Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, it looks like our first taste of hot Summer temperatures are now upon us. The forecast calls for as high as 110 degrees this weekend. We had a great Spring of mild temperatures, but it looks like we are going to get back to the reality of a Phoenix summer real quick. As always, if you are new to the area, don't forget your sunscreen. You will need it.
With Summer coming on strong we are probably going to be looking for some rides out of the Valley of the Sun. The following destination I have mentioned recently in the newsletter but now am making it an official ride for the site to be listed in the Day Rides, even though it is better suited for an overnight ride. When the subject of going to Mexico would come up, I was always one of those that would say, "Never been there, don't need to go". When Lyman from Buddy Stubb's would ask me to go to the Rocky Point Rally, I would remind him that Mexico was a foreign country and that I was doing just fine riding in the U.S. Why would I want to go there? I envisioned a gauntlet of razor and barbed wire fencing at the border, multiple Federales with machine guns pointed at me and a large Mexican man with a handlebar mustache smoking a Cuban cigar while wearing a poncho and a large sombrero pulled down over his eyes ready to search me if I gave the wrong answers. Ok, I'll admit to one too many Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns in my childhood. Not the case, here is what the border crossing looks like. It is no problem at all.
My vivid imagination and paranoia of going South of the border had gotten way ahead of the facts. Rocky Point, also known as Puerto Penasco, is only 60 miles South of the U.S. border, but in my mind it might as well have been 600 miles, it still was not the U.S., in the familiar surroundings of my culture. That fact is true. It is not in the United States, but that is kind of what makes it interesting. It is close enough to home, but you are still able to interact with an entirely different culture. I had not been to Rocky Point until about 3 months ago so I can't personally speak for the changes over the last several years down there, but everyone has told me that the town has changed a lot in the last 3 years with the building of several condominium projects on Sandy Beach.
I have to admit, my fears and preconceived ideas of a place that I had never been were proven not to be anywhere close to the truth. Rocky Point is a delightful little town full of energy and nice people. What once was a sleepy little fishing village on the Sea of Cortez is turning into a tourist destination and will soon be visited from people from all over the world when the International Airport is completed in the next couple of years. But what is nice about the way Rocky Point is setup is that you can stay in modern and familiar surroundings in a condo on Sandy Beach with mostly American tourists, but yet you are only a short 5 mile ride to the Old Port fishing village in the Malecon area of Rocky Point where a lot of the shopping and restaurants are. But if you want to be near downtown you can stay at the Hotel Baja and Cantina in the Mirador section near the famous Manny's.
San Diego has long been a favorite weekend destination but I think in the years to come Rocky Point will be taking some of those visitors as people get more familiar with traveling to Mexico. Rocky Point is only 205 miles (3.5 - 4 hours) from Phoenix vs. 355 miles to San Diego (5.5 - 6 hours). The roads are good, not congested and the scenery is much better than the drive to California. The weather in RP runs about 12-15 degrees cooler than Phoenix temps and there is no marine layer to burn off in the morning like you have in San Diego. When you wake up in the morning you can pretty much count on blue skies and sunshine to greet you for a walk on the beach. There is a lot to do in Rocky Point including diving, parasailing, fishing, cruises, atv rentals or try your negotiating skills in the old "Rodeo Drive" shopping area or just kicking back on the beach or by the pool with the beach view, enjoying your time out of the rat race of everyday life. In fact, when I was walking along Sandy Beach a couple of weeks ago I talked to a group of riders I knew from Phoenix that were doing just that.
I have a full Day Ride page with directions to Rocky Point, but the brief explanation from Phoenix is to take I-10 West to Hwy. 85. This is also the exit for Gila Bend and Mexico. You then travel South 38 miles through Gila Bend and then another 43 miles to Ajo where you can stop at the Chevron for gas and Mexican Insurance. You will then continue on 85 through Why, the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (this is a beautiful part of the ride) and then to Lukeville, aka Gringo Pass which is at the Mexican border. From the Mexican border you will then be on Mexican Hwy 8 and will travel about 4 miles through the town of Sonoyta on your 60 mile journey from the border to Rocky Point, the closest beach to Arizona. Click Here for the travel map. Click Here for the Street Map of Rocky Point.
This is a very nice ride and one that I think you will enjoy. Hwy 85 and Hwy 2 to Rocky Point are very good 2 lane roads with a nice mix of mountain and desert scenery. Traffic moves very well and riding time should be around 4 hours including your stop for insurance and fuel. When you get to the border, you will see a light on your left. It will either flash green or ready in the staging area. If it is green you are free to continue on without conversation with the Mexican Authorities. If it flashes red, you just pull over to the left, they will ask you a couple of questions and you will be on your way. They are very polite and are not there to hassle you. Tourism is very important for this area and they do not want to do anything to change that.
If you are like me and have no interest in going across the border, I can understand. If I hadn't done it once, I would probably still have that attitude. But if you are feeling adventurous and want to check it out, I think it would be a great easy weekend ride that you would enjoy. You could do it in a day, but it is more of an overnight ride. Going to parts unknown and exploring new cultures and ways of doing things definitely raises the excitement level on a trip like this. I know it did for me. Now I am hooked. I love this place and plan to make more trips to Rocky Point this year including the Rocky Point Rally in November. If you are looking for a place to stay you can go to http://www.sonoranseacondo.com/index.htm or www.rockypointtravel.com or for some ideas. I would recommend anything on Sandy Beach for a condo. If you are looking for a hotel on the beach I would recommend Playa Bonita or Penasco Del Sol (formerly Plaza Las Glorias), Near downtown in Mirador, Baja Hotel and Cantina.
Here are a few things you will need to know:
1. You will need to get Mexican insurance for your bike or car. I recommend stopping at the Chevron in Ajo. You can get gas and insurance and it is the half-way point.
2. I have never been asked for any proof of citizenship to get back across the U.S. border, but if you are concerned, you can take a passport or original birth certificate with you.
3. DO NOT under any circumstances try
to take a firearm into Mexico. That is a big no-no.
4. It is best to not drink the water. Order bottled water or Coke in a can. The ice cubes can also make you sick if you are not used to it.
5. To my knowledge there is no helmet law in Mexico.
6. The border is closed from Midnight till 6am.
7. Wait times at the border can be long
on busy weekends. It is best to return to the border by 11am on a Sunday. Otherwise you might have up to an hour
wait or more.
Here are couple of good links about Rocky Point:
Crossing the border information. Click Here.
All of the details, maps, links and information you will need will be on the Rocky Point Day Ride page.
This Week's Bike Night Events
New This Week!!
Copper State Cycles Two Wheeled Tuesday. Visit
the first night of a new Tuesday bike night to be held at K
O'Donnell's American Bar & Grill (formerly Uno's Pizza) located in the north Scottsdale area at 14850
N. Northsight, just of of the 101 & Raintree. Every Tuesday night from 7:00pm until......This Tuesday 5/24/05,
$2 buds and happy hour pricing all night! Tons of prizes and giveaways all night long! Grand prize giveaway! Red
Horse Customs on Display! Ride in Bike contest, with peoples choice award for 1st through 3rd place. 61" TV's
and music on the mist cooled patio!
Reserved parking in plain view for all bikes. Special guest appearance and autograph signing by one of the actors in the new National Lampoon movie Cattle Call! For more information call 480-596-6820.
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.
Drivers Sports Grill in the West Valley Has Cancelled Their Bike Night.
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.
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
Cave Creek Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop
by the Hottest New Restaurant/Bar in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. There is plenty of motorcycle parking right out front. I have mentioned this place before
and now it has finally opened to rave reviews. 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 Night: Live Music with "Todd and Ethan" 8:30pm - 12:30pm
Friday: Live Music with "Soulcatcher" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "Tim Sealy Band" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday: Live Music with "Shurefire" 2pm - 7pm
Click here for pictures and more information. 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. This Sunday: Hans Olson, 10am - 2pm. Paris James, 2pm-5pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Events This Week
Saturday, May 21st
Cliff Castle Casino Ante Up For Kids. This is annually one of the better poker runs of the year. A chance to get out of the heat, a good route to ride, great prize money and excellent organization. Cliff Castle Casino will host this yearís Ante Up for the Kids Spring Poker Run charity event benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona. Participants (riders & passengers) will begin their 109-mile journey from the casino at 10am, to qualify for prize money totaling $3,000. Stops include Prescott Valley, Mingus Mountain, Cottonwood, Windmill Park in Cornville and ending at the casino. Participants will each receive $5 in quarters, $5 match play on black jack and five entries for the Thunder Valley Rally chopper giveaway and commemorative ride t-shirt (while supplies last). Register online at www.cliffcastle.com. Same-day registration is from 8am-10am. Reservation fee is $25 per participant. Same-day registrations will only be accepted in cash. Cliff Castle Casino is located off of I-17 at Exit 289 in Camp Verde, AZ. For more information call 928-567-7999.
Saturday, May 21st
Hides For Heroes Poker Run. Run from Chandler, Az. to Winslow, Az. Prizes for high and low hand. Grand prize is choice of custom made elk chaps or $300.00 in cash. Price: $30.00 for single, $40.00 couple. Steak dinner, Live music, door prizes, german auction, secure overnight parking, D.D's, breakfast Sunday morning. Buy in at any of the stops: Chandler,AZ Elks Lodge 8AM-10AM, Payson,AZ Elks Lodge 10AM-12PM, Long Valley Store 11AM-2PM, PT's Bar (Winslow) 1PM-3PM, Winslow Elks Lodge 11AM-5PM. More info contact Jeff; 928-289-5689 or 587-2112. Speedy; 928-289-5696 or 587-1810. Mark; 928-587-3109. Wes; 928-587-0008. Little Bill; 928-289-1923.
Sunday, May 22nd
Memorial Classic sponsored by ABATE of Arizona. This event held at the Longbranch Saloon from Noon till ???PM. Live music by Brownstripes, 50/50, Raffles and more. Longbranch is located at 10600 W. Buckeye Rd. in Tolleson. More information at 602-620-0110.
Sunday, May 22nd
Scooters To Hooters. Join Hooters for their 7th Annual Scooters to Hooters Poker Run. This is a 7 Card Stud Draw that will take you to all of the Hooters in the Valley. The ride starts at the Tempe Hooters located at Mill Ave. & 5th Street in Downtown Tempe. Registration and 1st draw from 8-10am. Draw cards from the Hooters Girls as they wait for you to arrive. Lunch catered by Hooters at the final stop. There will be Raffle Prizes, T-Shirts, Ride Pin, 50/50 and Hooters Girls at every stop. All proceeds benefit local Children's Charities. Ride cost is $25 per person includes Lunch, Poker Run and Ride Pin to the first 300 riders. For more information call 480-967-4600.
Events Next Week
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th
MMA Annual State Rally. Memorial Day Weekend. All Riders Welcome. MMA State Rally in the Cool Pines of Overgaard, Az., at Toms Cabin.[on Hwy 260 2 miles E of Hwy 277. FREE Dry Camping, Poker Runs, Bike Games, Bike Show. Live Music nightly, Vendors, and Fun and Games for all including some for children. You can plan on a full three days of activity. Admission, $5 Per Person per day pass. $10 per Person for entire event. Family pass $25 for entire event, children under 12 free. For more information call: Tush at 928-532-7693 or Cindy at 623-695-5659 or email: email@example.com.
A few Immutable Laws of Motorcycling
*Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold everything you
*The roughness of the road will always be in direct proportion to the fullness of your bladder*
*The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rearview mirror.
*Don't argue with an 18-wheeler.
*Never be ashamed to unlearn an old habit.
*If you ride like there's no tomorrow-there won't be.
*Gray-haired bikers don't get that way from pure luck.
*No matter what you ride, it's all the same wind.
*When you're riding lead--don't spit.
*Well-trained reflexes are quicker than luck.
*People are like Motorcycles: each is customized a bit differently.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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