Weekly Update


Greetings Riders,
Ever have one of those days you just can't get going? Feeling like that hamster that has run for an hour on the wheel and wonders why he is still seeing the same dead plant on the end table? Or maybe one of those days when watching that You Tube Video of the cat flushing the toilet 10 times in a row is about as intellectual as you want to get? When nothing seems to excite you and no matter how hard you try you just can't remain focused? Or have you found your motivation in defcon 5 and the thought of watching an Oprah re-run about how the menstrual cycle affects Women actually sounds like a good alternative to what you are doing right now? Ya, me too. I don't have an answer for you, just wondered if anyone else has been there. So if this newsletter is less than perfect, now you know why. Or as the Brothers Johnson used to say in the mid 70's, "Blame it on the Funk".
I guess to cure the funk, you just have to change your thoughts to something that will stoke you enough to get the blood flowing. For me it was that cool air that I felt last night and early this morning that really got me thinking about some evening riding. There is nothing much better than coming home and getting on the bike for a little evening ride this time of year. And as good timing would have it, we are just starting 2 new bike nights around the Valley. McDuffy's Thursday Bike Night in the NW Valley starts this Thursday night and features a 12,500 sq. ft. restaurant that includes 2 Outdoor Patios, 100 TV's, Large Bar area, Music, $6.99 Bike Night Menu and 1/2 Priced Drinks. I am also starting the Historic Downtown Chandler Bike Night in the SE Valley on Wednesday, September 23rd. We will have motorcycle parking and cruising on the Main St. where 6 bars and restaurants will participate with Bike Night specials. Some have outdoor patios and there will be music in the park. This night in Downtown Chandler will be all about the bikers. The closest we will have to the Westgate experience. This should be a good one. Of course don't forget the Chester's Bike Night at Toby Keith's in Mesa and the old favorite Billet Bar in Scottsdale on Thursday's. See you this Thursday at McDuffy's.


2009 Road Trip - Day 4 

Day four on our 2009 Road Trip took us from Lake Louise, Alberta Canada up the Icefields Parkway to Jasper, Alberta and back to Lake Louise. I really don't like getting into the trap of calling something the "Best Of", because we have seen a lot of beautiful landscape in the last few years, and at the time, everything seems like the "Best". But . . . If I were told I had only one more place to ride, it would probably be one last trip from Banff to Jasper on Hwy. 1 and the Icefields Parkway, also known as Hwy. 93. The scenery and the visual experience that you will enjoy on this 174 miles is about as good as it gets for mountain travel and is often mentioned as one of the best routes in all of North America. Wow, pretty big intro for a road huh? Well, it is a good one.
Our day began with beautiful blue skies and a quick breakfast at a local coffee shop in Lake Louise. Our first stop was Moraine Lake, a favorite place of ours about 9 miles from Lake Louise. This road is gorgeous and gives you a perfect view of Ten Peaks that surrounds the beautiful aqua waters of Moraine Lake. If you are in the area. Make sure to visit Moraine Lake.
From there it was back to Lake Louise for our anticipated ride to Jasper via the famous Icefields Parkway. The following words were taken from the Icefields Parkway web site. I tried, but could not say them any better. "The most spectacular journey in the world! To travel the Icefields Parkway is to experience one of Canada's national treasures and most rewarding destinations. The parkway offers easy access to one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes on Earth. This is a world-class journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, a vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, ancient glaciers, pristine mountain lakes and broad sweeping valleys. Visitors literally ride the backbone of the continent. A stunning panorama of peaks greets travelers around every corner, many over 11,000 feet."
The really cool thing about this road is that it is studded with icefields and alpine glaciers in what seems like every few miles. These are all easily viewed from the road where you will see masses of ice that are living remnants from the last Ice Age that continue to sculpt the landscape that you will be looking at as you ride the parkway. Along the way you will crest two mountain passes, the Sunwapta and Bow Pass. What you will be surprised about is that you will pass through high meadows mixed with wildflowers literally right next to alpine tundra. Quite a mix of landscape. And as always in Canada, keep a look out for wildlife as you could see everything from bighorn sheep to elk, moose and bear.
And now for a little known fun fact that you can ponder as you ride this beautiful ribbon of asphalt to the North. At 200 square kilometres, the icefield straddles the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, feeding three of the continent's major river systems which flow to the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans.
About half way up the parkway you will come across the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefield, the most famous and accessible glacier in  North America. You won't miss it on the West side of the road. It is easily within walking distance if you choose to go set foot on it. If not you can go to the visitors center across the road for some hot chocolate and view it from there. Just another few miles North you will see beautiful waterfall right next to the road, a great photo op.
Approximately 50 miles from the Athabasca Glacier, turn onto Highway 93A and take in Athabasca Falls. Here, the river's blue waters funnel into a chasm and break into a violent plume of white water with Mount Kerkeslin as a backdrop. This is a worthwhile stop and a postcard view. Continue on 93 for what I call the "back way" to Jasper. This will also take you past the road to Mount Edith Cavell, a 9 mile side trip to the mountain that sweeps upward nearly a vertical mile from the parking area.
From there, Jasper is only 4 miles away. Jasper is a turn-of-the-century railroad town and resort area that lies along the Athabasca River within sight of four mountain ranges, and a great place for a home base to spend a couple of days touring the area. Unfortunately, we only did a day trip to this area, but next time would easily spend 2 nights here to fully explore the area. Among the highlights of things to do would be the Jasper Tramway for a panoramic view of the valley below. Maligne Lake, which has got to be one of the most photographed lakes that I have ever seen. If you go, book the 90 minute cruise on the lake for the best view of the glaciated peaks that guard the southern shore. Unfortunately, we did not do this, but found out that it is something that we should definitely do the next time we are there.
Another half-day side trip would be to Mt. Robson Provincial Park which is 55 miles to the West. Mt. Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and a supposed stunner to see. And the drive to the Miette Hot Springs, 36 miles to the East of Jasper, is supposed to be one of the better wildlife spotting rides in the area. Once again, these are on our to do list for our next visit. In our short stay in Jasper, we ended up having lunch in downtown, visited Maligne Canyon, Pyramid Lake and the Fairmount Lodge, leaving many locations left unseen by us. This is why I suggest at least 2 nights, if not more in the Jasper area. Here are 14 of the "Must See" locations.
At about 4pm we headed South, back down the Icefield Parkway for our 2 hour and 45 minute ride back to Deer Lodge at Lake Louise. On our way back to the hotel, we saw a huge line of cars stopped along the road. As you will soon learn, when you see a bunch of cars stopped along the road, that means there is wildlife out having fun creating a traffic jam. In this case, there was what looked like a Grizzly Bear walking along the side of a hill next to the road. I am not exaggerating, it caused a 2 mile back up from the tourists leaving Lake Louise. Fortunately, there were only a couple of cars heading in our direction. We ended our day once again in the spa on the top of Deer Lodge over looking the glacier at Lake Louise to try and digest all that we had seen that day.
As most of you know, when you see this much in a day, it is hard to even remember half of it. But fortunately I take plenty of pictures to be able to go back and recall the highlights of the ride. As I said in the beginning, this is one of the more impressive rides that you might ever take, and don't sell it short by only spending a day or two in the area like we did. Next time I would easily budget at least 3 to 4 nights for the entire area. As always, I would recommend to Google keywords in the area for some research before you go. But this web site and the list of "Must See" locations is a good place to start for the Jasper area.
There are a lot of good photos in this group, but there are 2 that I wanted to highlight as my favorites. The Reflection and Athabasca Falls. There are many more in this collection.

These are some of the best, Click Here for 160 Gorgeous Photos.
Click Here for
Map of Icefield Parkway. Includes all the attractions along the way.

Click Here for Map of Jasper National Park and the Jasper area.


For a video tour of the Canadian Rockies, choose from many different high quality videos at Vacations Cannada TV.


Highlights This Week


NEW!!! September 17th

Bike Night Thursday at McDuffy's in Peoria.

Ride by the newest Bike Night on the West side Starting this week on September 17th. McDuffy's is one of the finest West side locations for a bike night at a single restaurant. The 12,500 Sq. Ft. McDuffy's features 2 outdoor patios, 100 TV's, a huge dining room with booths for seating, a very large area with high tops for you to easily hang out with your friends. $6.99 Bike Night Special dinner menu and 1/2 priced drinks. Come check out the first night. Click link above to see all of the pictures of McDuffy's.


Saturday, September 19th

Billet Bar "End of Summer Beach Party".

Summer is just about over and it is time to celebrate with a good old-fashioned "Beach Party" at the Billet Bar.


Friday -  Sunday, September 18-20

The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall.

A Time to Remember, to Reflect, to Heal. Free and open to the public 24 hours ad day.


This Wednesday, September 23rd
Historic Downtown Chandler Bike Night.

Presented by and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. 

Don't miss the first night of the Historic Downtown Chandler Bike Night. Motorcycle Parking on the Main St.
Bike Night Specials at 6 restaurants and bars on the block. Music, Vendors. 6-10pm. Downtown Chandler.


Bike Nights This Week


Historic Downtown Chandler Wednesday Bike Night. Presented by and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. This is a first for the City of Chandler. They are opening up 2 blocks of Historic Downtown for a Wednesday Bike Night, and what a great venue it will be. This is the closest thing we will have to a Sturgis type experience. Within this 2 blocks there are 6 restaurants and bars that are participating with bike night specials. Parking will be on San Marcos Pl., and the area just to the East. Participants will include the San Marcos Hotel with Live Entertainment in beautiful AJ's Courtyard, El Zocalo Mexican, Murphy's Law, San Tan Brewing, The Bistro at Kokopelli Winery and 98 South. There will be music on the street and Vendors will be ramping up after week 2. This first week motorcycles will be on display by our Sponsors Chandler Harley-Davidson and Ridenow Powersports. We would also like to thank Chuck Franklin Law as one of our first sponsors. We will be adding activities and vendors as the event progresses over the next couple of weeks. Downtown Chandler is located just 5.5 miles South of U.S. 60 on Arizona Ave. adjacent to Dr. AJ Chandler Park. (MAP

Please ride out and join us for the first night on Wednesday, September 23rd from 6pm - 10pm.


Chester's Harley-Davidson Wednesday Bike Night. Chester's HD invites you to Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill Bike Night every Wednesday night. If you looking to get your bike out of the garage and ride someplace where you know other riders will be, head out to Toby Keith's located in the Mesa Riverview next to Bass Pro Shop, Loop 202 and Dobson, Mesa. 6PM til Close. Live Band starts at 7PM. Free Raffle and great prizes. Half price selected appetizers, $2 wells til 7pm. $3 longnecks or $12/bucket of 5. Designated bike parking. Ride With Us and get a free Chester's koozie! Leaves Chester's at 5:30PM sharp. This is really a fun place for a bike night that includes a large outdoor patio. Great Food, Great Music, Great Place, Great Time! For more information call Chester's HD at 480-894-0404.

Thursday Night 

NEW!!! September 17th
Bike Night Thursday at McDuffy's in Peoria. Ride by the newest Bike Night on the West side Starting this week on September 17th. McDuffy's is one of the finest West side locations for a bike night at a single restaurant. The 12,500 Sq. Ft. McDuffy's features 2 outdoor patios, a huge dining room with booths for seating, a very large area with high tops for you to easily hang out with your friends, an upper level for lounging or to play pool, a very large bar and 100 TV's to watch your favorite sporting event. Not only that the dinner menu is very broad and McDuffy's has excellent food at a very good price. Bike Nights features a $6.99 Menu that includes Classic Burgers, Charbroiled Chicken Breast Burger, Buffalo Wings, Chicken Quesadilla, Nachos, Popcorn Chicken, Pizza and 1/2 Drink Pricing. Stop by for the first night on Thursday, September 17th. McDuffy's is located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. at 15814 N. 83rd Ave. 623-334-5000. Plenty of Motorcycle Parking! RAFFLES! For September Arrowhead Harley will be raffling off a set of "Games Riders Play". Harley-Davidson Folding Domino's table, a Harley Gammon Board, a Poker Chip Set and "Harleyopoly" Game set. Winner will be selected the last Bike Night in September. Octobers raffle will be a complete "Harley Cooler" set. 2010 Models will be on display.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar The Billet Bar is the place to be for the Summer nights and weekends. Set on the patio and watch the action. 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 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. 

This Week 

Friday -  Sunday, September 18-20
The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall. A Time to Remember, to Reflect, to Heal. Free and open to the public 24 hours ad day. This traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., stands eight feet high and 240 feet long. It is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 service men and women who died or are missing in Vietnam and is dedicated to all Vietnam veterans. The Wall will be displayed at Phoenix Memorial Park located at 200 W Beardsley Rd. in Phoenix, AZ.
The following is a list of activities for the 3 days:
Fri., Sept 18

9:00am Opening Ceremonies
9:00am - 9:20 Introductions
9:20am National Anthem - Bobby Freeman (Diamondbacks Organ Player & Sarge Lintecum)
9:25am Luke Air Force Base Flyover
9:27 Master of  Sarge Lintecum
9:30 Guest Speaker: J.D. Hayworth, KFYI Radio
9:45 "Reunion at The Wall" Sarge Lintecum 
10:00 Guest Speaker: Colonel Joseph Simek
10:15 Guest Speaker: Ben Jankowski
10:30  Guest Speaker: Bob Hysko, VFW Post 9400
10:45 Guest Speaker: Pauline Haney, Patriot
11:00 "Sister Soldier": Sarge Lintecum11:00am - 6:30pm Concessions are open to public
5:30pm - 6:30 Silent Auction
6:30pm - POW/MIA Ceremony: VFW Post 9400

Saturday, Sept 19
11:00am - 6:30pm Concessions are open to public
4:00pm - 6:30 Concessions are open to public
5:30pm - 6:30 Silent Auction
6:30pm - POW/MIA Ceremony: VFW Post 9400


Sunday, Sept 20
10:00am - Motorcycle Raffle

11:00am - 6:30pm Concessions are open to public
2:45pm motorcycle Salute to Vietnam Wall - ride past the Wall
2:50pm - Honor Corp. Presentation

3:35pm Graveside
3:45pm Final Call
Burial Ceremony to include 21 Gun Salute & Taps
3:50pm - Guest Speaker: Maj. General Phil Killey
4:05pm - "God Bless America" Performed by Luke AFB Honor Guard Trio.

Saturday, September 19th
Billet Bar "End of Summer Beach Party". Summer is just about over and it is time to celebrate with a good old-fashioned "Beach Party" at the Billet Bar. Wear your beach attire and come celebrate the Billet Bar 14th Anniversary. Featuring Promo models giving away free goodies and Special Guest, DJ Design. Penny Drafts, $3 3 Olives, $2 Shot Specials. Plenty of motorcycle parking. Billet is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale at 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures.


Saturday, September 19th -
NO FRILLS RIDE to Benefit Julie Jenkins. Julie Jenkins is the girl who while on her way to Too Broke For Sturgis was behind a car that struck an elk.  The elk went over the car and hit her and her boyfriend.  Her boyfriend Bohdi passed away from injuries in the accident.  She is undergoing extensive surgeries and is still in the hospital. NO RIDE PIN - NO T-SHIRT - NO FREE LUNCH!  100% of all donations will go to Julie Jenkins.  This ride starts in 2 locations in the valley then heads to Payson for a 5 stop poker run ending at Happy Jack Lodge.  Those starting in the valley will get an extra poker card for going the distance (draw 6 cards, play 5) First Start locations - Toso's Bar and Grill - 2401 W Union Hills, registration from 7 am KSU at 8 am - Breakfast Burritos Available for donation. Second Start Location - Ft McDowell Gas Stations - Hwy 87 & Ft McDowell Rd. registration 8 am KSU when the west side group arrive. Breakfast Burritos available for donation. Poker Run Start Location - Buffalo Bar & Grill - 311 S Beeline Hwy, Payson. registration 9am. Five stops in Payson, Pine, Strawberry ending with an end ride party at Happy Jack Lodge with live music, raffle prizes, BBQ ($3. donation).  Camping and cabins available at Happy Jack Lodge.  FMI Wes Keyes 602-820-8267 or Beth Smith 928-978-7321. 

Next Week

Saturday, September 26th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Open House. Stop by and see the new upgraded 2010 Harley-Davidson's that are out and ready for you to take your first look at or even go for a TEST RIDE! Be sure to see the all new HD Wide Glide and Fat Boy Lo. Stop by Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson to see why the New Harley's are the talk of the industry. This end of the month party is also time to Get a GREAT DEAL on a new 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. There will be FREE FOOD, LIVE Music, Museum Tours with Buddy Stubbs and Test Rides from  11am - 3pm. Make us an offer on select Parts, Accessories and General Merchandise. Bring in your old leather jacket and get $75 towards a new leather jacket of $350 or more. Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400.
Saturday, September 26th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson 2010 Model Premier. If you haven't got to see the new 2010 Model Harley-Davidson's, now is your chance. Arrowhead HD is inviting everyone in to get a good look at the new 2010 HD's and Save Big Money on Parts, Accessories and Motorclothes at the same time. Take advantage of the famous Tier Sales. Save up to 20% when you spend $500 or more. There will be FREE Food, Hooters Girls, Music, and a Photographer taking pictures of you on your bike. Event time 9am - 4pm. Also, need to get some gear for the upcoming riding season, New FALL merchandise is arriving daily. Arrowhead Harley is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr., in Peoria. Just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.

Saturday, September 26th
Cruise for Critters to benefit Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary in Prescott. A non-profit, wildlife sanctuary. Registration from 9:00am to 11am at Star Island Motorsports in Prescott. The cost is $20/rider and $10/passenger, the BBQ dinner is an additional $5.00/person. 7 stops on this run include Skull Valley, Kirkland Junction, Chino Valley and Prescott Valley,  Additional cards available for purchase, last hand drawn at 3:00pm.  Ride ends at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary where there will be a BBQ dinner, along with prizes, raffles and 50/50. Questions, you may call 928-899-7949. All proceeds will benefit the residents of Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary.

Upcoming Events 

Don't forget, the Rocky Point Rally is ON! November 5-8. If you plan on going you will need to get your passport card ordered soon. If you missed the newsletter a couple of weeks ago with the announcement of the Rocky Point Rally being UN-Cancelled, Click Here to Read and have instruction on how to get your passport card. The Rally is on an being planned with some very cool additions this year. More will be announced in the coming weeks. Get your passport cards and reservations now. . 

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This guy doing tricks kicking a soccer ball is incredible. Just when you think you want to end it, you don't want to miss what he does next. You might want to mute the music.  Click Here to View.

Ok, this one is so stupid it is funny.
This is the redneck One Man Saw. Click Here to View

Video of the Week
And yet another Bud Light commercial, but with a chimp. You can't go wrong with that.  Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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