Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
1/10/07

 
Greetings Riders,
 
Looks like we are at that time of the riding year when weather might play a part in our riding plans. Cold mornings have been with us for a while now and pockets of rain might interrupt our plans this weekend. With highs predicted in the low to mid 50's and intermittent rain, it could affect a few events along the way. Some like this kind of weather, but give me 85 degrees with sunshine and I am a happy rider putting on some miles.
 
I got word last week that the Arizona National Guard was going to deploy over 600 Soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan this past Saturday, making it the largest deployment from Arizona since World War 2. Most of you by now know my admiration for our service Men and Women, so I felt the need to go to the Wells Fargo to show my support for their service. Also knowing that the Patriot Guard was going to be there to lead the busses to the airport, I wanted to be there to support their efforts as well.
 
It is kind of interesting how we make decisions to do things these days. If it is convenient, fits into our time schedules, the weather is just right, timing is just right and there are no hassles involved in getting the kids cared for etc, etc, then we can find a way to do what we feel is the right thing to do. It seems like we can come up with a million reasons why we "can't" do something and very few reasons how we "can" make something happen if we really want to. Priorities, no matter how out of line they are in our culture these days, also play a big part in our decisions. Things that seem important, like seeing a famous movie star, a rock band or your favorite sports hero, seem to take precedent over seeing and supporting real life heroes. The real life heroes I am referring to are those Moms, Dads, Brothers and Sisters that are being uprooted from their families to travel half way across the world to give their service to our Country, while living in a tent in the desert and eating meals out of a can for a year at a time. Those are the real life heroes.
 
I know the scenario painted above is true, because I have seen it, heard it and lived it just last weekend. The meeting time for the Patriot Guard was to be 5am at the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday morning. After checking the weather report it was calling for the high 30's for an overnight low. Enter the thought process from 2 paragraphs above. Instead of getting up at 4am on a Saturday morning and heading out into the cold, I could stay in my warm snuggly bed and see the clips on the news later that day. Besides, it wasn't like I was going to see Tiger Woods at the FBR Open or Tom Cruise at the opening of MI 3, it was just some local heroes that were heading off to change their lives for a year for our Country. That is why when the alarm went off at 4am, I was up and ready to go. I figured if these guys could go risk their lives for me for a year, half way around the world, I could drag my lazy butt out of bed to support them for a day.
 
The official ceremony started at 6am with a short assembly inside the arena. All 600 plus soldiers filed in and took their positions to be recognized and hear a few words of encouragement from their superiors, while a few thousand family and friends sat in the stands seemingly trying to absorb every second that they had left with their loved ones. After the brief ceremony, the first group said their good byes and made their way out to the first busses that were scheduled to leave at 6:30am. This was to be the first of wave of hourly departures until all of these Soldiers were transported to the airport and on their way to Fort Brag for 2 months of training before spending the next 12 months deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq.
 
I knew I wanted to be there in person to give my best to the soldiers that were leaving and to show their families that there were others that did care about their loved ones. What I wasn't expecting was how emotional it was going to be. As I walked through the crowd, patting Soldiers on the back and thanking them for their service, I could see the hugs and kisses from the spouses, the consoling of the children as their Father boards the bus and the fear of the unknown in the eyes of the loved ones left behind as they drove away. After experiencing this day, war became real to me. It morphed from a headline in a paper or on the nightly news to the vision of a soldier boarding a bus and being separated from his loved ones, not knowing for sure when or if he would be home. As parents of these young men and spouses walked away with their children, you could clearly see the consternation on their faces. It became clear to me why I support these Men and Women of our armed services.
 
I could not have been more proud to be an American and a motorcycle rider as I watched more than 175 members of the Patriot Guard, with their flags proudly waving in a show of support for their efforts, escort these busses of Soldiers to the airport. These guys got out of their beds at 3-4am on a cold morning to arrive at 5am to assemble for the escorts that were truly appreciated by the troops. I saw many soldiers and family members talking with the Patriot Riders, many of whom are Veterans themselves, telling them how much they appreciated what they were doing. I want to salute the Patriot Guard Riders and the fantastic job they are doing in support of our troops as they leave to war or when they have paid the ultimate price. God Bless these Soldiers and the Patriot Guard for your service.

I have mentioned before that I was working on getting together the next Hearts To Heroes Ride. After my experience this past Saturday, I am full speed ahead to do my part to help show our support for all of our soldiers currently there, and soon to be 20,000 more that are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. They need us more than ever right now and I hope you will join me to show that we care for them. I have a couple of exciting things in the works for that should make this a very special event. The date set now is Saturday, April 14th. That could possibly be changed, but only to the following weekend if that happens. Mark your calendar for those days. A firm announcement will be made in the next week.
 
Click Here for 98 photos of Soldiers, Family and Patriot Guard. A lot of these photos say volumes without any words.
 
Click Here for a Channel 12 news report of the event.
 
Click Here for video clips of the event and the Patriot Guard.
 


Highlights This Week

 

It is that time of year. From now through June will be the time when the days will get longer and the nights will get warmer. We have 4 new Bike Nights and Weekends starting in a 2 week period on all edges of the Valley. There is sure to be one that is a good ride for you. Get out and try out one or two of the new ones as well as the popular ones throughout the valley. 

 

Tuesday
 
New!!! First Night January 16th!

Superstition Harley-Davidson and San Tan Flat are bringing Bike Nights back to the East Valley! 

This is one of the coolest places in town and worth the ride to check it out.
 
Wednesday
 
New!!!

Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings Mesa-Falcon Field. This is a great new stop for riders on the East Side.

Enjoy GREAT FOOD and Live Music every Wednesday night with Soul Catcher,

First 50 Riders on the 18th get a free Bike Night T-Shirt.

 

Thursday
 
***NEW!! First Night January 18th!***

Thursday Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Goodyear.

50 TV's, 10 Giant Screens. Huge Outdoor Patio.
First 50 Riders on January 18th get a FREE Buffalo Wild Wings Bike Night T-Shirt.
 
Every Weekend

 
***NEW!!! Live Music!***
Western Trails Ranch Bike Weekend. Take a nice ride out of town and Enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere
with good food and Live Rock & Roll Music every Saturday and Sunday Afternoons from Noon to 4pm.

Loud pipes? No problem! You can ride out to Western Trails without worrying about
the DB metering equipment to greet you of Carefree to greet you.
 
This Weekend


Saturday, January 13th
Memorial Ride In Honor of Major Troy "Trojan" Gilbert.

A memorial ride has been organized in honor of Major Troy "Trojan" Gilbert

 

Saturday, January 13th

Free The Border Patrol Day. Agent "Nacho" Ramos will be riding in the event.

 


 

This Week's Bike Night Events

 

Tuesday Nights

 

Chester’s Harley Davidson Biker Night at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe! If you are looking for some fun on a Tuesday night, With 2 outdoor patios and plenty of excitement, This place is a good time! The Tilted Kilt is home to the best Scotch-Irish experience in Arizona, with an award-winning menu, classic pub fare, and signature Kilt items sure to please any palate, not to mention twenty four globe-spanning beers on tap! Biker Night Tuesdays also mean $3 Jack Daniels and half-price appetizers. And, with a Tilted Kilt Biker Night Card, you receive 15% OFF your total bill. So what are you waiting for? Come on down and have a craic with Chester’s Harley-Davidson! The Tilted Kilt is located at 660 W. Warner Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Just 1.5 miles East of I-10 on Warner Rd. 480-592-0102. Click Here for Map.

 

Chandler Harley-Davidson Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille & Pub. Stop by Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille and Pub located at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler, AZ. Join us for Munchies and Music, Food and Drink, Specials, and good old fashion H-D fun! Nozzlehead's is a fun firefighter-themed restaurant that serves the best pure angus burgers and meatiest wings in the valley. 12 flavors of wings! 11 tap beers served out of the front-end of a real fire truck. Hot Times, Cold Drinks and Great Food! Stop by this Tuesday for the First Night!! Stop by Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler for a Nozzlehead Food Discount Coupon.

 

New!!! First Night January 16th!

Superstition Harley-Davidson and San Tan Flat are bringing Bike Nights back to the East Valley! Mark your calendars, because every Tuesday means one thing…cheap food and drinks for ALL bikers!  Come hit up San Tan Flat from 6pm to 9pm for a good-ole-fashioned biker bash.  There’ll be $1.50 drafts, ½ off appetizers, $5 Chilidog combos, and a bunch of prizes! Come sit and relax indoors or outdoors at San Tan Flat were there’ll be music, fire pits and marshmallows to roast-to bring out that biker in you. That’s Tuesday nights at San Tan Flat – the corner of Ellsworth and Hunt Highway.  Do it up right…’Bike Night’ it baby! 6185 W. Hunt Hwy., Queen Creek, AZ. 480-882-2995. This is one of the coolest places in town and worth the ride to check it out.

 

Wednesday Nights

 

***NEW!!***

Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings Mesa-Falcon Field. This is a great new stop for riders on the East Side. Enjoy GREAT FOOD and Live Music every Wednesday night with Soul Catcher, featuring acoustic blues and classic rock from 7pm - 10pm every Wednesday Night at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 4425 E. McKellips Rd. in Mesa, AZ, just across from Falcon Field. Special motorcycle parking in front of the patio. Choose from the extensive new menu including Wings, Chicken Tenders, Huge selection of salads, Wraps, Sandwiches, Ribs & Combos, Burgers, Desserts and Beverages. Click Here for complete menu. Bike Night specials are 50 Cent Legs all day, $2.50 Coronas & Pacificos, $2.00 Well Rum and Coke, $2.00 Well Vodka Tonics, $1.75 Bud Light Pints, $1.75 Miller Light Pints. Sit inside and watch your favorite sporting events on over 50 TV's and 5 Giant Screen TV's or sit outside on the huge patio where there are more TV's and enjoy the evening air. Wherever you find to relax, you will be sure to have a good time, good food and good entertainment at the Buffalo Wings Wednesday Bike Night. 480-218-9464. Click Here to take a look at Buffalo Wild Wings.

 

Thursday Night

 

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 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.

 

***NEW!! First Night January 18th!***

Thursday Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Goodyear.

First 50 Riders on January 18th get a FREE Buffalo Wild Wings Bike Night T-Shirt.

This is a great new stop for riders on the West side. Enjoy GREAT FOOD from an extensive menu. 50 flat screen TV's and 10 Giant Screen TV's. Watch your favorite sporting events including the Suns or College Basketball. Or enjoy the new Video Jukebox on the Big Screens. Buffalo Wild Wings has a HUGE outdoor patio on the front that is perfect for enjoying the great Arizona evening weather. 50 Cent Legs all day. Great drink specials. There is plenty of action and fun at this Buffalo Wild Wings located at 13111 W. McDowell in Goodyear. Just 1 mile N. of I-10 just West of Dysart and McDowell at 13111 W. McDowell. Click Here to see video of Buffalo Wild Wings. First 50 Riders on January 18th get a FREE Buffalo Wild Wings Bike Night T-Shirt.

 

Every Saturday and Sunday

 

***NEW!!! Live Music!***

Western Trails Ranch Bike Weekend. Take a nice ride out of town and Enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere with good food and Live Rock & Roll Music every Saturday and Sunday Afternoons from Noon to 4pm. See the upcoming band list below. Loud pipes? No problem! You can ride out to Western Trails without worrying about DB metering equipment to greet you. Hang out under the covered patio at the Buzzard's Saloon or in front of the stage for some impromptu dancing. Buzzard’s Saloon now has Appetizer’s available at the Bar. Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Chicken Tenders, Fries, Jalapeno Poppers, Breaded Mushrooms, Onion Rings, Beer Battered Mushrooms & Zucchini and Spicy Chicken Wings. Fast food service from the Bartender. Buddy Boom’s Real BBQ is also open for those who don’t mind walking 300 Feet for the best Burgers, award winning Ribs & BBQ on the Westside of town.
So take a ride out to Western Trails for some Lunch, Live Music and Fun every Saturday and Sunday. Starts This Saturday! For more information on Western Trails Ranch go to
www.westerntrailsranch.com . Located on Hwy. 60 in Morristown, just 12 N. of Sun City West on Grand or just 3 miles South of Carefree Hwy. Click Here for Map.

Live Band Schedule:

January 13-14.  Noon-4pm. Trite playing Classic Rock.

January 20-21.  Noon-4pm. Dok & Gal. Biker’s Favorite rock & roll.

January 27-28.  1-5pm. Phat Bastard playing Rock & Roll.

 

Every Sunday

 

Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Sugar Daddy's welcomes you back to riding with the
Award Winning Sugar Daddy's Sunday Brunch voted "Best Sunday Brunch" by Newtimes 2006. Enjoy a $9 All You Can Eat Buffet, $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary Bar from 10am - 4pm. Relax to Live Music from 10am - 4pm on the 5700 sq. ft. climate controlled patio. Riding by later? Grab a quick BBQ from Noon - 5pm on the patio. You can also order off of the extensive 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. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage 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

 

Saturday, January 13th

Memorial Ride In Honor of Major Troy "Trojan" Gilbert.

A memorial ride has been organized in honor of Major Troy "Trojan" Gilbert, 34, who was killed in Iraq on November 27th when his F-16 crashed near Anbar Province, 20 miles northwest of Baghdad while engaged in support of coalition ground support operations.  Trojan was a member of the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base and was deployed to the 332nd Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq.  Trojan has been described as a patriot, warrior, proud American and a courageous leader by General Jones.  Trojan was also married and the father of five children. The major was the first F-16 pilot to die in Iraq since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

 

Please join together to show your support to the Gilbert family, Luke Air Force Base and to all of those who so selflessly fight every day and do all that are asked of them for their Country, for all of us! Registration and check-in at 7:30 a.m. at CCV, 67th and Happy Valley Road, please enter on 67th Avenue entrance just prior to reaching the Happy Valley Rd. intersection., ride departs at 9:00 a.m. - $20 per bike.  The ride will be escorted.  No weapons, please have id's ready upon arrival at Luke Air Force Base.  If your helmet has a visor, please flip it up prior to approaching the Security Forces who will be checking id's as we enter the Base.  The bbq lunch is by donation also, again with all funds going directly to the Gilbert Family Memorial Fund.  Airmen from the base have been invited to join us for the lunch, please thank them for their service. The helmet rule on the base has been waved for this event.

 

Saturday, January 13th

Free The Border Patrol Day. Agent "Nacho" Ramos will be riding in the event.

Over the last several weeks you have probably heard about the arrest, trial and sentencing of 2 Border Patrol Agents, Ramos and Compean,for trying to arrest an illegal alien drug smuggler at the border. This could very well be one of the biggest injustices in our legal system that we have seen since O.J. walked out of court a free man. Agents Ramos and Compean, fathers of six children are facing 12 years in prison for doing their jobs by trying to arrest an illegal alien smuggling a van full of drugs across the border. The smuggler even admitted to doing this. Read this compelling story of the events that have transpired leading to this conviction of these men and subsequent sentencing. It will really make you wonder what the heck is happening in our Country. The smuggler got sent back to Mexico and the Agents get sent to prison. The American Freedom Riders have organized a nationwide protest to try and free these men before they report to prison on January 18th.

Where:  Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, 401 West Washington St.   Phoenix, Arizona
What to Bring:  Signs, Megaphones, Energy
Who to Bring:  Patriots With an Attitude

Join the American Freedom Riders and Friends to make thunderous noise.

For more information email info@americanfreedomriders.com

 

Next Week

 

Saturday, January 20th

Chester's Harley-Davidson "Sportster 50th Birthday Party". What’s 50 years old, has no legs, and still runs faster than you? The Harley Sportster of course! Born back in 1957, the old man’s officially over the hill this year as we celebrate the Sportster’s Fabulous 50th. We'll have Fav ‘50s soundtracks & movies playing all day, and refreshments straight out of the Malt Shoppe: ice cream sodas, sundaes, burgers and fries. Come decked out in your 50’s finery and we’ll even throw a $50 Chester’s Gift Card your way! If you are looking for a destination ride, FREE Lunch and to celebrate a piece of history, ride on over to Chester's Harley-Davidson located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.

 

Extras

 

Xtreme Consignments – “Don’t List Your Ride – Sell Your Ride”

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Xtreme Consignments is designed for you and your Ride. It’s fast, simple and cost effective and it works. Those of you who wish to sell a vehicle can go directly to Xtreme Consignments and register your vehicle or parts at a 50% reduction in the listing price for the next 60 days. Just remember to indicate you were Referred by Cyclerides and you automatically get the discount. I hope you enjoy this new addition to the Cyclerides site and at your convenience visit us at www.xtremeconsignments.com or Email them at info@xtremeconsigments.com. Hear our commercials on KMLE Country 108 and yes we advertise on the Radio, News Media and Highline Auto Magazine. Remember “Don’t List Your Ride – Sell Your Ride” Xtreme Consignments.

 

Here is an amazing video of the "Rabbit Vs. the Snake". Click Here to view.

 

Here is some great animation in this 7 second video portraying the portable truck. Click Here.

 

Here are a series of short clips called "smooth moves". Click Here.
 

 
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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