Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
The Cyclerides Weekly Update is coming to you this week from Lake Tahoe, NV. Mrs. C. and I decided to get our annual ride in earlier this year and from what I hear about the weather in Phoenix, our timing couldn't have been much better. W through this one together pretty quickly, but so far so good. We left Phoenix at 5:30 am Sunday morning to beat the heat in Palm Springs and the L.A. traffic. For any of you that have ridden through Palm Springs in the Summer, you know it is a good idea to get that done before 10am if possible or it can be one toasty crossing in that area. We went through there at only 102 degrees so it wasn't too bad.
Our route this year is literally being made up by the day. Trying to really concentrate on the backroads of California as much as possible. The first stop was the Reagan Library in Simi Valley (awesome), Santa Barbara for the night and then up one of my favorite rides, the Pacific Coast Highway, CA #1, to Monterey. The weather was absolutely perfect this time, most of the ride was between 65 and 72 degrees. From what I hear about 50 degrees less than Phoenix. Then it was the back roads to San Francisco where after 4 trips there I finally got pictures of the Golden Gate bridge with no fog around it. In fact, it was 72 with blue skies, the warmest I had ever seen there as well.
Today brought us to Lake Tahoe via Carson Pass for a lap around the lake. First time I had done that and it was worth the wait. Very pretty ride. Tomorrow will take us over at least 2 more passes in the Sierra Nevadas, Ebbets and Sonora, before going over the 4th pass, the Tioga Pass through Yosemite. Then on down to a favorite ride of mine, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
Needless to say, there will be plenty of pictures, as I have already taken over 1000. There are some stunning photos and I have some really neat roads that you will want to take on a trip in this area. If you are looking to get out of the heat soon, head for the coast. It is always cool this time of year. Our high water mark today was 8000 feet where it dipped down to about 69 degrees. I Am looking forward to getting back to share this trip with all of you over the next few weeks. Might give you some ideas to plan your own real soon. Here are a few great photos that you can look at before I start with the stories of the ride with all of the photos. Click Here to View Photos.
My aplogies on return emails. I am not ignoring you, just trying to juggle everything right now. I'm trying to answer those that ask for a response as soon as possible. The others I have read and am reading as fast as I can. I appreciate all of the replies, I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks, Barry
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.
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.
Hooter's 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 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.
Wednesday, June 25th
Bike Night at the Sandbar sponsored by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. The last Wedndesday of every month the Sandbar Mexican Grill is hosting a bike night at their Peoria location at the Loop 101 and Northern. Just take the Northern exit from the 101 and go West to the first light, you won't be able to miss it. This bike night is intended to grow every month with more Vendors, Events and Activities. If you haven't been to the Sandbar, you will see that it is the perfect venue for bike night with large indoor dining and a HUGE outdoor patio and bar, plenty of motorcycle only parking and places for vendors. This week there will be Food and Drink Specials, Live Music, Rock Star competition, the Ridenow Girls, Lots of Giveaways and Raffles, Motorcycle Displays from both Arrowhead HD and Ridenow with all kinds of bikes and off road displays. Ride by the Sandbar this Wednesday from 6-10 pm to kick off this monthly event. Sandbar is located at 9868 W. Northern in Peoria.
Saturday, June 28th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Monthly Free Breakfast. Last month was a huge success. There was a line of riders all morning for breakfast. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson wants to invite all it's great customers to a customer appreciation breakfast on Saturday June 28th from 8:30am till 10:30 am!. Join us for a FREE pancake, sausage and egg breakfast. Thank you for all your support and business! Ride by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson the last Saturday of Every Month for a free breakfast. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria. 623-247-5542.
Saturday, June 28th
Buddy Stubbs Tattoos and Bikinis. Everyone is invited for Free Food, Live Music by 3 of a Kind, Fun, Pool Tournament for prizes, a 50/50 raffle, Museum Tours with Buddy and a chance to hang out with other bikers and check out what's new at the store. Want a Tattoo? Tattoo artists will be on site. Tattoo contests for Prize $$$. All from 11am - 3pm. And don't forget the Bikini Bikewash from 11am - 2pm. Ride by Buddy Stubbs and enjoy the festivities at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400.
Sorry, No extras this week. Will be back next week. If you haven't already, take
a look at the sample photos from our trip. Click Here to View Photos.