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***Some of you might have heard about a motorcycle rider getting a ticket for riding in the HOV lane by a Gilbert Police officer. A $300 ticket at that! I have already been alerted to the situation and have talked to the rider that got the ticket. It seems as though there might be some gray area in the interpretation of this law, but I am working on getting to the bottom of this with our MMA and ABATE representatives. I will give you an update on this situation in next week's letter. ***
When I left you last week we were just leaving Banff in our rear view mirror on Wednesday Morning. If you missed last week's letter about Banff, Click Here. Or Click Here to view the photos. Sometimes in trips you have days that are not going to be very interesting and I call those "moving days", that is to get from one riding area to the next. Wednesday was one of those days. Our goal today was to knock off as many miles as possible to get them behind us. So we settled for 430 miles stopping in Great Falls, MT. where we knew for sure that we could get a motel room.
We took the Trans Canada Hwy. 1 out of Banff to Calgary and Hwy. 2 from Calgary to the United States Border at Port of Piegan, MT. We then followed Hwy. 89 until we got detoured near Glacier Park onto County Road 464 in the middle of nowhere that appeared to be closer to the moon than civilization to where we picked up 89 again on into Great Falls, MT. One good thing about Southern Canada and Northern Montana is that if you ever need to blow some carbon out of your engine, this would be the place to do it, as all there is out there is miles and miles of roads to seemingly nowhere. I am happy to report that there was not a spec of carbon left in the Road Glide motor after that 100 mile trek across the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
However, gas mileage did suffer a bit. In fact, it suffered so much that I almost committed the unforgivable sin of "running out of gas". Fortunately I had the GPS to tell me where the nearest gas station was and I nervously watched it click down the last 10 miles as the motor sputtered in the driveway on my way to putting 5.2 gallons of gas in my 5 gallon tank. That was a stressful situation. Glad I had the GPS to tell me how far I was going to have to push it.
We were excited to get going on Thursday morning as we knew that the Beartooth Pass would be our main attraction for the day . We continued South on 89 through the Lewis and Clark National Forest to Hwy. 90 where I finally got a shot of some wildlife. I couldn't quite identify what it was, but the sign said there were more in the back. Hwy. 89 was great as I got a lot of pics of old barns. We then took Hwy. 78 to Red Lodge, Montana.
Red Lodge is a really neat little town that sits on the East side of the Beartooth Pass on Hwy. 212. Red Lodge is a year round destination for snow related sports in the Winter and motorcycling the Pass in the Summer. I don' know all the history of Red Lodge, but you can tell that there is plenty there. We stopped at the local Beartooth Harley dealer for a shirt and then had lunch at the Bridge Creek Backcountry Kitchen where Road Glides seemed to be the bike of choice.
After lunch we pointed the GPS West to follow Hwy. 212 that would take us through the Custer and Shoshone National Forests and the Beartooth Pass, a road that Charles Kuralt called "America's most beautiful highway". I've been on a lot of beautiful roads the last 5 years and I'm not quite sure that I would agree with Charles on his accolades of the Beartooth Highway. I personally would put the "Road to the Sun" in Glacier Park and maybe a couple more ahead of this one.
I found this road to be more amazing than beautiful. Sure, it was a very pretty ride, but I found the road to be more incredible than beautiful, just by the fact that someone actually went out there and built a road through that high altitude rugged terrain. It is hard to explain until you have seen it, so I made an illustration from my Garmin map on the computer to show you what I mean. This illustration shows that you have to meander up the side of the mountain for 8.7 miles on road just to go 1.3 miles as the crow flies. Click Here to view. What made me even look at this is because as we were going up the hill, I could see on the GPS that we were putting on the miles, but my distance to destination seemed to barely change. Now I know why. When you are riding up it from the East side you can really see how the road is hanging off the side of the mountain and what a feat it must have been to build it.
Nearing the top, we caught one of the quick changes in weather as it started to rain while the temperature hit as low as 53 degrees. This is also where you will get a good look at Island Lake and really see how rugged this area is. At our highest point, we were at 11,020 feet just about 1/2 mile across the Wyoming border. The West side of the Beartooth Highway is more of a gradual descent with a changing landscape of boulders, meadows and flowers. They say it is even Grizzly Bear Country, but of course we didn't see any.
Here are some facts about the Beartooth Highway:
Since its completion in 1936, the Highway has provided millions of visitors a rare opportunity to see the transition from a lush forest ecosystem to alpine tundra in the space of just a few miles.
The Beartooth area is one of the highest and most rugged areas in the lower 48 states, with 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation. Glaciers grace the north flank of nearly every towering mountain peak.
It is 50 miles of driving miles from Red Lodge to the start of the Chief Joseph Highway and 34 miles as the crow flies.
When we reached the West side of the Beartooth we took the 63 mile ride on the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway 296 to Cody, Wyoming. This is a great road to ride and is very enjoyable. It has plenty of curves and elevation changes too, but not as drastic as the Beartooth. Cody is a cool little town with plenty of history as it was named after Buffalo Bill Cody, one of the more famous Americans in the late 1800's. You can find an active Main St. and a huge museum of Bill Cody and Old West memorabilia. Even though it is all about the ride and the miles for me, sometimes I wish I would budget a little more time to take in a few things like this.
The ride through the Beartooth Highway and Chief Joseph Highway is definitely something that I would recommend incorporating into your travel plans sometime in the future, possibly on your way to Sturgis or coming back. Both routes are extremely good riding and memorable, something that I would do again. Take a look at all of the photos from Wednesday and Thursday of our trip that include Red Lodge, Beartooth Highway, Chief Joseph Highway and Cody, Wyoming and my assortment of old barns and buildings.
Next week I will bring you the last 4 days of the trip that include Sturgis and Surrounding Cities, Mt. Rushmore, Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Rd. There are some fantastic pictures in this group. You won't want to miss these.
Click Here to view Photos of the Beartooth Pass Highway Trip.
Click Here to view Map of Day from Great Falls to Cody.
Click Here to view Map of Beartooth Highway.
Click Here to view Map of Chief Joseph Highway.
Red Lodge, Montana: http://www.allredlodge.com/area_info/community.php
Beartooth Highway: http://gorp.away.com/gorp/activity/byway/mt_beart.htm
Beartooth Pass: http://www.allredlodge.com/attractions/beartooth_scenic_highway.php
Chief Joseph Highway: http://www.codywyomingnet.com/attractions/chief_joseph_scenic_highway.php
Cody, Wyoming: http://www.codywyomingnet.com/area_info/community.php
Buffalo Bill Historical Museums: http://www.bbhc.org/museums/index.cfm
This Week's Bike Night Events
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.
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:
Wednesday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Friday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday Evening: Live Music with "Danny Rhodes" 1-5pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, August 26th
Buddy Stubbs Hogs and Salsa. The new 07's are HOT and so is our Salsa Party! Join us from 11am - 3pm for Delicious Mexican Food while enjoying a Mariachi Band, Pool Tournaments, 50/50 Raffles, The New 2007 Harley-Davidsons on the showroom floor, Contests and Door Prizes. Stay out of the heat and cool off with us inside. Ride by Buddy Stubbs and enjoy the festivities at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400.
Saturday, August 26th
Sanderson Ford AMP Tour. Don't miss the 2006 Sanderson Ford AMP Tour presented by Coyote Hill at the new Cardinals Stadium on Saturday, August 26th at 8pm. See the world's top MX and Gravity game riders including Mike Metzger, Nate Adams and Jimmy McNeil will rock the new Cardinals Stadium along with 16 monster trucks featuring Diggers Destruction takes on Big Foot and El Bandito. Visit MonsterTruckLive.com for more show information.
Get up close and personal on the Cardinal Stadium floor with
your favorite trucks and riders at the official Pit Party on Saturday, August 26 from 4-7pm. You can also take
a ride on one of the Monster Ride trucks. Tickets are FREE in advance at participating sponsor locations and $5
day of the show at the Box Office. Visit AMPLiveEvents.com for complete
listing of locations.
Saturday, August 26th
American Freedom Riders Ride To Secure Our Borders.
The American Freedom Riders are bringing attention to the problem of illegal immigration with a big ride scheduled for 8:00AM August 26th, at Childress Auto Mall on Camelback Rd at I-17. With pre-ride speakers Congressman J.D. Hayworth and Representative Russell Pearce they hope for a large turnout help make a statement to other politicians that they want our borders secured - now. The ride will be a lunch run to Jake's Corner and the first 300 riders will receive free American Freedom Rider T-Shirts. The public is also invited to the pre-ride ceremony. Complete details are available on the website: www.americanfreedomriders.com
This is the one time that Freedom IS Free. Free T-shirts, Free Continental Breakfast, Free Ride, Free America from Illegal Immigration.
Stage At Childress Auto Mall
Camelback Rd, 1 Block East Of I-17 Gates Open 7:00 Am,
Free (But Cheap) Continental Breakfast, Speakers TBA,
8:00 Am / Program Begins,
Ride Starts At 9:00 Am Sharp,
Free American Freedom Rider, T-Shirts To First 300 Riders, Group Ride / East on Hwy 60 to Globe, north on Hwy 88/188, along Roosevelt Lake to Jake's Corner for buffet lunch & beverage.
Individual Ride (at your pleasure) up in the pine trees to Sidewinders for lunch and beverages (if you didn't get enough at Jake's) COME RIDE WITH US, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
August30 - September 3rd
Rally In The Rockies. After 13 years of the rally being held in Ignacio, the Rally has made the decision to move to a new location. This location is called Echo Basin Ranch, just west of Durango. The 2006 Four Corners Rally in the Rockies brings a Rocky Mountain rumbling that no rally can rival! This is the ORIGINAL Thunder in the Rockies Rally. Known for our spectacular mountain riding, we also have the greatest entertainment line up and our "Everyone is Welcome" motto makes us THE annual Labor Day MUST DO rally event! Take some time and check out all the information throughout our site and make plans early - before we sell out - to attend our 2006 party!! Tickets, Tent Camping, and RV Sites are on sale now. Click Here for a listing of events. or 888-901-7701 or firstname.lastname@example.org . http://www.rallyintherockies.com
Here is a great video that every American should watch. I
did a story on the Patriot Guard a few months ago and here they are in action. This will make you proud to be a
part of the motorcycle riding community when you see what these guys are doing. Click Here to view.
The beer commercials have done it again. This is a funny one. Click Here.
Soon you will be seeing news on your gas pumps. Here is a funny little spoof called Pumpcast News. Pretty funny. Kind of a interactive candid camera. Click Here to view.
As for me this weekend, I am going to
the American Freedom Riders ride at Childress Buick on Saturday morning and see what Congressman J.D. Hayworth
will have to say about our open borders. Should be interesting as this is bound to be a hot election year issue.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,