Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,
When I left you last week we were winding down from our ride up the Coronado Trail at the beautiful Greer Lodge in Greer, Arizona.
If you need to catch up and read last week's letter Click Here. As I mentioned last week we followed the trail that Francisco Coronado blazed on foot and on horseback in 1540, now known as Hwy. 191 and The Coronado Trail. He was in search of the gold buried in those hills, but we were in search of that golden experience one of the better motorcycle rides in the State, if not the United States, and we just might have found it. Click Here for the photos.
But one of the things that I really enjoy at the end of a day of riding is being able to relax in a beautiful place with a good dinner to review the map and talk about what we have seen and experienced that day.
We found the perfect place to stay that was equal to the caliber of ride that we had that day at the Greer Lodge. From the back patio of the lodge there is an awesome view of the tree lined mountains with the sound of the Little Colorado River running just a few feet from where you are sitting. You can enjoy the crisp mountain air at the 8500 foot elevation while watching people fly fishing in the nearby lake. Greer Lodge is the perfect end to a great ride. You will want to call 928-735-7216 for reservations as there are only 11 rooms inside the lodge and a few cabins available if you have a larger group.
Every time we walked through the lobby of the Greer Lodge we saw this "Old Timer"
setting in one of the recliners with a cowboy hat, jean jacket and a pair of boots on. He never seemed to move but he looked very life like. Take a look for yourself. Upon closer examination we found that he was a very good mannican masquerading as the local sheriff. So we decided to have a little fun with him, and in the spirit of the weekend, make him the resident Greer Biker. Take a look! 
The 2nd day of our trip started out from Greer 
and would take us through the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Whiteriver, The Salt River Canyon, Globe and then back to Phoenix. As you leave Greer and head West on Hwy. 260 you will notice the trails of Sunrise Ski Resort on your left and will once again be at around 9000 feet in elevation. About 8 miles from the Greer turnoff is Hwy. 273 where you can enjoy the 7 mile ride to the resort and take the ski lifts to the top of the mountain on Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm.
After about 16 miles of a beautiful ride through the
tall pines you will go through the small town of McNary and then to the intersection of Hwy. 260 and 73 where you will see the Hon Dah Casino. You will then go South and then West on Hwy. 73 starting at 7000 feet in the tall pines through the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and Whiteriver before ending in the high desert at Hwy 60 and around 3200 feet.
From here you will start your memorable 62 mile ride through the Salt River Canyon to Globe.
After about 22 miles of high desert pines, mountains and outcroppings of red rock you will get your first glimpse of the 2000 foot deep Salt River Canyon, sometimes known as the mini Grand Canyon, with its sweeping vistas carved by millions of years of erosion. Those who travel this route to the White Mountains know it as the magnificent midway point between Phoenix and destinations such as Greer. You will make you your 2000 foot descent to the bottom of the Canyon where you will cross the Salt River via a scenic bridge before snaking your way back up the other side through steep inclines and hairpin curves. Be careful to keep your eyes on the road as the fantastic views can easily distract. There are many pullouts along the way for you to take photos and enjoy the view. To give you an idea of the amount of curves and switchbacks in this area, there is 4 miles of road to make it from one side of the canyon to the other. But as the crow flies, it is only 3/4 of a mile.
The Salt River Canyon contains a wealth of history
and was said to be used by Apache warriors during the 1800s as a refuge from pursuing U.S. calvary troops. Nowadays, the river provides a border between the San Carlos Apache Reservation to the South and the White Mountain Apaches to the North. Once you have made it to the top you will be back to high desert at around 3500 feet elevation for the 33 mile ride to Globe. Depending on what time of day you are coming back to the Valley you will probably be ready for some food or refreshments. Globe has plenty of opportunities for both of those.
As I said in last week's letter I give this 2 day ride the highest marks on the rating scale of 5 spokes out of 5.
In this 600 mile ride you will see just about every type of scenery that you can see in Arizona. You will go through farming communities, mining towns, 9000 foot elevations, beautiful meadows, red rocks and the stunning Salt River Canyon.
Click Here for the complete
Coronado Trail Overnight Ride Feature.
Click Here for the latest photos from Day 2 of this trip.
Click Here for photos of Day 1 of this trip.

Stay tuned next week for Day 1 of the overnight ride that Mrs. C. and I took last weekend. Another good one that you will want to do. 

This Week's Bike Night Events 

Copper State Cycles Two Wheeled Tuesday. Who knew that north Scottsdale's newest bike night was such a great place to hang out. Last nights motorcycle trivia contest was a huge success, and the winner really enjoyed the grand prize. Join Copper State Cycles and K O'Donnell's this Tuesday for a great time on the mist cooled patio. Enjoy $2 Bud drafts, Happy hour pricing on appetizers or a great meal from the full menu. Come see the new 2005 Red Horse Customs on display and visit with your friends. 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...... 61" TV's and music on the mist cooled patio! Reserved parking in plain view for all bikes. 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 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

Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.

Here 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 "Groove Defenders" 9pm - 1:30am

Sunday: Live Music with "Fantasy Jive" 3pm - 7pm

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. 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 – 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 - 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 . 480-970-6556.

Events This Week 

Friday and Saturday, June 17th and 18th
Mogollon Live at The Saddlerack in Chandler. Valley favorite Mogollon will be performing live at the Saddlerack this Friday and Saturday night. The shows start at 9:30pm and will end at 1:30am. The Saddlerack is a 20,000 square foot club with a 2000 square foot dance floor featuring the best in LIVE Country entertainment, a Mechanical Bull, Margarita Chair, Gift Shop, Pool Tables, 3 Bars, great food at a great price. This weekend there will be a Reverse Happy Hour from 9pm - 11pm featuring $1.50 long Necks, Wine and Well Drinks. The Saddlerack is "Biker Friendly" and will provide reserved motorcycle parking this weekend for the Mogollon concerts. The Saddlerack is available for Special events of all kinds including Corporate Events and Weddings. The Saddlerack is located in the East Valley Mall at 2020 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Click here for map. The Saddlerack is open Wednesday - Sunday 3pm - 2am. Stop by this weekend for a great time with Mogollon. You can also see Mogollon on July 8th and 9th.
The Month of June
Chosa's On Mill June Specials.
June 18th and 19th: Take as much as 1/2 off all Women's, Men's, and Children's clothing at Chosa's on Mill's Beach Party Blowout! That's right--all the clothing you could possibly need, for as little as 1/2 price! Look good, feel good, and keep as much of that hard-earned cash as you can where it belongs: your wallet!

June 24th - 26th: Take as much as 1/2 off all Women's, Men's, and Children's clothing at Chosa's on Mill's Beach Party Blowout! That's right--all the clothing you could possibly need, for as little as 1/2 price! Look good, feel good, and keep as much of that hard-earned cash as you can where it belongs: your wallet!
Sunday - Saturday
June 12th - 18th
Chosa's Need a Gift? Think Harley! At Chosa’s Harley Davidson, we’re declaring this Father’s Day the Year of No Ties! That’s right, this year there is no better way to celebrate Father's Day than with Harley Davidson® MotorClothes and Genuine Motor Accessories. Whether you get dad a leather MotorClothes® biker jacket or a pair of Harley-Davidson® boxer shorts, we’ve got gifts that will definitely loosen up his collar. And get this: with any MotorClothes™ or Parts and Accessories purchase between June 12th and 18th, you earn an entry to win a Harley Davidson® cooler filled with genuine Harley parts and accessories, valued at a $100! Chosa's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
June 16th - 18th
2005 Arizona State H.O.G. Rally.
Come join us for some "Old West" hospitality and flavor at the 2005 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 2005 Arizona State H.O.G. Rally! Click Here for all details.
Saturday and Sunday, June 18th - 19th
Father's Day Weekend Show and Shine. Many of you know CCV where the Hearts to Heroes Ride was started this past March. CCV is having a Car and Motorcycle show with over 100 vehicles expected to be on display. The "Show and Shine" Car Show will take place right on CCV's campus and is free for everyone. The show is Saturday 4-8pm and Sunday 9am-1pm. Like any good car show, many different types of vehicles are expected, including classic cars and trucks, street rods, custom cars, race cars, imports, motorcycles, golf carts, monster trucks and more. To whet your appetite a bit, here's a quick rundown on the types of cars that are expected: The Original Big Foot II and The Monsterlimo, supposedly "The world's largest (and currently only), street legal monster truck limousine." Everything from a 39' Roadster to a 66' Mustang and amazing vintage Corvettes. Off-Road racing cars and trucks, Motorcycles, custom Low-Riders, Sand rails (think Dune Buggy), Golf Carts and Imports. If you have a motorcycle you would like to display either day, call Dan Simpson at 623-298-2958. All participants will receive 2 complimentary dinner passes on both days. 


For those Ladies that attended the first Buddy Stubbs Ladies Night, "YOU ROCK!". I have never seen a more enthusiastic crowd of Women in a Harley Dealership ever before. There were over 200 screaming Ladies that attended the Ladies Night that featured "Stubbs Studs" models showing the latest in Men's riding wear including the latest in HD Boxer Shorts. The attendees were treated to wine and cheese, museum tours, shopping specials and a 25 minute fashion show. Stubbs setup a model runway stage complete with lights, sound system for music and an MC. Congratulations to all of you that came and had a good time and to Andreanne for a great event for Women only. I can't believe you talked me into that. See you at the next one. Click Here for some pictures.
As for me this weekend, due to business here in town I am going to miss the H.O.G. Rally in Williams this year. For those of you that are going, have a great time and ride safe.

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours -  Take The Ride"

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