Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,
Well, I decided to get the newsletter out a little early this week so that I could have the rest of the week to enjoy the holidays with my family. It seems like only yesterday I was saying there were only 50 days till Christmas. My how time flies. It is now the 23rd of December. That means I am probably half done with my Christmas shopping. As usual, I got started 3 days before the big day with my annual Christmas shopping stop at Costco. You think that place is busy on a normal day, you should try it the last weekend before Christmas. After driving around in circles for a few minutes I finally found a parking spot just within site of the building, but that was fine, the long walk gave me some time to do some brainstorming on some gift ideas.
As I approached the store I grabbed a cart, flashed my card and proceeded inside the store where there was a nasty bottleneck that stopped everybody. Well, almost everybody. There was a little old lady from Sun City that apparently didn't see the brake lights on the carts ahead and crashed into MY rear quarter. After she apologized several times, I told her that it was alright, my rear bumper had enough padding to be rated higher than the typical 5 mph crash. Hoping things would improve I continued on to look for gifts and some staples. So I got my annual 40 pound jar of peanut butter, 3 gallon jar of jelly, 100 razor blade refills, 500 Christmas cookies (for a party of 10), and knowing that I was going to be spending some time with the in-laws I picked up a bottle of 10,000 Tylenol Extra Strength tablets. But it's all a good deal right? After getting shutout on that perfect gift idea I headed to the checkout area to scope out the fastest line.
I've talked about this before, but it happens so often that it bears repeating.
Given my disdain for long checkout lanes, I now have to decide which of these 30 plus checkout lanes is going to move the fastest. My job is to sniff out the persons who are the Line Killers and not get behind them. You know the ones; can't find their checkbook, card is expired, can't remember PIN, slow writer, asks stupid questions, yada, yada. We've all been behind them. After careful deliberation I pick out a line and settle in for the quick exit. Sure enough, a line killer rears its ugly head. It really hurts when you see the guy in the line next to you that was in the place you could have been, walk out the door and you still have 3 people in front of you. I was watching the people in the lines I did not choose go through them like 10 gallons of water through a 9 gallon funnel. These people who do this to us should have to wear a button on their back that say's: BEWARE! I'm a line killer, enter at your own risk. 


The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. Closed This Week On Christmas 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. 


Jetz Americana Thursday Bike NightThis bike night is growing fastGreat bike parking right outside the patio that is now lighted. Stop by this week and see for yourself. Jetz is a Very 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. Happy hour is 4-7pm with 1/2 price drinks and $4.95 appetizer menu. From 7:00PM till close there will be BURGER & BEER $7.95 (½ lb of Certified Angus Beef and a domestic pint or bottle), DOMESTIC BOTTLES $3, JACK DANIELS $4. 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. 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. 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, December 29th- "Danny Rhodes and The Messengers ". 
This Sunday ride by Fandango   Danny Rhodes and the Messengers 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:

Sunday, December 29th  
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Weekend - "Rhondavous".  January 1st - Combo Deluxe. Hailey's is continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. This Sunday enjoy the Arizona favorite Rhondavous from 1:00-5:00pm. New Years Day stop by for Combo Deluxe from 1:00-5:00pm. 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.

This Week

Christmas Day

Christmas Potluck at The Hideaway.The Annual Christmas 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 Christmas Dinner with the HIDEAWAY Family! We'll be Cooking Plenty of BIRDS so bring in Your Favorite Side Dish & we'll have a Christmas Dinner that can't be beat!!! So if you got no place to go or get Fed-up with a house full of relatives come on over & enjoy some Christmas Cheer with us. All this fun for FREE!

Need something to do this week? Check here for upcoming events at the Hideaway. 

Next Week 

January 4th, 2003

The first major run of 2003. The City of Heroes Memorial RunThis run is sure to kick off the new year with a big crowd. Over 1000 riders rode last year. This ride benefits the City of Heroes Memorial Fund and families of fallen Officers and Fire Fighters.  Escorted 50 mile interstate ride from Childress Automall to the 2003 Arizona International Auto Show. The ride is now an official part of the Auto Show. Parking will be provided on the street next to the Civic Center. Ride end party at Cooperstown. First 600 receive t-shirt and pin. Sign-in 8-10 am at Childress Automall, 23rd Ave. and Camelback. $20 single/$35 couple. Vendors, entertainment at the start of the ride, continental breakfast and entry into the Auto Show are included. Phoenix, AZ 800.284.2548. 

This ride is sponsored by: Rusty Childress of Childress Auto Mall, the Local Firefighters Unions and P.L.E.A. Proceeds from this ride benefits the 100 Club. Since the 100 club was formed 33 years ago, immediate cash benefits have been provided to deserving families of more than one hundred police officers, corrections officers and firefighters who gave their lives for their community. The money from this ride will be used to build a memorial for firefighter Bret Tarver who lost his life fighting a fire in March of 2000. The memorial will be placed at the Bret Tarver Elementary School on 51st Ave. N. of Indian School. 

I did a video for this ride that features an introduction to the ride by Scott Pasmore of 3TV, a very passionate interview with Bob Kahn, Asst. Chief with the Phoenix Fire Department who knew Bret Tarver very well, Rusty Childress at the site of the Marc Atkinson bronze from last years ride and an International Superstar as our special guest closes out the video. Can you guess who this is? Viewing this will give you a much better understanding as to what you will be riding for on January 4th, I'm sure you enjoy. Sign in will be at Childress Auto Mall, 23rd Ave. and Camelback from 8-10am. There will be a 50 mile ride ending at the Arizona International Auto Show at the Civic Center. Show entry is included with your donation. Ride end party is at Cooperstown. This is going to be a big ride. I look forward to seeing you there. The video is programmed for both 56K dialup users and Hi Speed connections. So if you are using dialup, you can still watch it. Download time for 56k is about 8 minutes. Click Here To See The Video. 


This is a joyous time of year, but it can also be a tough time of year as well. If you have gone through a recent divorce, family problems, job issues or whatever the case may be, it can be a little tough to keep that smile on your face. Sometimes you need a reason to keep moving on. In a recent service at our church, Pastor Don Wilson of Christ's Church of the Valley closed with these words that I thought would be worthwhile for everyone to see. Read it more than once. 

"Keeping On" 

I've dreamed many dreams that never came true, I've seen them vanish at dawn;
But I've realized enough of my dreams, thank God, To make me want to dream on.
I've prayed many prayers when no answer came, I've waited patient and long;
But answers have come to enough of my prayers, To make me keep praying on.
I've trusted many a friend who failed, And left me to weep alone;
But I've found enough of my friends true-blue, To make me keep trusting on.
I've sown many seeds that fell by the way, For the birds to feed upon;
But I've held enough golden sheaves in my hand, To make me keep sowing on.
I've drained the cup of disappointment and pain, I've gone many days without song,
But I've sipped enough nectar from the rose of life, To make we want to live on.

Charles Allen, "The Secret of Abundant Living" 

Mrs. Cyclerides and I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.

God Bless You All.

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

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