Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
12/22/04
 

Greetings Riders,
 
Well, Christmas 2004 is now upon us. In fact, some of you might even be reading this letter right now with the new computer you got for Christmas this year. Due to the busy times that we live in now, we are all going so fast that it is hard to slow down long enough to really enjoy the season. It seems like every year the length of the lights on the house are getting shorter and the tree is getting smaller. When I was younger, the Christmas Season seemed to last the entire month of December. Now it seems like I try and cram everything into the last 3 or 4 days before the 25th rolls around. And by the time it gets here, I find myself thinking of a dozen things I probably could have done better to reach out to friends and family, give more, help someone in need, to thank someone that has helped me in the past or to realize the blessings that I have.
 
The Christmas Season does seem to be an introspective time to reflect our own life and the year past. While we all strive to do good, the rigors of today's world seem to be a constant pull to get us off the right path. The interesting thing is that we all have life lessons throughout the year. Sometimes we have our eyes and ears open and receive them. Sometimes they can go right past us, we don't get it, and have to go around that mountain again. I never know where my life lessons are going to come from but I try not to miss them. The following is a story that I wrote last year that really taught me to look for those opportunities. As Christmas is a time for giving, I thought it was worth repeating.
 



December 17th, 2003
Everyone knows that this is the time of year for giving.
And motorcycle riders are among the most generous groups I have ever seen. I am still amazed at all the great gifts that were dropped off at the Toys To Kids run. They were fantastic. There are lots of ways to give this time of year. Angel Tree, dropping a few coins in the Salvation Army pot or food donations. Those are all easy ways to share this time of year. I love to give. Most of the time I am the first to offer to buy drinks or meals with my friends. But that is pretty easy to do since I already know everyone in the group. What I am not good at is giving to a total stranger. I don't know why, it is just an uncomfortable situation, but one I have been working on. 

I don't know why, but for some reason I am supposed to share this with all of you. About this time last year I was put to the test. I stopped at a McDonalds for a quick meal down on Thomas Rd. and I-17. I had just ordered my combo meal and was paying when an older gentleman walked up in the line next to me to order. He was an older bearded man dressed in dirty clothes, haggard looking, obviously down on his luck and likely homeless. As he was ordering I noticed that he had a good demeanor and was very courteous and polite. I could tell deep down he was a good man with a kind heart, but somehow had gotten off course at sometime in his life. He ordered one basic hamburger and started counting out pennies and nickels to pay the 42 cents that he owed. I immediately had this rush in my spirit that I should by this man his lunch. I hesitated for a moment because this was out of my comfort zone and then offered to buy him anything he wanted. He graciously declined the help, but I insisted that the lady give him a quarter pounder and some fries and I paid the $2.00 tab. He said "God Bless You My Friend", took his food and headed for the door.  
 
I watched as he put the sack of food in his shopping cart and started to push it away.
I felt so good about taking the step to buy this total stranger his lunch, that I wanted to do more. I kept saying to myself, it was only $2.00, you can do better than that. I turned away for 5 seconds to get my food and headed for the door to see if there was anything else I could do for this man. But he was gone! I couldn't find him anywhere. Within 10 seconds he had vanished! I looked all around the area, but couldn't find him anywhere. I'm not sure where he went or why this all happened, but a guy who had nothing, gave me one of the best gifts I had ever gotten. The opportunity to step out of my shell, give straight from the heart and be a blessing to a total stranger without being prompted by a sign or a guy ringing a bell. I think about this man often, and wonder what happened to him and why he was sent here to encounter me at this time. I don't know those answers yet, but I'm glad I listened.
 
It wasn't the $2.00, it was the fact that I stepped across the line that I had laid for myself,
and that line was being afraid to offer something when there wasn't someone asking for it. If you get the opportunity to do something like this, go for it. Buy somebody a meal, throw them a jacket, a blanket, a few bucks, whatever they need. You will be blessed for your giving. And just as the song below reveals,You never know who might be walking around in another man's shoes. Here is a song by Reba McEntire called The Christmas Guest. This song sums it up. You will enjoy. (It takes a little to download and it will start playing, be patient.) If you can't listen to the song, Click Here for the lyrics.
 



I would like to publicly thank all of the troops in our Armed Forces in Iraq and around the world that are defending our freedom. I lament that I can't find the time to enjoy the Christmas Season, and then I think about at least 150,000 Americans that aren't even going to be with their families over Christmas or maybe home for the next several months. May God Bless them as they are there and their families that are waiting for their safe return. This is another area that I don't think that I have done enough to help. But that will be changing this February. I am working on a great ride that will be very rewarding for everyone who participates. I will be bringing details to you within the next couple of weeks.
 

Mrs. C. and I would like to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and would like to thank you for your loyal support to us and the web site. We truly appreciate all of your replies, kind words and greetings as we see you out on the rides and around town. Blessings to all of you this Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Christ.
 
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This Week's Events 

Thursday Night
 
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Every Third Thursday of the month Hooters is giving away a gift certificate for $1000 towards a custom paint job. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some giveaways and raffles from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here to see Pictures and all the detailed information.

Casey Jones Grill Bike Night  Are You A Poker Player?? Make plans to play in National Pub Poker League "Texas Hold'em Tournament at Casey Jones. Tournaments at 7:00 and 10:00pm. Sign in starts at 6:00pm Thursday Nights. 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 bottles and $2.00 Jacks. 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. You can always count on lots of bikes here.

Hooters at Ahwatukee Thursday Bike NightContinues Giveaways and Raffles. The riders in Ahwatukee were wanting a Bike Night of their own, so Hooters Ahwatukee stepped up to provide a great place to come on your motorcycle on Thursday nights. Stop by for raffles, good times and good food at Hooters in Ahwatukee located at 4804 E. Chandler Blvd. There will be raffles and giveaways from Chandler Harley and Hooters as well as 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Click Here for the pictures and all the details.
 

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 right next to Genesis Custom Cycles 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. 

Saturday and Sunday 

Pioneer Restaurant and SaloonJoin Pioneer New Years Eve. Dinner, Dancing, Live Music. Kids New Years at 10pm with a Fireworks Show. Click Here for details. Now opening at 6:00AM for Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. All of us are looking for that quick getaway out of town for an early morning breakfast on the weekends, or a good stop on our way up North. The Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon is the perfect place for that and they are inviting all motorcycle riders to stop by for a good old fashioned breakfast on the patio or a cool drink on the way home. The biscuits and gravy are awesome and my personal recommendation. Breakfast starts at 6:00am. Pioneer is also open for lunch and dinner. On Saturday nights Live Music from 6pm - 10pm. Pioneer is also a great place to get your group together for a sunset dinner ride. Sit out on the patio or the air conditioned dining room. If you are organizing a ride, it is the perfect place for a ride end. Pioneer is located just 1 mile North of the Carefree Highway exit on I-17 at Pioneer Rd. exit 225. For private parties call Karen at 602-493-7373.  

Sunday

Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day Cocomo Joes's is now your place to ride to for Sunday NFL Football Games. Enjoy breakfast starting at 10:00am with $5.95 for a Burrito Loco, French Toast or 2 Eggs, Hash Browns, Bacon and Toast. Cocomo Joe's has the full NFL Package to make it easy for you to watch the game of your choice all day long. Cocomo Joe's is a very open and comfortable place to hang out and watch the games. They have a new large outdoor patio as well as 2 smaller ones around the side. There is a large dining area with TV's all around to keep up on all NFL football on Sundays. See the pictures here. There is also 3 pool tables and games for your enjoyment. There will be food and drink specials for ride days starting at 10:00am as well as blocked off preferred parking for motorcycles. The day starts at 10:00am with breakfast foods available. Bike day is from Noon - 6pm. Cocomo Joe's is located on the NW corner of Tatum and Dynamite Rd. So if you are riding to or from Cave Creek, or want to take a ride up North and not have to run the DB gauntlet, stop by Cocomo Joe's. 28244 N. Tatum Blvd. 480-538-8008. Stop by this Sunday for opening day. Click Here for all the details.

Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Now is the perfect weather to be sitting out on the Sugar Daddy's patio, listening to Live Music while dining from the Brunch Menu. And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from. Option #1: Eggs Benedict Ė Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or
Sugarís Pancakes Ė You wonít eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Canít decide what to eat? How about an All-You-Can-Eat buffet for ONLY $12.
Option #3: Order off our regular menu.
Our 5,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled patio has six air conditioning units, misters, and plenty of shade. Sugar Daddy's patio, food and entertainment is becoming a regular Sunday stop. If you haven't tried it yet, give them a try. Complimentary coffee is now served. Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd. for
Brunch or Lunch from 10am - 4pm. Enjoy live music from 10am - 2pm Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd.  Click here to see the awesome pictures and details of Sugar Daddy's located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. between Indian School and Thomas on the West side of the road. Stop by and check it out. A great place to hang out. Plenty of Bike Parking. If you have suggestions, email them at sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

This Week 

December 22nd - 24th
Chosa's Harley-Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas.
Think Harley-Davidson® gifts for the holidays. Don't miss your chance to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE
during Chosa's Harley-Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas. And don't forget that a Chosa's Harley-Davidson gift card makes the perfect stocking stuffer!
WED, DEC 22: 22% OFF Stamper or MOD Jewelry,
THURS, DEC 23:
Spin the Prize Wheel when you purchase $100 or more in MotorClothes(tm) Merchandise!
FRI, DEC 24: 24% OFF Managers Special on Stocking Stuffers
*All sales are final. Limited to regularly priced IN STOCK items only. Cannot be combined with any other Chosa's offers. Chosa's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ 480-894-0404.
 
December 22nd - 24th
Superstition Harley-Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas.
Don't miss your chance to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE during Superstition Harley-Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas.
And don't forget that a Superstition Harley-Davidson gift card makes the perfect stocking stuffer! Superstition Harley-Davidson's 12 Days of Christmas schedule of savings: 
WED, DEC 22: 22% OFF All Hats - Baseball, Knit, Skull & Ivy Caps.
THURS, DEC 23: 23% OFF Loungewear - Slippers, Sweats, Boxers & Thongs
FRI, DEC 24: 24% OFF All Christmas Merchandise.
*All sales are final. Limited to regularly priced IN STOCK items only. Cannot be combined with any other Superstition H-D offers. Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction.
480-346-0600. 

Merry Christmas!! 

If any of you are looking for a Church to attend a Christmas Service this year, I would like to invite you to our Church on the West side of the Valley. It is Christ's Church of the Valley, known as CCV to most. It is a big new Church that holds about 3500 people each service so you won't feel out of place if you come and you will really enjoy it. CCV even has a motorcycle ministry. There will be 6 identical services this year. Two services on Thursday, December 23rd at 6:00pm and 8:00pm and Four services on Friday, December 24th at 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00pm. CCV is located at 7007 W. Happy Valley Rd. in Peoria. 623-376-2444.
 



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As for me, I will be taking in the Christmas Eve Service and hanging out with the family this weekend. Merry Christmas to all and ride safe. 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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