Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, after a week reprieve from the hot daytime weather, it seems as though ole' man summer has reared his head again. But with single digit humidity, if you are not taking advantage of a sunset putt, you are missing some good riding. I did that Monday night with my destination being Lake Pleasant. I parked on top of the hill above the Marina and watched the boats come in and the sun set over the mountains. If you live on the West side and need a little 30 minute ride each way, that is a good one.
This weekend our plans were to go to the H.O.G. Rally in Williams. But instead, we will be heading back to Kansas for the Funeral of my Nephew, Marcus Priddy. This is an unbelievable story about a young man that first got a blood related leukemia while in his last semester of college at K-State at the age of 21. He was able to battle through that after several months of treatment before it went into remission. He then got married to his high school sweetheart, got a job as a teacher and coach at Shawnee Mission West in Kansas City, built his own house in the suburbs and they both started their married life as teachers in Kansas City and all was good.
Almost 2 years later the cancer came back, this time attacking his bone marrow. After several treatments that did not work they opted for the risky process of a bone marrow transplant. They found the perfect 10 on the donor list and soon went through the tedious process of killing all of the old bone marrow before transplanting the new. The risk of rejection is high, but after months of recuperation he came out of it with little complications and was able to get back and start his job again. This lasted for about a week until a complication called HUS attacked his body and he was back into the hospital for treatment again. The HUS also damaged his kidney's beyond repair and he had a donor lined up for a new kidney. In the midst of all of this he became the Father of twin boys last December with the help of an invitro process 9 months earlier. After several months of complications and close calls in ER the HUS finally vacated his body and we were looking forward to the transplant.
It was not to be. I got the call from my Sister about 6 weeks ago that cancer had once again attacked his body, this time in the stomach, and that there was nothing they could do for him. He passed away last Sunday at the age of 27, leaving behind his Wife, 2 boys, and his Mother and Father. About 3 weeks ago I went back to Kansas to be with my Sister and spend a few final days with Marcus. He knew exactly what he was faced with and dealt with it head on. We talked about days gone by and days that we had hoped would come. I asked him how he was in his Faith and he said he was totally at peace and that God needed him now. I also asked him to watch over me and my family. Never losing his sense of humor, he said he would be my #1 Angel, but he would have to fly pretty fast to keep up with me on that motorcycle. I told him that we would hook up again someday and finish what we had started here. One of his last requests was that I would speak at his funeral. I hope to find the words to make him proud.
Marcus was an incredible fighter and an inspiration to all of his students, friends and family. A true testimony of a man that never gave up. Even down to the last days when I was there, knowing what he was faced with, he told me he would like to move the family to Arizona some day. I know we are not supposed to ask "Why" here on earth, but instead put our trust in God. Being obedient to the Word I follow that implicitly. But with all of the crazy things going on in this world, I am compiling a list of questions for the time that I walk through those Pearly Gates. And this will be one of them.
I want to thank you for indulging me the time to share this story. The next time you think you had a bad day at work, you can reflect back on these words. I know it has nothing to do with motorcycles, but it has to do with life, and without life, we would have no use for motorcycles anyway. If you are going through a similar situation or know someone that is, take this quote from the late Jimmy Valvano. I remember watching it live on ESPN over 10 years ago and it has stuck with me ever since.
“I got one last thing I want to say. Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. But it cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul.” Then he said, “Don’t give up…don’t ever give up!” “No matter what – don’t give up!”
When times get tough, those words never fail to move me.
week was a big success. Over 60 bikes.
San Felipes Wednesday Bike Night. How about some good Mexican Food, Good Drinks and a Rockin' Good Time? Then San Felipes is your place in North Scottsdale. Not only are you allowed to dance on the bar at San Felipes...It is encouraged! See the pictures. San Felipes starts out mellow for the dinner crowd and then builds as the night goes on. Billed as North Scottsdale's Only Dance Party with 100 Tequilas and No Cover, the DJ begins at 8:00 and will be playing your favorite tunes to get you going. And now they are inviting all riders to stop by and join in on the fun. Stop by for dinner and then sit back and wait for the fun to start. Located on the SE Corner of Pima and Thompson Peak Pkwy. There is a big new retail center there that is built to look like an old mining town. Really neat atmosphere with Bike Parking all across the front. San Felipes is easily accessible from just about anywhere. Just 2 miles N. of the 101 on Pima Rd. You can sit inside and eat, watch your favorite teams on the big screen or sit out on the patio and enjoy the evening weather. Bike night specials include: $3.00 Margaritas, $3.00 Bottles and 25% off all entrees. This is really a fun place. Some of you might recognize the San Felipes name from their restaurant on the Main St. in Flagstaff. Bike night is from 6PM - Close. For more information: 480-563-9495. Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Cardholders will get 25% Off Entrees all week long.
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. Looking for a Bike Night on the East side? Here is a bike night for the East side of town at a really nice location. Stop by and take a look, you will be impressed. It is called The Wild Hare located at 4910 W. Ray Rd. That is the NE Corner of Ray Rd. and Rural Rd. This is a really nice place with a very large outdoor patio. The inside has just been remodeled to double the seating along with adding a DJ, pool tables and games. The Wild Hare has a broad menu including 20 different appetizers, salads, wings, 17 different sandwiches, chicken, filet mignon, burgers and desserts including strawberry cheese cake. There will be food and drink specials that will run during bike night from 6 PM till close. This will all start on Wednesday, August 14th. I will have an information page on the event calendar that will give you all the details. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200.
in Tempe on Baseline. Many of you remember this bike night from a few years
ago when it was one of the biggest in town before the neighborhood made them shut it down. They are Now Coming
Back bigger than ever and excited to once again publicly invite the riders. I
remember many a Thursday night making the loop from Chuy's to The Billet Bar to ACME. Now you can even go on up
the road to Jetz. Or do it in reverse. Chuy's will be doing raffles every hour for Chuy's Bike Night shirts, Beanies
and other prizes. All you have to do is go up to the counter and ask for a ticket. Bike night specials include: $1.50
Long Necks 6-9pm, $2.50 Corona all day, $3.50 Whiskey Rivers, $2.99 Domestic small pitcher, and Tri Tip Sandwich
and fries for $5.49. Stop by this Thursday night and relive some of the old times at Chuy's on Baseline. It is
always a good time. Chuy's is located at 1831 E. Baseline Rd. in Tempe, just 1 mile West of the 101 on Baseline
and 1 mile South of US. 60 on Mc Clintock to Baseline. You can also stop by the Chuy's in Ahwautukee for Sunday
Bike Day. More information at 480-777-2905.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night in Phoenix on Thursday nights. Live Band starting at 8:00pm! The evening riding weather is perfect, Casey Jones will be packed as it always is from here on. You can always count on lots of bikes here. Ride in 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.
Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge Thursday Bike Night.
Far East Siders you now have a nice big place to go on Thursday nights. The newly remodeled and very large Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge will be opening for the first time this Thursday May 29th to kick off their Thursday Bike Night from 6pm to close. Thunder Pass owners are the same as the Spirits Lounge in Gilbert that a lot of you have gone to in the past. Spirits closed the doors on Saturday due to the loss of the lease. Rick's new place, taking the place of Spirits will be Thunder Pass located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). They will have ladies night on Thursdays with $1.00 drinks, extensive food menu and a huge dance floor with a DJ. Thunder Pass features 2 patios. One out front and one in the back. Park your bikes right next to you. Rick invites all that have come to Spirits for the last 21 years to the new 300 seat Thunder Pass located on the County island between Mesa and Apache Junction.
Riders on the East side you now have the Thursday
night Scottsdale Rd. Hat Trick!!
Jetz Americana, ACME Bar & Grill and The Billet Bar. Ride to all three.
INCREDIBLE would best describe the weather right now for an evening ride. INCREDIBLE is also the menu at Jetz prepared by Chef James Devine and the INCREDIBLE atmosphere
created with DJ Aaron. Don’t miss any of these this and every THURSDAY! Preferred parking, delicious menu, and great music can be expected along with specials that
run all night! Nitro Happy Hour starts with ½ price cocktails and a $4.95 appetizer menu from 4-7pm. Roll right into the Full Throttle Late Nite with $3 domestic bottles, $4 Jack Daniels, and
a $7.95 Burger and Brew Special. Jetz is in the SW corner of Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust, just one block south of Shea behind
CPK. Pull up, park, and party at one of Scottsdale’s finest. Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and all of the information.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. 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 on Bike
Night. 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. Keep an eye on
your prized possession (your motorcycle) on the monitors. 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 Easyriders on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long.
Info: at 480-941-1876.
The Bikini Contest continues this week at the ACME Bar and Grill . This is all building to the ACME Bikini Contest Finals on July 3rd. All the winners will be back for one big show. Come check it out this week and see what happens. ACME is looking for contestants. 1st place $150, 2nd $50. Just show up with your best bikini. Contest begins at 9:30 PM. View the bikini contest while taking advantage of free appetizers and drink specials from the very cool rooftop lounge. Remember when downtown Scottsdale was the place to be? They are back with the complete remodel of the place including the new rooftop bar. You will enjoy a Free Buffet from 8:00-9:30 PM, Drink Specials, Raffles every week, Great Music, Pool and lots of fun in Downtown Scottsdale. Make your plans for Thursday March 20th to kick off the return of ACME. Come early for the free buffet and get your raffle ticket and return at 10:00 PM for the drawing. ACME is located in Old Town Scottsdale at 4245 N. Craftsmen Ct. just South of 5th Ave. and West of Scottsdale Rd. For more information call 480-990-7111. Ride by and be a part of the Rebirth of the Acme Ride Night This Thursday Night. Click here for details and pictures.
Saturday Night Bike Night at Broker's Bar and Grill. Need a destination on a Saturday night for some great food and refreshments with
other riders?? This is a great little place that reminds me of the show Cheer's. A lot of you already
stop at Broker's for the excellent food and refreshments on the patio. Now they are having an official Bike Night
starting May 10th from 6pm - Close with several food and drink specials. I'm sure the place will be packed on
Saturday nights. Broker's is located on the SW corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Bell Rd. in North Scottsdale next to
Paris Paris. Food Specials will be $6.00 Burger meal, $5.00 Chicken Sandwich meal and $1.00 Burger Sliders
(each). Drink specials include $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.00 imports, $3.50 drafts, $4.50 Guinness and Black &
Tans, $4.50 Well Drinks. Click Here for pictures and more information.
Saturday and Sunday
Bike Days at The Hideaway.
Stop by The Hideaway this Saturday and see a display of custom motorcycles from TITAN MOTORCYCLES. Check out the new line of Titans made right here in Phoenix. The HIDEAWAY Grill is the creation of a guy named Mark, a motorcycle enthusiast who loves to ride his Harley-Davidson ! The HIDEAWAY opened in August 0f 1998 and was the only biker friendly establishment in Cave Creek. Since that time The HIDEAWAY Grill has become known World Wide. Any day of the year you can stop in and see some of the most Amazing Show Quality and Road Warrior Bikes in the southwest. Some of the Hideaway events have become legendary. If you haven’t heard about these then keep an eye on the website for events. At The Hideaway there is something to do every night. Click here for the Weekly Schedule of Events
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm: $2 Well, Wine & Domestic Beer. Free Pizza Buffet 3pm - 6pm
Exclusive Bike Shows at The Hideaway with the Hottest Custom Manufacturers:
Jim Nasi Customs: The 1st Saturday of Every Month.
Bourget's Custom Bike Show: The 2nd Saturday of Every Month.
Titan Motorcycles Show: The 3rd Saturday of Every Month.
Ramjet Racing Performance Parts Expo. The 4th Saturday of Every Month.
In addition to the Bike Shows there will be a free Bikini Bike Wash during the shows along with Fun, Food, Entertainment, Vendors and More.
Saturday, June 28th: Big Hawaiian Luau Party. Pig in a Pit, Tropical Drinks, Grass Skirts.
Sunday, June 22nd
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's -
This Weekend - "Combo Deluxe 2-6pm".
Take a ride up North and hear Lori and the Boy's from 2-6pm. Here is your chance to take a ride up North and stop in to Hailey's for some good food and entertainment all weekend long. If you are looking for a short ride (only 60 miles from I-17 & Loop 101) this weekend, this is it. They also have a great ice cream parlor. I am giving the 5 spokes award for the best chocolate milkshakes I have had in a long, long time. These things are awesome. Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 S. Hwy 69 right next door to the Harley-Davidson shop in Mayer, AZ. This is a fun ride for some great food and entertainment. For more information call 928-632-4448. Don't forget to use your Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card for your 20% off food at Hailey's.
Upcoming Bands appearing at Hailey's on Sundays:
June 27-29th: 1st Anniversary Party! Combo Deluxe all weekend. Fri. 8-12pm, Sat. and Sun. 2-6pm. Pig Roast all you can eat $9.95. July 4th: Cash Dailey Band 8-12pm. July 5th: 2-6pm. July 6th: Danny Rhodes 2-6pm. July 13th: Combo Deluxe. July 20th: Car and Bike Show and Joker's Wild 2-6pm. July 27th: Combo Deluxe.
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Live Music on the patio from 1-6PM this Sunday.
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 on their relaxing 5,000 square foot Tree Covered Patio from 11am - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm and choose from 9 delicious ala carte brunch items or order off of the extensive menu including pizza, salads, burgers or sandwiches. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. You can even play a game of pool as you watch the activities on the patio. Don't forget to go inside and see the unbelievable decor inside Sugar Daddy's. It's a Cajun and blues delight. Even if you can't make it 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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Every Saturday: Live Reggae Saturdays at Sugar Daddy's. Every Saturday from 2-6pm. $2 Red Stripe and $4 Appleton Rum Drinks. Enter a drawing for a trip for two to Jamaica. Day Drinking Reggae Style.
Sunday, June 22nd, "The GD Roadshow".
George and Duane from Mogollon are back at Fandango to entertain the crowd.
SUMMER CAMP IS HERE!! Spend your nights in cool Cave Creek. Live Classic Rock and Blues Friday and Saturday Nights 9-Close and Sunday 4-8pm. Friday: Rocket 88's, Saturday: Chris Hiatt. Don't want to drive home? Fandango will give you a "Camp Pass" for our special rate of $59.00 to stay at Carefree Resort and Villas. OUT DOOR PATIO. FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS ALL WEEK-END. PLENTY OF BIKE PARKING Biker Friendly All Week Fandango has Happy Hour Monday- Friday 2-6pm with great drink prices and $2.00 off any appetizer. SPECIALS ALL WEEK LONG. Margarita Monday- $3 Margarita's and FREE Chips and Salsa. Taco Tuesday- $1.50 Crispy Taco's and $2 Tecate Draft. Wednesday Burger 'n' Beer-$6. Thursday- House Special Fundido- $8.85 ALL DAY. Friday Fish Fry All-U-Can-Eat $9.95. Seafood Saturday- Different Special Every Week.
Join Us Wednesday, June 18th 7:30pm Fandango Presents: THE DATING GAME Hosted by Comedian Dave Herman. Win a Date With a Hottie!!
Friday: Rocket 88's, Saturday: Chris Hiatt
Wednesday Night is Street Rod and Classic car night at Fandango.
June 19th - 21st.
Arizona State H.O.G. Rally.
The cool pines of Williams are once-again the home of the Arizona State Rally. With average daytime highs below 85 degrees, Williams is an ideal location to spend the weekend with your fellow H.O.G. members! We will be providing many of the same activities as prior years, but this year we are bringing THE MOGOLLON BAND downtown on Friday and Saturday night for the always popular Street Dance. We invite you to come to Williams this year and take in the areas beauty and enjoy the town’s warm welcome by attending this year’s Arizona State Rally. Williams is located just 33 miles West of Flagstaff just off of I-40. Click Here for all of the Rally Activities.
Saturday, June 21st.
Cave Creek Road Benefit Poker Run. Benefit for Kimberly Stewart and Jacob Smeets. $10 per person. $100 Best, $50 Worst. Registration 5-6 pm at The Hideaway 6746 E. Cave Creek Rd. End run Fandango Bar & Grill. Benefit Raffle 9:30 pm. Live music with Chris Hiatt 9-Close.
Saturday, June 28th
John Barnard Charity Run.
John Barnard was killed on his motorcycle earlier this month in Camp Verde. His widow is the recipient of the proceeds of this run. It will begin at 9 a.m. at the American Legion Post #93 in Camp Verde. Mr. Barnard was a Viet Nam veteran, serving with the 173rd Airborne from 1965 to 1971. For more information, you can check with Post 93 at 928-567-6154, Cottonwood Legion Post #25 at 928-634-3004, K.A. Cycles in Cottonwood at 928-634-1364, or "Jim" at 928-567-6334. Donations are $10 single, $15 couple, with $5 per poker hand. Free lunch at 12 noon at the Camp Verde Legion Post #93.
Sunday, June 29th
200 Mile Beautiful Scenic Run Up North to the Oxbow Saloon in Payson. Here is your chance to take a run to the high country. Sign in at Riverside Choppers at 3515 W. Union Hills from 7:30 - 10:00am. $10 at sign-in you will be given 2 tickets for 2 chances to win. At the Oxbow you can buy more tickets for $5.00. There will be Live Music, Vendors. Come join in for a day of fun and lots of good prizes. Prize numbers to be drawn at 2:00 at the Oxbow.
August 28th - 31st.
Rally In The Rockies. Many of you remember this as the Four Corners Rally. Last year this rally was cancelled. This year it is brought back under a new name and promoter and they promise it to be bigger and better than ever. The inaugural Rally In The Rockies to be held Ignacio, Colorado, over Labor Day Weekend is gearing up to bring a solid motorcycle rally back to the Four Corners Region. "We are really excited about getting the party started," said Rally In The Rockies organizer Dan Bradshaw. "We've been working real hard to put together a program of events that will be a good time and make people want to come back next year. Labor Day is going to be a lot of fun in the Four Corners." The rally was created last year after the Four Corners Ironhorse Rally failed to stage an event in 2002. Rally In The Rockies will be held at the Sky Ute Events Center, as were past Rallies. "We've been scheduled in the same place for a while now, and as far as I know, there are no other events scheduled at the events center that weekend," Bradshaw said. The rally costs $45 for four days, which grants entry to the events center, entry in all poker runs, access to the car and bike show in Durango, a chance to win four motorcycles, and other good stuff. Single and two-day tickets are also available for $15 to $35. Click Here for full press release.
I've seen a lot of tributes to our armed services, but this one is
really special. It is a slideshow presentation of photos dating back to World War 2
up to the present with a great music background. There are captions along the way to remind you of where we are.
I'm sure the Veterans that have been in combat will find this especially moving. If you are on a dialup modem,
it will take a few minutes to load, but hang in there, it is worth it. Click Here for the presentation.
For those of you that missed this last week.
Every once in a while you just need a break from your work. Here is a very simple diversion that you might like. It is a little flash game called "The Flying Cow". You can try and get the top score. When you come into the page, put your mouse on the catapult, hold down the left mouse button for about 2 seconds and then let it go. Then click on the catapult once to get the cow back and repeat. If it is too hot to ride, this will give you something to do. http://www.flingthecow.com/flash/
As for me, the housesitter is in place and I will be in Kansas for the next
few days. Have fun at the H.O.G. Rally in Williams.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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