Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Have you ever had those times where you have let the perception of what you think something is going to be, overrule the act of actually finding out for yourself? That what you had dreamed up in your own mind to be true, really isn't? This had been my problem with traveling to Mexico, in particular Puerto Penasco, or what most people refer to as Rocky Point. I have had friends tell me for the last 5 years that I should go down to Rocky Point. They would always say that the border crossing wasn't bad, although they might look in your car or ask a couple of questions. That translation to me was that I would be met at the border by AK toting Federales dressed in riot gear ready to do a strip search and tear the seats out of my car. Once again, I had let a perception get in the way of reality.
I had also been told that the road from the border to Rocky Point was alright, but not that interesting and that the town was a little old with some dirt streets, not real fancy, but a good time. Of course my mind's eye saw that when I crossed the border there would be 55 miles of flat torched desert with vultures flying around eating dead cattle on the side of the road next to rusted out overturned vehicles. I also envisioned seeing Mexican families selling tamales and vegetables from cardboard stands every couple of miles along the way. Again, I had let the perception cloud reality.
This past weekend Mrs. C. and I finally made the trip to the little fishing village on the Sea of Cortez known as "Rocky Point" in Mexico and were pleasantly surprised. Needless to say, all of the bad things that I had imagined South of the border did not materialize. My intimidation of getting across the border was no problem. They were very friendly and waved us through. I was extremely impressed by the condition of the roads getting to Rocky Point and the beauty of the mountains, deserts and the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument area from Ajo to Sonoyta. There were no vultures, dead cattle or overturned cars to be seen. And particularly now, everything is green and wildflowers are everywhere making what would be a beautiful ride right now. You will immediately notice that speed limit signs are now in KM instead of MPH and stop signs are "Alto" signs. But be careful when driving down there as the locals consider the Alto sign as only a suggestion and not a command. Alto seems to be equivalent to a yellow caution light here in the States.
With the huge investment of American dollars in the last few years, it is obvious that Rocky Point is changing and well on their way to becoming a tourist destination. There are now two distinct areas for vacationing. You can stay in the Malecon area and experience life with locals or you go a couple of miles up the coast and stay in the beautiful area with white sand beaches called "Sandy Beach". This is where the new condos, golf courses and restaurants are being built. A friend of ours put us up in his condo on Sandy Beach. Here is a picture from the 6th floor balcony.
There are lots of ways to spend time in Rocky Point. You can go to the Old Port and Malecon for shopping, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from including the Lighthouse and the Del Capitan up on the hill for a beautiful view of the bay and the Friendly Dolphin near Old Port. And for a good margarita on the beach and one of the more famous party spots is Manny's Beach Club. A fun place to relax and watch the ocean. You can also take fishing trips or sightseeing cruises around the area. Rocky Point is not Maui by any means, but if you want to quietly slip into the Mexican culture without all of the glitz, glamour and high dollars, this is the place to go. All the locals speak English and U.S. Currency is commonly used. And you can do it without the crowds, traffic and cloudy weather that you have in San Diego. And best of all, there is more sunshine and Rocky Point is an hour closer to travel to. Here is a link to a picture gallery of Rocky Point. Click Here for a video that I did for Rocky Point with the music of Mogollon.
Given that it is only a 200 mile, 3.5 hour trip from the Northwest Valley, it could easily be a Day Ride on your motorcycle and one that I am anxious to do it myself on the bike. Believe it or not, the roundtrip on this ride is 50 miles fewer than the Day Ride that I did for the Grand Canyon Trip. So just because you are crossing an International Border, don't think you couldn't do it in a day. I will do a formal Day Ride on the site later. But for now, you just take I-10 West out of Phoenix to Hwy. 85 South towards Gila Bend. At Gila Bend, continue on 85 by turning right at the McDonalds and loop around the Love's truck stop. You will follow 85 all the way through Ajo and to the Border. After the border, follow Hwy 8 and the signs to Puerto Penasco. Click Here for a map. You will need to get Mexican Insurance for your vehicle. In Ajo there are several places to buy it on the way. This is a must. We stopped at the Chevron station on the North side of Ajo. You can also purchase it on the internet. Have Fun!
Click Here for Photos of Rocky Point and Sandy Beach
Click Here for a Video presentation of the area with music by Mogollon.
And for those of you that would like to go in a group. Don't forget the huge Rocky Point Rally motorcycle ride November 10th-13th. There are normally 3-4000 bikes on this rally. Click the above link for all of the information. I have been told that this is a great time in Rocky Point and I will be there this year.
Here are some links to some Rocky Point sites:
This link is a good site for all aspects of what to do in Rocky Point.
http://www.rockypointguide.com/about.html. Click on the tabs on the site for all areas of food, entertainment and recreation. Click on the Video tab for Videos of local interests.
Cyclerides.com Hearts To Heroes Ride Update:
Plans are moving forward for the Cyclerides.com Hearts To Heroes Ride.
We now have 2 United States Congressman that are going to join us for the event. Congress Trent Franks is going to ride with us and speak at the end. Congressman J.D. Hayworth is going to meet us at the end and speak as well. We have now lined up Soldiers that are recently back from Iraq that are going to tell us first hand about their experiences and how we can help our Soldiers from here. We have officers that will tell us about combat in Iraq and parents to tell us what it is like to have their child in harm's way.
Next week I hope to confirm to you the ground and air support that we will have on the ride and at the end location. This is shaping up to be an incredible event for those who attend and an enormous benefit to our guys who will receive our gifts of needed goods. I have drop boxes set up at the following locations so that you can donate from the list of Needed Items. Click on the links for the addresses of these dealerships. Superstition HD, Chosa's HD, Arrowhead HD, Chandler HD, Buddy Stubbs HD, Bourgets of Arizona, Chandler Custom Cycles and Custom Performance. Click Here for a list of Needed Items.
Here are the details of the ride:
Time: Sign in is from 8am - 11am. Escorted Ride by the Sheriff leaves at 11am.
Where: Start location is Christ's Church of the Valley, located on the SW corner of 67th Ave. and Happy Valley Rd. in Glendale.
Donation: $10 per bike, plus some needed goods for the troops. (click here for the list)
Activities: CCV is donating a continental breakfast at the start. There will be military hardware and displays on site as well as troops for you to speak with and thank. We will also present a 5-10 minute video saluting our troops and telling you about "Packages From Home". This will be shown on the two 20 ft. screens inside.
Ride End: Ride will end at the Anthem Community Park on stage where we will have the Army National Guard Band lead us in the Star Spangled Banner.
will have testimonies and a Q&A from Soldiers that have done a tour in Iraq, words from Parents of Soldiers
in Iraq and insights from Military Officers that have been to Iraq. I have also invited U.S. Congressman Trent
Franks to ride with us and speak at the end. I hope he can make it. The day will end with the song "America"
sung by the crowd and Live Music on the stage.
Click Here for the flyer and all information.
Two weeks ago I went to my first packing party for "Packages From Home". The packing was held at Pulte Homes in Scottsdale where cadets from the Civil Air Patrol donated their time to help out. Channel 3 and channel 12 were both there to do a report about "Packages From Home" for the news. To better understand the cause that you will be riding for,
Click Here for the Video. Look real close and you will even spot Mrs. C. helping out.
Click Here for the Pictures. These are pictures of the recent packing party. Look at the Valentines cards written by kids that were sent to the troops. They are very heart warming.
I think this is really going to be a fantastic event and one that we can all be proud
to be a part of. From the initial response from riders and the TV Media,
I am expecting a large attendance for this event. We are adding displays and activities to this ride on a daily
basis. I will update you every week as to what is new. Take the day off and join us to Support Our Troops. If you
would like to put up some flyers around your workplace, Click Here for the flyer.
This Week's Events
New! Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Wednesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night every Wednesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Wednesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize and will also be featured on Cyclerides.com as the "Bike of the Week". We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Mich Ultra bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
New!! For those of you in the far West
Drivers Sports Grill Thursday Bike Night. You have been asking for it and now it is here. Starting Thursday, February 3rd, Drivers will be hosting a new Thursday Bike Night. Drivers is located in Litchfield Park on the S.W. Corner of Indian School and Litchfield Rd. They feature a huge outdoor patio that holds 150 people as well as an indoor dining area with multiple TV's and a HUGE menu to choose from. You can park on the sidewalk or in coned off areas out front. Enjoy Food and Drink Specials Every Thursday Night, Domestic Bottles $2.00, Corona's $2.25, Drivers Burgers, Grilled Chicken "Sandwedges" and Chicken Caesar Wraps are 15% off. Drivers is easily accessible from I-10 at the Litchfield Rd. exit. Stop by from 6-10 PM for giveaways. For more information call 623-536-8571.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. 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. $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. 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
Wild Willy's Weekend Bike Days in Cave Creek.
This Sunday the Doc and Gal Band.
Stop by for Live Music this weekend and every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm. This is the best place in Cave Creek for Food, Fun and Entertainment. Happy Hour every day from 11:00am -7:00pm featuring $2.00 domestics, $3.00 well drinks and $13.00 bucket of crabs. You can also choose from Wild Willy's Extensive Menu with Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches and Dinner Entrees. You will find Great Food, Great Service, Tasty Appetizers and Drinks at Wild Willy's. This is the best food menu I have seen in Cave Creek. Wild Willy's is formerly Fandango and is under new ownership. It has been remodeled and features a new bar with a giant TV screen, plenty of outdoor seating on the upper and lower patios, seating on the top deck for a great view of the mountains and the bikes riding by. The parking lot has been improved for easy navigation and sealed. Wild Willy's is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. More information at 480-355-6150. Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm - Close stop by for $1.00 Beer, Shots and Cocktails.
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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
February 17th - 20th
The 7th Annual San
Gennaro Feast. Please join us at the 7th Annual San Gennaro Feast. Held at the Peoria Sports Complex (Peoria, AZ), now in it's seventh year in the same
location this February 17-20, 2005. This time honored tradition, brings multi cultures together to pay tribute
to the Patron Saint of Naples, San Gennaro. This year's festival promises to be even grander than before. A huge
Carnival with rides and games for kids of all ages to enjoy. Shop for unique gifts and One-of-a-kind finds from
over 200 of the southwest's best artisans. Let's not forget our Specialty vendors. Delight all day and night as
nonstop, Italian Nationally an Internationally known performers offer up unbeatable
Entertainment on the Main Stage. Be delighted by Italian strolling musicians traveling though the crowds for all to enjoy! Oh and The food! Nobody leaves this feast Hungry. You'll find the most mouth watering Italian dishes you've ever Dreamed of. Click Here for discount coupons.
Saturday, February 19th
2nd Annual Chief Bill Lanford Memorial Ride. William D. "Bill" Lanford was the Chief of Buckeye Valley Fire Dept. until he was tragically killed while riding his Harley on Vulture Mine Rd. on February 5th, 2003. The Dept. is asking that you join the many Brother and Sister Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and all of his friends and family in honoring Chief Lanford on the memorial ride. This ride will consist of a beautiful 100+ mile ride including a stop for a grief road side prayer at "Bill's" memorial site on Vulture Mine Rd. Check in 8:00am, leave at 9:00am. The starting location is BVFD Station #324. 25206 W. MC 85, Buckeye, AZ. All proceeds of this event will benefit the William D. Lanford Scholarship Fund.
Saturday, February 26th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Moving Sale. Put this on your calendar. This is one sale you will not want to miss! Buddy Stubbs will soon be moving to their new building up the street and they do not want to move everything to the new store. So this is your chance to take advantage of unbelievable savings on these items. Stop by and search through the inventory for fantastic deals on items that will be sold that day. While you are there, enjoy Free Food, Live Music and Door Prizes. Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson is located at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-7401.
Saturday, February 26th
This ride was rescheduled from February 12th due to rain.
Making a Brighter Day Ride For New Life Poker Run. Ride from Glendale to Black Canyon City to raise money for the New Life Center. 100% of all proceeds will benefit the New Life Center, a 64 bed domestic violence shelter located in Goodyear. Ride starts at Arrowhead Community Bank located one block N. of Bell Rd. on 75th Ave. in Glendale. Sign in from 8am - 10am. Ride ends at Rock Springs Cafe. $30 per hand, add $10 to double up. Registration includes Continental Breakfast, Poker Hand, Ride Pin, Shirt and Lunch at Rock Springs. Raffle prizes and 50/50. For more information call Belinda at Arrowhead Community Bank at 623-776-0800.
Saturday, March 12th
6th Annual Arizona Diamondbacks Line Drive For Kids. Space is limited and always sells out! So polish up your hog and get ready to hit the road with the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun 20-30 Club for the 6th Annual LineDrive for Kids in association with the Arizona Diamondbacks Charities. Join our fully police-escorted motorcycle ride from Tempe to Tucson Electric Park to see the Diamondbacks-Padres spring training game on Saturday, March 12th 2005. For only $30, each rider receives breakfast at the Claim Jumper restaurant in Tempe, a special ride-shirt, commemorative ride-pin, a ticket to the Spring Training game, and lunch courtesy of the AZ Diamondbacks. The ride always sells out quickly, so REGISTER NOW while tickets are still available!
I would like to remind you to pick up the March issue of Rumble magazine. They published the story of our Canada Trip in this issue and did a FANTASTIC job
of layout including several pictures that we had taken along the way. Rumble really outdid themselves on this one.
Click Here to view the first page as an example of the article. They have really raised the
quality of this magazine in recent issues. Great Job Rumble! Stop by and get your copy today.
There is a local group that is going to Laconia Motorcycle Week this year, 6/11-6/18 and are shipping their bikes. There is a significant discount if they have over 10 bikes. If you are planning on going and would like to ship with them contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for me, it looks like another wet weekend. If possible I would like to get out to the Bill Lanford memorial ride. They are talking about a nice 140 mile ride through the countryside. Also, the San Gennaro Feast could be a good stop for something to eat.