Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day this weekend. This is one celebration that we should all cherish. With that in mind, I have put together a new photo video that I thought you would enjoy. The public debut of this will be Thursday night on the Big LED Screen at Westgate at 8pm. But since you are newsletter subscribers you will get a sneak peak. The song is a mix done by me combining "America The Beautiful" done by Ray Charles and Alicia Keys. The photos are from landmarks of our travels over the last several years as well as some photos from past Hearts to Heroes rides. You might find yourself in some of the photos. I hope you enjoy. Click Here to View.

Well, it is now July 1st. Welcome to monsoon season. Looks like the norm for weather for the next couple of months will be hot, humid and the chance for thunderstorms or dust storms in the evenings. So you might want to get those rain suits out of the closet and keep them in saddle bags for a while, because it is likely that one of these days you will be glad you had them, especially if you are planning on any trips to the high country. Afternoon storms are almost a guarantee up there this time of year. If you missed the letter last week about our very fun stay in The Shady Dell vintage trailer park and the Chiricahua National Monument, Click Here for last week's Newsletter. You will also find 183 Photos from the trip including Tombstone, Bisbee, Shady Dell and Chiricahua Monument. If for some reason the newsletter does not make it to your inbox, you can always read it on the front page of . Past newsletters can also be found in the Archives page. 

This Thursday night, July 2nd is the final Bike Night at Westgate for the season. We are doing a Patriotic theme night with a bike show, a parade with the Patriot Guard Riders and the debut of a NEW patriotic Video at 8pm that you will want to see on the big screen. I would like to thank Westgate City Center for opening their awesome facility up to the motorcycle riders for the biggest bike night the Valley has ever seen. I would also like to thank all the riders that have attended this bike night over the last 12 weeks and have made it a marquee event. From the start, this event has been met with joy and adulation from all who have attended. And I am proud to say that not one incident has occurred with over 1000 riders being there every Thursday night. Once again, Thanks to everyone for making this a fantastic event, for respecting the facility and allowing us to keep the door open for possibly doing this again in the Fall. Stay tuned to the newsletter for updates. Click Here to sign up.

For those of you that attended last week and were turned away at McFadden's, we apologize for the inconvenience. Unbeknownst to Westgate or myself, McFadden's apparently has a very strict dress code that includes no bandana's, boots, leather jackets or vest,  plain white t-shirts, sleeveless shirts, tank tops, chains, team jersey's, beanies or baggy clothes. Other than that, you can walk right in. As far as I'm concerned, they can have whatever dress code they want to have. I could care less. There are plenty of other choices. I'm not one to beg to give my money away, it is their loss, not mine. But if they are going to participate in the festivities on Bike Night, they might want to relax some of the rules that pretty much include 90% of the riders that would be there. Just wanted to let you know in advance.

The Rocky Point Rally Is On!!! 

Yes, you heard it here first. For those of you that like to take that 60 mile ride South of the border for some fun and relaxation, you will be happy to know that The Rocky Point Rally is back on and moving forward. Some of you might have seen it listed on their web site as cancelled, but it is on again for sure. I met with the new organizers last week to get the latest information on the Rally. The Rocky Point Convention and Visitors Bureau has taken over the operations of the RPR and are busy putting together the program for the event. What we know now is that most of the festivities will take place on the Malecon downtown area and at Playa Bonita. The parade for the kids will happen again as usual and the popular concert on the beach may be extended to both Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night will also be blocked off on Calle 13 as well. The Resort Run is being considered as well as afternoon live entertainment on Sandy Beach. Should be another good year.

Ahh, but a few things have changed since last year. You have probably heard about the Swine Flu, border violence and the need for a passport. Those are all things that have been pounded in the press for the last few months. Well, the Swine Flu never really got going the way the disease control thought is was going to, that is why it is now relegated to page 20 instead of page 1. It looks like that threat has passed. The border violence that you hear about is mostly in Texas. Some exists in Nogales, but after going to Rocky Point and passing through the Lukeville border crossing into Sonora fairly often for the last 4 years, I have only heard of one incident in that entire time. Even Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard came on TV and said that he was going to Rocky Point for spring break. The press has used a broad brush on Mexico violence and Rocky Point has gotten swept up in it for no good reason. Even the U.S. Dept. of State Travel site does not list Rocky Point as a dangerous place to go. 

Now that you are not fearful of getting the swine flu or mugged at the border, and are ready to go have some fun on the beach at the Rocky Point Rally, how do you get back across the border? It is easy to get into Mexico. Just pull up to the border, get a green light and off you go. But getting back in the United States now takes a little more effort. As of June 1st, 2009, you now have to have a passport or passport card to get back into the states from either Canada or Mexico.

So what is the difference between a passport and a passport card? The passport card is the wallet-size travel document that can only be used to re-enter the United States at land border-crossings or sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The card provides a less expensive, smaller, and more convenient alternative to the passport book for those who travel frequently to these destinations by land or by sea. The Passport Card is proof of identity and U.S. citizenship. However, a regular U.S. Passport is still the only valid document for international air travel.

It is really no big deal to get a passport card. All you have to do is go to a post office that processes passports. Click Here to find one in your area. Just put in your zip code and click the search button. All you will need to do is fill out a form, supply two passport photo's (taken either at the passport agency, post office, Walgreen's, Costco, or other official passport photo places), show an original birth certificate and a valid driver's license or other official form of identification. It takes 4-6 weeks to get your card delivered to you. Or you can pay for an expedited service that will be 2-3 weeks. A passport and a passport card can be applied for with the same paperwork. Click Here to see how to apply for your card. The cost for a passport card for someone over 16 years old is $20 for application fee and $25 execution fee plus the cost for your photo. A full passport book for international air travel will cost $100. For everything you need to know about a passport card, go to the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Now that you are on your way to getting a passport card to get back home, now you will need a place to stay while you are at the Rally. There are several choices with condos on Sandy Beach or at some of the various hotels around. Any condo on Sandy Beach would be a good choice. If you are going with a large group, you can even rent some of the 3000 sq. ft. beach homes at Las Palmas that are a great value right now especially when split between 3 couples. Condo prices are also very reasonable there right now. If you want to be at the hub of activity for the Rally, stay at the Playa Bonita Hotel. Another favorite hotel is the Penasco Del Sol. It has just been remodeled and is really nice. One of the more popular places to find a room is Sea Side Reservations. Another good resource is the Rocky Point Convention and Visitors Bureau. And of course there is good old google search. Just search "rocky point lodging".

You now know how to get your passport and find a place to stay, it's time to start emailing your group and see who wants to make the trip. This year the Rocky Point Rally is the first week of November, the 5th - 8th. I will bring you updates in the newsletter as I get them and you can also go to . This page will start updating in the next few days.

There will be a presence in Rocky Point this year. Will let you know soon what we are doing. I look forward to seeing you there.

If you have never been to the Rally and would like to see what it is all about, I have a couple of videos that are very entertaining and several photos.  

Rocky Point Rally Video 2006
Rocky Point Rally Video 2005 (Featuring Music from Mogollon)
Photos from 2008
Photos from 2007
Photos from 2006

Highlights This Week 

Saturday, July 4th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Free Appreciation Breakfast.
A SPECIAL DAY for a FREE Breakfast.

This Week

Saturday, July 4th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Free Appreciation Breakfast. A SPECIAL DAY for a FREE Breakfast. Taking a ride Saturday morning? Stop by Arrowhead HD for a free breakfast on your way out of town. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson wants to invite EVERYONE to a customer appreciation breakfast on Saturday, July 4th from 8:30am till 10:00 am. Join us for a FREE pancake, sausage and egg breakfast served up by Big D's Flippin Cakes. Thank you for all your support and business! Ride by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson This Saturday for a free breakfast. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria. 623-247-5542. 


Kimmy says the Summer Biker Information Guides are at the shops. Stop by and pick one up. They are also available in CA, NV, ID, WA and CO in the West. Look for those editions if you are going through those states this summer.
Once again, someone doing something stupid. This video will make you feel the pain. Click Here to View
Animal videos are always good. See what happens when the family dog gets a little too excited to see Grandma. Click Here to View. 

Video of the Week
This Video has been around for a while, but is a very funny ventriloquist talking about marriage with an old mannequin. You will enjoy.  Click Here to View. 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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