Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Welcome to the first 100 degree day of 2004 in Phoenix, AZ. I don't know if it is official or not, but it was at my house. For me, this is a great time of year to ride. On weekends you can catch some great temperatures on rides up North or just take a ride sunset ride around town or to a local bike night for dinner. I'm sure these will be busy as riders look for a good reason to enjoy the great riding weather and the longer days. I would also like to wish a Happy Birthday to Mrs. Cyclerides today.
This week was especially tough for me when it came to choosing a subject for the newsletter. I had some ideas, but there was one topic that I just couldn't get out of my mind. We all hear every day about our troops getting killed in Iraq. And every time I hear a report of 1 or 2 a day it is like a punch in the stomach. I haven't known any of these young men that have passed away in the line of duty, but I know they are there for me, so in some ways it feels like I do know them. I end up realizing these are the casualties of war and go on with my business. But the news of Pat Tillman being killed in action in Afghanistan last week seems to have landed a direct hit to my gut. Not that he was any better than any other soldier that has lost his life, but with him going to ASU and being a player for the Cardinals, I saw him interviewed a lot and it seemed as though I did know him.
Pat Tillman's story was incredible to me. It was reported that the 9-11 affected him so much that he personally wanted to do something about it. So at 27 years old he gave up the cushy life in the NFL and millions of dollars, to make $18,000 a year as an Army Ranger to do his part to protect our country. It was hard to understand what was going on in his head, but this quote from him clears it up a little bit: “My great grandfather was at Pearl Harbor, and a lot of my family has gone and fought in wars, and I really haven’t done a damn thing as far as laying myself on the line like that,” Tillman told NBC News in an interview the day after the Sept. 11th attacks. In today's world we have very few men like Pat Tillman and way too many like Eli Manning that pouts on national television because he was drafted #1 in the NFL to a team he didn't want to play for. I'm as loyal to our Country as anyone, but when you take just a second to put yourself in Pat's place, with the exact same circumstances, I don't know too many of us that would make the same decision.
Cardinals Vice President Michael Bidwell had a quote that makes a lot of sense to me. He said: "In sports we have a tendency to overuse terms like courage, bravery and heroes, and then someone like Pat Tillman comes along and reminds us what those terms really mean." I don't think Mary Lou Rhetton making a jump over a stationary horse with a sprained ankle in the Olympics makes her brave. I don't think Phil Mickelson making a 250 yard shot over water to the green to win the Masters shows courage. I don't think Michael Jordan making a 15 foot jump shot to win the NBA Playoffs makes him a hero. Those are choices. My idea of Courage, Bravery and Heroes would be the Firemen, Policemen and Soldiers that are in the line of fire and risk their lives to protect us and our Country every day, or someone that can use their personal struggles to make someone else a better person.
My point with all of this is that we can go along on a day to day basis and become numb to the deaths that we hear on the TV and in the newspapers of our troops being picked off one at a time by radical Islams that have no respect for life. Then a story like Pat Tillman comes along and puts it all back into perspective what is really happening. Even if we don't know them personally, these are real Fathers, Sons, Mothers and Daughters that we are reading about in the papers every day that are being lost.
Whether we agree on if we should be in Iraq or not, I think we all agree that we need to get these soldiers home safely and continue to support our troops. The next time you are out on the open road on your motorcycle, be thankful that you are able to do that freely and say a little prayer for our Soldiers that have served for us in the past and the Soldiers that are in the field right now in all parts of the world to defend our freedom. May God Bless all of those in harms way and all of the families that have suffered the loss of loved ones, and may we come to a quick resolve and bring our soldiers home.
This Week's Events
Eli's American Grille Tuesday Bike Night. Live Music "Rule 11" Every Tuesday Night 8:00PM. EXCELLENT Sliders and a Great Band. Many of you know about Eli's located at 70th St. and Shea in Scottsdale. They have been a popular stop around Scottsdale for many years and the owners are avid riders. They are now doing a special night for motorcycles including live music featuring classic rock tunes from "Rule 11". If you haven't been by Eli's yet, be sure and try one of their 9 varieties of sliders served until midnight. You will not be disappointed. You can also watch your favorite game on TV while you eat, play some pool or sit out on the patio in front watching the bikes roll in. Eli's is your motorcycle friendly grille located on 7000 E. Shea in Scottsdale right behind Claim Jumpers. 480-948-9800. Stop by this Tuesday night.
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. Looking for a Bike Night on the East side? Here is a bike night for the East side of town at a really nice location. Stop by and take a look, you will be impressed. It is called The Wild Hare located at 4910 W. Ray Rd. That is the NE Corner of Ray Rd. and Rural Rd. This is a really nice place with a very large outdoor patio. The inside has just been remodeled to double the seating along with adding a DJ, pool tables and games. The Wild Hare has a broad menu including 20 different appetizers, salads, wings, 17 different sandwiches, chicken, filet mignon, burgers and desserts including strawberry cheese cake. There will be food and drink specials that will run during bike night from 6 PM till close. This will all start on Wednesday, August 14th. I will have an information page on the event calendar that will give you all the details. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200.
Thursday Night features 5 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. 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 Cyclerides.com 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 The evening riding weather is good. You
can always count on lots of bikes here. Ride in 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.
Hooters at Ahwatukee Thursday Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. The riders in Ahwatukee were wanting a Bike Night of their own, so Hooters Ahwatukee stepped up to provide a great place to come on your motorcycle on Thursday nights. Stop by for raffles, good times and good food at Hooters in Ahwatukee located at 4804 E. Chandler Blvd. There will be raffles and giveaways from Chandler Harley and Hooters as well as 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Click Here for the pictures and all the details.
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. 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. Keep an eye on your prized possession (your motorcycle) on the monitors. 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 Easyriders 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.
Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night. Live Band Every Thursday starting at 8:00PM. The Party In Full Force With Great Drink Specials And Giveaways. If you want to get there early there is a complimentary Happy Hour Buffet from 4-6pm and Half Price Happy Hour Cocktails from 4pm - 7pm. You can enjoy $1.00/ Dozen Hot Wings 6pm-close, $2.50 Sam Adams Light or Lager all night, $4.00 Jack Daniels Cocktails, $7.95 1/2lb Burger and Domestic Beer all night. Jetz is in the SW corner of Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust, just one block south of Shea behind California Pizza Kitchen. Pull up, park, and party at one of Scottsdale’s finest. Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and more information. 480-948-2606.
Mike's At The Fountain Sunday Bike Day. We are all looking for a nice ride on a Sunday for lunch or just a drink and some beautiful scenery. Mike, owner of Mike's at the Fountain is inviting all riders out to Fountain Hills from Noon to 5:00pm to his restaurant for great food, good views from the patio of the mountains and the fountain, as well as DJ music from the 60's and 70's. Like Italian food? Then this is your place. Many menu items just for this day from $5.95 and up. Mike's is located on the corner of Saguaro Blvd. and Avenue of the Fountains. This is the same location that we had the Toys To Kids Ride. It all begins this Sunday. A good ride would be to take Dynamite from Pima Rd. through Rio Verde to Saguaro Blvd. or from the East Valley down the Bee Line Hwy. or straight East on Shea to Saguaro Blvd. Click Here for pictures and map.
Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. Live Music Every Sunday from 1:30-4:30pm. Many of you have been to Cocomo Joe's in North Phoenix. There is now a day just for riders. Cocomo Joe's is a very open and comfortable place to hang out that is decorated in a Jamaican theme. They have a new large outdoor patio as well as 2 smaller ones around the side. There is a large dining area with TV's all around to keep up on all NFL football on Sundays. See the pictures here. After football season they will be bringing in live entertainment on Sunday afternoons. There is also 3 pool tables and games for your enjoyment. There will be food and drink specials for ride days starting at 10:30am as well as blocked off preferred parking for motorcycles. The day starts at 10:30am with breakfast foods available. Bike day is from Noon - 6pm. Cocomo Joe's is located on the NW corner of Tatum and Dynamite Rd. So if you are riding to or from Cave Creek, or want to take a ride up North and not have to run the DB gauntlet, stop by Cocomo Joe's. 28244 N. Tatum Blvd. 480-535-8008. Stop by this Sunday for opening day. Click Here for all the details.
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 – Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or Sugar’s Pancakes – You won’t eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Can’t 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 - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm 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.
Fri. - Sun. April 30th - May 1st
A.B.A.T.E. Yavapai County Chapter Spring Run 2004. This event takes place at the Kirkland Bar and Steakhouse. Four miles off 89 between Wickenburg and Prescott. $20 singles, $30 couples, includes Saturday night meal and Fri. and Sat. camping. Daypass $10. Sign in starts Friday at 8 am. Drive in Bike Show with trophies and vendors. Friday and Saturday night music featuring J.D. Simo. All motorcycles and makes welcome. More information at 928-639-4675.
Saturday, May 1st
Run For The Hog Poker Run. Proceeds to Elks major project Steele Memorial Children's Research Center. Hog Roast, 50/50 Drawing, Door Prizes, Live Band, Auction, Music by Krak Smokin Grannies. Registration 10am - Noon at Chandler Custom Cycles, 2775 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ. Singles $15, Couples $25. Dinner Only, Singles $10, Couples $18.00. Dinner and Ride end at Chandler Elks #2429, 1775 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler.
Sunday, May 2nd
4th Annual Thunder In The Desert Run. A lot of you probably know someone that has been affected with Breast Cancer. This is the fourth year of this very well done run sponsored by Banner Health benefiting the Banner Health Breast Cancer Programs. Proceeds provide Breast Health Care directly for Women in our Community. With money raised last year 317 Women were served with either screening mammograms or diagnostic mammograms. 5 patients were diagnosed with cancer. All 5 are now being treated.
Registration begins at 9:30am at TWO locations: The East Valley at Joeta's Leather, 202 W. Main St. in Mesa. West Valley at Joeta's Leather 2 located at 16140 N. Arrowhead Fountains Centre in Peoria next to Arrowhead Harley. Riders will leave both locations at 11:30am for the ride to Jilly's for the post ride party with Great Food, Live Music by TATE, a Silent Auction, Raffle and 50/50. The auction this year is featuring lots of great gifts for Mother's Day. If you haven't gotten your gift yet, here is an opportunity to get a gift and help a charity. Basic Registration $15 includes continental breakfast and lunch and party at Jilly's. $10 for party at Jilly's includes food and beverage. More information at 602-865-4608 or Click Here.
Sunday, May 2nd
1st Annual Firebird Poker Run. Ride to benefit the children of Firebird Young Marines Youth Organization. $15 per person includes: Meal Ticket and Ride Pin to the first 150 riders. Sign in from 10am - Noon at Hardtailz, SW corner of 35th Ave. and Bell Rd. High Hand $100, Low Hand $50. 50/50, Live Music. More information: Randy, 602-622-1195.
Sunday, May 2nd
W. Steven Martin's Police Memorial Ride. Proceeds support Police Memorial and Veteran programs. This year the ride is from Phoenix to Wickenburg. Ride will begin at Childress Automall located at 2223 W. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix. Sign In from 8-10am. Donation of $10 per bike. Ride will head North on I-17 to the Lake Pleasant turn off. Route 74 West to US 60. US 60 into Wickenburg and American Legion Post #12. Ride in memory of DPS officer Lt. Mark Brown. 31 year DPS Veteran. Bar-B-Que lunch at the post is extra with proceeds benefiting the American Legion Veterans' Fund that supports our troops and veterans. More information at 480-921-6366.
Sunday, May 2nd
Motorcycle Awareness Event. Hosted By: MMA of Arizona and ABATE of Arizona. Sponsored by the Motorcycle Safety Fund and Governor's Office of Highway Safety. Event to be held at Spectrum Mall, 17th Avenue and Bethany Home Rd. in Phoenix. Event features: Riders education information, People's Choice Bike Show (Free entry - Sign-In 10-11:30am), Biker Memorial Monument, Voter Information Forms, Picture Opportunities Available, Puppeteer Show for Kids. More information: Ray Huston, 602-402-8026 and Bobbi Hartmann, 602-243-9479.
Saturday, May 8th
1st Annual Unity Run. This year the run will be in the memory of Barbara Hatley, more commonly know as "Barbwire" to her friends. Barbara is the wife of Priest Hurm, the current Chairman and Designated Lobbyist of the MMA of Arizona. On March 25th, 2004 Barbara lost a long battle with breast cancer. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit Priest and his family. Presented by the MMA of Arizona this is a "21 Run" in which each of Arizona's MMA Districts will have their own sign-in location. Sign up from 9-11am. There will be 3 starting points and game is Blackjack. North Valley at Hardtailz, SW corner of 35th Ave. and Bell Rd. Central Phoenix meet at Bridget's Last Laugh, 17222 N. Cave Creek, East Valley meet at TJ's Bar and Grill, 1734 E. Main St. in Mesa. The run's end party will be at 1800's Saloon at 13608 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. Raffles, Music, 50/50, and an auction. Last card in at 1pm.
Saturday, May 8th
1st Annual Poker Run For Fun. Sponsored for the United Cerebal Palsy. Register from 8:00am - 10:00 am at Throttle Up located at 5030 W. Peoria, #107 in Glendale. (NE Corner of 51st & Peoria). Registration is $15 per person and $20 per couple. Registration includes Breakfast at Stingers, Prizes, High/Low Poker Hand, Drawings for Door Prizes. End of run Pig Roast & The Harley John Band at the 5030 Lounge from 5-9pm. 1st 100 Registered riders get a free T-Shirt. Info. at 623-842-2262.
If you are inclined, you can visit the Department of Defense web page
below and sign in thanking the men and women of the U.S. military services
for defending our freedom. The compiled list of names will be sent out to our soldiers at the end of the month.
National Military Appreciation Month. So far, there are only about 3.7 million names. The entire exercise takes
10 seconds...literally. http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html
For those of you new to the Valley, here are 5 driving tips. For those of you that have lived here for a while, you will understand.
1. The morning rush hour is from 5:00a to 10:00a. The evening rush hour is from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Friday's rush hour starts on Thursday morning.
2. The minimum acceptable speed on all freeways-I-10, I-17, U.S. 60, Loop 202 is 85 mph. You may only exceed that speed on Loop 101, where the speed is allowed to match the highway number. Anything less is considered wussy.
3. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear ended, cussed out and possibly shot.
4. Construction is a permanent fixture in Phoenix. Detour barrels are moved around during the middle of the night to make the next day's driving a bit more exciting.
5. If you are in the left lane,
and only driving 70 in a 55-65 mph zone, you are considered a road hazard and will be "flipped off" accordingly.
As for me this week, I am going to visit a couple of rides and explore some parts unknown on the motorcycle. There are some roads I have been wanting to try. I will let you know.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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