Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
12/1/10
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, for those of us that were asking for it to cool down, we have gotten our wish. It has definitely been a little chilly for our part of the country, but it is still a welcome relief from the long Summer we had around here. But the cool weather is just in time to get everyone in the mood for some toy rides that are coming your way.
 
Speaking of toy rides, I would like to give you some details of the Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids event coming up on December 11th.I have been involved with this event since the beginning back in 2003 and am happy to say that this is the 8th year that we will be able to make a difference by helping over 100 needy kids have a much better Christmas. This is really more of a "ride-in" than a traditional ride. Due to the difficulty of doing escorted rides, I decided last year to just make it a destination event and it seems to work out very well that way. The event location last year was at Rawhide, this year Westgate has volunteered to host the event right where we have bike night on Coyote Blvd. at Westgate City Center.
 
For those not familiar with the Toys to Kids event, instead of the usual type of toy ride where you drop off toys to a location, we bring the kids to the toys. This year we will bus in 100 underprivileged and homeless children from the Children First Academy in downtown Phoenix ages 6-12 years. They will be fed, entertained and at the end of the program will be allowed to pick out any 3 toys from the stack of toys that they would like. But to keep with the spirit of Christmas and to teach these young children about giving, we ask that they pick out 2 toys for themselves and then pick out one special toy for a friend, brother or sister who couldn't come that day. We have found that these kids grasp that concept really quick and end up spending more time picking out a toy for their friend than they do for themselves. Amazing to see those that have so little, so anxious to give to freely. A truly heart warming sight to see and be a part of.
 
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, 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.
 
If you haven't participated in this event before, I would encourage you to give it a try this year. It is always a good time full of Christmas cheer. For those of you that come every year, the kids appreciate your continued support. So ride in, or drive, bring the whole family if you like. Saddle Ranch will start serving a breakfast buffet for $8.99 starting at 9:00am. Music will begin at 9am and the stage will be open to place your unwrapped toy. Additional toys will be dispersed to local shelters.
 
This year we will be setting up a stage in the middle of events plaza. complete with a sound system provided by David Darnell at Big D's Mobile DJ's. There will be entertainment for the kids and the adults including Bret Kaiser as Elvis doing a few songs to entertain the crowd and a special guest 12 year old singer that will really impress you and inspire us all. Then our "special guests", the kids from Children First Academy, will take the stage to sing you 2 songs of appreciation and thanks. This is always a great way to end the day. There will also be a Hot Rod and Classics Car Show at Westgate on the same day from 10am - 3pm and a Farmer's Market. So after the toy event, you will have plenty for the whole family to do.
 
Here are the details:
When: Saturday, December 11th
Where: Westgate City Center Events Plaza located on S.E. Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave.
Time: Breakfast starting at 9am at Saddle Ranch located next to event stage. Program and show starts at 11am.
Kids Arrive at 10:45 am. Show starts at 11am. Kids pick out their gifts at 11:30 ish with a song to you and then will pick out their gifts.
Cost: One unwrapped Toy for ages 6-12 years. An Optional bag of socks, underwear and hygiene products is always appreciated. 
Parking: Motorcycle parking inside venue on Coyote Blvd. and around events plaza like bike night.
 
I would like to thank Arizona Bikeweek for paying for the bus transportation for the kids this year. David Darnell at Big D's Mobile DJ's and Bret Kaiser as Elvis for their donations of time and equipment. And of course Westgate City Center for the venue and stage.
 
This is my favorite event that I get to do. It is a very rewarding and uplifting day. I appreciate all of you that participate and have supported us to give these kids a day that is just about them. They are fed, entertained, given gifts and leave like they are on top of the world. You have no idea what this means to them. Their teachers always tell me that the kids look forward this event the entire year. Look forward to seeing you there.
 
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.
 

 
Bike Nights
 
Every Friday and Saturday Night
Chilly Bombers is your place for Motorsports. Chilly Bombers has a real nice outdoor patio, great food and plenty of parking for cars and motorcycles. If you need a destination on a Friday or Saturday night, this is a good choice.
Friday Night: Ride by Chilly Bombers every Friday night for the Chilly Bombers Cruisin Car Show. See at least 100 classic and muscle cars displayed in the parking lot. Bike parking available. Starts at 5pm. 2 winners every week. Food and drink specials, vendors, DJ and Fun.
Saturday Night: Chilly Bombers Saturday Bike Night with Live Music by "The Unlisted".
Enjoy $5.00 1/2 pound Hamburgers, $2.50 Longnecks, 1/2 priced appetizers and $4 Jack Daniels.
Tuesday Night: Showing Sons of Anarchy at 7pm.
Chilly Bombers is located at the SE Corner of 51st Ave. and Bell Rd. 602-298-0843
 

 
Friday, December 3rd
Motorcycles On Main St. in Mesa Sponsored by Chester's Harley-Davidson. Motorcycles on Main in Mesa is back in full swing. Riders have been asking for something to do on a Friday night for a long time and now it is here at least once per month. This event regularly brings in over 1000 riders for a fun time. Ride to downtown Mesa the first Friday of every month for the Downtown Mesa "Motorcycles On Main St." Cruise Main St. and enjoy Sturgis Style parking on the inside lanes. Park and show off your bike. The night will feature 4 Beer Gardens located throughout the 2 blocks and 4 Live Band Stages. Be sure and check it out this month on Friday, December 3rd to join in on the motorcycle fun in Downtown Mesa from 6pm - 10pm. Downtown Mesa is located Just East of Country Club Dr. on Main St. Ride in with Chester's HD. Meet at the dealership at 6:30pm located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. Ride leaves at 6:30pm and ends at the Chester's Booth on Main St. Reserved Motorcycle Parking on the Main St.
 
Saturday, December 4th
2010 Toys For Tots to benefit the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. Join the Marine Corps Reserve at Fuzzy's Southwest Grill Saturday, Dec. 4th. 100% of the proceeds go to the Toys For Tots Foundation. There will be a Peoples Choice Car and Bike Show from 10am - 4pm. $15 Entry to display. Trophy awarded and check donated in honor of winners. Fuzzy's is located at 18795 N. Reems Rd. on the SW corner of Reems Rd. & Grand Ave. in Surprise. There will be Santa Claus, Fire Trucks and Live Music. Stay for the fun, or just ride thru with a donation of cash or new unwrapped toys. After party with Dok & Gal, 7-11. All donations go to the US Marine Corps. Toys for Tots fund for Maricopa County. Car Show info call Scott at 623-512-1978 or Nick 623.398.4042 for more info.
 
Saturday, December 4th
Toys for Tots sponsored by American Legion Riders Post 35. All proceeds go to the US Marine Corps. Toys for Tots program and other American Legion Riders programs. Sign in at Skunk Motorsports at 202 W. Main St. in Mesa, AZ from 8am - 10am. $20 without a toy, $15 with a toy. Passengers $15 without a toy and $10 with at toy. Ride pin for the first 100 participants. Paid ride includes: Ride, Lunch, Door Prizes and Live Music. More information call Jesse at 602-717-7545. For other updates go to http://alr35.org/ToysForTots2010.htm
 
Sunday, December 5th
Hacienda Harley-Davidson Hot Rods & Harley. Hacienda HD along with 100.3 FM are presenting the Hot Rods and Harley Show. The Street will be closed for Car and Bike Show display. Stop by Hacienda HD from 11am-5pm. FREE to attend. There will be Live Music, Food and a whole lot of fun. Stroll through the street at your leisure to see all of the cars and bikes lined up. Judging is from 2pm to 4pm. Awards from 4:30pm - 5pm. Ride by and enjoy the display this Sunday. Hacienda is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. For more information call 480-905-1903.
 
Sunday, December 5th
38th Annual Kicks 4 Kids. Motorcycle Toy Drive and Trivia Run. Law Tigers, Star of Phoenix Chapter 113 & The Army Reserve NCO Council present Phoenix's longest running Toy Run. Things have changed a little this year for the Kicks 4 Kids Ride. This year it will add the Law Tigers Trivia Ride, traveling from the F.O.P. Lodge #2 located at 19th Av & Cactus. Sign in from 8am - 10am,  last bike in 12pm. Donation is one new unwrapped toy. $5 minimum value. Your map will guide you to 5 stops along the way to Wildhorse Pass Hotel and Casino located at 5550 W. Wildhorse Pass in Chandler, AZ. Each stop will have a question. Look around because the answer to the question will be right in front of you at each stop. Law Tigers has sponsored cash prizes of 1st $300, 2nd $100, 3rd Motorcycle Gift Package. They'll be Vendors, Refreshments, Entertainment, 50/50, Best Xmas Decorated Bike Show and a $5 Lunch Poolside at Wild Horse Pass. We are looking for vendors if you would like to join us please email at djphatt@cox.net
 
Next Week
 
SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, December 11th
The Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids ride will be held on Saturday, December 11th this year. For the last 8 years I have done this ride on the first Saturday of December, but this year I could not get the kids on that date. So we moved it to the 11th. once again be held at Westgate City Center. As usual, we will be bussing in 100 kids as we have done before. I would like to thank Arizona Bikeweek for offering to pay for the bus transportation for the kids this year.
 
The program will include live entertainment with crowd and kid favorite Bret Kaiser as "Elvis", and Saddle Ranch will be serving an $8.99 breakfast buffet that morning starting at 9am. The program for the kids will start at 11am. As always, after being fed and entertained, the kids will be able to pick any 3 gifts from the toys that you bring while they are there. I look forward once again to make this a very special day for these kids and for the riders who faithfully participate.
 
Here are the details:
When: Saturday, December 11th
Where: Westgate City Center Events Plaza located on S.E. Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave.
Time: Breakfast starting at 9am at Saddle Ranch located next to event stage. Program and show starts at 11am.
Kids Arrive at 10:45 am. Show starts at 11am. Kids pick out their gifts at 11:30 ish with a song to you and then will pick out their gifts.
Cost: One unwrapped Toy for ages 6-12 years. An Optional bag of socks, underwear and hygiene products is always appreciated. 
Parking: Motorcycle parking inside venue on Coyote Blvd. and around events plaza like bike night.
Additional Activities: Westgate Hot Rods and Car Show from 10am - 3pm at same location.
 
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.
 
Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 2700 FANS!
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!
 
This video will be sure to inspire you as this 8 year old girl sings the National Anthem in the studio. Wow! What a talent. Click Here to View.
 
This is really funny. Watch these people dodge furniture on this cruise ship in rough waters. What a messClick Here to View.
 
Video of the Week: This is hilarious. Watch how Paul Zerdin makes this guy a human dummy for a ventriloquist.  Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
 
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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
info@cyclerides.com
 

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