Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
6/17/09
 

Greetings Riders,
 
I should probably name the subject of this first paragraph "follow the bouncing ball", due to the fact that if you are not, you might be confused. I'm getting that way. Since the attendance at the Westgate Bike Night is so large, I wanted to put this latest update here so that everyone who reads it can pass the word. I originally announced that the Westgate Bike Night was going to end on July 2nd with a 4th of July themed bike night which I was really hoping for. Westgate then decided to end it on June 25th, which I recently reported. But due to the overwhelming demand from the riders and the restaurants, Westgate has decided to indeed extend the event to Thursday, July 2nd, which I agree is the perfect time to give it a Summer break and let the monsoons and dust storms roll through the valley. As Regis would say, this is the Final Answer. I think.
 
Now that we are going to be there on July 2nd, I am going to start programming to give it a nice 4th of July theme. The first thing I would like to do is have a Bike Show with motorcycles that are painted in a patriotic theme with flags, military graphics, etc. These will be displayed in center court for everyone to view. If you have a bike painted like that, email me a photo or description to info@cyclerides.com to enter it for display. So make your plans to attend the last night on July 2nd. Other information will be forthcoming as it is developed. Sorry for the confusion, but fortunately we have the newsletter to keep you informed. If you are not currently taking the letter, or know someone that is not, forward this letter and have them sign up at http://www.cyclerides.com/emailletter.htm . Stay tuned, I am currently working on a couple of other things that are very exciting and will be of interest to you. 



The Beautiful Ride up Mt.Lemmon 

A couple of weekends ago Mrs. C. and I were wanting to take advantage of this extraordinary weather we have been having this summer and get in a good ride down South before it got too hot. I will be the first to say that the ride between Phoenix and Tucson is probably the most uninteresting 120 miles in the State. Even going through Florence Junction isn't good enough to spend the extra 45 minutes to do it. For the most part it is always windy, flat and boring. Which is probably why I don't go South very often. But here is the good news. Once you get past this forgettable stretch of asphalt and find the base of the Catalina Mountains in Tucson, you will soon be riding up a 32 mile route that I call one of the hidden Jewels of Arizona, Mt. Lemmon.
 
It had been over 6 years since my last ride up Mt. Lemmon, and I have to say, I had forgotten how beautiful it is. This road has more variety in 30 miles than I have ever seen. As I was riding up I kept comparing the landscape to other routes that I have ridden across the Western United States, but it kept changing. It was almost like 3 different areas rolled into one road. 

Turning Northeast off of Tanque Verde Road you will be looking directly into the Santa Catalina mountains, the very same mountains that you will soon be dissecting on your way to the top. As you approach the base of the mountain you will see hundreds, if not thousands of giant Saguaro Cactus dotting the hillside as you start your ascent on what is known as the Sky Island Scenic Byway to over 8200 feet in elevation with your final destination being Summerhaven or Ski Valley.
 
After a couple thousand feet in elevation the Saguaro cactus will give way to boulder outcroppings and small scrub pines that seem to grow taller with every mile. A few more miles will have you riding on the side of the mountain as you weave and zig-zag your way up in elevation. The small rounded boulders will soon turn to more jagged rock formations as you ascend to your way to Windy Point Vista at over 6600 feet in elevation. This is where you will have dramatic views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and its deep canyons, the road below. You will get a feel for the ruggedness of the sky islands and their rise from the desert.
 
Another 1/2 mile will be a viewing area called Hoodoo Vista Point. This is a great stop that will give you a chance to see the hundreds of Hoodoo's as you examine the geological wonders through this stretch of the Coronado National Forest. What are Hoodoo's? (They are a tall thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland. Hoodoos are composed of soft sedimentary rock and are topped by a piece of harder, less easily-eroded stone that protects the column from the elements.) These Hoodoo's were especially interesting to me as a lot of them seem to have an identifiable shape that you can see in them and one in particular was a perfect profile of a face complete with eyes, nose and mouth. See if you can pick it out in this picture. Click Here.
 
The next 9 miles will have you winding your way through more beautiful rock outcroppings, smooth curves. a few twisties, tall pines and aspens as you are rising in elevation another 2600 feet on your way to Summerhaven and Ski Valley at 8200 feet in elevation. If you stay on this road it will take you right into Summerhaven where there is a general store and good place to eat called the Cookie Cabin. This is log cabin transformed into a restaurant that has indoor and patio seating where you can enjoy a great pizza or their signature Giant cookies. The old Mt. Lemmon Cafe that was famous for the pies is now closed.
 
The turn to your right just before you drop into Summerhaven will take you on a 3 mile ride up to Ski Valley at Mt. Lemmon where you can take a ski lift up to 9100 feet in elevation for a panoramic view of the entire area. This is a nice ride to the ski area and is recommended. Sky ride tickets for adults are $9.00.
 
As I said in the beginning, this ride is the motorcyclists gem of the Southwest. This 30 miles of road has you in awe from the beginning with massive amounts of huge saguaros and beautiful desert, twisty roads and canyons, breathtaking vistas that will have you rubber necking to get a peek as you are riding, Hoodoo's that will entertain you followed by tall pines and Aspen as you drop into Summerhaven to try and absorb all that you have just experienced. It is truly like being in 3 different places all in a 30 mile ride. The best way that I can describe this ride is that you start out on your way to Tortilla Flat, you get a glimpse of Bryce Canyon minus the red Hoodoo's on your way to the Sierra Nevada's and Yosemite National Park in California before ending up in Colorado.
 
It is kind of hard to articulate in words, but you will definitely go through 3 distinct landscapes and geological areas that will tickle your senses all the way up and have you looking forward to the ride back down the mountain that is equally enjoyable.
 
You can choose your own route to Tucson. I prefer to just get it over with and go straight down I-10 to the Grant Rd. exit, Grant Rd. to Tanque Verde, to the Catalina Hwy. which will lead you to Mt. Lemmon. From I-10 and I-17 at the stack it is 157 miles to the top of Mt. Lemmon. You will want to allow around 3 hours for the ride up and back if you plan to do any sightseeing stops and have lunch at the top. I had forgotten how great this ride is and am upgrading the rating on this ride to 5 spokes out of 5. This is an easy Day Ride from Phoenix. Optional stop would be a ride through the Saguaro National Park East which is located just South and East of Catalina Hwy. The only bad part of this ride is getting to Tucson. Now is a particularly good time to do this ride as the Saguaros are in bloom.
 
Click Here for Map
Take a look at these 114 Beautiful Photos
 
Useful Links
Details from Wikipedia of the Catalina Highway
Sky Island Scenic Byway
Map of Just the Sky Island Byway
Ski Valley Ski Lift
 


 Highlights This Week 

Saturday, June 20th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Father's Day Car Show. For those of you that have been
 to Arrowhead Harley for a car show in the past, you know that they attract some outstanding cars to display.
 
Friday-Sunday, June 19th-21st
Chandler Harley-Davidson Father's Day Sales Event.
Join a Father's Day weekend full of Food, Fun and Famous Tier Discounts up to 20% Off.



Bike Nights This Week 

Thursday Night 

The Bike Night At The Billet Bar The Billet Bar was the place to be during Bike Week as well as the rest of the year. Set on the patio and watch the action. 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.

 

Only 3 Nights Left!! Bike Night Now Ends on July 2nd.
Westgate City Center Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.comWestgate Bike Night Has Been Extended to July 2nd!!! 

For the First Time, The premier entertainment venue in the Valley, Westgate City Center, will Host a night for motorcycles through June 25th. I have been wanting to see a Bike Night at Westgate for a couple of years and it is finally here. If you have ever been to an event at Jobing.com or University of Phoenix Stadium, you are most likely familiar with the Times Square feel of Westgate City Center. Starting Thursday, April 9th, for the 6 Thursdays, Westgate will open up Coyote Blvd. from 6pm - 10pm for parking of motorcycles next to the 6 Million Dollar Dancing Fountains. Restaurants including Margaritaville, Bar Louies, Shout House, Which Wich, Moe's, Kabuki, Johnny Rockets and Hell's Half Acre will have Bike Night food and drink specials and will be welcoming all riders.
You will be given a flyer that will get you the discounts at the participating restaurants.

Discounts include $2.00 Miller Lite, $5.00 Chicken Nachos and $6.95 pulled pork sandwich and fries at Bar Louie's and $3.00 drafts, $2.00 well, $2.00 off Margaritas, Mini Quesadillas for $5.95 and Sliders for $6.95 among other specials at Margaritaville. Sit out on the patios and enjoy the entertainment on the big screen. 

Click Here for full menu of specials

Thanks to our Westgate Bike Night Sponsors - GEICO Motorcycle Insurance, Arrowhead Harley-DavidsonRidenow Powersports and Chuck Franklin Law
Click Here for Photos From the Last 4 Weeks
Thursday, June 18th will feature motorcycle displays by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Ridenow Metro Motorsports, Swift Motorcycle and Victory Motorcycle. 
There will also be motorcycle programming and music on the Huge 30'x50' LED screen located in events plaza. 
What to do:
6:00 pm - 10pm: Displays of
Custom Baggers and Bikes From Arrowhead Harley-Davidson.
Sport Bikes, Cruisers, Rhinos and Spyder From
Ridenow Metro Motorsports.
Displays from Arizona Victory.
Come park on Coyote Blvd. and enjoy the music or eat at one of the restaurants.
Music and Videos all night.
Every Half Hour:
Music and Performances by the 6 million dollar Dancing Fountains. 
 
Take a ride to Westgate, located on the SE Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. 
Enjoy this beautiful venue that is offering a night just for motorcyclists every Thursday for the next 5 weeks starting April 9th - May 14th. Get something to eat or drink on one of the many outdoor patios in events plaza, watch the video presentations or just join in the fun and view the display of bikes lined up on Coyote Blvd. in Westgate. ALL MOTORCYCLES WELCOME. Click Here for photos of Westgate. Westgate City Center is located at the SE Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. Enter Coyote Blvd. from the West next to Jobing.com Arena. 

This Week 

Saturday, June 20th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Father's Day Car Show. For those of you that have been to Arrowhead Harley for a car show in the past, you know that they attract some outstanding cars to display. Now for all you Dad's that get the day to do whatever you want, you can stop by AHD and view all of these fine classic cars from 9am - 1:30pm. You can also grab a Free Hot Dog from 10:30am - 2pm. After you've taken in the classic cars in the paring lot, go inside and check out the Arrowhead HD Father's Day specials including 25% off Men's silk Tori Richards shirts, 25% off HD Ceiling Fans and 25% off all Vintage Metal Signs. Raffles include Diamondback Tickets, $50 Gift Card to Best Western Hotels and $50 Gift Card to McDuffy's and something cool from NAPA Auto Parts. Bikini Bike wash sponsored by McDuffy's. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, Just S. of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
 
Friday-Sunday, June 19th-21st
Chandler Harley-Davidson Father's Day Sales Event. Join a Father's Day weekend full of Food, Fun and Famous Tier Discounts.
Friday: HOG Party 5-8pm. Foothills Chapter HOG Appreciation Night. Music and Food.
Saturday: 9 Year Anniversary Party. Tier Discounts, Money Machine, Bikini Bike Wash, Burnout Pit Contest, Food from Famous Dave's BBQ, DJ Music, $2500 in Raffle Merchandise.
Tier Discounts on Saturday: $1-$200 get 10% Off, $201-$500 get 15% Off, $500 and up get 20% Off.
Sunday: Father's Day Breakfast provided by the HOG Chapter. 10am till it is gone.
Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
 

Next Week 

Saturday, June 27th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson presents "Soak The Stubbs". Yes, you read that right. This is your chance to have some fun with your favorite staff member at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson. On Saturday, June 27th you will have your shot dunk Buddy, Frank, Jack and the rest of the staff in a Real-Life dunk tank. This all takes place from 11am - 3pm. While you are there enjoy FREE Sandwiches and Drinks, Live Music, Museum Tours with Buddy, Pool Tournament for prizes and Sale items. And of course if you have been doing some riding and need to get the bugs off, take your bike through the Bikini Bike Wash from 11am - 2pm. Buddy Stubbs HD is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400.
 
Saturday, June 27th
Andrea's Closet Christmas in June Charity Run. Bring smiles one toy at a time.  Harley's, customs & street bikes partnering to help hospitalized kids.  Registration is 8 am at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive in Peoria.  Ride begins at 10 am and ends with the delivery of toys to Andrea’s Closet at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 350 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix.  Entry fee $5 and a new toy (fee includes six raffle tickets).  Police escort, raffle prizes, food and drinks; photos with Santa.  For more info:  Kenny Brunk at 623.556.7508; Kelly Gallagher at 623.521.6323 or email kenney@andreascloset.org 

Extras 

This is a really creative and funny commercial by an alarm company. Click Here to View.
 
Alright, Illusions always get to me because I can never figure them out. I have no idea how they did this one.
Click Here to View.
 
Video of the Week
Here is one for you motorsports guys and gals. Looks like they are flipping anything now. Click Here to View
 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com

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