Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, we are now at 142 days without rain in Phoenix and have enjoyed a beautiful riding Spring, but that might be coming to an end this weekend. The under worked weather forecasters in our area are now giving us the best chance of rain at 60% for this Saturday. But hopefully, for the sake of the events this weekend, that will be pushed out till Monday.
As for me the past couple of weeks, my focus has been on the Hearts To Heroes Ride that is coming up 2 weeks from Saturday on March 25th. Things are really getting exciting as I start putting into motion the details of the event. After a few hours work today putting together the video presentations that will be shown inside the Church and finalizing the T-Shirt design, I am really getting excited to see this thing come to life and give everyone an opportunity to show your support for the troops who right now need it more than ever.
As you know, the Cyclerides.com Hearts to Heroes Ride is to support Packages From Home. PFH sends needed goods to our Soldiers all over the world, but primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. Last month, Packages From Home was chosen as one of the top 5 troop support organizations in the United States and Kathleen Lewis, the founder of PFH, has been invited to the White House to meet with President Bush on March 10th. This is a very big honor and makes me proud to be associated with this organization.
The format of the ride will be similar to last year. We will start at Christ's Church of the Valley, more commonly known as CCV located at 67th Ave. and Happy Valley Rd. This building seats over 3000 people and I hope to use them all. As we did last year, we ask that you bring some of the needed goods that are listed on this page and a $10 donation that will be used for postage to send the packages. 100% of the proceeds go to PFH. They say DVD movies are the most popular item right now. Registration will begin at 8am with coffee, doughnuts and water provided by CCV. The program inside the Church will begin at 10am. T-Shirts will also be available this year at a cost of $10 per shirt. There will only be 2000 shirts available, so if you want one, you should get there early. They are very patriotic. Here is what the front and back will look like.
The program inside the Church this year will be a little different as well. We will have Patriotic videos running continuously from 8am till the time the program starts at 10am. You will not want to miss the opening introductory video that we have made for this event at 10am. This year we have gotten Erin, an up and coming country music recording star to sing the National Anthem as well as another song. She recently sang the National Anthem at the Insight Bowl in Bank One Ball Park and at the Phoenix Suns game. She also just opened for George Jones and is going to perform at the Country Thunder music festival. Erin is being pursued by many record companies for her CD. We will be able to say we knew her when. It should be a real treat.
We also have child stars Jonnie and Brookie returning this year. At last year's event they received a standing ovation for their rendition of "American Tears". It is very special. This year there will be a short Q & A session with 2 Soldiers and a Colonel that have just returned from Iraq. Hopefully we can get a first hand perspective of what it is like to be a Soldier in Iraq. There will also be a tribute to six WW2 Veterans that will be in attendance along with a video tribute to all Veterans. This will all be mixed with video tributes on the two 20 foot screens throughout the program.
We will then be escorted by Sheriff Joe and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to the football stadium at Glendale Community College where we will have speakers, music, a flyover of vintage military aircraft and 6 skydivers that will jump into the stadium each carrying a flag of a different branch of service followed by the American Flag. Should be a fun time.
I would encourage everyone to attend this very special event and bring a friend. If you were there last time, you know what I mean and you will not be disappointed by this year's program. I ask that everyone who rides in this would attach a flag to their bike to show your support for these troops that are in harm's way and fighting to keep terrorism out of our homeland. These are awesome Men and Women and they will see what we are doing for them.
I have told you before, that doing things like this for children and our U.S. Troops are 2 areas that really get to me. Being as transparent as ever, I have to admit that going through all of this text, video and pictures to prepare for this event has already been an emotional experience for me. I hope on the morning of March 25th, I can be as strong as those men and women are for us. But I will tell you right now, it won't be easy. If you were there last year, you will know what I mean. I thank you in advance for your participation.
Click Here for the Hearts To Heroes Flyer.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Chesterís 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 has been cancelled. It just didn't work out.
I am looking for a new spot for the West side.
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! Donít miss out on the great prizes you could win from Superstition Harley-Davidson. 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 and the large dance floor is always open. 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 Spirits at 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" 8:30pm - Midnight
Friday: Live Music with "Danny Rhodes" 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 "Walt Richardson" 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.
Saturday, March 11th
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 7th 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 11th 2006. 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!
Sunday, March 12th
A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona Phoenix Chapter 15th Annual Chili Cookoff. Held 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. Horseshoe tournament with cash prize. Food & Libation available. Presented by Phoenix ABATE. For more information: 623 695-0955 or 602 285-0366.
Saturday, March 18th
Chili Cookoff at Buddy Stubb's Harley-Davidson. Chili Cookoff between the Phoenix Police Dept. and the Phoenix Fire Department. Tasting last ALL DAY from 10am - 5pm. You don't want to miss over 80 entrants cooking up lip smackin chili and BBQ. Music by Midway. Celebrity judging (including the Mayor of Phoenix). Winners will be judged by People's Choice. Stop by Buddy Stubb's listen to some live music, grab a bowl of Chili and you decide who will win. Buddy Stubb's HD is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400. 1966-2006 Celebrating 40 Years.
Saturday, March 18th
Valle Luna Angel Run. Charity Motorcycle Ride for Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona. Leaves Valle Luna Restaurant located at 33rd and Bell Rd. Registration from 8-9am. BBQ lunch after ride to Roadrunner Steakhouse & Saloon, lunch at 11am, 47801 N Black Canyon Hwy. $25 per bike, $10 passenger includes Ride Pin and Shirt, complimentary breakfast and BBQ Lunch. Raffle/50-50/Music at Valle Luna. Ride ends at 3pm. Ride stops at Valle Luna on Cave Creek, Buffalo Chips, Roadrunner, Wild Horse West. For more information call 602-820-8267.
Saturday, March 18th
Superstition Harley-Davidson Gear Up Demo Day. Did you hear? Superstition Harley-Davidson is helping you Gear-Up for The Rides of Marchô. Now through March 15th, Purchase any NEW bike from Superstition Harley-Davidson and youíll be entered to win head to toe riding gear. That's a value of $650! Be sure to come to Gear Up for The Rides of March Demo Day! That's March 18th Ė you can test ride a Harley from 10 to 3 pm. Enjoy FREE BBQ from 11am to 1pm. We'll have great savings Ė get 10% off boots and gloves! Best of all, the winner of the head to toe Gear will be announced Ė and it could be you! Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. 480-346-0600. Click Here for Map.
Saturday, March 18th
Choppers and Charity Poker Run and Vacation Auction. Soroptimist International of the Kachinas presents: Choppers & Charity Poker Run & Vacation Auction. Proceeds to benefit the West Valley Child Crisis Center. Poker run includes cash prizes for high and low hand, free ride t-shirt, happy hour cash bar, catered dinner, live band Noize Bone, silent and live auctions including vacation packages. Emceed by Channel 3's Mike Watkiss. March 18, 2006, Visa and Mastercard accepted, $50. For information and reservations contact Kathy Copeland 623-930-3307 or 623-764-8091.
I am always impressed when pilots land these big commercial planes, but when there is a huge crosswind, these guys really earn their money. Check out
these amazing crosswind landings from Boeing. Click Here to view.
This is pretty funny. A video compilation of different women doing things to give us a good laugh. Click Here to view.
This video will make you cringe. Don't know what makes these people do the things they do. But I am guessing these guys won't be so quick to try this again. Click Here to view Couch Racing.