Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
The well advertised Summer "Dry Heat" has now settled firmly into the "Valley of the Oven". Forecast for the next 10 days is an average 110 degrees give or take a couple of degrees with this weekend expected to see a high of 112. This is that time of year that if you could possibly muster up some spit, it is so hot and dry that it would never hit the ground. Now more than ever, dehydration is a consideration no matter what you are doing. If you missed my article a couple of week's ago on this subject, Click Here to read.
But, as avid motorcycle riders, no matter what the weather is, we are going to find a way to get out and ride. That is exactly what Mrs. C. and I did last weekend. I was really itching to put 430 miles on the bike and the H.O.G. Rally in Williams was a good excuse to head North and get out of the heat. The bad news about going North to the high country is that you have to leave from the South, the HOT country. So to alleviate some of the pain of riding in the intense heat we left the Valley at around 7pm and headed North on I-17 to Munds Park for a night at McKinnons Inn. It wasn't bad at all when we were leaving and quickly became very comfortable by the time we topped the hill at the Sunset Point Rest Area on I-17. By the time we rolled into Munds Park it was a comfortable 75 degrees.
The H.O.G. Rally was our excuse to go North, but my real destination was a place that I have been wanting to go to for a long time, Seligman, AZ on the old Route 66. I have been wanting to travel at least a part of the Old Route 66 for a while, and since it was only a short 42 miles from Williams to Seligman, the most famous part of this stretch of 66, this was the perfect opportunity to experience a small part of history. So after a "Truckers Speical" at the Railroad Cafe in Flagstaff we were on our way. Not only has this trip been on my list of things to do for a while, but HD gave me a nudge when I got their email that was promoting their Harley-Davidson Route 66 Guided Tour. This is a 2400 mile ride from Chicago, IL to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, CA to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Mother Road. Take a look at the above link. It is quite a tour that they put together.
Even though I am not the kind of person to live in the past, I do appreciate seeing and even experiencing the nostalgia of how life was back then. As we were riding the 42 miles from Williams West on I-40 to exit 139 to start our trek on Route 66, I was wondering how it must have been crossing this country in a car 50 years ago with no air conditioning, averaging about 50 miles an hour and hoping your car wouldn't overheat out in the middle of nowhere in the high desert.
Ironically, I didn't have to think back too far to relive that experience. I remember like it was yesterday making the trip from Kansas to Las Vegas during the Summer of 1964 in a two toned blue and white 1957 Ford Fairlane pulling a small travel trailer. Some of you might remember that car. Of course there was no air conditioning, hotter than heck, and my Dad was keeping one eye on the road and one eye on the temperature gauge. Overheating with these cars wasn't a possibility, it was a probablility. I'll never forget sticking my head out of the back window while going down Las Vegas Blvd. in the 105 degree heat trying whatever I could do to get cooled off.
Some of the roads that we traveled that year looked a lot like the road the road I was on now. Straight. narrow, through barron land and filled with tar snakes. Although I was still 10 miles from my date with the past, my mind and thoughts were already there. As we rode down Main St. I got my first look at the famous Delgadillo's Route 66 Snow Cap Drive In. My mouth was already watering for one of their world renowned chocolate milk shakes. But we saved that for our treat on the way back out of town after making a stop at the Roadkill Cafe for a photo op, Westside Lilo's, the Supai Motel and The Historic Route 66 Motel where you can still find Direct Dial, Queen Beds and Cable TV.
It was then back to The Snow Cap for a nostalgic Hot Dog and Milk Shake. Delgadillo's Snow Cap is probably one of the more famous stops on all of Route 66. Juan and Mary Delgadillo established the Snow Cap Drive-In in 1953. Juan worked at the Snow Cap every day until the day he died, June 2nd, 2004 at the age of 88. Juan became well known as one of the co-founders of the Historic Route 66. He was cherished by tourists for the antics he pulled on them while they were trying to order food and drinks. Today this same tradition is carried on by Juan's two sons Bob and John. They still pull stunts like giving YOUR change to a total stranger behind you, asking if you want a straw and pull out a small bail of straw tied with a string or in my case admonishing me over the loud speaker for not getting to pick up my order fast enough.
Their tagline is "Home of the "Cheeseburger with Cheese" and "Dead Chicken". The food is great and the milk shakes are superb. Even though the ordering process is filled with zany humor, it is also fun just to walk around the place and view all of the wild decorations you will find on the property. You will even find an outhouse complete with a TV and phone and a door to the restroom with a knob on both sides. When you make your visit to the Snow Cap, be sure and allow time to really enjoy the place. The snow cap is truly a world wide destination as you can see business cards stuck on the walls from all over the world. Click Here for a great description and history of Delgaldillo's Snow Cap. Click Here for some fascinating history of Route 66 and Seligman.
After our stay at the Snow Cap we took a stroll down to the Rusty Bolt for some souvenirs of our visit to Seligman and Route 66. The Rusty Bolt is biker friendly and has a lot of motorcycle related items as well as shirts hats and wall hangings commemorating Route 66. It is worth the one block walk from the Snow Cap.
After leaving Seligman we were on our way back to Bellemont for a quick stop at Grand Canyon Harley and then down 89A to Sedona and back home. We planned it perfectly as we arrived home at about 8:15pm avoiding the heat of the day. In fact, the highest we saw was 99 degrees. If you are looking for a fun little trip for the weekend, this would be a nice route and destination. We simply went up I-17 to Flagstaff, went West on I-40 to Williams, and then on to Seligman. Then back I-40 East to Bellemont for a quick refreshment before heading South on 89A through Sedona and Hwy. 179 back to I-17. This could easily be done in a day as it was only 430 miles with a fair amount of Super Slab along the way. If you do it in a day, plan to leave early and return late to avoid the intense heat in the Valley right now. Click Here for a map of the route.
Click Here for some great pictures from the day from my new Canon SD 700 camera.
This Week's Bike Night Events
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.
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 "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday Evening: Live Music with "Walt Richardson" 3-7pm
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. 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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, June 24th
Chester's Harley-Davidson GIANT, 10 hour Warehouse Sale is Saturday, June 24th, 8am to 6pm! All 2006 Sportsters®, Softails®, V Rods, and Dynas are on sale at amazing prices, AND, Chester's will pick up your sales tax (some restrictions apply). We'll even throw in $500 worth of MotorClothes and Parts and Accessories with purchase of a new motorcycle! Need more? How about Zero Down on ANY new 2006 Harley on approved credit? And of course, all trade-ins are welcome! We'll also have a coffee bar, lunch, live music by Chuck E Baby and the Allstars, hourly drawings, a HOG poker walk, storewide specials and so much more! Chester's Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
Saturday, July 1st
Buddy Stubb's Harley-Davidson Huge Outdoor Tent Sale. Take advantage of a huge surplus of new and used parts that must go. Up to 90% off New and Used take off parts. Up to 75% off Motorclothes Apparel. Free 40th Anniversary Collectible to first 40 sales. BBQ and Soda available. These are the kinds of sales that are fun to browse through. You never know when that one part or one jacket that you have been looking for shows up on the sale table. Stop by between 10am and 4pm to find YOUR bargain. Buddy Stubbs HD is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400.
This is a good example of what you sow is what you will reap. Check out this video of some young bully that meets his match real quick. Click Here.
I just can't get enough of these videos. Here is another video from India of the traffic over there. I just can't believe that someone doesn't get run over. Watch to the end. There is finally a moment of gridlock. Click Here.
Ok, for you new Fathers out there that can't quite get the grasp of changing diapers. This one is for you. Click Here.