Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
6/14/06
 

Greetings Riders,
 
Well, another week and another City to experience some motorcycle activities.
As I mentioned last week I was writing the letter in Spokane, Washington. Whenever I go to different cities I try to plan it around some motorcycle event so that I can learn something by seeing how they do things in other areas. For some reason, Spokane is a huge motorcycle town. I was told that there is one motorcycle for every 26 people there. That seems like a lot, but when you see how many show up for even a small event, you can sort of believe the numbers.
 
Every Thursday night in Post Falls, Idaho, (located just 4 miles across the Washington border) they have what is called Thunder Thursdays
in the parking lot between the Easyrider's Roadhouse and The Hot Rod Cafe hosting anywhere between 300 to 600 riders. The reason I even bring this up is to follow up on last week's article about the stringent rules that we have to abide by here. At this weekly event, the Hot Rod Cafe sets out a little food booth with dollar tacos, a beer and soft drink tub, has a live band on a stage, live radio remote and cones off the parking lot. That is it! No fences, no security guards, no costly permits, NO PROBLEMS! Everyone just rides in and enjoys the music and the inexpensive food for a while, then rides on. Imagine that. Ahh....to have something like that here would be great.
 
Ok, enough of my dreaming, let's get down to some riding.
I don't usually do this, but a friend of mine, Ken Keacher from Prescott, sent me a note that thoroughly got me fired up to ride. I was envious of his experience and was ready to saddle up and take off after reading it. This is a story that I can totally relate to and sounds like something I would do myself just for the fun of it.
Here is Ken's story in his own words:
 
Morning Barry,
 
Wanted to thank you for a great day...
 
Yesterday I left the house at 6:30am and went up to The North Rim (301 miles from my house) had breakfast at Jacob Lake on the way. Then decided to head up to Zion National Park (what the heck, I bought the annual pass). Then I figured, OK, I'll go on to Bryce Canyon.  Watched the sunset there and then headed home. Got home at 2:30 AM, 899 miles and a million great pictures and memories.
 
Coming back thorough Jacob Lake at about 10:00 PM I had to drive about 30-40 mph for about 50 miles because there were literally 100's of deer and rabbits  on the side of the road. They never came on the road but it was awesome and a little scary that they might dart into my path... It was like I was in a Disney Picture.
 
It was a great day, but I was a bit tired the last 100 miles... :o)
 
Hope to see you and Mrs. C soon,
Ken Keacher
 
 
Now that is my kind of rider. That is one heck of a ride. 20 hours and 899 miles...Wow!
After just doing that route last year for the feature I did called the Four Canyons Ride, I could almost see in my mind's eye, everything he was describing. As with all motorcycle rides, they leave a lasting deposit in our memory bank. After reading that short account of his ride, I'll admit to taking a few minutes to relive my own experience and live vicariously through Ken's ride. But isn't that why we do it? To take these rides and then share them with our friends?
 
Good for you
Ken. Thanks for sharing. You just got a lot of us motivated to get out and take a good ride. It worked for me. Mrs. C. and I will be riding to Flagstaff and then onto Williams for a bit, then taking a little side trip to Seligman before coming back down 89A through Sedona this weekend. It is no 899 miles in 20 hours, but it will be a nice 430 mile trip.
 
I want to say Thank You to all of you that reply to my newsletters. I thoroughly enjoy reading all of your responses. I try to reply to as many as possible, but lately I have been short on time and don't get to answer all of them. But I am not ignoring you and I try to learn from all of your suggestions and comments. Thanks again.
Barry


 

This Week's Bike Night Events 

Tuesday Nights

 

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. 

Thursday Night

 
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! 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: Bumpin Uglies Thursdays. Bar Top Dancing- 9pm - Close

Friday: Live Music with "Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am

Saturday: Live Music with "Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am

Sunday Evening: Live Music with "Walt Richardson" 3-7pm

Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website.  480-575-3098

Sunday

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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

This Week 

June 15-17
2006 Arizona State H.O.G. Rally.
Come join us for some "Old West" hospitality and flavor at the 2006 Arizona State H.O.G. Rally in Williams, Arizona.
Riding Abounds in the Williams Area. The Williams area offers cool summer temperatures due to the 7000-foot elevation - great for riding. Williams is within easy riding distance of Flagstaff, Sedona, Jerome mining town, Indian Ruins and other attractions including the Grand Canyon Railway, a historic steam train that travels to the Grand Canyon daily. The South Rim is a beautiful 66 mile ride through a pine forest with an exceptionally well maintained road with plenty of curves to stimulate your senses. We will be adding more details to the web site in the upcoming months, so be sure to check back. Until then, plan on heading West and joining us at the 2006 Arizona State H.O.G. Rally!
 
June 17-18
Superstition Harley-Davidson's Father's Day Deals. This Father's Day, Superstition Harley-Davidson has the best list of gifts for him! Bring your dad in on June 17th & 18th to up the ante on his gift. All Weekend save 25% OFF all poker sets, chips, and playing cards. Don't forget at time of purchase to enter-to-win a Harley-Davidson 400 piece Poker Box Set valued at $340! Drawing will be on Father's Day @ 3pm but the fun will be all weekend long! On Saturday, the 17th Play High Card / Low Card with any MotorClothes® purchase of $100 or more for your chance to win a FREE Freezer Mug.
 
On Sunday, the 18th any MotorClothes® purchase of $100 or more earns you the chance to win 10% 20% - including up to 30% OFF your entire purchase, just by grabbing your lucky poker chip. Forget the tie this year -Superstition Harley-Davidson has your gifts for Father's Day! 

Next Week 

Monday, June 19th and Tuesday, June 20th
21st Century Paul Revere Ride comes to Phoenix. This one is for those that have an opinion on Illegal Immigration and the effect that it has on the United States. If that is you, this is your chance to be seen and heard. The 21st Century Paul Revere Ride of 2006 is a summer-long cross-country motorcycle ride that will visit all state capitols to inform the public and their elected public servants of the severity of the illegal immigration crisis. The ride began in Denver and will terminate in Washington, DC. Monday, June 19th these riders will be holding a rally at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix from 6-8 pm. If you have an opinion about Illegal Immigration and would like to show our elected officials how you feel, stop by Buddy Stubbs on Monday, June 19th for an evening Rally with the Riders of the 21st Century Paul Revere Ride.
 
 Guest Speakers will include:

Buffalo Rick Galeener -  MC & Event Organizer
Howard Woolridge      -  21st Century Paul Revere Rider/Organizer
Mike Harris                - Candidate for Governor
Rusty Childress           - Business Leader & Activist
David Heppler             - Arizona Border Watch
Phyllis Gross                - Minuteman Civil Defense Corp.
Don Goldwater             - Candidate for Governor
Stacy O'Connell           - Minuteman Civil Defense Corp.
Bob Park                      - Veterans For Secure Borders
Frosty Woolridge         - 21st Century Paul Revere Rider/Organizer
 
Tuesday, June 20th:
Tuesday morning there will be a rally at The Senate Lawn at the State Capitol 9-10 am, then on to the Mexican Embassy on West Camelback Rd. before the ride heads for New Mexico.

Extras 

I am back this week with some videos and this one is hilarious! I watched it about 10 times and have gotten a chuckle out of this every time. Notice the empty bottles laying around this guy. Click Here.
 
Here is a funny video showing some mishaps involving parachutes.
Click Here.
 
If you are one that thinks we should keep "In God We Trust" on our money.
You will like this song by Lonestar and video of great photos. It is 3:30, watch it through. Click Here.  
 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All, 

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours -  Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
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