Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Now this is the kind of weather I have been waiting for. 80 degrees and sunny. Doesn't get much better than that. After suffering from a case of "cabin fever" for the last few weeks, I took advantage of the warm weather to do a couple of errands on the bike and ended up riding the 45 mile loop of I-17, I-10 and the 101. Now that is wanting to ride pretty bad to do that route. Not much to look at, but I enjoyed the wind and sunshine for an hour. With the weather warming up, it is a good time to stop by some of the new bike nights in your area.
I need your help!! Since we are getting close to riding season, I am going to do an article about things that you need to pack with you on a trip. I'm sure we all have our special little items that we have found that can make our trip a little easier or safer. Please email me your ideas of things to pack on a trip for you, the bike or whatever you think is handy. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Everyone likes a good trip idea, so I'm going back in the archives of photos this week to bring you a trip that we took last July. We actually took this trip as a family vacation in the car, but this would also be a good excuse to take a long weekend ride on the bike. Our destination was Catalina Island, just off the coast of California near Long Beach. Catalina is a place that I had been hearing about for a long time, but just never took the effort to go there. The effort I am referring to is actually getting there. As I mentioned, Catalina is an island, located about 26 miles off the coast of California South of Long Beach. So riding there is not an option. Unless maybe you have one of those new Gold Wings with the air bags. But short of that, the only way you can get there is to take a ferry, plane or a helicopter.
There are many ways to navigate this trip, but we decided to leave Phoenix on a Thursday afternoon, take I-10 across Arizona and California to make our way to Long Beach, the home of the Queen Mary for the night. With only 2 ways to get to Catalina, those of you that know my infatuation with flying won't be surprised that I opted to take the helicopter as our mode of transportation to Avalon, on Catalina Island. This cuts the trip down to about 17 minutes vs. 1 hour and 45 minutes on the ferry. So we caught one of the first choppers out in the morning and arrived at the island at 8:15am. When you take the helicopter you are left with a short cab ride or about a mile walk into town.
Catalina Island is one of the Southern Channel islands which lies closest to the mainland of California. For the most part the terrain is rugged and varies from sea level to as high as 2,000 feet. The island has a long history and has been inhabited for 7000 years. In 1846, shortly before the United States assumed control of California and its islands, the Mexican government granted ownership of the island to a private citizen. Changing hands a number of times during the late 1800s and early 1900s, the island has belonged to the Wrigley family since 1919. Settlers on Catalina Island raised sheep and cattle in the mid 1800s, introducing a ranching industry that continued in some form until the mid 1950s.
But now, Catalina Island is a stop for tourists from all over the world and those with massive boats that you will see moored in the harbor. Catalina is the name of the Island, but Avalon is the name of the city that you will be visiting when you arrive. Avalon only has about 3500 residents and is full of restaurants, hotels, shopping and entertainment to easily keep you busy for a few days. Boat trips, underwater exploration, tours of the island, horseback riding, parasailing, snorkeling, golf and hiking are a few of the things you can do. We were only there for the day so we tried to do as much as we could with the time allowed.
Since there are virtually no cars allowed on the island, golf carts are the main mode of transportation. We started our day with a golf cart rental to take a tour around the Avalon area of the island. After our 1.5 hour cruise, we ate lunch at one of the many outdoor restaurants and strolled around the downtown area. Since it is hard to stay off of 2 wheels for very long, we all rented bicycles for a ride around town and down the coastal areas for a couple of hours. Our last stop was a banana split at Big Olaf's before taking the Submarine tour to get a look at the fish and vegetation that inhabit the island area.
There is so much to do here that you couldn't possibly get it all done in a day, but if you are tight on time, and want to make a short weekend trip out of riding to the California coast and taking a day trip to Catalina, it is well worth your time. For me, being on Catalina Island made me feel like I was in another Country. You could have dropped me in there and told me I was in St. Thomas and I would have believed it. This is really a beautiful peaceful place as you will see by the pictures below. Avalon is a quaint, clean, fun little town that reminded me of a much smaller version of Maui, without the 5 hour plane flight. We will be making a return trip to Catalina soon to spend a little more time. If you do plan to make this trip, be sure and get your transportation times and hotel arranged a few weeks in advance, especially in the holiday seasons.
After a busy day, we took the 4:00pm ferry back to Long Beach and made our way down to Newport Beach for the night. After a late breakfast Saturday morning, we again rented some bicycles and peddled them to the ferry where we rode all around Balboa Island. We then came back and peddled several miles down the boardwalk to the Newport Beach pier and back enjoying the ocean breezes and the scenery along the beach. Sunday we headed South to Laguna Beach before turning inland to make on our way back to the desert to endure the rest of the Arizona summer.
For those of you looking for a nice weekend ride, this is really a good destination. It is best if you could get away and make the 5+ hour ride to the coast on a Thursday afternoon/evening, then head out to Catalina on Friday. Either stay the night or come back that evening and then ride the coast on Saturday before coming home on Sunday. Be sure and look at the beautiful pictures below.
Click Here for All Photos of Catalina Island
Click Here for All Photos of Newport Beach and Balboa Island
Helpful Web Sites:
Island Express Helicopters: http://www.islandexpress.com/
Ferry To Catalina: http://www.catalinaexpress.com/
Things to Do in Avalon: http://www.catalinaexpress.com/avalon.php
Catalina Adventure Tours: http://www.catalinatours.net/tours/
Catalina Island Web Site: http://www.catalina.com/main.html
Highlights This Week
February 3rd - 14th
Chester's Harley-Davidson 12 Days of Valentines Sale. What's better than a Valentine's Day present from
Chester's Harley? How about 12 of them? There's a new deal every day, and each one is for one day only!
Saturday and Sunday
February 10th and 11th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Diamond Plated Sweethearts. Ride by Arrowhead HD from 10am - 6pm
and pick a heart to receive 10 - 20% off of your purchases.
Chandler Harley-Davidson Love of Leather. Ride by Chandler HD any time from Feb. 7-14 for
savings of up to 14% off of leathers.
Saturday, February 10th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Blood Drive. Statistics show you're more likely to need a blood transfusion
at some point in your life than not, which makes blood a precious commodity.
Sunday February 11th
Hacienda Harley Ride to the Men's Luxury Toy Expo. From Luxury to Extreme and all the TOYS in between!
Join us at Hacienda Harley-Davidson in Scottsdale for a run to the Men's Luxury Toy Expo
More Events Below
This Week's Bike Night Events
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.
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. Click Here for Video of San Tan Flat.
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.
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.
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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
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:
Feb 10th & 11th Dok & Gal
Feb 17th Sat 12-4 Phat Bastard, Night 8pm- 12pm Novella Bentley
Feb 18th Sun 12-4 Phat Bastard
Feb 24th & 25th Dok & Gal
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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
February 3rd - 14th
Chester's Harley-Davidson 12 Days of Valentines Sale. What's better than a Valentine's Day present from Chester's Harley? How about 12 of them? And what's better than that? How about saving a bundle on every single one of them? Stop by Chester's Harley every day from February 3rd through 14th and you'll find a new daily discount on selected merchandise, everything from Office and Home Decor to Men and Women's Leather! Save 13-14% on Men's and Women's leathers. Click Here to see all 12 Days of Savings. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. There's a new deal every day, and each one is for one day only!
Saturday and Sunday
February 10th and 11th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Diamond Plated Sweethearts. Ride by Arrowhead HD from 10am - 6pm and pick a heart to receive 10 - 20% off of your purchases. There will also be a raffle for Six Dozen Roses throughout the day. If it is jewelry that you are looking for this Valentines Day, there will be 20% off of Stamper Gold. The Money Machine will also be running on both Saturday and Sunday. Arrowhead Harley is located at 16130 N. Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria. 623-247-5542.
Chandler Harley-Davidson Love of Leather. Ride by Chandler HD any time from Feb. 7-14 for savings of up to 14% off of leathers. There will be Six Dozen Roses raffled off, a Chocolate Machine, Harley Gifts and 2 Harley-Davidsons given away. You can also find Great Savings on Jewelry and Watches for your Valentines Day Gifts. Chandler Harley is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. 480-496-6800.
Saturday, February 10th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Blood Drive. Statistics show you're more likely to need a blood transfusion at some point in your life than not, which makes blood a precious commodity. You can help Chester's Harley Davidson keep Valley blood banks full at our Blood Drive, February 10th, from 10am to 2pm. As a bonus, everyone who donates will be entered for a chance to win a 4-day, 3-night cruise, and we'll have free food from 11am to 2pm! Call us at (480)894-0404, ask for Jennifer or Kendra for details and to set an appointment. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
Sunday February 11th
Hacienda Harley Ride to the Men's Luxury Toy Expo. From Luxury to Extreme and all the TOYS in between! Join us at Hacienda Harley-Davidson in Scottsdale for a run to the Men's Luxury Toy Expo at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. You will have prime motorcycle parking in the Pat Tillman Plaza and Free VIP passes to the Expo, giving you full access to all of the special features during the day. Ride Leaves at 10:30am. Please RSVP to Margaret at 480-905-1903. Hacienda Harley-Davidson is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale,AZ.
Events of the Day:
10am - 2pm
Ferrari Club of America Desert Region
C.A.A.R.S. - Arizona Corvette Owners Group
Southwest Street Rods
Starting at 11am
Bike Clubs sponsored by Hacienda Harley-Davidson
Saturday, February 10th
East Valley A.B.A.T.E. Valentines Day Party. Party starts at 7pm at Famous Sams located at 2860 E. Main St. in Mesa, AZ. for music and dancing. $5 per person. Raffle for a Romantic Weekend for Two, Doorprizes and 50/50. Everyone Welcome. Presented by East Valley ABATE of Arizona. Come out and support ABATE and ensure your right to ride free. Special Parking for bikes. For More Information: 480-830-4434 or 480-839-9369.
Saturday, February 10th
6th Annual 3 Ball Run. Come out and show your skill for an afternoon of 3 ball. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Sign in 10-11 at My Ole Man's, SW Corner of 35th Ave. and Union Hills. End party at Stardust Lounge, NW corner of 43rd Ave. and Olive. Free buffet provided at final stop. $5 per person. 5 stops with 3 ball played at each stop. Lowest 3 scores win. Raffles and 50/50. More information: Cindi, 623-695-5659. Everyone Welcome!
Sunday, February 11th
1st Annual Rocky Point Dog Run. For those of you that are animal lovers and have been to Rocky Point, you know the problem with the abundance of dogs down there. We go there a lot and are glad to see that Nancy Phelan has stepped up to do something about it by using the proceeds of this event to convert a motor home to a mobile spa/neuter clinic. Here is a brief story about the Rocky Point Animal Adoption Center:
The Rocky Point Animal Adoption Center was founded by Nancy Phelan. Nancy came to Rocky Point from Phoenix, Arizona and soon became an advocate for the many street dogs and cats in the city. She formed a non-profit Mexican Corporation and began taking in strays. She also has a US non-profit Corporation for tax purposes. She has had as many as 90 animals at any given time. Over 2000 animals have been adopted into loving homes. The center has two large lots - enough for 14 separate yards for the dogs. A cat house was built with an entrance to an outside screened room. The nursing moms and kittens are cared for in the main building. There are 2 yards for recovering and/or new animals. Many of these animals come to her sick and injured. There is no testing equipment to see what these animals are suffering from. Sarcoptic Mange, Parasites, Worms, Parvo, Distemper, Leukemia are just a few of the problems. For more information call Nancy at 602-412-3932. http://www.rpaac.org/
Ride Information: Poker Run begins at Hard Tailz located on the SW corner of 35th Ave. and Bell Rd. Registration is 9:30am - 11am. Departure 11am. Final card at Hard Tailz at 3pm. $20 Rider, $5 passenger. Raffle, Silent Auction starting at 4pm. More information at 602-319-6269.
Saturday, February 17th
Chief Bill Lanford Memorial Ride. On February 5, 2003, Chief William D. “Bill” Lanford, of Buckeye Valley Fire District, lost his life while riding his Harley on Vulture Mine Road, just outside of Wickenburg, AZ. Please join his family, friends, and fellow brethren in fire service and law enforcement to honor the legacy of Bill on this memorial ride. Everyone is welcome –Push It, Pull It, Drive It, Ride It, Bring It or just bring yourself. Help us make this the BEST RIDE YET! Check-in and continental Breakfast at 8:00 A.M. – Ride Starts at 10:00 A.M. From 25206 West MC. 85, Buckeye Arizona – Fire Station 324. Escorted, 100 mile ride, including a stop at Bill’s roadside memorial on Vulture Mine Rd. $15 Single and $20 Coouple. Finish at the Tin Top Bar and Grill. Everyone Welcome to the After Ride Party. Food, Raffle, Prizes, Fun. Please email any questions to Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-762-2426.
Sunday, February 18th
Bikers Soar For Wildlife. For those of you that like animals, this is a good ride for a great cause. See the feature story about my visit to the Wildlife Center last year complete with pictures. CLICK HERE. 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. Breakfast will be served for $5.00 from 8:00-10:00 AM. Single Rider $20, With passenger $30. Includes Event T-Shirt, Ride Pin and Lunch. Ride ends at Pioneer Village with a Live Band, 50/50 and other prizes. For more information call 623-587-0139 or visit: www.azwildlifecenter.org . Click Here for Photos of the Animals.
Everyone seemed to get a kick out of this trailer for the Wild Hogs
Movie and a lot have an interest in doing a ride night to the movie, possibly at Westgate. I am working on putting
something together now. I will let you know the details in next week's letter. Some of you might have heard about the new movie coming out on March 2nd named Wild Hogs that was filmed in New Mexico. It stars
John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy and is about 4 businessmen that decide to take
some time from their jobs to take a motorcycle trip. The trailer is funny. Hopefully the whole movie is as good.
Click Here for trailer. I might even plan a ride night to a theatre if anyone would be interested.
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Commercials are always trying to get your attention and hear is a creative one. I wonder if this Big Dog commercial would have made
the Super Bowl. Click
Here to view.
Here is another good commercial about the new Ford Mustang. Click Here to view.
Here is a great video titled the Ultimate Journey. One little miss calculation and he is done. This guy has some big kahoonas to do this. Click Here to View.