Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, Mother Nature has still given us pockets of good riding weather. However that appears to be coming to a screeching halt. The forecast for the next several days is to reach 110 degrees. But as they say, it is a "dry heat". I wasn't able to go to the H.O.G. Rally in Williams this year but I heard from several riders that it was a good time. I have been told that the vote was taken and that the rally will be in Williams again next year.
My condolences to the people in Summerhaven and the people in Tucson for the fire on Mt. Lemon. After doing a "Day Ride" feature to that beautiful area just a few weeks ago, I can feel your pain. It is almost unbelievable to me that the area I rode through and photographed just a few weeks ago is virtually gone. I had given it 4 spokes out of 5 as one of my favorite rides. If you have taken that trip, congratulations. If you are planning on going there, it will obviously not look the same. I never imagined that one of my Day Rides would actually be gone. We need to keep in mind the people who lost homes and thank the firefighters battling these blazes. Here is a song that Mogollon did last year called "Fire On the Mogollon" that is once again made current by the fires.
I want to say that I am overwhelmed at the amount of emails that I received in reply to last week's newsletter. I appreciated all the kind words of encouragement and prayers as I headed back home. As many of you know from last week's letter I recently went back to Kansas to attend the funeral of my 27 year old Nephew Marcus who passed away from a battle with cancer over the last 6 years. It was a wonderful celebration of his life as over 1000 people came to the viewing and 600 attended the funeral to show their last respects. I did speak at the funeral and now categorize that as one of the toughest things I have ever done. But I wouldn't have had it any other way. Here is the text of my words for Marcus. He was a special young man that touched a lot of people. For those of you that might be able to relate to Marcus situation or know someone who can, and you want to get to know him better, the local news station did a story on Marcus and the local newspaper also did a story. Click Here for the 2 minute Broadband Video, Here for 56K dialup and Click Here for the Newspaper article.
As always with me, it was an eventful 4 days.
Here are a few things that I learned on this trip:
1. How to commit an airport Faux Paux. Stand in the "A" boarding line when you are holding a "C" boarding ticket. When reaching the front of the "A" line, your faux paux is exposed to the rest of the group. You are then asked to go the end of the "C" line in front of all of the remaining passengers who will later watch you be the last one to board the plane and search for the final open seat. Not recommended for those who embarrass easily.
2. To make sure that you get through security on your first try. Otherwise you will be stripped of all dignity. You will be forced to remove your belt, strip down to your stocking feet, stand spread eagle on size 15 foot decals on the floor with your arms straight out like you are being arrested for DWI. Then in front of the whole crowd, some Woman named Marie will begin by sticking a 2 foot wand between your legs from the back and then slide it all around your body in search of contraband. After the wand beeps wildly she finds 75 cents in change in your left pocket. She suggests that next time you round up to a dollar bill before coming through security. You are then asked to redress and enter the boarding area acting like nothing happened.
3. How do you catch a summer cold in Phoenix? Go
4. If you are coughing and hacking at night from this recent cold, do not set the spit glass next to the water glass on the nightstand. In the middle of the night you cannot tell which is which. If you drink out of the wrong one it could possibly require a third container.
5. That mounting your handheld GPS on the plane window and watching what cities you are flying over, how fast you are traveling and at what altitude
is fun and can pass the time.
6. But having your handheld GPS fall from the plane window into a fresh glass of complimentary orange juice is expensive and can spoil your fun.
7. If you are over 5'4", standing up too quickly from a window seat can be both painful and embarrassing.
8. That sleeping on the plane sitting straight up with your mouth open and slobbering down the pillow is socially acceptable in an economy seat. People in first class might frown upon this activity.
9. There should be "Stink Meters" installed on planes so that when people pass gas on a crowded plane, the "Stink Meter" would come on above their head so everyone would know who did it. I believe this would curtail this rude behavior.
10. And Finally, What I learned on this trip is about mortality. After seeing such a young man laid to rest I felt blessed that I have made it to 46 years. At the end of the day life's inconveniences like the ones I mentioned above really mean nothing. They are just inconveniences. Maybe those traffic jams, or having to go back home because you forgot something are actually keeping you from something serious. I learned that life is short and you can't sweat the small stuff. You have got to live each day like it is your last and make the best of it. Hug your family, tell them you love them, make that phone call to a friend or relative you haven't spoke with in a while. We never know who will be called next.
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This Weeks Events
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 Ramjet Racing Performance Cycles. Check out the latest from Ramjet Racing. 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 29th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's -
This Weekend - "1st Anniversary Party! Combo Deluxe all Weekend. Fri. 8-12pm, Sat. and Sun. 2-6pm. Pig Roast all you can eat $9.95.".
Take a ride up North and hear Lori and the Boy's. 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 29th, "Chris Hiatt".
Friday nights we run an All-U-Can-Eat Fish Fry with homemade beer batter for $9.95. Live Music 9-Close "Doc and Gal".
Saturday nights features a different Seafood Special every weekend. Live Music 9-Close. "Soul Catcher"
Sunday we run Food and Drink Specials. Bud and Bud Light Drafts for $1.25. Live Music 4-8pm. "Chris Hiatt"
Don't want to ride home? "Camp Fandango" features Camp Passes for our special $59 summer rate at Carefree Resort and Villas. Shuttle service available. Fandango is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. 480-595-5633.
JULY 3-6 FIRST ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY PICNIC
Thursday, July 3: Chris Hiatt 8-close
Friday, July 4: COMBO DELUXE 8-close
RESERVATIONS NOW TAKEN TO WATCH CAVE CREEK FIREWORKS JULY 3 AND 4 FROM OUR ROOFTOP.
Saturday, July 5: COMBO DELUXE
Sunday, July 6: COMBO DELUXE
Fandango 3Rd Anniversary Party Friday July 11Th Featuring Combo Deluxe Join Us To Celebrate
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.
Sunday, June 29th
Thunder Pass Hosts 1st Annual Poker Run To benefit Friends For Life Animal Sanctuary, A No-Kill Shelter. For all you animal lovers, this is your chance to help. There will be Door prizes, 50/50, Band, Bike Show, Vendors, Full Menu, Happy-hour Prices all day. $15 Single/$25 Couple. Sign in from 8-10 a.m. Thunder Pass is located at 9303 E Apache Trail, Mesa, Az. (Located on the County Island just East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail. Top 3 hands are winners. For more information call 480 986-5572.
Friday, July 4th
4th of July MDA Benefit Blast. Here's an opportunity to spend the 4th of July with other riders and enjoy an evening ride to Pinnacle Peak Patio for dinner on the sunset Ramada overlooking the city lights. Here you can view the Valley's 4th of July fireworks at Pinnacle Peak, Rawhide, Paradise Valley, plus City Displays. Ride to help Harley-Davidson and H.O.G's goal to raise a record 5 million dollars for MDA's Labor Day Telethon. First 300 entries receive a special MDA Ride Pin. Open to all motorcycle riders and families. $10 donation to MDA, There will be Live Music, Cash Bar and Dancing, Reserved Motorcycle Parking, Apple Pie and Ice Cream. Group Ride Dinner $10 per person cash paid at Pinnacle Peak Patio. You can start at either Hacienda Harley, 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale or Arizona HD at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. Click here for more information and ride map.
For more information go to the Rides and Events Calendar on www.cyclerides.com
Have You Ever Been Stuck At A Red Light Forever, Or Waiting To Make A Left Turn? We all have sat at a red light on our motorcycles waiting for the turn
indicator to signal OK for a left turn, or for the red light to turn green so that we could cross an intersection
only to be frustrated as we watch other vehicles pass by because our bike hasn’t tripped the sensor. Well maybe there is help on the way. Recently the states of Tennessee
and Minnesota passed legislation that will make “running a red light” legal for motorcyclists. Click here to learn more about initiatives in Arizona.
This is for those of you that like a little excitement in your life. Ever wonder what it was like to take a ride in an F-14 Tomcat? Here is a story written by Rick Reilly for Sports Illustrated that is a great first person account of riding in the back seat of an F-14. Click Here for Story.
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As for me this weekend, I am going to try and regroup, which will definitely include getting on the motorcycle for a little ride.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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