Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, it is the middle of February and this incredible riding weather in the Phoenix area is continuing. Still no measurable rain and the temps have been above normal. All adds up to great riding weather. Hopefully you have been able to take advantage of it. If not, check the Day Rides page for some ideas. I will be adding a short new ride soon.
Every once in a while a charity ride will come along that intrigues me enough to want to take a closer look. I like to tour the charity facilities to find out more about the entity and what the money is being used for so that I can report this to those who might be interested in supporting these organizations. And like a lot of you, I am especially drawn to organizations that help kids and animals.
You might have seen a run listed on the site called The Bikers Soar For Wildlife Poker Run to benefit the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center. This past week I contacted the Wildlife Center located in North Phoenix at Pinnacle Peak and I-17 to arrange a tour of the facility to get a first hand look at what they were doing. You are now probably wondering, what is the Wildlife Center? The Wildlife Center was founded in May of 1983. They are into their 22nd year of operation. The Arizona Game and Fish Department was the first government agency in the nation to include the component of wildlife rehabilitation into its program. The center exists to:
* Care for all sick or injured native wildlife.
* Provide opportunities for the public to learn about the special needs of our state's wildlife.
* Work with licensed rehabilitators to ensure the best needs of our wildlife are served.
* Rehabilitate injured or orphaned wildlife and return it to the wildlands of the state.
To get an even better idea of what the Wildlife Center does is to read their mission statement. "The mission of The Wildlife Center at Adobe Mountain is to act in cooperation with The Arizona Game and Fish Department to provide rehabilitative care for ill or injured wildlife, and to be an outstanding resource for education concerning Arizona's unique assortment of wild animals. The Wildlife Center will accomplish this mission by providing the finest possible care to the animals residing at the center and by promoting positive relations and continuing education to volunteers, rehabilitators, and the public." From what I could tell, they are accomplishing all of these goals.
My tour started with Sandy Cate, the coordinator and the ONLY paid employee at the center. She gave me the overview of the operation which I covered above and we were off to explore the facilities. The center has an extensive Tortoise rehab area so we started by knocking on the door of "Big Momma's" house, a giant California Desert tortoise. Apparently Big Momma was out late partying with the Night Owls and wasn't ready to come out of her house, not even for some strawberries, so I had to settle for showing you a picture of what she looks like. Since I like a little more action in my wildlife viewing, we went right to the head of the class as we stepped into the cage of a Golden Eagle. This golden was very calm and allowed me to get close to it, albeit always keeping a close eye on me.
But the Eagle that I was most interested in seeing, was the one that we are all familiar with as a symbol of our Country, the Bald Eagle. They are more awesome in person than they appear to be in pictures. Displaying a much different attitude than the Golden, this Bald Eagle didn't want anything to do with me. As I would get close, he would open his beak, and give me the look of "Leave me alone, or pay the price". At that point, I could see why the Bald Eagle is our National symbol. As long as I was not threatening him, he was content to keep an eye on me from afar. But as I invaded his space, he was ready to defend.
The Center has more than 1000 injured or orphaned birds, mammals or reptiles come through there every year. They are brought in by Police, Firefighters, Game and Fish or anyone else who runs across an injured animal. They are then examined, treated and then released back to the wild if possible. Some of the work is done on site with fairly primitive equipment, the rest is done by veterinarians that donate their time. If they cannot be introduced back into the wild due to the extent of their injuries, they are then used to educate school kids, starting in the 4th grade, how to establish a personal commitment to conserving Arizona's wildlife. One bird in particular that was going through rehab was a Golden Eagle that had a splint due to major wing surgery. There is an average of 80 to over 150 animals housed at this facility at any one time depending on the time of year.
Sandy personally showed and explained to me the circumstances of every animal on site. It was amazing to listen to her talk about each of these animals and the circumstances that brought them there. It was like they were all her foster children and she was determined to fix them up and get them back into the wild if at all possible. Among the animals that I saw were a Bobcat that was a pet at one time and turned in by the owners, Barn Owls trying to scare me away, Great Horned Owls keeping an eye on me, Burrowing Owls, Turkey Vultures, Swainsons Hawks, a Grey Fox, Python and even a Gila Monster that had gotten its head run over by a car. And yes, I can now say I touched a Gila Monster.
From the beginning the Wildlife Center has run on a small budget and currently operates on an annual budget of $15,000.00 per year, deriving all operational resources from the Heritage Fund's "Lottery Dollars Working for Wildlife" and private donations. How can you help? Through monetary donations and by volunteering your time to help feed, care for and work with these orphaned and injured wildlife temporarily in their care. You can Click Here to learn how to make a tax deductible donation or Click Here to learn how to become a volunteer. Or you can call Sandy Cate at 623-587-0139. If any of you would want to make a considerable gift to the Center, Sandy told me that they could really use an X-Ray machine on the premises. A lot of the medical facilities are really dated, and the X-Ray would be a big help. She said it would cost about $7,000. So if you are an animal lover and have some extra money, here is your opportunity to make a difference by helping rehabilitate injured wild animals.
The Bikers Soar
for Wildlife Poker Run is this Sunday, February 19th. A lot of the animals that you have seen in these pictures will be on display at the end of
You can also see Sandy with Scott Pasmore on TV 3 this Friday between 11am and Noon.
Click Here for all of the Photos that I took at the Wildlife Center. There are
some very good shots.
Click Here for all the information on the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center.
Click Here for the Arizona Game and Fish Link to the Wildlife Center.
Highlights This Week
Friday, February 17th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Clutches and Chrome Car and Bike Show.
Saturday, February 18th
Superstition Harley-Davidson Presidents Day Sale. One Day Only!
Sunday, February 19th
Bikers Soar for Wildlife Benefit Ride
This Week's Bike Night Events
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 palateónot 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 Chesterís 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.
Uncle Sam's Thursday Bike Night. Budweiser will be on site with giveaways tonight. Riders on the West side, this is what you have been asking for. The brand new Uncle Sam's Restaurant located at 18913 N. 83rd Ave is starting a bike night that will be every Thursday night. This is a very nice new restaurant with EXCELLENT food including Pizza, Chessesteaks (which they are known valley wide for) Wings, Hoagies, Grinders and Salads. They have a large outdoor patio with TV's and Music. There is plenty of parking for motorcycles next to the patio that will be reserved for bikes. Ride by and help us kick off this first night to build a fun bike night on the West side. Food and drink specials will be available for motorcycle riders on bike night. A chance for raffle prizes for anyone who rides in. For more information call 623-362-3900. Uncle Sam's is located just one block North of Union Hills on 83rd Ave. just off of the Loop 101. Click here for the map.
Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill have teamed up to bring riders in the Far East Valley a great Thursday bike night. Now riders in the far East Valley can enjoy a great Thursday Bike Night, thanks to Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill! Ride up on your bike between 7pm and 10pm and receive a FREE hamburger! Thatís right, every rider to show up on their bike between 7-10pm will receive a free hamburger! Be sure to make it every Thursday to better your chance to win a $250 Superstition Harley-Davidson Gift Card! Enter your name in the drawing every Thursday in February. Drawing to be held on February 23rd @ 9pm. Spirits is located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). Come sit on the patio and watch the bikes roll in, stay inside and enjoy a game of pool, and friendly wait staff. The large dance floor is always open with music from Goodtime Charlie The OUTLAW DJ playing The Best of Country and the Best of Rock and Roll. Spirits is the hottest Bike night place to be in the east valley. The LEGEND of Spirits Lives on. More info at Superstition HD at 480-346-0600 or 480-986-5572.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night. A valley favorite bike night for over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio 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.
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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
The "Hog Pen" at the Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop by the "Hog Pen" at The Roadhouse, the Hottest New motorcycle patio in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. Now Featuring a new Breakfast Buffet from 8am - Noon on Saturday and Sunday and Live Music on the patio every Sunday from Noon - 4pm! Grab a seat at the new Hog Pen bar rail and watch the bikes ride by. There is plenty of new concrete motorcycle parking right out front. CCR is located on Cave Creek Rd. in the heart of Cave Creek directly across from Harold's. It is a restaurant and bar that focuses on a broad menu of good food and has a large bar for socializing with your riding pals for a good time. It is built to look like something out of the 1800's, but it is brand new. Stop by this weekend for lunch, dinner or just to have a drink and take a look at the place. I can tell you that their hamburgers and steak fries are exceptional. Mrs. C. had the swordfish and said it was very good.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Thursday: Live Music with Todd & Ethan 9pm - Close
Friday: Live Music with "T.A.T.E." 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday Afternoon: Live Music with "Dok and Gal" Noon - 4pm
Sunday Evening: Live Music with "Danny Rhodes" 5-9pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
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. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Friday, February 17th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Clutches and Chrome Car and Bike Show. Back by popular demand! Friday, Feb. 17th from 5pm - 8pm. Pre-registration is required. Limited to first 35 cars and first 40 bikes. Free Show and Free Food provided by Cattlemens. Charity Raffles, Free Dyno Runs and Music. People's Choice Awards for best Car and Bike. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
One Day Only! - Saturday, February 18th
Superstition Harley-Davidson Presidents Day Sale. Join Superstition Harley-Davidson for our Presidentís Day Sale, Saturday, February 18th! Itíll be all about saving the Benjaminís, with NO TAX on any of the items you purchase of MotorClothes, Collectibles or Parts & Accessories during this one-day-only event! Thatís rightÖ weíll pay the tax for you, Saturday, February 18th. Also enjoy our FREE All-American BBQ from 11am to 1pm. Come celebrate with us, and make Washington and Lincoln proud! Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. 480-346-0600. Click Here for Map.
Sunday, February 19th
Bikers Soar for Wildlife Benefit Ride. This poker run is to benefit the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Auxiliary. The center takes in over one hundred birds of prey every year, nurses them to health and releases them. The Center is staffed by one paid employee and a host of dedicated volunteers. Current funding is through the Heritage Fund from Arizona Lottery revenue. All other monies are through personal donations and these types of events. At the end of the ride you can see the animals that you are riding for. Sign-Up is from 8:00-10:00 AM at Taste of Mexico, located on the SW corner of 35 Ave & Northern. There will be a "Western Buffet Breakfast" for $5.00 from 8:00-10:00 AM. Ride ends at Pioneer Village. For more information call Tom: 623-848-0031 or visit: www.azwildlifecenter.org .
Saturday, February 25th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Hot Rods and Hot Dogs. Ride by Buddy Stubbs HD from 10am - 3pm and enjoy free BBQ and drinks while checking out some cool Hot Rod Cars. There will be Live Bands, Pool Tournament and a 1:30pm Motorcycle Museum Tour with Buddy Stubbs. You can also meet and get to know members of H.O.G. Chapter #93. Prizes for viewer's choice. For more information or to show your car call 602-971-3400. Buddy Stubbs HD is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix.
Saturday, February 25th
The MMA and old friends of Lobo and Josie are having a fund raiser and auction Saturday 2/25 at Captainís bar in Apache Junction S/W corner of Apache trail and the road to Canyon Lake. They have been riding in the valley since the 60ís and Lobo has had lots of medical bills (just getting old) and we are trying to raise funds for the bills and to get a Trike built for him. (Missing a leg) ÖThey have a Shovel Motor, Tranny, Frame, Primary drive, Carb, but need help with the rear end and someone that know Trikes. I believe it is the Salt River MMA -contact Mike Cooper at 602-541-2441 or people can call me Hippy Rick at 480-659-0830.
Hearts To Heroes ride will be on March 25th. Mark your calendars for this
There are still over 100,000 troops in Iraq and the surrounding area that need our support at home. I am working on some great things to show support for our Troops and to benefit Packages From Home. We will again start at CCV at 67th Ave. and Happy Valley where there will be a 30 min Multimedia presentation that will include singing, interviews with troops and video presentations on the two 20 foot screens inside the 3500 seat Church. The ride will end at the football stadium at Glendale Community College with speakers and music. You will not want to miss this one. Click Here for links to the story of the last year's Hearts to Heroes ride, Pictures and Video. Please pass this on to your groups and riding friends to encourage them to support this event. More details will follow in upcoming newsletters.
Important Announcement for Motorcycle Insurance.
Nationwide Insurance, through the Don Peterson Agency in Anthem Arizona, is excited to announce a new "stand alone" motorcycle insurance policy available for purchase by the end of February. We can insure motorcycles (including custom), quads, dirt bikes, scooters, dune buggies, sand rails, and even golf carts without having to insure your home or auto. Of course, if you have all of your insurance with Nationwide, you could get a substantial discount of up to 40%. Call us today for a free quote on this very competitively priced product. Don has been riding motorcycles since he was a kid and understands the "passion" riders have for their motorcycles and their lifestyle. Peterson Financial Services, LLC, Nationwide Insurance. 4205 W. Anthem Way, Suite 105. Anthem, AZ 85086. 623-551-5400 - office, 623-551-4444 - fax.
This public service announcement video from England has been making the email rounds. They were looking to make an impact for making car drivers look both ways twice, and they did. This gets me every time I watch it. We should show this to the car drivers in this state as well. Click Here to View.
This guy should feel very lucky that this tree was watching over him. Click Here to view.
This video of a guy flying out of a car is pretty gruesome. He was trying to outrun the cops and got into a wreck. So if you have a weak stomach you might want to pass. Click Here to view.
This weekend Mrs. C. and I will be participating in the Wildlife Center Ride. Hopefully the weather will hold out. See you there.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,