Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, after 10 days of being in areas of bad cell phone service and no email, I am back to my routine. The last few days have put me right back into reality. The only bad thing about a 3000 miles, 10 day ride around the Country is that it has to end. But if you do it right, you've got a lot of things to recall when those work days get a little long. After going through the first 500 of the 1500 photos I took, to decide which ones get posted on the site, I have had a chance to relive a few of the days.
As I mentioned in last week's letter, we started our ride in Washington. We had the bike shipped to Downtown Harley-Davidson in Seattle via Valley Transportation Group here in Phoenix. They did a great job in getting the bike there in perfect condition and exactly on time, I would highly recommend them to ship a bike and I will use them again. Downtown Harley-Davidson was very helpful in coordinating the arrival of the bike, a task which they said they do all the time for Harley owners all over the United States that want to ride in the Northwest. After a short 4 mile ride in a cab from the airport to the dealership, we strapped on the bag and were on our way to Canada by 11:00 am EH!
One of the enjoyable things about riding cross country for me is the interaction with people. I love pulling into a gas station or Country Store and talking to the locals. It seems as though everyone is intrigued by the thought of traveling on a motorcycle. But some of the questions they ask are kind of funny. They will walk up to the bike and look at the T-Bag strapped to the back and say: "Are you traveling?" Nope, just taking a few T-shirts out for a ride around the block. Or they will walk up and look at the tank that says Harley-Davidson and say: "Is that a Harley?" Nope, we just painted Harley-Davidson on there to see if anyone would notice. I lost track of how many times we answered those 2 questions. But the interaction is what makes it fun.
We crossed the Canadian border at around 3:00 pm and got acclimated to the change in road signs. Everything was in kilometers. I have to admit, when I saw that first speed sign that said 100, I got a little excited, until I realized that really means about 65 miles per hour. Between the currency difference and the distance and speed being quoted in Kilometers, I was pretty tired of doing the math after about 500 miles in this country. We made our way to Whistler by around 6:00 pm. Wow! What a beautiful place this is. The village of Whistler, nestled in between the Whistler/Blackcombe mountains is built to look like a mini Switzerland. They did a great job of master planning this area, and it has just about every outdoor activity you can think of. In fact, one of the outdoor activities particularly caught my eye. I showed the flyer to Mrs. C. and she said: "You are not going to do that are you?" I said yes, I think I am. So we hopped on the bike and headed 8 miles South of Whistler and traveled 2 miles on a dirt road to the 160 foot bridge that was the home of Whistler Bungee.
It is kind of interesting how something can look good on paper, but when you actually are standing there, 160 feet above the rapids, contemplating stepping off of a perfectly good bridge, excitement turns to fear. That is pretty much what happens on your first bungee jump. And of course, I unknowingly did it the scariest way the first time, falling off backwards. Here is what it looks like from 160 foot above the rapids watching a guy who is questioning what he just did. Mrs. C. took a great shot. After doing that, I decided to go again, this time experiencing it from the "Swan Dive" position. This way was filled with adrenaline as you could see the water getting closer to you by the millisecond. What a rush that was! Mrs. Cyclerides wasn't sure at first, but decided to join me as well. She stepped right up and jumped off forward. She had no desire to go again, but said it was awesome. I did a cool little 4 minute video with music that I think you will enjoy. Click Here for broadband or cable and Click Here for 56K dialup. To see more bungee pictures click on Day 2 below.
Once we got our little adrenaline charge from Whistler Bungee, we were on our way for our 270 mile ride through the Lillooet Mountain range in Southern British Columbia. This is an absolutely beautiful ride as you go through farm land and then right through and around massive mountains and cliffs while paralleling rivers most of the way. But if you are looking to get out of the heat in the Summer, you will be surprised. It was 110 degrees in Lillooet when we were there, and they said that is normal. But, it was a dry heat, so we felt right at home. After getting a late start due to the Bungee jumping, we went through Hell's Canyon and the 7 tunnels between Lyton and Hope and got into Hope, BC. at about 9:00 pm. Along the way I found that a long lost ancestor by the same name had a started a small business in Yale, BC. Here it is. We finally made it back to West Vancouver at 11:30 pm that night.
After 2 days of riding 596 miles and tackling more twisties than I could count, at 10 am on Day 3 we were boarding the ferry for the 12 mile, 90 minute cruise to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. This is not a ferry that I was expecting. This is more like a cruise ship than a ferry. It had a full restaurant, gift shop, and just about every convenience you could think of. And the good news was that motorcycles got preferential treatment. You didn't have to wait in the long line of cars to board the ship. We were the first on and the first off. Now that is what I call motorcycle friendly. We disembarked in Nanaimo and made the 60 mile ride to Victoria. Victoria is one of those cities that is filled with history and seems like you have gone back 100 years in time. They have many of their old buildings including the Empress and the Parliament building that was built in the early 1900's. There is plenty to do here, but we decided to take a little ride, a walk around town and just sit on the balcony of the hotel and enjoy the view. I would recommend the Laurel Point Inn in Harbor Bay. It is a little pricey, but the view is worth the extra cost. If you wanted to spend an extra couple of days here, there would be plenty to do, but we came to ride. So the next day we were off again. I will bring that to you next week.
One of the funniest things that we encountered was the dialect of the locals in Canada. We had watched Mike Myers and Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live do their skits on the Great White North, but had never experienced it in person. Canadians really do say EH? after every sentence. It got so comical that we started to join in. I couldn't figure out exactly what it meant, then I saw a T-Shirt in a window that pretty much explained it all. It said that it is a Canadian term for right? okay? please, maybe, thank you, how about it?, don't you?. Used after a statement or question. Said with spirit and pride even to Americans and other visitors. Why do we Canadians say EH? It's better than saying HUH!
Next week I will take you through the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, and the coast of Oregon and California. There will be more maps and pictures of the ride.
Click Here for the Maps and Pictures of the first 3 days. Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.
Click Here for the Video of the Bungee Jumping. Broadband or Cable, or Dialup.
I will have a Best Of The Southwest update featuring Orange County Choppers in next week's letter. We are still finalizing agreements with the ticketing agency. We have had over 115 requests for vendor packets and they will be going out on Thursday. Check www.cyclerides.com for updates throughout the week.
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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, August 14th
AZ Rider Motorcycle News 5th Anniversary Party. This will take place at the Oxbow Saloon, 607 W Main Street in Payson, AZ. Doors open at 1pm. Vendors, Raffles, Giveaways, Live Music (by Jaded), Food & Libation available. All riders, motorcycles, & colors are welcome. Info at: 480 921-0244 or Click Here for the flyer.
Saturday, August 14th
Ride For Recovery Motorcycle Show & Rally. Payson First Church of the Nazarene, Church Of The Nazarene, 928 474-5890, 114 East Cedar Lane in Payson, AZ. Bike Show, Vendors, Refreshments & a ride through downtown Payson. Event entry is free. $10 to enter your bike in the bike show. Benefits "Celebrate Recovery", a Christian Program helping people through life's hurts, hang-ups, & addictions.
Saturday, August 21st.
Yavapai County A.B.A.T.E. Presents Annual Chili Cook Off and Poker Run. Starts at Phil and Sandy's Tavern located at 8172 Long Mesa Dr., Prescott Valley, AZ. Entry fee for Poker Run is $10 single, $15 couple. Sign up for poker run 9am - 10am. Door Prizes, 50/50, Raffle and Live Music 4 till 7pm. Sign up for Chili Cook Off from 12:00 -1:00. For more info. call Pat Rogers at 928-639-4675.
I know we have all seen and heard a lot about the events on 9-11. But these people have put together one heck of a video named "Stand Down" that takes you from that day till now. There is footage that I had not seen before. And the last 3 minutes of the video is some very cool military flying shots. It is worth the download. Click Here to view.
Happy Camper RV & Cycle Trailer Rentals. If you are planning to trailer your bikes to 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.
As for me, I am still laying low for a while taking short trips around town. Keep an eye on the event calendar for new listings that will be going up this week.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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