Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
6/29/05
 
Greetings Riders,
 
As all of you know, this coming Monday is Independence Day. With all of the wars, terrorism, threats on our country and unrest in the world, this day probably means more now than ever before. Since we are now almost 4 years removed from 9-11, apparently a lot of people have forgotten what happened that changed our Country forever, and complacency is becoming a way of life in our Country again. I thought it might be a good time to revisit what our Independence is all about. I found a web site that is full of information about What the 4th of July means. It gives the history behind the 4th of July 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence, The text of The Declaration of Independence and The Signers of the Declaration, U.S. Flag Flying Etiquette, a listing of all of our Presidents, Summertime recipes and more.
Here is another one that is excellent as well. It tells about the Liberty Bell, Traditions, The National Anthem, Who is Uncle Sam? and more.
 
So now do you think you know all about our Country and why we celebrate the 4th of July? Take a little quiz to test your knowledge of U.S. History. It starts out fairly easy and gets progressively hard near the end.  Click Here For The Test.
 
And finally, every time that I hear that another Soldier has been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is a painful reminder that we still have a lot of Men and Women in harms way that still need our prayers, help and support here at home. I did a tribute to all Veterans at the Cyclerides.com Hearts to Heroes ride this past March that I still enjoy watching. It gives a salute to all Veterans from WW1 to today. It has one of my all time Patriotic songs, Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The USA". Click Here to play the video. To see all of the videos from the ride including a great song from Jonnie and Brookie and a heartfelt tribute from Jesse McGuire on the trumpet, Click Here. Here is another site that has some good video tributes. http://www.gcsdistributing.com/?pv=tr .
 
All of you that attended "Hearts To Heroes" were a huge help to Packages From Home. Hundreds of packages were sent to the troops because of your help and donations are still coming in. If you would like to get involved with Packages From Home, go to www.packagesfromhome.org to see how you can get contribute. I am still planning on doing another Cyclerides.com Hearts To Heroes Ride on or around October 8th. I will be releasing details in the near future. 
 
Here is a great letter from one of our Soldiers in Camp Fallujah in Iraq. It was written to David Whitten, the marketing director for Packages From Home. I would highly recommend that you read it. There is also a picture attached. It shows that just because our guys are in Iraq, they haven't lost their enthusiasm for motorcycles. And they posed for a picture to prove it. Take a look at this picture and read the letter.
 
Have a good 4th of July Weekend and Ride Safe.
 

This Week's Bike Night Events 
 
Tuesday
 
Copper State Cycles Two Wheeled Tuesday. Who knew that north Scottsdale's newest bike night was such a great place to hang out. Last nights motorcycle trivia contest was a huge success, and the
winner really enjoyed the grand prize. Join Copper State Cycles and K O'Donnell's this Tuesday for a great time on the mist cooled patio. Enjoy $2 Bud drafts, Happy hour pricing on appetizers or a great meal from the full menu. Come see the new 2005 Red Horse Customs on display and visit with your friends.
K O'Donnell's American Bar & Grill (formerly Uno's Pizza) located in the north Scottsdale area at 14850 N. Northsight, just of of the 101 & Raintree. Every Tuesday night from 7:00pm until...... 61" TV's and music on the mist cooled patio! Reserved parking in plain view for all bikes. For more information call 480-596-6820.
 
Wednesday
 
Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Wednesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night every Wednesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Wednesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize and will also be featured on Cyclerides.com as the "Bike of the Week". We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Mich Ultra bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.  

Thursday Night

Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.

Here is one for those of you in the far East Valley!
Hooters Mesa Thursday Bike Night. Hooters in Mesa located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. will host a Bike Night every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. If you haven't seen this Hooters yet you will have to stop by and take a look. This is one of the nicest locations that they have. Hooters will $2.00 Corona's and 20% off of food and merchandise if you ride your bike in. Stop by for raffles prizes every Thursday Night with Big Raffle prizes the first Thursday of every month. For more information call 480-396-9396.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items, $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some giveaways and raffles from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here to see Pictures and all the detailed information.

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 
 
Cave Creek Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop by the Hottest New Restaurant/Bar in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. There is plenty of motorcycle parking right out front. I have mentioned this place before and now it has finally opened to rave reviews. 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:
Friday: Live Music with "EastonAshe" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "EastonAshe" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday: Live Music with "EastonAshe" 3pm - 7pm
Monday: July 4th - "EastonAshe", 4-8pm

Sunday

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. This Sunday: Hans Olson, 10am - 2pm. Paris James, 2pm-5pm.
And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from.
Option #1: Eggs Benedict – Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or
Sugar’s Pancakes – You won’t eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Can’t 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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

Events This Week
 
As you can tell by the event calendar, there are very few organized rides right now. But there must still be riders out there. Andreanne from Buddy Stubbs said that a lot of people stopped by for their "Hogs and Dogs" last Saturday. Maybe we can get a weekly rotation from the dealerships for the summer that would give us some free food and discounts for getting out in this heat. I'll let you know if that happens.
 
Month Of July
This July, help yourself by helping others with C.A.R.E  For Our Troops, a Community And Rider Effort, benefiting Packages From Home, at Chosa’s in Mesa and Chosa's on Mill in Tempe!  We'll gladly give you 10% percent off any Women's or Men's clothing all throughout July in exchange for a simple donation of chewing gum, beef jerky, hard candy, deodorant, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, mouthwash, brown tee shirts, eye drops, lip balm, sunblock, and more.  The list is huge--too huge to list here!--and we also welcome monetary donations to help cover shipping costs.  Come pitch in to support our troops overseas, and stop by either location today!
 
Extras
 
The "Ride For Kids" will be on Sunday, October 16, 2005, with registration opening at 7:30 AM at the Glendale Arena.  We thank you for your support, as usual.  The major problem we had last year was not enough side cars for the kids to ride in.  I don't know if there is a "Side Car Club" in the area, but I bet your readers would know.  Can you please give a shout out about help with this problem?  If we wait too long, people can make other plans, and we need to know well in advance so the Kids won't be disappointed.  Last year some of the kids couldn't go on the ride because of a lack of side cars.  If you have a side car that you would like to use to chauffeur one of the kids on the ride, contact Jeffrey & Denise. arizonagoldin@cox.net.
 
As for me this weekend, I have a full page of "real estate enhancement" projects that need to be taken care of. This will be a good weekend to get that done.
 
Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend.
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours -  Take The Ride"
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