Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Wow, what a Turkey Run last Sunday! I don't have an official count, but from my untrained eye it appeared that there were well over 600-700 motorcycles that converged on St. Vincent De Paul with Turkey's and other fixings on the backs of their bikes. It was the first year for Mrs. Cyclerides and I to participate in this event and we were very impressed. I was told that this was by far the biggest one yet. This ride kind of had the same feel as the Kicks for Kids Ride that I was talking about in last week's newsletter. Everyone was just happy to get together with a bunch of other riders and help out a worthy cause. And judging by the remarks from the head of St. Vincent De Paul, he was very impressed with the generosity of the riders that supported this Turkey Drive and said he wouldn't miss this event next year. We won't either.
You would think that strapping a turkey on the back of your bike and riding to the starting point would be no big deal. For most people, I'm sure that was true. For me, it was a little more exciting. Have you ever heard that old saying that says something about "the best laid plans"? Well, I had good plans, but I must have had a turkey fresh out of Houdini's escape artist school. I took my frozen friend and placed him on the back of Mrs. C's bike, securing him with a couple of bungee's for the ride to St. Vinny's. I knew he was a little slick as a result of his cryogenic state, but I thought that he would be secure for the duration of the ride. So off we go to top off our tanks with gas and head to our starting point.
As I am riding behind Mrs. C., I notice that my featherless friend is attempting to make a break for freedom. It appears that this turkey is not living up to the reputation of being the dumbest animal on the planet. He is actually using his frozen state to slip through the bungee cords and make his escape. As I was making my attempt to catch up with Mrs. C. to alert her of the impending calamity, she ran directly over a recessed manhole cover. You guessed it! For the first time ever, my fine frozen featherless friend with no head was now in the midst of his first flight ever. Facing the insurmountable odds of 100% gravity and 0% lift, my former flawless frozen turkey came crashing to the pavement and rolled end over end for about 50 yards. Not even a 40 mph headwind and being launched from the back of a V-Rod was able to help my friend in his quest to successfully fly for more than just a few seconds.
I quickly stopped and went back to retrieve my fallen bird and to survey the damage. Really wasn't too bad considering the ride he had taken. The only visible damage was a few abrasions and a broken neck. But the neck thing probably happened when that turkey farmer caught up with him a couple of weeks ago. In the end, I guess this turkey did uphold the less than intelligent reputation of the species. Why else would a bird that has no head, no feathers and is frozen try to fly off the back of a motorcycle?
In This Issue:
3 Thanksgiving Day Events
BDS Poker Run and Open House Saturday
Chosas's Jacket Drive Starts Friday
Free Breakfast To First 100 At Hacienda Harley Saturday and Sunday
Kicks For Kids Ride On December 8th
Many Events Next Weekend - Plan Ahead
Have you ever wondered where your toys go when you donate them?
I did a video tour of W. Steven Martin's Toy Warehouse. You will want to see this.
Be sure and read the Extras column below.
This Week's Events
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. All of you that used to go to Chuy's, this is your new place on the East side of town. This is a new bike night for the East side of town at a really nice location. Stop by and take a look, you will be impressed. It is called The Wild Hare located at 4910 W. Ray Rd. That is the NE Corner of Ray Rd. and Rural Rd. This is a really nice place with a very large outdoor patio. The inside has just been remodeled to double the seating along with adding a DJ, pool tables and games. The Wild Hare has a broad menu including 20 different appetizers, salads, wings, 17 different sandwiches, chicken, filet mignon, burgers and desserts including strawberry cheese cake. There will be food and drink specials that will run during bike night from 6 PM till close. This will all start on Wednesday, August 14th. I will have an information page on the event calendar that will give you all the details. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200.
Thursday Bike Night. Jetz
will be open for Thanksgiving Night Starting at 6:00 PM. This bike night is growing fast, over 80 bikes last week. The new Jetz Bike Night Long Sleeve T-Shirts are in.
Stop by, you might even get one thrown your way. Great bike parking right outside the patio that is now lighted.
Stop by this week and see for yourself. I will even have some freebies for you.
Jetz is a Super Nice Restaurant located in North Scottsdale 1 block South of Shea on Scottsdale Rd. behind the California Pizza Kitchen. They have a beautiful interior with flat screen
TV's to watch your favorite teams or a large bar to lounge at with your friends. Jetz also has a large patio with
an outdoor bar right next to where you will be parking your bikes. Thursday also happens to be ladies night at
Jetz. Happy hour is 4-7pm with 1/2 price drinks and $4.95 appetizer menu. From 7:00PM till close there will be
$2.00 domestic pint drafts.
Ladies will then enjoy $3.00 drinks all night long. Bike night is all night till close. This is one nice place
to go for dinner or hang out on the patio and watch the bikes roll by. Stop by and take a look. You will be impressed.
Bikes are always welcome. Take a look at Jetz Saturday food and drink specials and the Sunday Brunch and the Bloody
Mary bar with over 75 items. Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and all of the information.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night in Phoenix on Thursday nights. Casey Jones Will Be Closed This Thursday For Thanksgiving. The evening riding weather is perfect, Casey Jones will be packed as it always is from here on. You can always count on lots of bikes here. Ride in for what I call the Best Cheesesteak Sandwich in town. This thing melts in your mouth. They have 3 new pool tables, darts and foosball. Located in the Mervyns Shopping Center on the SE corner of 43rd Ave. and Thunderbird Rd. Casey Jones is a great place for a bike night featuring a large outdoor seating and over 150 people inside. And for those of you that want to watch a sporting event they have 50 TV's scattered throughout the restaurant connected to satellite to get any game you can think of. They have a full menu for lunch, dinner and a Happy Hour from 11:00AM - 7:00PM and a reverse happy hour from 10:00PM - 12:00 Midnight. $1.75 domestic drafts. There are always a lot of bikes showing up for bike night at Casey Jones Thursday night. Join them for open mic night on Wednesdays. Sunday.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. Billet will open at 4:00PM on Thanksgiving. 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 on Bike Night. 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. Keep an eye on your prized possession (your motorcycle) on the monitors. 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 right next to Easyriders on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876.
There are now 2 Sunday stops with live entertainment and food and drink specials!
Sunday, November 24th - "Rhondavous".
This Sunday ride by Fandango and enjoy a new Arizona Favorite Rhondavous. These girls can really sing. Rhondavous will be playing from 1:00PM - 5:00PM. Gina and Annette would like to show their long time support of motorcyclists enthusiasts by celebrating Bike Day every Sunday with live music from 1pm-5pm along with lunch and drink specials from noon-6pm. Fandango is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. There is also live music on Friday and Saturday night. More info at 480-595-5633.Here is the band lineup for the rest of the month:
December 8th - Combo Deluxe. Lori and the boys will be in the house.
December 15th - It's Jamacian Me Crazy 2. Walt Richardson will be back with the Island sounds.
December 22nd - It's Fandango's Christmas Party and Light Parade. Light parade leaves Vulture Mine V-Twin at Sunset for Fandango. Combo Deluxe will be here bringing in the holiday cheer. 6-10pm. Specials all day long. Budweiser Santa will be passing out the gifts.
December 29th - Danny Rhodes and The Messengers will close out the year.
Sunday, November 24th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Weekend - "Danny Rhodes and The Messengers"
Hailey's is also continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. This Sunday enjoy the Danny Rhodes and The Messengers. If you are looking for a short ride (only 60 miles from I-17 & Loop 101) this weekend with some good food and entertainment, this is it. They also have a great ice cream parlor. I am giving the 5 spokes award for the best chocolate milkshakes I have had in a long, long time. These things are awesome. Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 S. Hwy 69 right next door to the Harley-Davidson shop in Mayer, AZ. This is a fun ride for some great food and entertainment. For more information call 928-632-4448. Here is the upcoming schedule of bands.
December 7th - Cruise Day with Rhondavous., December 8th- TBA. December 15th - Combo Deluxe, December 22nd - Rhondavous, December 29th - Rhondavous, January 1st - Combo Deluxe.
Thanksgiving Day Events
The 8th Annual Thanksgiving Day Poker Run. Got the day off on Thanksgiving and want to take a good ride? Here is your opportunity to do it with a group and get back home for your afternoon turkey. The Ride starts at Indian of Phoenix for your 1st Card and Leaves at 7:00am. Stop for breakfast at The Golden Nugget in Wickenburg AZ. for your 2nd Card Ride on to the Burro Inn in Nowhere AZ. for the 3rd Card. Ride continues to the top of Yarnell Hill for refreshments and your 4th Card. Final Stop The Bird Cage on Prescott's Whiskey Row for the 5th Card and Prizes. $25 for single rider, $35 for double riders. Price includes T-Shirt and Pin. More information at 602-978-5200.
8th Annual Thanksgiving Day Wild Turkey Run. Meet at the Billet Bar at 8:00AM. Have you home for Thanksgiving feast. Everyone is invited. 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. For more information: 480-941-1876.
Annual Thanksgiving Potluck at The Hideaway. The Annual Thanksgiving Potluck at The HIDEAWAY has become a Tradition for many of our Friends, make it your Tradition. We Provide the BIRD, You Provide the FIXIN'S. Come on over and Enjoy Thanksgiving with the HIDEAWAY Family! We'll be Cooking Plenty of BIRDS so bring in Your Favorite Side Dish & we'll have a Thanksgiving that can't be beat!!! All this Fun for FREE !!! Event time is 12:00 Noon till 6:00PM.
"There are no Strangers here, just Friends you haven't met yet". For more information: 480-595-0358.
Chosa’s 3rd Annual St. Vincent De Paul Charity Jacket Drive- November 29 through December 21, 2002. Clean out those closets before heading to Chosa’s 3rd Annual St. Vincent de Paul Jacket Drive starting Friday, November 29th. And for each item you donate, Chosa’s will enter your name in a raffle to win: a Genuine Harley-Davidson leather jacket, denim jacket, or rain jacket to be given away on December 21st! Chosa’s Harley-Davidson in Mesa and Chosa’s Harley-Davidson Shop in Apache Junction are accepting jackets, coats, blazers, and other appropriate outerwear that is new or used but in good condition. The jacket drive collection will continue until December 21, 2002. Chosa's is located 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Free Breakfast To The First 100 Riders EVERY Saturday and Sunday at Hacienda Harley has now been extended to the month of December. Isn't it great to be a rider? Just because you ride you are getting free breakfast. That's right, the first 100 riders that come by Hacienda Harley on Saturday and Sunday for the month of December will get a free breakfast of Bacon, Eggs, Pancakes, Juice, Coffee and other breakfast items. Hacienda has added tables with umbrellas on the South patio of the dealership and will be cooking breakfast right out on the grill. Just plan your morning ride by the dealership, eat breakfast and head out on your ride. You can park on the South side of the dealership right next to the patio. The hours are Saturday's 8:00am - 11:00am, Sunday's 9:00am - 11:00am. Hacienda Harley-Davidson is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in North Scottsdale. Stop by and give it a try. What do you have to lose? Click the above link for pictures of the patio and details.
Saturday, November 30th
Biker's Discount Supply Open House and Poker Run. Saturday November 30th Starting at the new BDS store sign-in from 10:00am to 12:00 Noon. BDS is located 15242 Cave Creek Rd. Poker run includes a chance to win: Best Hand - A basic leather jacket. 2nd Best Hand - A pair of leather chaps, Worst Hand - A leather vest. Over $2,000 in raffle prizes. All for only $10.00. The run ends & the party starts at 4:00 pm at the Steelhorse Saloon. More info call Kimmy at 602-992-2229.
Saturday, November 30th
Loners M/C of Prescott & A.B.A.T.E. of Yavapai Co. Annual Charity Toy Run. Everyone will meet at the Town Square in Prescott by 11:30 AM. The parade will be leaving the square at Noon and travel to the Pinon Pines at the corner of 89 & old 89A. Proceeds will benefit: Prescott Child Development Center, Faith House, Meals on Wheels, Teddy Bears for Prescott Police, Head Start, Child Haven of Prescott Valley, Salvation Army, Mayer Kiwanis for Kids. 50/50 Drawing, Silent & Live Auction, Live Music, Full bar. Donations: 1 new toy & 2 cans of food, $10 per person. More information at 928-445-8960.
Thursday, December 5th
Ladies Only Shopping Night at Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson/Buell Shop in Mayer, AZ. OK Ladies, Here's your chance to have the dealership all to yourselves. Purchase those last minute gifts to fill your Holiday shopping list. 20% off all in-stock Men's leathers and plenty of other clearance specials. 10% off food and beverage purchases at Hailey's Grill with any purchase during this one night special. Sale event runs from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Grand Canyon Harley is located at 10434 Highway 69 in Mayer, AZ. The dealership is only a 60 mile drive from I-17 and the Loop 101 in Phoenix. Call 1-877-888-GCHD with any questions.
Saturday, December 7th
Hacienda Customs Open House and Party. Need something to do this day? Ride to Hacienda Customs which is located right behind Hacienda Harley for a good old fashioned Open House and Party. The 1st 50 people that show up Saturday get a free Customs T-Shirt. Free food provided by Chipotle from 11:30am - 1:30pm and snacks and beverages all day. There will also by a Ride In Bike show with a $500 gift certificate to the winner, $250 for second and $150 for third. Judging will consist of 50% scoring from the general public. You will also enjoy a free Dream Girls Bikini Bike Wash, Burnout Contest, Meet top custom manufacturers, KSLX live remote and Fantastic giveaways and door prizes. This all takes place from 9am - 6pm at the Hacienda Customs located at 15750 N. Northsight Blvd. in Scottsdale. For more information call 480-991-7977.
Saturday, December 7th
Gala Holiday Celebration at the Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson/Buell Shop in Mayer, AZ. Here is another opportunity to go for a ride and take advantage of one of the great parties that Grand Canyon Harley puts on. They'll have Music, Food, Prizes, Raffles and Fun for all who attend this Holiday event. 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. 10% off all 100th Anniversary Motorclothes and Leathers. Special savings on Genuine Parts and Accessories and plenty of clearance specials. Santa will be with us from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm with toys and goodies for the kids. Be sure to put this one on your Holiday event list. Grand Canyon Harley in Mayer is only a 60 mile ride from I-17 and the Loop 101 in Phoenix. The address is 10434 Highway 69 in Mayer, AZ. 1-877-888-GCHD.
Saturday, December 7th
Evolution Custom Motorcycles Open House. Open House from 11-2 celebrating their New Expanded Facility And Showroom. Free Food, Drinks And Door Prizes. Evolution is located at 1435 East University Dr. #101 in Tempe. For more information call: 480-966-8876.
Saturday, December 7th
4th Annual Toy Run Sponsored by Vietnam Vets and Legacy Vets. Everyone welcome. Donate any unwrapped toy to benefit underprivileged children. Run leaves Big D's (NE Corner of 43rd and Peoria) at 9:00am. Last stop is the Salvation Army at 13th St. and Baseline. Contact Chubasco at 623-979-1525 for more information.
Saturday, December 7th
Thunder on the Gila Toy Run. Sponsored by the Gila River Fair. Register at Vee Quiva Casino 51st ave. and Komatke Ln. Located 11 miles S. of 1-10 on 51st. Ave. Ride is approx. 45 Miles thru the back roads of the Gila Reservation. Registration starts at 8:00am. Ride leaves at 10:30 am and will be escorted by Santa and the Gila River Fire Department. $12 per person W/Toy, $17 per person W/O Toy. Each participant will receive a commemorative T-Shirt and Native American lunch. Live music by EAGLE HEART. The Run is to benefit the children of the Gila River Indian Community. Ride Hotline at 520-562-6003.
Saturday, December 7th
Jake's Benefit Poker Run. Presented by Kenny Cupp. Jake is a 9 year old Phoenix boy with a brain tumor. Your generous support will help by allowing Jake to do things that he might not be able to do otherwise. $15 Single, $20 Couple. Prizes for High/Low Hand. Food and Drink Specials, Auction, Raffle. Sign up at BDS located at Cave Creek and Greenway Rd. from 8:30am - 10:30am. Run ends at Big D's located at 43rd Ave. and Peoria. If you can't make the run join in at Big D's for the auction. More information call Kenny at 602-617-8049.
Sunday, December 8th
Kicks For Kids Toy Run. This is the my favorite ride of the year! And it is not just me. Over 4200 participated in this ride last year. Click here for my article in last week's letter. This is one of those short and sweet kind of rides. Just show up with a toy and parade down 19th ave. All the streets are blocked off and crowds of people and kids on the side of the road waving. It's a good time to get out early and kick off the Christmas season with a group of your friends, or new friends you haven't even met yet. This ride is just a special day for everyone. Sign in is from 8-10am located at the F.O.P. lodge at 19th Ave. and Sweetwater in Phoenix. Parade leaves at 10:00am on a new route this year. We will be heading down 19th Ave. to Buckeye Rd. East on Buckeye to 7th Ave. North on 7th Ave. to Elks Lodge #477 at 1012 S. 7th Ave. Here there will be cookies and cider after you deposit your toys. Come on out and bring your kids and friends. Let's make this the biggest one yet. More information at 623-846-9446.
Thursday, December 12th
Men's Only-Last Minute Holiday Shopping Night at Grand Canyon Harley in Mayer, AZ. O.K., so you're a guy and you've waited until the absolute last minute to start your Christmas shopping. We've got you covered from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm with plenty of gift giving ideas. 20% off all in-stock ladies leathers and lots of other special clearances. We'll even gift wrap for you. Plus, any purchase at Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson will get you a 10% discount on food and beverage purchases next door at Hailey's Grill. Plan to spend a night of it with us at Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson/Buell Shop in Mayer, AZ. 10434 Highway 69. Grand Canyon Harley in Mayer is only a 60 mile ride from I-17 and the Loop 101 in Phoenix. 1-877-888-GCHD.
See www.cyclerides.com for all upcoming
Rides and Events.
I have had a lot of emails asking me: Where do the toys go when you drop them off at the toy runs? That is something that I have always wondered as well. So I thought I would go to W. Steven
Martin, the king of toy collections and see what he did with them. I called him with my questions and he invited
me down to the toy warehouse to see the entire operation. I thought this would be a good time to share this information
with everyone, so I took the Mini DV and filmed the tour. I have to admit, I was expecting a few large boxes with
toys that the Police would look through to give to needy families. Boy, was I wrong. What I found was a 4000 sq.
ft. warehouse filled with toys and set up like a Toys R Us. It was truly amazing the operation that they have there.
I also learned that over 800 police officers around the state use this Toy Warehouse to give toys to their adopted
families. I have produced a 7 minute video that shows W. Steven taking us through the Toy Warehouse and explaining
everything that happens with the toys and the money that is donated. I think you will find it extremely interesting.
I have it formatted for both Hi Speed and 56K dialup access. It will take about 10 minutes for the 56K to download,
but it will be worth your time for what you will learn about this process. Click Here To See The Videos.
Video Tips. If you have clicked on some of my recent videos and you got sound and no video, or it didn't play at all, it might be because you need the newest Windows Media Player. CLICK HERE to download that new player. If you right mouse click on a video while it is playing, you can adjust the size of the video on the screen.
I added 2 new original video's last
week. I took some pictures from the Patriot Parade and put the music
of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The USA" to it. The video is 3:18 long and is available for Hi Speed and
56K. I also took some bike photos and put them to the music of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way". Take
a look at them, I think you will enjoy. The links are on the front page of www.cyclerides.com .
As I have mentioned before, the amount of Cox internet and broadband users are growing by the week. Most people
don't realize that in most instances it costs only another $10-$15 per month to have the cable modem service. You
drop the dialup service that you are paying $20 per month for and cable costs between $30-$35. It makes
videos play like a television. Check back often to www.cyclerides.com for new video additions. Eventually I plan to take video from our trip to California
and edit that down to some video for the site.
As for me this weekend, we will just be staying close to home and enjoying some relaxation time with the family. We wish you all a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.