Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Welcome to Monsoon Season in Arizona. Yep, it is that time of year that pretty much stinks for riding motorcycles. Not only is the heat index and humidity at increased levels, but if you are heading North to get some relief, you never know what thunderstorm you are going to run into. I guess that is why they make rain suits. But that's OK, sometimes half the fun is trying to not get nailed by one of these nasty storms. But if you have been riding in Arizona very long, I'm sure you have had a taste of these at least once.
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that after a 2 year break since our California trip, Mrs. C. and I were planning another motorcycle ride. Well, that time is now upon us. The in-laws are arriving tomorrow to enjoy some of our fine weather and stay with the house. Hopefully this time they will bring their paint brushes and do the inside. This year we decided to head up to the Great Northwest and Canada, AAY! I asked for suggestions from riders and those of you that had ideas really came through. It made planning much easier and hopefully will keep us from chasing those stops that sound good on paper, but just end up being a little bit better than seeing the world's largest frying pan.
This time we are going to start our ride in Seattle. Due to the fact that we only have 8 days to spend on the road, we decided make the most of those days and spend it riding in areas that we wanted to see. So we are doing our own version of Harley's Fly and Ride. We have shipped Mrs. C's bike to Seattle where we will fly into on Friday morning. Arriving at 10am we will take a short 4 mile cab ride to Downtown Harley-Davidson to pick up the bike. From there we will head straight to our first stop in Whistler, British Columbia, home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Day 2 will take us on a 240 mile loop through Lillooet. From there we will follow the Fraser River through Lytton, Hope and back to Vancouver where we will hopefully catch the last ferry to Departure bay on Vancouver Island. If all goes well, we will then ride 60 miles and end the 2nd day in Victoria, BC. If you have an interest in Victoria, here is a 7 minute video you can watch.
After day 2 (and maybe even before if we don't catch the ferry) everything after that is a crap shoot. We have no reservations and with all of the stops, we are not even sure how far we will make it each day. From Victoria we will take the ferry to Port Angeles and make our way to Portland to take a ride around Mt. Hood, Multnomah Falls and the old Columbia Hwy (click on the photos button on this page) through the Columbia River Gorge. From there it will be back up 26 to the coast of Oregon. On the way down the coast of Oregon we will take one little route inland to see some of the many covered bridges. From there we will continue down the coast of California to through the redwoods and the Avenue of the Giants and then on to Monterey on Friday to stay the night with a friend. From there it will be back to the warm weather of Phoenix. I have checked the forecasts in the areas that we are going and believe it or not, Canada will be the hottest place we will see at 100 degrees. The coast is predicting sunny and low 70's with inland in the 80's.
I was going to try and update the site with pics and text along the way, but connections and time will just be too unpredictable. With limited time available, my main focus is to pile on as many miles as we can, see as much as we can see, take as many pictures and video as possible, and share it all with you when we return. Hopefully it might be a trip for you to duplicate. But I will give you an update of our progress in next week's newsletter.
Things are progressing rapidly for the Best of the Southwest Motorcycle
Super Show featuring Orange County Choppers. We are adding new sponsors and events every week.
I have had calls and email from all over the United States with people
that are going to attend this event. If you would like to be a vendor, email me at email@example.com . We will
be emailing vendor information in the next 2 days.
This week we are proud to announce that Circle K has signed on to be the title sponsor of the event. Along with that we will also be signing a National Touring Band to play at the venue on Saturday night. The band will be announced in the next few weeks. Along with the OCC guys with their theme bikes, the Custom Bike Builder contest, vendors and live music every day, we are working on many other aspects of the show that will be announced in the next few weeks. Tickets for the event will be $20 per day if ordered online, $25 at the door and $35 for a 3 day event pass. These will go on sale August 4th and will be available for purchase online at www.cyclerides.com .
See The "Extras" column below for more entertaining items.
This Week's Events
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 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 Cyclerides.com 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.
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 Cyclerides.com 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.
Saturday and Sunday
Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon. Now opening at 6:00AM for Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. All of us are looking for that quick getaway out of town for an early morning breakfast on
the weekends, or a good stop on our way up North. The Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon is the perfect place for that and they are inviting
all motorcycle riders to stop by for a good old fashioned breakfast on the patio or a cool drink on the way home.
Sundays feature a $6.99 all you can eat breakfast including drinks and any day you can get my personal favorite
1/2 order of biscuits and gravy for $1.95. This is a great dish. Breakfast starts at 7:00am. Pioneer is also open
for lunch and dinner until 9:00 pm. On Saturday nights Canyon Walls plays from 7pm - 11pm. Pioneer is
also a great place to get your group together for a sunset dinner ride. Sit out on the patio or the air conditioned
dining room. Click Here for the complete menu. If you are organizing a ride, it is the perfect place for a ride end. Pioneer
is located just 1 mile North of the Carefree Highway exit on I-17 at Pioneer Rd. exit 225. For private parties
call Joey at 602-696-5245 or 623-465-1821.
Hungry Bear Roadhouse In Mayer. Many of you remember Hailey's Grill in Mayer, AZ. Hailey's went out of business last fall and the building was purchased by the owners of Grand Canyon Harley and has re-opened as The Hungry Bear Roadhouse. The Roadhouse has been completely remodeled to provide meeting rooms for motorcycle groups or any special events. The usable space has now been expanded to the front patio. You can now sit out on the huge patio and eat your breakfast or lunch and watch the bikes roll in for a weekend ride. There will be tables and chairs as well as stools next to the railing to relax and enjoy your favorite beverages. Roadhouse hours are 8:00am - 10:00pm. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be served. Stop by the Hungry Bear on your rides to Prescott. More Info at: 928-632-4211.
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 – 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 - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
A lot of you know Waldo, who has been on the motorcycle seen in Arizona for a long time. His daughter Charity, which a lot of us have seen grow up, is going in the Air Force and Waldo is throwing a big going away party for her and inviting all of their friends. Here are the details direct from Waldo: Saturday, July 24- "Off We Go Into The Wild Blue Yonder". Charity (Waldo's Baby Girl) is leaving for the Air Force in August (& she's turning 18 too). We're throwing a going away/birthday party for her. It'll be an all-nighter starting in the early evening at Pioneer Saloon (623 465-1821), next to the Pioneer Living History Museum (623 465-1052), 3901 W Pioneer Rd in Pioneer, AZ (off I-17, Exit 225) north of Phoenix. Bike Parking out back by the party, Live Music both inside & outside (MYKLOS will be outside), No-Host Bar, Dinner Specials, Drink Specials, Fun, & Games. Plan to bring a blanket, spend the night, wake up, have breakfast, & go home when the sun chases you out on Sunday morning. Come on out, party, & wish Charity the best. FMI: 602 789-9702.
Friday - Sunday
July 30th - August 1st
Too Broke For Sturgis. Presented by ABATE of Arizona at Mormon Lake Lodge in Mormon Lake, AZ. Poker Run, Bike Games, Bike Show, 50/50, Wet T-Shirt, Tattoo Contest, Kids Games. The band, MYKLOS will be down at the arena. Bike Show entry is $5. Food will be available 7am-9pm on Friday & 7am-10pm on Saturday (coffee will be available both days starting at 6am). Beer will be sold for $2. Admission is $15 (12 & under free), Day Pass is $10, Camping is included in the price. Rooms are available for a 10% discount (if you mention ABATE), Call 928 354-2227 or fax 928 354-2356 and mention ABATE. RV Spots for $19/day. Vendors are welcome for $75, which includes two event entries. FMI: 480 855-3395, Vendors call: 602 335-1310 or 480 855-3395 or email: email@example.com
Saturday, July 31st.
Bikers Against Child Abuse. This event is to raise money for abused children in our community. The run starts at the Steel Horse in Phoenix at 1948 W. Bell Rd. Auction, Raffles, 50/50 and Poker Run. Registration at 7pm, depart at 8pm. $15 entry fee includes a T-Shirt to the first 100 riders. For more information call Ann at 801-368-1344.
Looking for something to do over Labor Day Weekend? The Rally In The Rockies will be a place to get out of the heat in Ignacio, Colorado. The event this year will be held September 2nd - 6th. All Bikes are Welcome. There will be Afternoon And Evening Concerts including BTO and Molly Hatchet, Poker Runs, Biker Field Events, Harley-Davidson Demo Fleet, Biker Bull Busting, Various Contests, Bike Parade, Nearly 200 Vendors and much more. For all of the details and information go to http://www.rallyintherockies.com/.
Happy Camper RV & Cycle Trailer Rentals. If you are planning to trailer your bikes to Sturgis, Daytona, Four Corners, or other rallies…you will love Happy Camper RV's enclosed Haulmark Hi-Low motorcycle trailers. Whether your vacation plans are to Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, or our local National Parks of Arches, Bryce, Grand Canyon, or Zion's, renting a motorhome, travel trailer, pop-up tent, toy hauler or cycle trailer from Happy Camper RV will help assure your scenic journey will be one to remember! Check out Happy Camper RV's website to view their complete inventory of motorhome and trailer rentals. For information, call 623-322-8401. www.happycamperaz.com.
I ran across this video of athletes that didn't quite complete their assigned task.
It will make you go AHHH! It is only 2 mb so anyone can view it. Click Here.
Here is a 1 mb video from a camera at an intersection that shows a real car wreck. Watch the guy walking across the street in the upper left of the screen. Pretty amazing. Click Here.
This has been getting tremendous press. I even saw an interview with the guy who created this on CNN this morning. They even played 30 seconds of this on Channel 12 News last night. It is a really funny parody on Bush and Kerry to the tune of This Land Is My Land. It is very funny and worth the download. For some reason the site takes a while to load. So hang in there. For dial up users it could take a while to start playing. Click Here to view.
I had this in last week, but it got so much interest I decided to run it again. This
is Hilarious! It is a parody about Onstar for blondes. This one
is called Blondestar. It is about a woman that calls Blondestar to tell them that she has locked her keys on the
"Outside" of her car. Very funny. It is a 1:14 long 1.2 mb .mp3 file that anyone should be able to download
and listen to. Click
Here to listen.
As for me this weekend. I will be in Canada for the beginning of our 8 day ride.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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