Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,
The letter is coming to you earlier this week so that everyone will have all the information on the "Hearts To Heroes" Ride on March 5th in order to make plans to attend.
Hearts to Heroes is quickly becoming one of the most satisfying and gratifying rides I have ever been a part of. What we will be doing on March 5th for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is immeasurable. If you have ever thought you were having a tough day, just take a look at these pictures. The needed goods that you will be bringing and money that you will be donating for postage to send these packages, will be the highlight of a day for a Soldier that you don't even know. But the note that you add with it, thanking him or her for their service might make a life long friend for you. I have been told that getting anything from home, be it goods or just a letter saying that we appreciate their service is very important for moral. Congressman Trent Franks puts it perfectly. Please watch this one minute video.
This is more than just a ride, it is an event. We have never had a facility like CCV open their doors as they have for a motorcycle event. The Pastor and the staff are doing everything they can to make this a wonderful experience. This building holds 3500 people and we will have full use of all of their multimedia capabilities. What started out as a short video looping inside has now turned in to a full 30 minute Patriotic presentation that will be a breath of fresh air for everyone who attends. A time for all of us to show our support to those that are thousands of miles away taking out a year or more of their lives for you and me. This entire event will be put on DVD and sent to the troops with their packages.
The following is the itinerary of the day:

* Sign in will begin at 8am at Christ's Church of the Valley, 67th Ave. and Happy Valley Rd. Map.

* You will enter through a row of 27 U.S. Flags on 10' poles as you check in. Flags will also be placed around the campus.

* Please have a small flag attached to your bike if possible.

* CCV will provide water, coffee and pastries.

* There will be a video looping inside the Church for you to view from 8am - 10am.

At 10am we will start the program inside
* There will be the presentation of colors by the Marine Corp. Color Guard from Camp Pendleton.

* Followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Children.

* Then there will be the singing of the National Anthem and America The Beautiful by Pamela Croteagh from the Voices of Phoenix.
* 9 and 12 year old singers 
Jonnie and Brookie will take the stage with two Patriotic songs. You won't want to miss this.
* Mike Broomhead will share the experience of his brother that was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
* Next we will ask all of the Veterans in the crowd to stand up and be recognized for a Video Tribute.
* Followed by a closing prayer by Pastor Don Wilson of CCV. 
We will then go to our bikes for the 11:00 am departure of our 15 mile ride to the Anthem Community park led by Congressman Trent Franks on a motorcycle and escorted by the Maricopa County Sheriff Department.

Upon arriving, there will be a full stage and live music by Doc and Gal
* At 12:30pm we will have the presentation of colors by the Marine Corp Color Guard.
* We will then hear "The Star Spangled Banner" played by famous trumpeter
Jesse McGuire. You might remember Jesse from the 2001 World Series Game when he played the National Anthem in Game 7.
* We will then hear words by Congressmen Trent Franks and J.D. Hayworth who will share their experiences of their trips to Iraq. 
Jonnie and Brookie will sing another song.
* We will also hear from Soldiers who have just returned from Iraq and Afghanistan that will tell us of their experiences and how important your packages are to them.
* The day will close with
Jesse McGuire playing "God Bless The USA" and "Amazing Grace".
* I also have a couple of other surprises that I will let you in on when you get there.
Food and drink will be available for purchase at Anthem.
What to Bring:
* $10 Per Bike donation to Packages From Home for postage.
* One bag of needed items.
* A letter or card to a Soldier thanking them for their service.
Needed Items:
We are asking that you bring a bag of needed goods and $10 per bike donation for postage to send these goods for Packages From Home. Some of the favorite items requested by the troops are: Food items from home are very popular such as beef jerky, foods such as cookies, chips, pretzels, candies, sweets, etc. Old motorcycle or car magazines, books, VHS movies, DVD's, CD's portable CD players, cards, games and AA batteries. Anything that can help pass the time. Personal hygiene items and lotions are also important. Click here for a full list of needed goods. There will be an 18 wheel truck on site to collect your donations.
I think this is going to be a fantastic event and one that we will remember for a long time. The weather is supposed to be 80 degrees and sunny so it should be an excellent day to get out and ride to support our Troops and Packages From Home. After the ride you can go to Wild Willy's in Cave Creek. They will continue the giving as they will donate 25% of all food and beverage sold from 2pm - 5pm to Packages From Home.
Click this link to all the information. You may also cut and paste the above web address to send to your friends to let them know about the ride. Click Here for TV reports on a packing party. Click Here for pictures of a packing party and cards from school kids to the Soldiers.
** Watch TV 3 Thursday morning at 7am for a segment with me talking about the Hearts To Heroes Ride. Also tune in to KFYI 550 with Bruce Jacobs between 7-7:15am as we will be on there to promote the ride.


This Week's Events  

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 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

Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.

New!! Starting March 10th!
Here is one for those of you in the far East Valley!
Hooters Mesa Thursday Bike Night. Hooters in Mesa located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. will host a Bike Night every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. If you haven't seen this Hooters yet you will have to stop by and take a look. This is one of the nicest locations that they have. Hooters will $2.00 Corona's and 20% off of food and merchandise if you ride your bike in. Stop by for raffles prizes every Thursday Night with Big Raffle prizes the first Thursday of every month. For more information call 480-396-9396.

For those of you in the far West Valley!!
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 (25% off with V.I.P. Card). $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.
Stop by for
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 . 480-970-6556.

This Week 

Saturday, March 5th Hearts To Heroes Ride. Just Added! Jesse McGuire will play the National Anthem at the ride end. If you ever wanted to support our troops and help the ones that are now in combat, this is your opportunity. 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. 

When: Saturday, March 5th.
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 live music and guest speakers.

Speakers: We 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 Live Music on the stage. Click Here for the flyer and all information. 

Saturday, March 5th
Planes, Trains, Automobiles & Up on 2 Wheels X 3. The event promises to delight the entire family. There will be opportunities to tour the new Commemorative Air Force Museum, interact with historians about the planes & pilots of this historic time in America's history and see up close and personal, the finest in historic planes. Check out for yourself and watch to see who is selected as the finest in the classic, special interest and collector car show. There will be plenty of opportunity to just sit back and enjoy live music and great food. Gift of Life/Arizona, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, has been lovingly saving children's lives "one" heart at a time, since its inception in 1975. Proceeds benefit Gift of Life/Arizona, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, has been lovingly saving children's lives "one" heart at a time, since its inception in 1975. The event will be held at the Commemorative Air Force at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. $20 fee includes T-Shirt, Vest Pin and 2 tickets to the event. Info at 480-987-4379.
Sunday, March 6th
A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona Phoenix Chapter 14th Annual Chili CookoffHeld at the BPOE Elks Lodge, 14424 N 32nd Street in Phoenix, AZ. $5.00 per person at the gate. Chili Cook-off registration $15.00. Chili Registration: 11am-1pm. Chili & Ride in Bike Show Judging: 2-3pm. Peoples Choice Bike Show with Classes including: American, Import, Rat, & Best of Show. 50/50 & Door Prizes. Food & Libation available. Presented by Phoenix ABATE. For more information: 623 695-0955 or 602 285-0366.
Sunday, March 6th
Pop The Cherry Poker Run. Sign up opens 10am at Valley Dirt & Quad, 2642 Union Drive, off of Western Drive in Cottonwood, AZ. Raffles, Door Prizes, 50/50, Live Music, & Free Vendor Spaces. $25 single/$35 couple. Presented by the Verde Valley Chapter of ABATE. FMI: 928 639-4675 or 928 593-9458. 

Next Week

Saturday, March 12th and 26th
Copper State Cycles Pit Stop. If you are like me, I am always looking for a destination to ride to where there are other motorcycles. And if there are free hot dogs and refreshments that is even better. Copper State Cycles is starting their Weekend Warrior Pit Stop on Saturday March 12th and 26th from 11am -  4pm. Stop by for some refreshments, but while you are there check out their new line of Red Horse Custom Motorcycles that comes with NADA registration and the industries only 4 year unlimited mileage warranty and lifetime scheduled maintenance. Copper State is also the first to offer Certified Used Motorcycles that are inspected and are offered with a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty. If it is "Simply Superior Service" that you need, Copper State has factory trained and certified technicians. They have the tools and technology to work on all makes and models. Stop by their showroom at 8245 E. Butherus in Scottsdale. Go East on 83rd Pl. off Hayden then one block to Butherus and turn right. Click Here for map. 480-596-6820.
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! 


There are no extras this week. As you might have figured out by now, I will be at the Hearts To Heroes Ride on Saturday. I encourage everyone to attend this event and forward this letter to your riding pals who might not know about it and want to come. If you would like to sign up for the Weekly Update Click Here. Thank you for your support. 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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