000 mark of subscribers. Seems like only a couple of years ago when I was excited about having 100 on the list. But that was in fact almost 10 years ago. Since then I have somehow written over 500 of these letters with subjects on everything from rides we take and personal experiences to shopping at Costco or losing a box of muffin cups on the way home from the store on Superbowl Sunday. It is not always about motorcycles or maybe even relevant. There are times when I set down in front of the computer on Wednesday mornings that I'm not even sure what will be on the page, but the one thing that you can count on it is always real life and from the heart. I appreciate all of you that have indulged me with 5 minutes of your time every week and for your incredible support of Cyclerides events. The Weekly Update would not be here without you. Thanks again for your support.
And speaking of real life, as I get older, and more patient, it is kind of interesting how things can work themselves out. In this world of high speed internet and superior communication abilities, most of us have been conditioned to desire for immediate gratification. I know I have. In most instances that is fine, but there are certain situations when getting it too quickly can cloud a better decision. Have you ever noticed that there are times when you have decided that it is time to let something go, due to whatever circumstances that made you come to that decision, only to be brought back in by a chance meeting that ends up making it better than it was before? Occasionally, the merry-go-round of life happens to stop with the empty spot right in front of you. It can happen in relationships, jobs or in my case, an event.
A lot of you know that I have been involved with the Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids Ride for the last 6 years. We have had as many as 1500 riders on this ride in the years past. It was my vision from that first ride in 2003 to actually bring the kids to the toys instead of the traditional way of doing toy runs. As it turned out, I wasn't the only one that enjoyed that as many riders have done this ride every year to get a glimpse of the smiles that THEY put on these kids faces. I know it was always one of my most proud moments as an event organizer.
But for some reason this year, I must have gotten caught up in the doldrums of the economy and belt tightening times that a lot of us are going through right now. I floated the idea to a couple of venues and was met with the familiar story of budget reductions which we have heard just about everywhere. Most people, including myself, are more interested in saving money, not spending it. I completely understood the situations and had resigned myself to not doing the Toys To Kids Ride this year. Although I have to admit that deep down in my spirit, it really wasn't what I wanted to do. I kept seeing the looks of those kids faces in my minds eye from the years past as they would be carrying out those 3 toys that they had picked out of the pile. I kept wondering if I was doing the right thing by not taking on the financial responsibility myself, and almost felt guilty for not giving a better effort. Because for a lot of these kids, who come from homeless shelters and temporary housing, these gifts would likely be the only ones that they would get for Christmas.
I guess sometimes when things are meant to be, they will find their way to fruition, despite the personal excuses that we create to justify why not to do something. That was the case with the Toys To Kids 2009 ride. In a chance meeting with Nancy Perry of Arizona Sportswear and Nancy Perry Productions, who does all of the big car shows in town including the Cruise on Central, the fortunes for the event and the kids were turned around. She mentioned that she was doing a large car show called the Rawhide Rumble at Rawhide on December 13th and that KOOL Radio was going to be a part of it. I mentioned to her that I was looking for a venue to hold the Toys To Kids event and that I always liked the idea of combining a motorcycle event with classic cars. She said that she was sure that Rawhide would love to host the event. Within 24 hours, a visit to Rawhide today to view the venue and a phone call to Children First Academy to verify that we could get the kids, the Toys To Kids 2009 is going to happen and I couldn't be happier or more excited. Thanks to Nancy Perry for putting these 2 pieces of the puzzle together. She is also going to provide each child with a T-Shirt commemorating the event.
As it turns out, Rawhide is extremely honored to host the riders and kids for this ride and is pulling out all of the stops that it will take to make it happen. In simple terms Rawhide has saved the Toys To Kids Ride for 2009. They are picking up all the expenses there including the entertainment and feeding all 100 kids lunch. In fact, they are even opening the old town and the attractions that morning just for us, all at no charge. The kids are once again coming from Children First Academy, formerly Pappas Schools located in downtown Phoenix. Children First caters to the transient, homeless and sheltered children in the downtown area. They will need to be bussed to the site and that cost has already been picked up by Paul Yaffe of Paul Yafee's Bagger Nation. Thanks to Paul for his donation.
The students who enroll in Children First Academy - Phoenix are not typical public school students. Many of the children routinely go without life's basic necessities - food, clothing, air conditioning, water, and most importantly a stable home life. Although many of the students never spend more than one night in the same place, they always have their school to attend each day. It fulfills much more than the typical school's role; it is the sense of stability these children so desperately need. A day like the Toys To Kids event, where THEY are the focus of attention, is a very memorable day for them, and for the riders who come to share their joy.
For those of you that have not been to the New Rawhide, it is located 5700 W. North Loop Rd. in Chandler, AZ, (Google does not map it correct) next to Firebird Raceway. It is an 1880's western town with unique shops and a variety of attractions, including a Museum, Rawhide General Store, Sweet Sally's Confection, Silver Spur Western Wear and a Photo Emporium. Everyone will also be able to enjoy performances at the Six Gun Theatre featuring the roughest, toughest stunt show around. Witness gunfights, explosions, daring falls, and all the antics of the cowboy characters.
One of the cool things about this venue is that we are going to be able to ride across the bridge entrance to Rawhide and park our bikes on both sides of Main Street. This will make for a fun time and a good photo op for everyone who attends. They have a stage already constructed with a concrete area in front for the kids to set and for us to pile up the toys and gifts.
Cost to attend is simply at least 1 unwrapped toy or gift per person. Click Here for list of needed items.
Keeping with the Toys To Kids tradition, as long as there are enough toys, at the end of the program, each child will be asked to pick out any 3 toys they desire from the stack to take with them. Additional toys will be personally delivered to local shelters throughout the valley.
Here is an itinerary of how the day will go:
9:00am - Gates to Rawhide open for riders to arrive.
9:00 – 10:30 - Breakfast will be served in Wagon Wheel Plaza featuring $5 breakfasts. So get together your riding groups and head out early for breakfast.
9:00 – Broken Spoke Bar will be open for service in Wagon Wheel Plaza.
9:45 – 10:00am – children arrive.
10:00 - 10:10 – Roughriders meet the children and take them for a tour of the town. Six Gun Show to follow.
10:45 – Kids arrive back at Wagon Wheel for lunch. They will get their lunch and then sit in front of the stage.
11:00 – 11:30 Rawhide Entertainment on the Wagon Wheel Stage.
11:30 – Kids get their presents.
11:45 - Riders are free to enjoy Rawhide, Eat Lunch and go to the "Rawhide
Rumble" Car Show to see some of the baddest custom, classic and hot rod cars in the valley. Admission
to the car show, which is located right next to the Old Town on a grass field is either 2 cans of food, an
unwrapped toy or $5. Automotive vendors will be set up at the show.
Directions to Rawhide: Take I-10 South to Exit 162. Go West to 48th St., Turn Left and go 2 blocks to you see the Rawhide sign. Turn right and follow the signs around to the entrance. The road to Rawhide is paved. The dirt part inside is very hard packed, no dust and safe to ride your motorcycle on. Not to worry. Click Here for Photos of Rawhide.
Like I said earlier, this letter is real. Thanks for allowing me to get that off of my chest. Now I am asking for your participation to help make the resurrected 2009 Toys To Kids a great event. I know the ride to Rawhide for some of you will be a long one, but hopefully your participation in "making a difference" in a child's life, and the destination will make it worthwhile. Bring the whole family. If you only have one bike, put the kids in the car and bring them too. It will be fun for everyone. Let's make this the biggest and best Toys To Kids event so far. CLICK HERE FOR FLYER.
Before you make your decision to come or not, I would encourage you to watch this short video of the ride from a couple of years ago. The words and music could not be more true today. Click Here to View.
Watch the FOX 10 report from this same day. Click Here to View.
Click Here for Photos from the day.
Thanks to everyone for all you do for the motorcycling community and allowing me to be a part of it.
I have run out of time to go over it very much, but Mrs. C. and I went on the Dierks Bentley ride on Saturday that left from Buddy Stubbs HD. It was a very nice event and ride that ended at Tempe Marketplace. I didn't get the final numbers of riders but it looked like about 250 - 300 bikes which is an excellent first year event. I had the chance to interview and speak with Dierks who is a very nice person who took the time to take pictures and sign autographs to just about everyone who wanted one. This is kind of funny. After the interview I had my big shot to get my picture with Dierks. Here is how it came out. The show that he put on before about 5000 people at Tempe Marketplace was excellent. He has just been signed to play at Arizona Bike Week on Friday, April 16th for Buddy Stubbs night. This should be a great show. Glad to see ABW is introducing a good Country Music act to the mix. Click Here for Pictures of the day.
Saturday, November 28th
Buddy Stubbs Hogs and Dogs. Ride by and Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson and enjoy
his famous monthly Hogs and Dogs event from 11am - 3pm.
There will be Live Music, FREE Jumbo Hot Dogs, FREE Drinks
Bike Nights This Week
The LAST NIGHT is TONIGHT, November 25th!
We will begin again the first part of March, 2010. Check Newsletter for exact date.
Downtown Chandler Wednesday Bike Night. Over 400 bikes attended last
Here for Photos.
Presented by Cyclerides.com and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. This is a first for the City of Chandler. They are opening up 2 blocks of Historic Downtown for a Wednesday Bike Night, and what a great venue it will be. This is the closest thing we will have to a Sturgis type experience. Within this 2 blocks there are 6 restaurants and bars that are participating with bike night specials. Parking will be on San Marcos Pl., and the area just to the East.
Restaurant Participants will include: Check for weekly specials.
The San Marcos Hotel with Live Entertainment in beautiful AJ's Courtyard.
Murphy's Law with Live Music,
San Tan Brewing
El Zocalo Mexican
The Bistro at Kokopelli Winery
98 South and Piza Pizza.
There will be music on the street and Vendors will be setting up this week.
Motorcycles will be on display by our Sponsors Chandler Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports. We would also like to thank Chuck Franklin Law as one of our first sponsors. We will be adding activities and vendors as the event progresses over the next couple of weeks. Downtown Chandler is located just 5.5 miles South of U.S. 60 on Arizona Ave. adjacent to Dr. AJ Chandler Park. (MAP) Please ride out and join us from 6pm - 10pm.
If you would like to be a vendor at this event contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. The Billet Bar is the place to be for the Summer nights and weekends. Set on the patio and watch the action. 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.
Thursday at McDuffy's in Peoria. Ride by the newest Bike Night on the West
side. Over 100 bikes every week.
McDuffy's is one of the finest West side locations for a bike night at a single restaurant. The 12,500 Sq. Ft. McDuffy's features 2 outdoor patios, a huge dining room with booths for seating, a very large area with high tops for you to easily hang out with your friends, an upper level for lounging or to play pool, a very large bar and 100 TV's to watch your favorite sporting event. Not only that the dinner menu is very broad and McDuffy's has excellent food at a very good price. Bike Nights features a $6.99 Menu that includes Classic Burgers, Charbroiled Chicken Breast Burger, Buffalo Wings, Chicken Quesadilla, Nachos, Popcorn Chicken, Pizza and 1/2 Drink Pricing. Stop by for the first night on Thursday, September 17th. McDuffy's is located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. at 15814 N. 83rd Ave. 623-334-5000. Plenty of Motorcycle Parking! RAFFLES! For September Arrowhead Harley will be raffling off a set of "Games Riders Play". Harley-Davidson Folding Domino's table, a Harley Gammon Board, a Poker Chip Set and "Harleyopoly" Game set. Winner will be selected the last Bike Night in September. Octobers raffle will be a complete "Harley Cooler" set. 2010 Models will be on display.
Bike Day/Night at Oggi's Pizza & Brewing. This is the stop for West
side riders on a Sunday Afternoon. Mrs. C. and I ate here and
found Excellent Food!
Just off the Loop 101 and 67th Ave. Stop at Oggi's Pizza where they will be having Sunday Afternoon Bike days starting
at 4pm - 9pm. Enjoy three $5.99 Dinner Specials including: 1. Build your own Burger: half-pound angus beef burger cooked how you like it with
your choice of toppings; 2. California Cobb Salad: fresh greens with sliced grilled chicken, gorgonzola cheese,
avocado, tomato, green onions, mushrooms, eggs and bacon; and 3. Turkey Ranch Wrap: oven-roasted turkey breast,
provolone cheese, fresh lettuce, tomato and avocado, with creamy ranch dressing and bacon in a sun-dried tomato
wrap. Happy Hour pricing on Drinks and Appetizers all night. 22 Televisions to view Sunday Night Football,
a nice bar and large dining room as well as an Outdoor Patio to enjoy the great weather. Co-sponsored
by Arrowhead Harley Davidson. Motorcycle parking out front. This is a great place to end the day with excellent
food. Stop by this week and give it a try. 623-566-8080.
Facebook Comment about Oggi's. To everyone that hasn't been to Oggi's the service was good, the specials were almost more than we could finish and we met good people. Come On Riders SHOW UP!
Friday and Saturday, November 27th and 28th
Western Trails Ranch.
Friday 27th - Best of Phoenix Band “Doc & Gal” 3pm to 7pm and all you can eat Friday Fish Fry $12.
Saturday 28th - “Fools Life” Rock & Roll 3pm to 7pm and $4 off any Steak Dinner.
Western Trails Ranch is a 12 Acre Old Western Ghost Town, you can Bar Hop
with your drinks between Buzzard's Saloon & The Ice House, enjoy live entertainment while keeping warm around
our outdoor fire pits. Secure Motorcycle Parking in Buzzard's Corral. Extensive Menu featuring everything from
Burgers to Smoked Prime Rib and Mesquite Grilled Steaks.
WTR is a great place to end a Motorcycle Run, charity event, Christmas Party or put on your own special event with it's 2 covered outdoor stages along with a separate Concert area that holds 10,000 people featuring a 60ft Concert Sound Stage. Now open 7 days a week from 10am to 9pm. Happy hour all day Monday thru Thursday all Long necks including Imports $2.50. Big Screen TV's, Horse shoe pits, Pool Tables and the best part is the 30 minute ride out the Carefree Hwy or Grand Ave on your motorcycle. A real Biker Destination for people that like to ride! Contact Marcos at 480 299-5615 or more info at www.westerntrailsranch.com
Saturday, November 28th
Buddy Stubbs Hogs and Dogs. Ride by and Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson and enjoy his famous monthly Hogs and Dogs event from 11am - 3pm. There will be Live Music, FREE Jumbo Hot Dogs, FREE Drinks, FREE Motorcycle Museum Tours with Buddy Stubbs, FREE pool tournament for prizes. "Make Us an Offer is back!" Save BIG on your Holiday Shopping by making us an offer on select general merchandise and parts. 4.49% on all new Harley-Davidsons, 11/27 - 11/30 only. Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400.
Saturday, November 28th
Santa's Helpers Ride ”Heroes Christmas III”. This ride is to benefit the Arizona Veteran Home for all veterans, past, present and future. Help us raise funds to make it a Merry Christmas and have some fun in the process. Sign in at Cactus Willy’s, 6322 W. Bell Road from 8 am to 10 am, last bike out at 10 am. Donation: Single $15, passenger $10. First 300 registered receive Ride Dog Tags. End Party at Hardtails with high/low winners, live music, food, 50/50, raffles and more. All cars and bikes welcome to support this cause.
Tuesday, December1st - Saturday, December 12th
12 Days of Christmas Sale. Arrowhead HD and Chandler HD present the 12 Days of Christmas Sale. You will find 15% off from December 1st to December 12th on selected items. Each day will feature two categories of either Motorclothes or Parts & Accessories for you to save big money on. These items include Jewelry, Boots, Windshields, Helmets, All Leather, Jeans, Home Decor Items, Screaming Eagle Products, Pet Products and MUCH MORE! This sale takes place at both Chandler HD located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. and Arrowhead HD located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. See flyer for details on when you can save on your favorite item. Click Here to View.
Saturday, December 5th
Toys For Tots. Come out early and join in the fun Saturday, Dec. 5th, 2009, 9am - 3pm. The MARINES and THE TEQUILA'S RIDERS WILL BE BACK AT FUZZY'S SOUTHWEST SPORTS GRILL COLLECTING Donations!! Make A Difference In A Child's Life This Year, Bring A Toy!! If you cannot make the december 5th, day of fun, please bring your toys donations to fuzzy's now! They have their donation box set up and they also have "TOYS FOR TOTS" Trains you can buy for a buck. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO TOYS FOR TOTS!!! Fuzzy's is located at the SW corner of Grand Ave. & Reems Rd. in Surprise, AZ.
Saturday, December 5th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Chandler Harley-Davidson Open House. Get your Christmas shopping done early while taking advantage of HUGE Store Discounts including up to 40% OFF on selected items around the store. Event time 9am - 5pm. FREE Gift Wrap with any purchase. Bring the kids in to see Santa from 1-3pm and get their photo with him for free. Chandler HD located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. and Arrowhead HD located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
Saturday, December 5th
13th Annual Sunshine Acres Toy Run. Sponsored by The Salt River District MMA. All proceeds benefit Sunshine Acres Children's Home. Registration from 7am - 9am at The Fraternal Order of Eagles located at 6209 E. Main St. in Mesa, AZ. Pre-Registration $20/$30 couples. All groups and riders that would just like to ride to Sunshine Acres meet at Toby Keith's Bar & Grill, 1065 Dobson Rd. between 10:30am to Noon. Price includes Ride Pin and T-Shirts to the first 500 to register. Please bring an unwrapped toy for the kids.
Saturday, December 5th
Toys for Tots Charity Run Presented by American Legion Riders - Post 35. Registration is from 8:00am - 10:00am. Sign in at Skunk Motorsports, Inc. 202 W. Main Street in Mesa. Cost for Riders is $20.00 without a toy and $15.00 with a toy. Passengers: $15.00 without a toy and $10.00 with a toy. Ride pins for the first 100 participants. Paid Ride includes: Ride lunch, Raffle Prizes and Music. More information contact Jesse "Smog" Hendix email@example.com or call 602-717-7545.
Sunday, December 6th
37th Annual Kicks 4 Kids Toy Run. Phoenix's Longest Running Christmas Charity Toy Event is back for 2009, Sunday December 6th , the 37th Annual Kicks 4 Kids Toy Run will hit the streets to gather up new toys for Greater Phoenix Toys for Tots. Star Riding and Touring Phoenix Chapter #113 in conjunction with The Army Reserve NCO Council will be hosting. The event begins at Phoenix F.O.P. Lodge #2 located at Sweetwater & 19th Ave with sign-ups from 8am to 10am, Hot Beverages, Donuts and Breakfast Buffet will be offered for purchase by the F.O.P. and a performance by the Arizona Precision Motorcycle Drill Team. The ride will leave promptly at 10am down 19th to Cactus, Cactus to I17, south on I17 to Grant Ave., east on Grant to 7th St., south on 7th to Elks Lodge #447. At the Elks the day's festivities will continue with the Toy Collection and presentation. Donation is one Unwrapped Toy $5.00 minimum value and Star Chapter #113 will be giving awards for Largest Club or Organization, Best Decorated Bike, Trike & Sidecar Rig and of course Most New Toys donated. So mark your calendars Sunday December 6th, at 8am for the 37th Annual 2009 Kicks 4 Kids Toy Run and let's make 2009 our biggest year yet. For more info please contact Sarge at 602-576-0109.
Sunday, December 6th
Rusty Spur Saloon 7th Annual Charity Poker Run. All proceeds benefiting the Tim & Willy Kid's FUN-Dation. Registration from 9:30am - 11:30am at the Rusty Spur Saloon located at 7245 E. Main St. in Scottsdale, AZ. All cards in @ 6pm. Drawings commence at 6:30pm. $25 Single/$35 Couple. Best hand wins $50, Worst Hand $50. 50/50 Drawing, Raffles and more.
Sunday, December 6th
Cochise County Choppers Toy Run. Registration starts 10:00am at Cochise County Choppers 963 S. Highway 92 Bisbee, Az. Bikes leave at 12:00 noon, in parade formation for a nice ride through Bisbee, and then down to Naco, Az. for a HUGE afterparty, with drinks, food, & we will be unveiling 2 bikes, that are being built right now. Call us if you need any more info. (520)234-6402. ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF BISBEE!
I would bet you have never seen Skeet Shooting like this. Click Here to View.
Here is an interesting way to fly. The guy must be a Firefighter to come up with this. Click Here to View
Video of the Week
I figured this would be a good one to have right before the holiday parties. The best advice is to not drink too much. But if you do, these are 3 sure ways to fail a sobriety test .Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
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Cyclerides.com Weekly Update 11/25/09