Well, if you have been looking at the national
weather news lately you will be glad if you zip code starts with the
numbers 85. The East coast is getting pelted with record snow
falls along the East coast. In fact, I heard what I would call the
"Irony of the Year" today. It was reported on CNN and FOX that
the global warming conference that was set to start today in Washington,
D.C. was postponed due to excessive snow and frigid weather.
Now, I don't care who you are, there is some humor in that report.
Especially for those skeptical of the Global Warming story. Using the old
realtor saying, it is location, location, location. Those people are
digging out of 2 feet of snow and we are planning a motorcycle ride to
Sedona on Saturday in 70 degree weather. You gotta love good ole
AZ this time of year.
If you missed the newsletter last week, I
just want to announce once again that the Bike Night at Westgate
City Center in Glendale will start up again on Thursday, March
18th and run through June 24th. So make plans to join us on the
first night. Stay tuned to the newsletter and the Cyclerides.com
Facebook for updates. See last week's
newsletter for all the details. Click
Here. Other announcements will be coming in the
next couple of weeks. The first Motorcycles on Main in Mesa was a big
success last Friday night. Click
Here for Photos.
It is getting really close to some superb riding
here in the Valley. I can feel it coming and am already planning a
few local rides for the season. Even kicking around a Cyclerides.com "Just for
the fun of it ride" for anyone who would want to get out take a ride with us. No
cost, just an unorganized ride at your own pace loop through some scenic
country to get some bikes on the road this Spring. Will let you know if I come
up with something.
Two weeks ago I finished up Day 6 of our 2009
Road Trip that took us from Whitefish, MT. to Great Falls, MT. This week I will
report on 2009 Road Trip Day 7.
We awoke in Great Falls, MT. to dark skies and
light rain. So this time it was a no brainer to start out with the
rain gear on. That's good, because that will automatically keep you from making
a bad decision. And it was one of those days that as you traveled rain would be
a threat throughout the day. Needless to say, we got pretty good getting in and
out of it.
Since we had lost a few hours the day before due
to the ignition switch going out, we decided to head to Yellowstone National
Park and then spend the night in Jackson, WY. But as you know, when
riding, the best laid plans don't always work out like you think they should. So
to make some time we took I-15 South to a little town called Boulder, Mt. and
then headed South on a narrow 2 lane road down to I-90. Just what the doctor
ordered, a great little back road through some farming country in
Montana. As an old farm boy from Kansas, it was great to see some Alfalfa
that came up
to my knees and wild antelope
roaming the fields. We even stopped so that we could walk out into the
field. Took me back about 40 years. Loved it.
From there we scooted across I-90 about 40 miles
to Hwy. 291 to go through Big Sky and then on down to the
West entrance to Yellowstone
National Park. We had traveled most of Yellowstone over the years
but had never been through the West entrance or the SW part of the park. So this
was our opportunity to experience that part of the park. I've said it before,
Yellowstone is a nice place to ride through, but in my opinion, it is a bit
overrated as a pure riding area. There are MANY areas that we have been that are
a lot more memorable than Yellowstone, but this is a marquis name that deserves
at least one pass through it. One road that we found this time that was really
pretty is a little side road called the Firehole Canyon Rd. that is just to the
West of 191 as it turns South. This road takes you through a beautiful canyon
next to a stream.
Don't miss this one.
Our next stop on 191 in Yellowstone was Old
Faithful. We had seen this before, but it is always a nice nostalgia stop.
There are bigger geysers right in the area, but none more famous.
And make sure to see go into the Old Faithful Inn to see the construction
of this old hotel. Again, well worth the stop just to see the wood
that they used to construct this old building. Quite impressive.
After a quick stop here we were now on a race against time to make it to
Jackson, WY by around 6:30 to try and grab a hotel before other travelers would
be doing the same thing.
But as I said before, there are always surprises
and we got one here. There was about 40 miles of major road
construction heading South out of the park that was mostly gravel road. And very
bad gravel road at that. This moved us along at about 15 miles per hour burning
precious daylight that we wanted to have going through the Tetons
into Jackson. If you have done much motorcycle riding in this area, you know
that you don't want to be on the roads, particularly on a motorcycle during
feeding time for the deer and elk. So we kept our eyes wide open for the animals
crossing the road as we finally rolled into Jackson
at about 8:45pm instead of our projected 6:30. But the good news was we made it
safe and had little trouble getting a room for the night.
All in all, it was a good day, but one of those
that kind of wore you out with the rain and road construction. But
we did get some good pictures of Yellowstone and the Tetons that I think you
might enjoy. Day 8 will take us from Jackson, WY through the Flaming Gorge to
Here for Photos. Remember to click on "Slideshow" in the
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Highlights This Week
Friday and Saturday, February 12th &
Looking for that perfect motorcycle related
Valentines Day gift?
You will find huge savings
including 10% Off on Boots, 15% Off Leather and 20% Off Jewelry,
PLUS 40% OFF End of Season
Looking for a good quick ride destination
or a great place to meet up with your group for a ride?
Grab lunch before you go! Every Saturday from 11am - 2pm. Enjoy
FREE BBQ Burgers and Dogs.
Bike Nights This Week
Starts Wednesday February 17th.
Bike Night at Legends Bar & Grill in Scottsdale
Brokers). Brokers is under new ownership and is now called Legends Bar and
Grill. It is the same fun place with great food and atmosphere.
Wednesday is Bike Night, but the new owner is welcoming the motorcycle riders
all the time with specials everyday just for riders. Legends is
conveniently located on the SW Corner of Frank Lloyd Wright and Scottsdale Rd.
Motorcycle parking available every day. Stop by this coming Wednesday night for
the Kickoff Party. Make Legends a stop for your charity ride. More details to
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. The
Billet Bar is the place to be for the Summer nights and weekends. Set on the
patio and watch the action. 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.
McDuffy's is one of the finest West side locations for a bike night at a single restaurant. The 12,500 Sq. Ft. McDuffy's features 2 outdoor
patios, a huge dining room with booths for seating, a very large area with high
tops for you to easily hang out with your friends, an upper level for lounging
or to play pool, a very large bar and 100 TV's to watch your favorite sporting
event. Not only that the dinner menu is very broad and McDuffy's has excellent
food at a very good price. Bike Nights features a $6.99 Menu
that includes Classic Burgers, Charbroiled Chicken Breast Burger, Buffalo Wings,
Chicken Quesadilla, Nachos, Popcorn Chicken, Pizza and 1/2 Drink
Pricing. McDuffy's is located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. at
15814 N. 83rd Ave. 623-334-5000. Plenty of Motorcycle
Looking for a good quick ride destination or
a great place to meet up with your group for a ride? Grab lunch before you go! Every Saturday from 11am - 2pm head to
Chester's Harley-Davidson for the "Party On The Patio". Enjoy FREE
BBQ Burgers and Dogs with all the fixins', Live Music this week with Jynx
and an Outdoor Sidewalk Sale. Great Deals to be had on some inventory
reduction! Park under the patio, hang out with other riders, meet new friends
and DEMO a brand new Harley-Davidson. Good times to be had by all. The Party on
the Patio will be happening EVERY Saturday at Chester's Harley-Davidson located
at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Friday and Saturday, February 12th &
Looking for that perfect motorcycle related
Valentines Day gift? Take advantage of the Sierra Vista HD
Pre-Valentines Day Event! Stop by Friday or Saturday, Feb 12-13 from
9am - 5pm. You will find huge savings including 10% Off on Boots, 15% Off
Leather and 20% Off Jewelry, PLUS 40% OFF End of Season Items. And the famous
TIER SALE: The more you spend the more you save. Get up to 20% off on
motorclothes, parts and accessories. Enjoy Cookies and Candy while you shop
& enter to win a dozen red roses. Sierra Vista Harley-Davidson is located at 176 W. Fry
Blvd. in Sierra Vista, AZ. 520-458-9500. www.sierravistaharley.com
Saturday, February 13th
for Virgil Pyburn. Virgil Pyburn was diagnosed with an aggressive type of
bone cancer-Chondrosarcoma. Radiation nor Chemo helps this
type of cancer. He has since undergone major surgery to remove his pelvis,
hip and part of his femur with replacement prosthetics. He has a long road
ahead of him with rehabilitation and possible future surgeries. On the Agenda:
Dogs for a Cause – Hot Dogs can be purchased for $10 - donation enters you into
raffle. Band: Steve & Alan Classic Rock tunes. Raffle items such
as a Fender guitar, skin care products, concrete staining and much
more! Can buy extra raffle tickets where all proceeds go towards Virgil’s
medical bills. Benefit to be held at The Hideaway in Cave Creek. Noon -
Sunday, February 14th
5th Annual "Biker's
Soar For Wildlife". This is the 5th year for this run and from the beginning
this has been a well attended event. You might have seen my
articles and photos about the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center in the past. If
not, CLICK HERE for Photos and
Story. This year the ride will end at the new Scorpion Bay Marina at
Lake Pleasant and as always, will have a great lunch, rock and roll music from
the 60's, 70's & 80's, raffle prizes and Indian Kenny will amuse us all with
his special style of auctioneering off some special gifts. And of course
you will get to see some of the animals you are riding for at the end of the
ride. Most of last year's ride route is being duplicated with a few new
bends and turns. Registration from 8am - 9:30am at Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson located at 16130 Fountain Center dr. in Peoria, AZ. Ride Starts
at 9:00 am (New ride route with more curves-approximately 110 miles) Single
Rider: $30.00 or Rider with Passenger: $35.00. Registration Includes: T-shirt
for and Ride Pin for the FIRST 300 who register. Lunch for ALL who
register. If you are interested in riding, being a vendor or just want more
information, please call me at, 623-587-0139 or visit the website at www.azwildlifecenter.net or send an email to
Sandy at email@example.com
Saturday, February 20th
Harley-Davidson 2nd Annual Red, Wild & Hot Blood Drive & Chili
Cook-Off. Chester’s Harley-Davidson teams
up with United Blood Services during its annual Chili Cook-Off contest. Find the HERO in you! Participants can “give red” by donating blood, “see
wild” as Liberty Wildlife rescue organization will be present, and “eat hot” by
sampling various chili’s! The United Blood Services bloodmobile will be at
Chester’s from 10:30am-2:30pm. All donors will be automatically entered to win 1
of 2 shopping sprees for $1000. Eligibility questions,
call 800-288-2199 Ext. 5497. People's Choice Chili Cook-off Contest: 11am-1pm.
Free Chili Tasting. $5 donation requested with 100% proceeds benefiting Liberty
Wildlife. Live Music and much more. Be a contestant or a judge in
the Chili Cook-off. Call Chester's to sign up your chili. 480-894-0404. It's
free to participate - just bring alot of chili. Meet the Liberty Wildlife Animal
Ambassadors from 10:30am-1:30pm. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club
in Mesa, AZ.
Saturday and Sunday, February 20th and
Biker Babes and
Beyond Grand Opening Event. BIKER BABES AND BEYOND, Nation’s First,
“Rock While You Shop” Retailer, Demo's Unique Business Model At
Grand Opening Event! - FREE concerts by,
Jerome, AZ, “Spirit Room” Favorites Cadillac Angels and Los Guys. Saturday, February 20th from 12-6 pm and on
Sunday, February 21st see Jerome favorite Llory McDonald and Combo
Deluxe with the Biker Babes and Beyond Rock n’ Roll Travelin’ Fashion Show at
noon. Rock while you shop!!! Biker Babes and Beyond is a retail clothing
and accessory store with unique Clothing and Accessories for Motorcyclists
- men and women alike. We also carry a general line of clothing and
accessories for woman of all ages. Biker Babes is unlike other retail
situations in that it is a half store, half music venue. Their slogan,
"Rock While You Shop" has been trademarked. Biker Babes and Beyond is located at
1124 N. Main Street, Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona, a popular destination
in and of itself for bikers from all over the Great State of Arizona. It
is also on the road to Jerome, Arizona, a famous and historic destination for
bikers from throughout the country and the world. Click Here for Press Release and more
Saturday, February 20th
Hogs With Hearts Poker
Run. Hacienda HOG Chapter 97 is hosting Hogs with Hearts Poker Run. This run is to raise funds to send kids with muscular dystrophy to MDA
Summer Camp at Camp Shadow Pines in Show Low, Arizona in June. We have over
$8,000 worth of raffle prizes to give away so don’t miss out on your chance for
some great prizes as well as making a difference in a child's life. The entry
fee is $25 for a single rider and $35 two-up. Fee includes ride pin, breakfast
burritos at start at Hacienda Harley Davidson, lunch at Casino Arizona, high
hand prize and raffle prizes. 110 raffle prizes valued at close to $10,000. Best
Hand grand prize is a Flat Screen TV. Ride Registration 8am - 10am at Hacienda
HD located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. All Bikes Welcome. More
information at www.hog97.com .
Saturday, February 20th
Ranch Presents "Midget Wrestling at its' Best" with the MWF (Micro Wrestling
Federation) competition at The Ranch. Western Trails Ranch, always known
for bringing you Live Entertainment has reached outside the box to bring you
"The Greatest Little Show on Earth". The MWF offers Midget
Wrestling at its' Best! It's more fun than a barrel of monkey's. Gates open at
1pm. Classic Rock Band at 2pm. MWF Midget Wrestling from 7pm - 9pm. After party
meet and greet, pictures, etc. Admission is $10 per person at the gate. Western
Trails Ranch is a 12 acre Old West Town with 2 Saloons and a Cowboy BBQ Steak
House. A place to eat, drink, dance and enjoy the great outdoors. Ranch is
located at 37823 Grand Ave. Mile Marker 123 1/2. www.westerntrailsranch.com .
Saturday, February 20th
MMA of Arizona 18th
Annual Joe Eggleston Freedom Beach Party and Peoples Choice Bike Show. This is the big fundraiser of the year for the motorcycle rights
organization, the MMA. Party is from Noon to 5:00 PM at Roadrunner
Steakhouse, 47801 N. Black Canyon Hwy, in New River, AZ. Live Music by
Brotherhood of Blues Band. $10 Admission includes Free Meal. Vendors, Bike Show,
Tattoo Contest, 50/50 and Door Prizes. For more information call Cindy at
Sunday, February 21st
Transition Warrior First Annual Scrabble Run and Chili Cook-Off. Run
registration begins at 9:30am with the run starting at 10am.
Location is the American Legion #105, 3534 W. Calavar Rd. in Phoenix. $10 per
person donation for the run. Registration for the chili cook-off begins at noon
and contest is at 1pm. $5 for bowl and cornbread taste. Cash prize awarded for
the highest points on a Scrabble word. 3 awards for chili cook-off. There will
be raffles and 50/50. More information contact Sweet Pea at 623-205-1914.
Take a look at all
the new photos posted on the wall. I invite you to post a picture of
yourself by a sign or landmark from a trip you have taken, or a picture of you
on your motorcycle. Or just share your favorite ride with 1600
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
In light of the snow
and cold back East I thought this video was amusing. It
is called Minnesota Air Show. The sound effects are
hilarious. Click Here to View.
commercial minds were working again. Check out this
Australian truck commercial. Creative and funny. Click Here to
This is a 9 second video, but it will get your attention in the first
second. Funny bit. Click
Here to View
Video of the Week
Not really sure what to call this one, but it is a compilation
of close calls. It will keep you entertained throughout the video. Have no idea
what kind of music that they have with it. Click Here to
View. Click on the Video of the Week
graphic on the page.
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