Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Last week I mentioned that Mrs. C. and I were going to take a new Day Ride for the site. Most of you probably know by now that one of my favorite things to do is to get on the motorcycle and explore parts unknown. I plug in the headphones, strap on the camera, hop on the bike and try to soak up as much of the countryside as I can while leaving the real world behind. It had been a while since we had been on a good long ride so I was even more excited than usual to put on some miles and spend some time immersed in the saddle on a great route. The destination that we had chosen was one that we had never been to. It is nationally known as a one of the best routes in America and one that I had been wanting to do for the past couple of years, but never got it done.
In 1540 Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his men struggled through the rugged mountains of Eastern Arizona seeking the riches of gold that were reported to be at the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. Coronado didn't find any gold, but following the trail named after him, we found what is reputed to be one of the best scenic byways in the entire United States. Even though Coronado walked over this gold laden ground 465 years ago and didn't know what was under his feet, this 120 mile stretch of highway that shadows the route that he took, will certainly get a "Gold Star" from any motorcycle rider that chooses to follow this beautiful asphalt trail carved out of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest now known as "The Coronado Trail".
You will find The Coronado Trail on your map listed as U.S. Hwy. 191. If you have a map from a couple of years ago you will see it listed as Hwy. 666 also known as The Devils Highway. Approximately 2 years ago the demonic name and 666 reference was dropped for the more benign 191. No matter what you want to call it, this 90 mile stretch of road from Clifton to Alpine is reputed to be the curviest road in the lower 48 states boasting as many as 435 curves. Not only are there the curves, but you will also go up 6000 feet in elevation as you wind your way to expansive views of Arizona and New Mexico as you reach 9300 feet on your way to the beauty of Hannagan Meadows. This is one route you will definitely want to do and this is the time of year to do it.
For us, leaving from the Northwest Valley, this was a 640 mile ride. We started the day at around 7:30 am making our way to the East Valley and Hwy. 60. We headed to Globe for gas and caught Hwy. 70 for 85 miles through the San Carlos Apache Nation on our way through Safford for our turnoff to Hwy. 191 North. After a 24 mile ride through some low level desert we came upon 2 small buildings at a place called 3 way. For those of you neglecting to get gas in Safford, this will be somewhat of an Oasis in the desert for you. You will turn left at 3 way to stay on 191 North and travel 7 miles to the old mining town of Clifton set in the valley below Morenci. This is a neat little town with lots of history and character. You can see the old railroad station that is now the Chamber of Commerce as well as the old Main Street that was lively during the mining days.
As you go up the hill another 6 miles you will go through part of Morenci, another major mining town that is still active with Phelps Dodge mining for copper. As you go up the hill from Morenci about 3 miles you will come across a viewing area that you can look straight into the heart of the mine for a view of the size and complexity of this mining operation. The expanse is so big that the huge dump trucks that you see at the bottom appear to be no bigger than matchbox cars. Past the mine, the topography remains rugged but there is change: You will see sparse desert becomes Evergreen oaks and Pinion pines and soon Ponderosa pines in the Apache National Forest begin to appear and then you will reach the meadows.
As you reach 9,000 feet you can stop at the Blue Vista Overlook. From here you can see countless ridges rolling away to the horizon from this 9,184-foot vantage point. Signs identify many of the mountain ranges, including Mt. Graham (elev. 10,717 feet), the highest peak of the Pinaleno Range, 70 miles to the south. The overlook sits at the very edge of the Mogollon Rim, 68 miles north of Clifton and seven miles south of Hannagan Meadow.
As you ride around the corner and down the hill you will see forests of aspen, spruce, and fir surround the tiny village of Hannagan Meadow at 9,100 feet, 22 miles south of Alpine. Hannagan Meadows has 2 gas pumps and a small country store to get some snacks and something to drink as well as a small lodge. This is a good place to sit out on the porch of the lodge or the country store and relax from the past 65 miles and 2+ hours of twists and turns. Hannagan is a welcome sight.
Much to our delight we ran into a few riders from the Valley. We saw the East Valley H.O.G. Chapter in Clifton in the midst of their annual Coronado Trail Ride. And then we ran into a large group of riders at the Talwiwi Lodge in Alpine from Boeing and Honeywell. In fact, I even ran into my old buddy John Wayne at the Longhorn Saloon. Take a look. After a few minutes of visiting with John and the riders at the Talwiwi, we were on our way to Greer to end our first day. After traveling 384 miles and negotiating a multitude of twisties, we were ready for a nice big steak and some relaxation at the Greer Lodge. Due to space in the letter I will pick up from our time at the motorcycle friendly Greer Lodge and our ride home through the Salt River Canyon in next week's letter.
To sum up the first part of this ride and to give it my own rating system, I give it 5 spokes out of 5. The great thing about this ride is that there is a smorgasbord of terrain that is available to tickle the senses. If you get tired of the low level desert, just wait a few miles and you will make your way to the tall pines and then back down again. And as I said above, the ride from Clifton to Alpine takes you through at least 3 different types of terrain in 60 miles. And by the time you get back to Greer in the tall pines, you feel like you have had a full day of enjoying the pristine beauty of Arizona riding. Is 191 the twistiest road in the USA? I don't know, but it has to be close. Even if it is not the twisties that you are after, you will definitely enjoy the beauty and serenity of this ride. We passed a total of 10 cars coming our way in 60 miles.
As usual I have lots of pictures for you to view. There are some absolute postcard shots in here. I hope you enjoy. Click Here for Photos Page.
You can also Click Here for the Coronado Overnight Ride Feature. This will give you all the turns, pics, lodging and maps for you to take this ride.
Here are some links to some history of the area:
US Highway 191 - Coronado Trail
Coronado Trail, Clifton, Morenci History and sights to see. Very good information page.
If you have an interest in mining, here is a great history of mining in Arizona.
An article from the Arizona Republic about the Coronado Trail.
Stay tuned next week for part 2 of the Coronado Trail Overnight Ride from Greer through
Whiteriver and the Salt River Canyon.
This Week's Bike Night Events
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.
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 features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
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:
Thursday Night: Live Music with "Todd and Ethan" 8:30pm - 12:30pm
Friday: Live Music with "Rondavous" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "Los Guys" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday: Live Music with "Walt Richardson and Peaceful Warrior" 3pm - 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. 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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Events This Week
Thursday, June 9th
Buddy Stubbs Ladies Night. Alright Ladies, this is a special evening JUST FOR YOU! Enjoy a "Stubbs Studs" Fashion Show, Wine and Cheese, Shopping Specials, Fantastic Door Prize, Giveaways, Tech Clinic and Demonstrations and a Guided Motorcycle Museum Tour by Buddy Stubbs. Admission is $10 which includes 2 beverage tickets, light snacks AND a $10 gift certificate given to you that night. Reservations are highly recommended. Call 602-971-3400 to reserve your spot. Scott Pasmore from TV3 will be a "Stubbs Stud" model.
The Month of June
Chosa's On Mill June Specials. Chosa's on Mill has made the entire month of June "Savings Month".
June 11th and 12th: Even if you think you've already gotten Dad the perfect Father's Day gift, you've got to stop by Chosa's on Mill for our Father's Day Luau! FREE giveaway prizes every hour, great in-store specials like 20% OFF all in-stock, regularly priced Men's boots, a FREE Chosa's Embroidered Baseball Cap with every $100 purchase, and a shot at winning a FREE Father's Day Gift Basket, you're sure to find something Dad'll love... maybe even something you'll love!
June 18th and 19th: Take as much as 1/2 off all Women's, Men's, and Children's clothing at Chosa's on Mill's Beach Party Blowout! That's right--all the clothing you could possibly need, for as little as 1/2 price! Look good, feel good, and keep as much of that hard-earned cash as you can where it belongs: your wallet!
June 24th - 26th: Take as much as 1/2 off all Women's, Men's, and Children's clothing at Chosa's on Mill's Beach Party Blowout! That's right--all the clothing you could possibly need, for as little as 1/2 price! Look good, feel good, and keep as much of that hard-earned cash as you can where it belongs: your wallet!
Events This Week
Saturday and Sunday, June 11th & 12th
Chandler Harley-Davidson's 5th Anniversary & Pre-Father's Day Celebration. Come help us celebrate 5 years of Heart Thumpin Fun! Enjoy Free Food, Bike Show, Door Prizes, Road King Raffle, Pool Tournament.
Saturday: Free Gift to the 1st 50 purchases. 11am - 3pm: Free Hooter's Pool Party and Bikini Bike Wash. 12 - 4pm: Free Food from Papa John's. 4PM: Tattoo Contest, 5PM: Burn Out Contest, 6PM: $1000 in prizes will be given away.
Sunday: Free Gift to the 1st 50 purchases. 11am - 3pm: Free Hooter's Pool Party and Bikini Bike Wash. 11 - 3pm: Free Food from Charleston's. 11am - 1pm KSLX Live Remote. 4pm - $1000 in prizes available.
Added Week-end Attractions: Hourly Gift Raffles, Double Rewards on Rider Rewards Cards, Road King Charity Raffle
Tickets, All motorcycle purchases and single purchases over $1000 get a trip to the Money Machine.
Sunday, June 12th
The 9th Annual Jester Memorial Run. This year we will be unveiling our Jester Memorial Plaque for all of our Lost Brothers & Sisters throughout Arizona during our Commemorative Service and a Blessing of the Bikes. Dice Run Sign-in from 8:30am - 10:00am at KA Cycles located at 595 S. 6th St. in Cottonwood, AZ. $10.00 Singles/$15.00 Couples includes Meal Ticket. $100 to the High Roller and $50 to the Low Roller. Great Food, Musical Entertainment by Neon Raiders. 50/50 Drawing, Door Prizes, Games, Fun, Vendors. All Clubs, Associations and MRO's are invited. The Jester Memorial Fund pays for the memorial plaque and the purchase, construction and upkeep of the Jester Memorial Park for Lost Brothers and Sisters. Info at 928-963-0726.
Sunday - Saturday
June 12th - 18th
Chosa's Need a Gift? Think Harley! At Chosa’s Harley Davidson, we’re declaring this Father’s Day the Year of No Ties! That’s right, this year there is no better way to celebrate Father's Day than with Harley Davidson® MotorClothes and Genuine Motor Accessories. Whether you get dad a leather MotorClothes® biker jacket or a pair of Harley-Davidson® boxer shorts, we’ve got gifts that will definitely loosen up his collar. And get this: with any MotorClothes™ or Parts and Accessories purchase between June 12th and 18th, you earn an entry to win a Harley Davidson® cooler filled with genuine Harley parts and accessories, valued at a $100! Chosa's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
June 16th - 18th
2005 Arizona State H.O.G. Rally.
Come join us for some "Old West" hospitality and flavor at the 2005 Arizona State H.O.G. Rally in Williams, Arizona. Riding Abounds in the Williams Area. The Williams area offers cool summer temperatures due to the 7000-foot elevation - great for riding. Williams is within easy riding distance of Flagstaff, Sedona, Jerome mining town, Indian Ruins and other attractions including the Grand Canyon Railway, a historic steam train that travels to the Grand Canyon daily. The South Rim is a beautiful 66 mile ride through a pine forest with an exceptionally well maintained road with plenty of curves to stimulate your senses. We will be adding more details to the web site in the upcoming months, so be sure to check back. Until then, plan on heading West and joining us at the 2005 Arizona State H.O.G. Rally! Click Here for all details.
Saturday and Sunday, June 18th - 19th
Father's Day Weekend Show and Shine. Many of you know CCV where the Hearts to Heroes Ride was started this past March. CCV is having a Car and Motorcycle show with over 100 vehicles expected to be on display. The "Show and Shine" Car Show will take place right on CCV's campus and is free for everyone. The show is Saturday 4-8pm and Sunday 9am-1pm. Like any good car show, many different types of vehicles are expected, including classic cars and trucks, street rods, custom cars, race cars, imports, motorcycles, golf carts, monster trucks and more. To whet your appetite a bit, here's a quick rundown on the types of cars that are expected: The Original Big Foot II and The Monsterlimo, supposedly "The world's largest (and currently only), street legal monster truck limousine." Everything from a 39' Roadster to a 66' Mustang and amazing vintage Corvettes. Off-Road racing cars and trucks, Motorcycles, custom Low-Riders, Sand rails (think Dune Buggy), Golf Carts and Imports. If you have a motorcycle you would like to display either day, call Dan Simpson at 623-298-2958. All participants will receive 2 complimentary dinner passes on both days.
There isn't much going on in the organized rides area for the Summer, so Mrs. C. and I will be off again this weekend for another Day Ride Feature for you to enjoy. If you are looking for ideas on places to ride, be sure and check out the Coronado Trail Overnight Ride that we did last weekend.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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