Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,
Well, Hopefully you were able to take advantage of some of the good riding weather this past weekend. As you know from last week's letter my weekend was pretty full with Graduation festivities and the dreaded full scale assault on the Real Estate Enhancement projects. Fortunately I know a little about electronics and was able to reprogram the locating ankle bracelet to show Mrs. C. that I was in the back yard shoveling rock while I took a quick ride to Mayer for the Grand Opening of the Hungry Bear Roadhouse. It was a beautiful 130 mile roundtrip for me and I'm glad I went. The new ownership did a great job of remodeling and making the place rider friendly with the opening of the front patio. Hungry Bear will be welcoming riders every weekend for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Watch the newsletter for upcoming special events.
One of my favorite things to do on the motorcycle is explore. I really enjoy finding roads that I haven't been on or uncovering places that are not very well known and bring them to you to enjoy. Sometimes we don't always have a lot of time to take a long ride so it is nice to know of a place that isn't too far away but is a good destination out of town. I ran across that very kind of place last week and I want to bring it to you today. Some of you might have heard of the Pioneer Living History Village on I-17 North of Carefree Highway at exit 225 (Pioneer Rd.). It has been there for several years and has gone through many changes. But recently, new owners have re-opened the old Restaurant and Saloon at Pioneer and are inviting riders to come out every weekend for Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon Bike Days and enjoy the property as a destination ride for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Or to just sit out on the patio with the beautiful mountain view and relax with your favorite beverage.
I went out last week for breakfast and took a complete tour of the place. This is really a walk through the past. Pioneer has moved and rebuilt authentic buildings from all around the State of Arizona and placed them in a town setting complete with authentic furnishings and volunteers dressed in the appropriate clothing of the era to give you the history and answer questions. There are over 25 buildings to tour and they all have an explanation of the history of the building next to the door like this. You will find actual structures from the Territorial Days of the 1880's to the 1912 era including a Blacksmith Shop, Print Shop, Sheriff's Office, Ashurst Cabin, Victorian House, Church (that still holds Sunday services) and my favorite was the old bank that displays actual legers on the counter from 1911. As you walk down to the old barn you will find what I say is the biggest HOG I have ever seen. I don't know where they got this guy, but he is huge. I don't know why, but there is something mysterious about an old outhouse. Here is the obligatory "Outhouse" picture.
I really enjoyed walking around the town, reading the history of these places and taking in the precise furnishings and surroundings of the era. Normally there is a $7.00 donation to go through the town, but this Sunday the Pioneer Restaurant has arranged for a tour for all riders from 9am-6pm on Sunday. The Museum is run by donations, so there will be a donation box at the end for you to contribute whatever you want. Just ask the waitress and they will give you a wrist band to take the tour. They are providing a wagon that will take you through the Village or you can walk the grounds yourself like I did.
I think the Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon will become a nice little weekend stop for riders for breakfast as they head up North, a good stop to cool off on the way down the hill or just a place to ride out of town for lunch or a beverage. You can eat inside in the air conditioned dining area or at the bar built in the 1860's. (Here is some history on the bar) If it is fresh air you want, you can sit on the large patio or bar rail to eat and take in the green grass, water falls and mountain views. And if you want to work off a little of that meal you can play a game of horseshoes or other "Cowboy" games.
Stop by any time this weekend or every weekend for breakfast, lunch or dinner.This Saturday Night there will be live music with Canyon Walls from 7pm - 11pm.
Sunday Morning you can enjoy the breakfast buffet from 7am - Noon for $6.95 including beverage. John Hargot will be playing the acoustic guitar on the patio during this time.
Sunday Afternoon from 1pm - 6pm will kickoff the Pioneer Bike Weekends featuring the live music of Tumbleweed Connection.
Food specials will include a chicken sandwich basket with fries for $4.99 and long necks for $2.00 from 1-6 on Sunday. So come on out and sit in the grass under the umbrella tables or pull a
picnic table under a shade tree and listen to some live music. Click Here for all the information or the above links for photos. Just take I-17 10 miles North of the Loop 101 and take exit 225 (Pioneer Rd.) It is the next exit North of Carefree Hwy. Motorcycle Parking will be available in the front and the back on Sunday. Take a ride out to Pioneer and let me know what you think.

Last week I mentioned that I would like to start a picture page for all of you that take trips around the State or even the Country, to share your adventure with other riders. I have gotten quite a few and will post it in next week's letter. Here is what I am looking for. What I would like to see are pictures with you and/or your bike next to a sign, a well known part of Americana or a famous landscape of where you have ridden to. For instance, a picture next to the Grand Canyon sign like this, or next to a park sign or any other points of interest that you would like to share with other riders. Include just a little explanation of where it is. I will then compile all of those that I get and add to them throughout the Summer as we all take our trips. So if you have any good ones to get us started, or are going some place this weekend, take your digital camera and place yourself next to something interesting and share with the rest of us where you have been. It will be fun to see where everyone has gone. Email your photos to . 


This Week's Events


Eli's American Grille Tuesday Bike Night. Live Music "Rule 11" Every Tuesday Night 8:00PM. EXCELLENT Sliders and a Great Band. Many of you know about Eli's located at 70th St. and Shea in Scottsdale. They have been a popular stop around Scottsdale for many years and the owners are avid riders. They are now doing a special night for motorcycles including live music featuring classic rock tunes from "Rule 11". If you haven't been by Eli's yet, be sure and try one of their 9 varieties of sliders served until midnight. You will not be disappointed. You can also watch your favorite game on TV while you eat, play some pool or sit out on the patio in front watching the bikes roll in. Eli's is your motorcycle friendly grille located on 7000 E. Shea in Scottsdale right behind Claim Jumpers. 480-948-9800. Stop by this Tuesday night. 


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.  Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200. 

Thursday Night
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. 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 (25% off with V.I.P. Card). $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  The evening riding weather is good. 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.

Hooters at Ahwatukee Thursday Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. The riders in Ahwatukee were wanting a Bike Night of their own, so Hooters Ahwatukee stepped up to provide a great place to come on your motorcycle on Thursday nights. Stop by for raffles, good times and good food at Hooters in Ahwatukee located at 4804 E. Chandler Blvd. There will be raffles and giveaways from Chandler Harley and Hooters as well as 20% off menu items (25% off with V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Click Here for the pictures and all the details.

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. 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.


Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. Live Music Every Sunday from 1:30-4:30pm. Live music is also Thursday - Saturday nights at 8:30pm. Many of you have been to Cocomo Joe's in North Phoenix. There is now a day just for riders. Cocomo Joe's is a very open and comfortable place to hang out that is decorated in a Jamaican theme. They have a new large outdoor patio as well as 2 smaller ones around the side. There is a large dining area with TV's all around to keep up on all NFL football on Sundays. See the pictures here. After football season they will be bringing in live entertainment on Sunday afternoons. There is also 3 pool tables and games for your enjoyment. There will be food and drink specials for ride days starting at 10:30am as well as blocked off preferred parking for motorcycles. The day starts at 10:30am with breakfast foods available. Bike day is from Noon - 6pm. Cocomo Joe's is located on the NW corner of Tatum and Dynamite Rd. So if you are riding to or from Cave Creek, or want to take a ride up North and not have to run the DB gauntlet, stop by Cocomo Joe's. 28244 N. Tatum Blvd. 480-538-8008. Stop by this Sunday for opening day. Click Here for all the details.

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. 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 - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm 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 . 480-970-6556.

This Week 

Sunday, June 6th
Benefit for Fred and Jayne Pascarelli. Fred and Jayne were severely injured in a motorcycle crash a couple of months ago and need help with expenses not being covered by insurance. Fred is the organizer of the 21 or Bust Charity Run every year and has been a big help with charities throughout the years and now needs the help himself. Party starts 11:00 am at Thunder Pass located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in Mesa. There will be door prizes, 50/50, Silent Auction, Bikini Bike Wash, Happy Hour Prices All Day and Live music with Mogollon and Street Survivors. There will be a $5 cover. More information at 602-647-7438. 

Next Week 

Saturday, June 12th
Superstition Harley-Davidson Open House. You might not have heard the news yet, but the former Chosa's Apache Junction Shop now has a new name. The new name is Superstition Harley-Davidson. And to celebrate they are having an open house on Saturday, June 12th from 10am - 1pm. There will be complimentary refreshments and a Superstition Harley-Davidson Biker BBQ dished out by the local Hooter's girls. Then cool off with an ice cream float provided by the Superstition H.O.G. Chapter. Spend $100 or more on MotorClothes Merchandise and spin the prize wheel to win! 1st 200 guests receive a Superstition Harley-Davidson bandana. Hourly Door Prizes. Stop by to get your new Superstition HD T-Shirt to add to your collection and get a free lunch at the same time. Superstition Harley is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. 480-346-0600.
Sunday, June 13th
Benefit For Clayton Douglas. Clayton was the victim of a car turning in front of him on his motorcycle. He has been in a coma for the last 2 weeks but it is hopeful that he will make a full recovery. Sign in at 9-10am at Hacienda Harley-Davidson at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. Run ends at the Steelhorse for a spaghetti dinner. $15 single and $25 couple. More information at 602-725-1603. 


Every once in a while a major company will put out a pretty funny commercial. Here is on from Toyota that is very amusing. For those of you on dialup it is about 3.4 mb in size. Click Here to view.
I always like a little brain teaser once in a while. Here is a good little trivia test for those of you 40 something's out there. Click Here.
As for me this weekend I will be going to the first day of the Pioneer Restaurant Bike Days on Sunday. Maybe even make a stop on Saturday night for the band as well. I will be interested in hearing what you think of the place. They are open to suggestions for improvement. Let me know. Stay tuned next week for the announcement of the location and details for the Orange County Choppers event November 5-7.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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