Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
7/26/06
 
Greetings Riders,
 
As advertised in last week's letter, the Monsoon is now in full swing in the Valley. Dust storms, thunderstorms and heavy rains will be the in the grab bag of surprises for us every evening for the next few weeks. Almost sounds like a good time to be out of town, which I currently am. For the next 2 weeks I will be on the road for a little business and a needed vacation. 
 
As with any motorcycle enthusiast, I am always looking for another opportunity to find and excuse to take a ride. Last week I shipped my bike to Seattle and then flew in on Tuesday to pick it up and ride it to Spokane to do the second stop on the OCC In America Tour.  In this case, not only did I get in a good ride, I saved about $500 in shipping by dropping it in Seattle and then riding to Spokane. So I got off the plane, took the 10 minute cab ride to Downtown HD and I was on the road by 12:30pm. I set the new Garmin Quest GPS for my hotel in Spokane and I was on my way for the 6 hour 320 mile ride through the Southern part of the Cascade Loop and the Washington wheat fields. The first part of the ride was great as I road through the mountains and Stevens pass while criss crossing the Skykomish River on my way to the Bavarian town of Leavenworth . The last 100 miles it was hammer down on the Road Glide as I made my way through the dry desolate side of the State.
 
I will be here through Sunday for the event and then as I mentioned last week, we will head to the Great White North to Banff and then make our way through Montana, the Beartooth Pass, Cody and then across Wyoming to Sturgis for a few days. I want to thank all of you that gave me tips on riding in those areas. They all really help in formulating my route and seeing things that I might have missed.
 
It is going to be a busy next couple of weeks, but in 6 years of writing this letter I have not missed one yet, and I don't plan to start now. I have my laptop with me the event and I will be taking it with me. My intent is to give you some updates from the road starting with a few pictures from Banff next week and then Sturgis. I will then continue with the full report of the trip with a full complement of what I think should be some beautiful pictures of the Canadian Rockies, Columbia Ice Fields, Beartooth Pass and of course The Black Hills in South Dakota. I am really looking forward to seeing and photographing Mt. Rushmore.
 
So please bear with me as to the brevity of the letter for the next couple of week's as I try to take a little vacation while gathering some great photos and riding reports in the week's to come. If you have any more tips on the route, feel free to send them to me as I will have limited email contact for the next few days and along the way.
 
Thanks,
Barry
 

 
This Week's Bike Night Events
 
Tuesday Nights
 
Chesterís Harley Davidson Biker Night at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe!  If you are looking for some fun on a Tuesday night, With 2 outdoor patios and plenty of excitement, This place is a good time! The Tilted Kilt is home to the best Scotch-Irish experience in Arizona, with an award-winning menu, classic pub fare, and signature Kilt items sure to please any palateónot to mention twenty four globe-spanning beers on tap!  Biker Night Tuesdays also mean $3 Jack Daniels and half-price appetizers.  And, with a Tilted Kilt Biker Night Card, you receive 15% OFF your total bill.  So what are you waiting for? Come on down and have a craic with Chesterís Harley-Davidson! The Tilted Kilt is located at 660 W. Warner Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Just 1.5 miles East of I-10 on Warner Rd. 480-592-0102. Click Here for Map.
 
Thursday Night
 
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 
 
The "Hog Pen" at the Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop by the "Hog Pen" at The Roadhouse, the Hottest New motorcycle patio in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. Now Featuring a new Breakfast Buffet from 8am - Noon on Saturday! Grab a seat at the new Hog Pen bar rail and watch the bikes ride by. There is plenty of new concrete motorcycle parking right out front. 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 "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "Goodfight" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday Evening: Live Music with "Walt Richardson" 1-5pm

Sunday

Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Looking for a place to start the day for brunch or to just cool down? Enjoy Sugar Daddy's patio for brunch ordered off of the menu, a $2 Mimosa or a $4 build your own Bloody Mary bar from 10am - 4pm. You will also enjoy Live Music while dining from 10am on the patio.
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. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage 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.

This Week
 
Saturday, July 29th
Buddy Stubbs Hogs & Paradise. Looking for a party to ride to AND a place to keep cool? Stop by Buddy Stubbs and enjoy Live Music with Dok and Gal, Pool Tournament, Motorcycle Museum Tour (at 1:30pm) 50/50, Raffles and Free Food. It ALL Happens Inside! Ride by Buddy Stubbs at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400.
 
Sunday, July 30th
The Billet Bar Mid-Summer Bash. Stop by the Billet Sunday night at 7pm to enjoy Live Music with by The Chuck Hall Band and to welcome "The Hamsters", the group that you have seen profiled on Discovery Channel that will be on their way to Sturgis. The parking lot will be full of Custom Bikes for your viewing pleasure. You can also take advantage of $2.00 Heinikens and register for a free trip to Amsterdam sponsored by Heiniken. The Billet is located at 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale.
 
Extras
 
For those of you Windows Operating System fans, here is a good spoof by David Letterman about the little issues we have with our computers from time to time. Click Here.
 
Here is a funny video called Bad Day for Mom. Click Here.
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours -  Take The Ride"

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