Everyone has heard about and experienced the high price of gas lately and it isn't pretty. The last fill up in my SUV was a nice round $100.00 for 24 gallons, and that is because the pump shut off. This was the last straw for me. I couldn't believe I had just spent $100 to put fuel in my car. What could I do about it? Well the obvious solution is to find transportation that gets better than 12 miles per gallon. The good news is I have something like that setting in the garage that gets 40 miles per gallon. The bad news is, it is 108 degrees today and going higher. There has to be a breaking point with the American consumer, but what is it? $4.00, $5.00, $6.00 per gallon? For me the breaking point was $4.00. It was a harsh reality when I let go of that Benjamin for a tank of gas.
I had a lot of miles to cover on Monday so I decided to put it to the test and see if $4.00 really was my breaking point. I parked the SUV and decided to burn my fuel at 40 miles per gallon this day instead of 12. The real test was to see if the amount of discomfort from the 108 degrees outweighed my joy of not seeing my money carried away by a bearded man in a robe riding a camel. My day consisted of a trip to the Southeast Valley and then out to New River to look at a couple of new potential Bike Night and breakfast locations. Since I live in the NW Valley, it was going to be a 120 mile round trip and then another 65 miles to New River and back with some other stops to make it a 185 mile day.
If your timing with riding a bike in the valley is good it can be a lot more bearable, but my appointment was at 2pm, pretty much the heat of the day. As I was riding down US 60 I glanced at my digital thermometer to see that is was a crisp 108 degrees. To pass the time I immediately starting doing the math to see if it was worth it. The answer to that is relative I guess, but here is what the numbers look like for just one day.
Miles Ridden: 185
Fuel Used in SUV at 12.5 MPG: $60.68 = 14.8 gallons @ $4.10 per gallon
Fuel Used in Motorcycle at 40 MPG: $18.94 = 4.6 gallons @ $4.10 per gallon
Savings Equal: $41.74.
So for the day, $41.74 stayed with ME, instead of making the trip on the camel back to Saudi Arabia, simply by changing my mode of transportation. Ah, but was it worth it? Is $4.00 really my breaking point like I thought it was? As I look back on the day, I had a lady on a cell phone change lanes into me on the 101. There was a truck in front of me that ran over a big piece of tire tread flinging it into the air that I had to swerve onto the shoulder to keep from getting hit by it and on the 60 there was a metal lawn chair laying in the center lane that I had to go around. Are these unusual occurrences or just another day of riding in the Phoenix area? A little of both.
The question that still begs to be answered is: Was saving enough to buy a small appliance or a nice dinner for 2 worth it for a few hours of being a human pinball in intense heat doing something you can't wait to do on the weekends anyway? That is an individual decision that everyone has to make for themselves. For some it will, for others, not so much. If you have a bike in the garage, you can see from the above calculations that free money is just setting there waiting to be plucked from the handlebars of your motorcycle. And the more gas prices rise, the faster your handlebar money tree will grow. For me, I love to come up with any excuse to ride, so I would absolutely do it again, especially when I have that many miles to do in a day or two. It really isn't that bad once you get used to it. I might try to plan my timing a little better, but you just dress for it to keep the sun off of your skin, carry lots of water with you, have some fun and smile because you are doing your part to stick it to our friends in the middle east.
Hey Guys! You can do the math for your own situation, but I would think some of you would be able to make a case for saving enough money to make the payment on a new bike. Now that would be worth a little extra sweat! Give it a try some day and see what you think.
Friday and Saturday, June 13th and 14th
2nd Annual Rumble On 66. The roaring sounds of motorcycles will be heard in
Williams, Arizona June 13th & 14th with the 2nd Annual Rumble on 66 Bike Rally.
Saturday, June 14th
Inaugural Bike Night at Chase Field. Join Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson
as we take in a ball game at the Inaugural "Bike Night at Chase Field"!
Saturday, June 14th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Father's Day Celebration.
Attention All Father's! Breakfast and Lunch ARE ON US!!
This Week's Bike Night Events
Kalahari Grill Wednesday Bike Night. What a cool place! For all of you on the West Side that would like a nice ride off the beaten path of the City, you need to check out the Kalahari Grill on Wednesday nights. Located in Vistancia just 5 miles West of Happy Valley Rd. and Lake Pleasant Rd. in Peoria. This is a very nice restaurant with a great indoor horseshoe bar and outdoor pass through bar that leads to a huge patio where you can relax while watching the sun set overlooking the desert . Kalahari Grill has an excellent menu and seriously good food and service. Enjoy Live Music on the patio every Wednesday for Bike Night from 7pm. Bike Night Specials include: $2.00 Off All Appetizers, Prime Rib Dinner $13.00, Domestic Drafts $2.50, Imported Drafts $3.50. Mrs. C. recommends the Ahi Tuna Tartar Appetizer. For more information call: 623-594-5947. Kalahari Grill is located at 28615 N. El Mirage Rd. in Peoria, AZ. Click Here for Photos Map and Menu.Kalahari Grill would also make the perfect Poker Stop for your next run.
Chesters's Harley-Davidson Bike Night at Sluggo's Sports Grill. Join the crew at Chester's Harley-Davidson Every Thursday night for BIKE NIGHT at Sluggo's Sports Grill in downtown Mesa from 6-9pm. Enjoy Food and Drink specials, Raffles and plenty of TV's to watch your favorite sporting event. Ride in with Chester's group. Kickstands up at 5:30pm. Sluggo's is located 161 N. Centennial Way in Downtown Mesa. For more information call Chester's HD at 480-894-0404. Click Here for more information.
E's Grill Thursday Bike Night. LIVE MUSIC with Dok & Gal every other Thursday. June 5th and June 19th this month. But you can still take a beautiful ride out to Estrella Mountain to E's Grill every Thursday night for food and drink. Enjoy their huge outdoor patio and entertainment area complete with stage and 3 large screen TV's. Equipped with one of the best mist systems you will find. Band plays outside. Enjoy E's Great Food and drink. Bike night specials include 1/2 off Appetizers and Happy Hour All Night Long. If you haven't been to E's, it is worth your ride out on Bike Night to enjoy Live Music, Great Food and a Good Time every other Thursday with Dok & Gal. And don't forget the Weekend Brunch to get your ride started. E's is located 8 miles South of 1-10 on Estrella Mountain Parkway. Turn right at the first stop sign in Estrella to 17750 West Elliot Road in Goodyear. You will have to take Dysart or Cotton Ln. South of 1-10 right now as Estrella Exit is closed.
Vito & Nick's II Thursday Bike Night. A NEW Bike Night for the SOUTHEAST VALLEY.
Vito & Nick's II is putting their great outdoor patio to good use on Thursday nights with an all new bike night. This is a brand new location that features an outdoor patio, a comfortable dining area and bar. Bike night specials include $1.00 Off All Beer, $2.00 Off All Appetizers, $2.00 Off All Shots, $2.00 Off All Large Pizzas, Raffle Prizes. Get your raffle ticket when you ride in. Plenty of outside seating and dining inside. Stop by this Thursday for some Great Food and Fun! Vito & Nick's is located at 3321 E. Queen Creek Rd. (SE Corner of Queen Creek and Higley Rd.) 480-279-4482. Click Here to see Vito & Nicks.
Thursday Bike at Peoria location. The
parking lot will be blocked off and it will be a night for MOTORCYCLES.
Ride by Hooters in Peoria every Thursday night for Prizes, Giveaways every 1/2 Hour, Specials and of course
great service by the Hooter's Girls. Enjoy $2.00 Bud and Bud Light Pints and $5.00 Bombers as well as those
tasty Hooter's Wings. Sit on the huge outdoor patio and watch your favorite sporting event or inside with TV's
every where you look. Enjoy this perfect riding weather with a ride to Hooter's this Thursday. Plan
to check out the first night. 16550 N. 83rd Ave. just South of Bell Rd. 623-776-0123.
Fuzzy's Southwest Sports Grill Bike Night. Riders on the far west side in the Surprise area finally have a Bike Night. The brand new Fuzzy's Southwest will be hosting a bike night on Thursday Nights. Fuzzy's features an outdoor patio, 17 HD TV's, Pool Table, Large Horseshoe Bar and all glass front to see the bikes roll in. Enjoy Great Food, Pool, and Your Favorite Sporting Events all on new Flat Screens every Thursday Night at The Newest Bike Night In the Far West Valley. Bike Night Specials Include: 2.25 Corona's, Corona Light, Dos XX, Dos XX Amber, Pacifico, Tecate. $3.00 Jalapeno Poppers. $4.00 Super Spuds. $5.00 Chicken Tenders. $6.00 Baby Burgers. From 6-9pm. Fuzzy's is located 18795 N. Reems Rd. in Surprise at the corner of Reems and Grand Ave.
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.
Salty Senorita Sunday Biker Brunch. Sunday from 10:00am - 3pm. Stop for a great brunch, some giveaways and the Salty's VIP Card good for 15% off of your food. This is a great location for brunch on the West side, you will not believe how cool this place is. Mrs. C. and I had it last Sunday and it was excellent while dining on their 3000 sq. foot outdoor patio with great music and an excellent sound system that backs up to the baseball field at Peoria Sports Complex. Salty's Sunday Brunch features a "Build-Your-Own Omelet for just $7.99, possibly the best omelet you will ever have, or you can order off of Salty's Super Brunch menu. Salty's also has a Create-Your-Own Bloody Mary. Plan to make the first one on Sunday, April 13th. Salty's in Peoria is located at 8011 W. Paradise Lane just one block South of Bell Rd. and one block East of 83rd Ave. See you this Sunday. See Photos of "Who Was There" previous Sundays.
Thursday, June 12th
K O'Donnell's Bike Night. One Night Only! Ride by K O'Donnells located at 14850 N. Northsight Blvd. in Scottsdale for Bike Night from 5-10pm Featuring Models from Girls Next Door. Bikes on Display from Hacienda Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Honda, BMW, Sucker Punch Sally's. Door Prizes, Live Music, Lots of Giveaways, Promos and Freebies. Blocked off Bike Parking and Drink Specials. NW corner of Raintree and Northsight just off the Loop 101. For more information call 480-922-7200.
Friday and Saturday
June 13th and 14th
2nd Annual Rumble On 66. The roaring sounds of motorcycles will be heard in Williams, Arizona June 13th & 14th with the 2nd Annual Rumble on 66 Bike Rally. A large number of riders are expected to return to the cool pines of Northern Arizona to attend the Rumble which is sponsored this year by Wild West Junction, Twister's 50's Soda Fountain and Route 66 Place and the Williams Grand-Canyon Chamber of Commerce. Special Events that have been planned include bike games, a bike show and a Williams to Flagstaff ride to the Arizona Snow Bowl. Special discount coupons will be offered to all registered riders for the "Sky Ride" at the Arizona Snow Bowl for that day. Lots of Vendors and live entertainment featuring "Shut up and Drive" will be happening both Friday and Saturday. Special reserved bike parking will be available on Route 66.
The welcome/on site registration booth will be open from 12pm to 8pm Friday June 13th and 8am to 8pm on Saturday June 14th. Bike games, bike show and northern Arizona ride will all take place on Saturday. A special limited edition Rumble shirt and pins will be on sale all weekend to commemorate the event. You get these items free with your pre-registration of $25 per rider. To pre-register or for more information on this fantastic event log onto www.wildwestjunction.com or call Jan at 928.635.4512 or the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce at 1.800.863.0546.
Saturday, June 14th
Inaugural Bike Night at Chase Field. Join Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson as we take in a ball game at the Inaugural "Bike Night at Chase Field"! Ride with us from the dealership at 4 PM to watch the Diamondbacks take on the Kansas City Royals. Pre-Ride Refreshments available at 3 PM. Motorcycle Parking will be available in a designated lot by the ballpark for $5. All purchases include a ticket to the game, Ride Bag compliments of the Law Tigers, and a $3 donation to support MDA. First 25,000 fans will receive a free D-Backs Floppy Cap. Baseline Box - $35, Baseline Reserve - $23. Bull pen Reserve - $18. Click Here to learn how to purchase your tickets online. Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. For more information call 602-971-3400.
Saturday, June 14th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Father's Day Celebration. Attention All Father's! Breakfast and Lunch ARE ON US!! We will feed Dad from 9am - 1pm. Try your luck in some Manly Man games to win Chester's Big Bucks. Big Bucks are for in June 14th only. One prize per person. You can also take advantage of HUGE Deals at the Part's Discount table. Need more Torque? $100 off Stage 1 kits for the entire month of June. You will also enjoy a visit from Man's best friend, courtesy of the Humane Society. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, June 14th
Andrea's Closet Christmas in June Charity Toy Run. This is a Motorcycle/Car event to benefit Andrea's Closet at St. Joseph Hospital. Registration at 8:00am at Arrowhead HD and will conclude with delivery of toys at St. Josephs. Last years event had around 100 bikes (all Kinds) and 25 cars. This year we will be starting at Arrowhead Harley Davidson and ending up at St. Joseph's Hospital. We collected 1300 toys last year and are looking to double that this year. This is a great event for anyone there is no charge, for every toy you bring you get a raffle ticket and we have great raffle items again this year. You can also buy tickets, we are also selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a custom Pat Tillman custom Chopper built by Evolution Custom Cycles buy one for $20.00 and you also get raffle tickets for other great prizes. This is all for kids come out and have fun. More information: Kenny Brunk at 623-556-7608 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Wednesday, June 18th
Hacienda Harley-Davidson Ladies Night. ATTENTION LADIES! This is an evening just for you! Event starts at 7pm. $10 admission includes 2 beverage tickets, appetizers, gift bag including a $10 gift certificate. The evening features:
Hacienda Studs Fashion Show, Special Guest Appearances, Shopping Specials, Fantastic Door Prizes, Raffles and More. Invite your friends. All ladies welcome. Reservations for this evening are highly recommended. For more information or to R.S.V.P. call Andreanne at 480-905-1903. Hacienda Harley-Davidson is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale.
Thursday, June 19th
Hacienda Harley-Davidson Boys Night Out. The Ladies party was last night, now it is time for the guys to party. Admittance is FREE. Festivities begin at 7PM. Enjoy the HACIENDA HOTTIES FASHION SHOW, Special Guest Appearances, Appetizers, Cigars, Beverages, Raffles, Door Prizes, Parts Specials and much more. Ride by the Boys Night Out party and Hacienda located at 15750 N. Northsight Blvd. in Scottsdale. For more information call Andreanne at 480-905-1903.
I mentioned about 5 weeks ago that I was finally going to fulfill one of my life
long dreams of learning how to fly and getting my private pilots license. Well, on Tuesday, 6/10/08 I made
the first step in achieving that goal by taking my first solo flight in the Cessna 172 that I have been training
in. It was every bit as exciting as everyone had said. Besides having
a child, this ranks at the top of the most exhilarating things I have ever done. You do a couple of final
touch and goes with your instructor and if he feels you are ready, he will have you take him back to the hangar
where he gets out and you are all alone in the cockpit to head back to the runway to fly it by yourself. While
this is the day that all student pilots look forward to, you wonder if kicking a perfectly good instructor out
of the plane to give it a go on your own is such a good idea. Even though it is a rush when that door closes and
it is your plane to fly, I had complete confidence that I was ready. It has been an adventure trying to learn
how to fly with all of the wind we have been having this year, but it was a thrill to finally get to solo. Here
is a short video of my first take off and 3 landings. You pilots out there take it easy on me. I will admit to
being pretty nervous on the first landing trying to grease it in. Click Here to View.
This is a very funny bit from a comedian suggesting different songs to play with commercials. Click Here to View.
Ok, there are many different jokes to make about this video. But you will definitely call this guy a butt head. Click Here to View.
Here is a great video of David Cook singing lead with ZZ Top on Sharp Dressed Man. This is a good link for the desktop. Click Here to View.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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