Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
8/18/04
 
Greetings Riders,
 
I left you last week in Victoria, BC at the end of the first 3 days of our 10 day, 3000 mile ride through British Columbia and the West Coast. In last week's newsletter I displayed 200 Photos and a Video of our Bungee Jumping experience in Whistler, BC. Click the link for the new improved video. This week, it looks like I am going to surpass that number with over 250 photos from the next three days. After taking over 1500 photos on the trip, it is kind of hard to narrow them down, but I am trying to display to you the ones that will give you a feel for the areas that we rode and hopefully they can even tell a story without explanation. Another difficult task that I am finding is that I have to reign in my excitement from the trip and try and give you 10 pages of stories in 4 paragraphs. I will do my best to keep you interested and entertained.
 
On Monday morning, after a night of luxury in the Laurel Point Inn, we arose early to catch the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles, Washington. It's kind of funny how our attitudes and habits can change when we are on a cross country ride. I'm not a morning person at home, but on the road I was awake at 6:00am every morning ready to get up and go. Amazing the difference in attitude when choosing between going to work or taking a 350 mile ride through beautiful unknown territory. One tip about the ferry in Victoria is that you have to go through U.S. Customs and you need to be there at least 2 hours prior to departure to get in line. They only take 8 bikes on this ferry. We were number 5 in line and made the 1 1/2 hour cruise to Port Angeles where we were on our way to Portland, OR.
 
I called Day 4 a travel day. That is a day spent getting to where we wanted to go. The ride down the 101 along the inner bay in Washington is not a bad one, it is just a little redundant after 93 miles of the same twisties and scenery. Our main goal was to get to Portland and then to the Old Columbia River Hwy. off of I-84. This is a beautiful ride where you experience 7 different falls including the 600 foot Multnomah Falls. From there we continued on scenic I-84 that parallels the huge Columbia River and ended day 4 at Hood River, OR. A very cool little town on the banks of the River. I would recommend the Best Western Hood River. It is right on the river with a great view. Day 4 ended with 300 miles.
 
Day 5 was a highlight of the trip. We started the day with breakfast in Hood River and then made our way to the old Columbia Gorge Hotel built in 1921 that is on the National Historic Register. This is a beautiful hotel with incredible views of the river. It is worth the stop. We were then on our way South on Hwy. 35 toward Mt. Hood. Oregon is an excellent State in which to ride. I could have spent three days just riding around there. There is a lot of fruit farming there, the rolling hills are beautiful, and it seems that the ominous Mt. Hood is present in almost every view. This area is excellent riding. We continued on Hwy. 26 to Portland where it was 95 degrees and then onto the coast of Oregon where we were met with a thick layer of fog and 58 degrees, all in a mere 60 miles. Day 5 ended at Tillamook, Oregon freezing our rears off after riding 308 miles.
 
Day 6 was the beginning of 3 days of coastal riding down coastal Hwy 101. We started the day with breakfast and a tour of the Tillamook Cheese factory which was interesting. We were then off to the fog and the Three Capes Scenic route to really get a feel for coastal living. One of the historic aspects of the coast of Oregon is all of the Lighthouses that are still standing. It is a real treat to view and to visit them. Another stop that I would recommend are the Sea Lion Caves, just North of Florence. You take an elevator down 300 feet below Hwy. 101 to view the sea lions.
 
As with anything you do for the first time, your recollection and fondness of the area is always going to be remembered by the weather that you encountered. With that being said, I am not going to remember the coast of Oregon with high regard. For three straight days we were riding through fog, mist, high winds and temperatures reaching a blistering 63 degrees. You can see by the pictures the gloom that was present in almost every picture. But with that being said, on a nice clear warm sunny day, I would think that this would be a sensational ride. The entire coast of Oregon is mostly old cities that have been there since the early 1900's and are still there for a variety of reasons including fishing, logging and some tourism. But it is definitely a ride through the past when going through these many small towns on coastal Hwy 101 in Oregon. We ended day 6 in Gold Beach, OR after riding 288 miles of coastal twisties.  
 
That is about as concise as I can put it. The pictures will tell the rest of the story. As I mentioned above, I have posted about 250 pictures from the 3 days which I feel captivates the essence of the ride. When you go to the photo pages click F-11 on your keyboard to go to full screen mode and then click next to view the pictures. If you missed last week's photos, Here is a link to last week's newsletter. Click Here for All 6 Days Photos. Stay tuned next week for the next three days and the story on the fantastic "Lost Coast Highway" ride just outside of Eureka, CA.
 

 
OCC Update:
After several delays it looks like tickets will go on sale the middle of next week. If you are looking for a vendor spot, please email me at info@cyclerides.com for a vendor agreement.
 

 Be sure and check the Extras column below for more information and the "Readers Rides".
 
This Week's Events 

Wednesday 

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
 
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. Sunday.

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.  

Sunday

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 Ė Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or
Sugarís Pancakes Ė You wonít eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Canít 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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

This Week
 
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.
 
Next Week
 
The Ride Calendar for September and October are really filling up with quality events. Check both calendars on www.cyclerides.com . There will be plenty of opportunities for things to do with all of the Harley Dealerships having their new model introduction parties in the month of September. Take a look.
 
Saturday, August 28th
Choir Boys Ride For The Families. Here is a good excuse to get out of the heat for a day a take a ride to cooler country. Wind through the tall cool pines of the Arizona high country into the historic town of Jerome...journey through the lush Verde Valley...experience the red rocks of Sedona...and it's all for charity. Registration is from 9:30 - 11:00 at Grand Canyon Harley in Mayer, AZ. 10434 Highway 69. Continental breakfast provided by Hungry Bear Roadhouse. $20 per rider, $35 per couple. Includes poker hand, shirt and ride pin. 50/50, Raffle and Silent Auction. Live music at the Highway Cafe in Sedona. Proceeds benefit the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center.
 
August 28th - September 11th
Spirit of America Ride for Kids. Spirit of America Ride for Kids Worldwide travels from Napa, California to Ground Zero, New York City. Fifteen days on the road riding from Coast to Coast, visiting all parts of America. The United States of America in full living color from your handle bars, as we wander over hills, through valleys, up and over several mountain ranges, crossing rivers, passing lakes, cruising through miles of farmland and unforgettable scenery. What better way to celebrate America! With thousand of riders, out pouring of community participation you will create millions of lasting memories. Be part of this incredible event-join us on the  Spirit of America Ride for Kids Worldwide! For more information on this ride go to www.spiritofamericaride.com .
 
Upcoming Events
 
I have had some emails asking if we were going to do the "Toys To Kids Ride" again this year. And the answer is YES! It was such a rewarding time for everyone involved last year that we are anxious to do it again. This year the ride will be on Saturday, December 4th. We will again have 200 kids with us at the event to receive your toys and are working on the entertainment for the kids and for the riders. So mark December 4th on your calendar for the Toys To Kids Ride. If you missed last year's ride, Click Here for photos. Click Here for the Video Page.
 
Another ride that I am a sponsor of in conjunction with Superstition Harley-Davidson is the Special Olympics Arizona Activities Run. I have always wanted to do a run that would break the mold of the typical Poker Run by inserting several everyday sports including shooting a basketball or throwing darts to accumulate points, but have not had the time to organize it. Ed LeClere and Superstition H.O.G. have taken this idea and made it happen. The run is on October 23rd beginning at Superstition Harley and ending at Cooperstown with activity stops along the way. I can't wait to participate in this run. Plan to attend this inaugural Activities Run on October 23rd. Should be fun. Click Here for all of the details.  
 
Extras
 
There are now over 120 riders that have shared pictures for the Readers Rides pictorial page. It is really interesting to see where you have been. I know a lot of you have gone to Sturgis and probably have some great pics to share. If you have something taken next to a landscape, sign or monument to show where you have ridden, email the photo and description of where it was taken to info@cyclerides.com .
 
Apparently there is a big difference between "Free Speech" and "Free Enterprise". Linda Ronstadt found that out at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas a few weeks ago when she was shown the door for political remarks she made on stage about the war in Iraq. So for good measure, Michael Moore decided to get involved and try and flex his muscle with the President of the Aladdin Hotel. It didn't work. If this is true, it is entertaining. If it is not, it is still entertaining. Read the letter that Moore sent to Bill Timmins and then Timmins response. Click Here for the text.
 
Rally in the Rockies, Las Vegas Bikefest and the riding season is close at hand. It's time to get your bike ready for the season with tires, tuning and general maintenance. Call Custom Performance to make an appointment to get your bike dyno tuned and inspected to make sure your bike is operating at its best. Custom performance 623.879.8488  http://www.fastbikesaz.com
 
As for me, last Thursday night I had a little issue of too much torque for the belt. As I gently shifted into second gear, while maintaining well under the posted speed limit, my belt snapped. Can't figure out why that keeps happening. As I was coasting to a stop I was left on the side of the road watching 15 of my buddies ride on down Scottsdale Rd. Mrs. C. finally recognized that I was missing and came back for the rescue. That will be my last broken belt as I am going to a chain.  
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com
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