Weekly Update

Greetings Riders,
Here we are in mid September and I can feel "Fall" in the air. Isn't that funny? It gets down to 79 degrees for a low and Arizonans start getting all excited because we feel what we think is a hint of cool air when we walk out the door in the morning. You folks back East have no idea what I am talking about. But around here, it is a big deal after a few months of 100+ degrees every single day to finally get a sniff of something below 80. Not only is it more comfortable to live in, it is also more palatable to consider taking those putts around the valley on your scooter that has been piling up more dust than miles. With that hint of cool air I alluded to above usually comes with increased desire to tack on a couple hundred miles before noon.
A week ago it was Skull Valley for a 200 mile breakfast run, this past weekend added another 180 miles taking my favorite ride in the Valley out past Saguaro Lake and on to Tortilla Flat for breakfast. For those of you new to the area, or even if you have done it many times like me, it doesn't get much better than that. The 14 miles from Brown and Apache Trail to Tortilla Flat are exceptional riding. And don't forget to ride the additional 6 miles of asphalt past Tortilla Flat, it is some of the prettiest of the route. Believe it or not, I didn't take photos this time, but here is a gallery of some that I shot in March. Click Here to View. Haven't been to Tortilla Flat, Click Here for the Day Ride.
Have you ever heard the old expression, "What a difference a day makes?". When it comes to riding, it couldn't be any more true. Timing is everything especially when it comes to riding in the mountains, and particularly the mountain passes. We all try and pick that perfect time of the season to go do the ride of our life, but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas. Last week I wrote about riding the Sonora Pass. We chose to ride through there on June 20th, thinking it would be a good time to do it. We were right, it was 70 degrees and beautiful. A Cyclerides newsletter reader emailed this picture, which is the exact same shot that I took this year. Steve's was from June 8th, 3 years prior. You will not believe the difference. Click Here to view.
Fortunately for us on this California Trip 2008 we didn't run into any of that. The weather was perfect the entire trip. If you are new to the letter or missed a week or 2 in the past, Click Here for links to the past reports on this ride. When I left you last week we had spent the night at the Yosemite View Lodge just outside the gates of Yosemite National Park. This is an excellent place to spend the night if you are stopping in this area. Our next destination was Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. We took one last lap around Yosemite Valley and headed South through Fresno and East into Kings Canyon. But before we got out of there, we were greeted by a small bear just off the side of the road. We pulled over to watch him and within a minute he was running across the road right in front of us. Here is a 10 second video clip of him crossing the road.
Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are really a must see if you have not experienced the largest tress in the world in person. Even though these 2 parks are right next to each other, they are very different. Kings Canyon takes you on a 35 mile one way ride into the canyon along the Kings River into the forest. It is a 70 mile round trip but well worth it for the scenery and the ride. On your way back be sure to take the turnoff to Hume Lake. This will take you on a narrow winding road to Hume Lake which is also a Christian Camp in the Summer. We found it to be a nice place to eat lunch and enjoy the scenery.
From Hume Lake take Ten Mile Rd. on up to connect with 180 that will loop you through Sequoia National Park. There seems to be some confusion on the status of Redwood and Sequoia Trees. From what I understand, Redwoods are the tallest trees and Sequoia's have the largest circumference. The Sequoia National Park possesses 3 of the largest Sequoia's in the world including the General Sherman that is 275 feet tall, 102 feet circumference and 36 feet diameter at the ground. In comparison, the tallest Redwood Tree in the world is "Hyperion" in Redwood National Park at 378 feet tall and 700 years old. Regardless of their recorded stature, these trees are HUGE! Bigger than you can imagine.
Sequoia National Park is full of these trees and you get an eye full as you serpentine your way through the forest seeing one after another of these giant old trees. There is one place that is particularly memorable where there are four of these trees in a row that frame the split road on both sides. I positioned my bike sideways in the road to show how big these guys are. Click Here. Riding through Sequoia National Park is really a unique experience and there is NO BETTER WAY to experience these big trees than on a motorcycle. If you keep your eyes open, you might even spot a Bear on the side of the road. I would highly recommend it.
On your way out of the park heading down the hill to Three Rivers or Visalia, you will encounter multiple 15 mph switchbacks on a narrow mountain road along the way. There are a couple of motels in the small town of Three Rivers, but I would suggest going on in to Visalia for a better selection of Motels and restaurants. From Yosemite Village on the West side of Yosemite National Park, this is about a 300 mile day to Visalia and it will take most of the day.
Click Here for Photos of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park.
Click Here for
Google Map of Route.

Highlights This Week 

Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson New Model Roll Out Party.
Have you seen the new line of Re-Designed 2009 Harley-Davidson Baggers?

Saturday, September 20th
Bikers Bay Glendale Grand Opening Party.
The Bikers Bay Glendale location is ready to continue the Bikers Bay experience...
Personal customer attention, the convenience of "Ride In - Ride Out" service. 

Starting Up Again!
Vito & Nick's II Thursday Bike Night.
Starting Again in the SOUTHEAST VALLEY. After a long hot summer,
Vito & Nick's II is putting their great outdoor patio to good use
on Thursday nights. 


Bike Nights This Week 

Thursday Night 

Starting Up Again!
Vito & Nick's II Thursday Bike Night. Starting Again in the SOUTHEAST VALLEY. After a long hot summer, Vito & Nick's II is putting their great outdoor patio to good use on Thursday nights with an all new bike night. This is a brand new location that features an outdoor patio, a comfortable dining area and bar. Bike night specials include $1.00 Off All Beer, $2.00 Off All Appetizers, $2.00 Off All Shots, $2.00 Off All Large Pizzas, Raffle Prizes. Get your raffle ticket when you ride in. Plenty of outside seating and dining inside. Stop by this Thursday for some Great Food and Fun! Vito & Nick's is located at 3321 E. Queen Creek Rd. (SE Corner of Queen Creek and Higley Rd.) 480-279-4482. Click Here to see Vito & Nicks. 

Chandler Harley-Davidson Bike Night at Tilted Kilt Mesa. Stop by the brand new Tilted Kilt in Mesa for Thursday Bike Night sponsored by Chandler Harley-Davidson. Sit out on the spacious patio or the cool inside. No matter where you are there will be the Tilted Kilt girls there to wait on you. Enjoy great food and drink, Door Prize Drawings, Music and 15% off your entire ticket on Bike Night. The NEW Tilted Kilt is located at 1910 S. Gilbert Rd. in Mesa. 480-507-5458.

Chester's Harley-Davidson Bike Night at Dos Gringos Mesa. Ride by the New Dos Gringos Mesa located on the northwest corner of Greenfield and Baseline in Mesa.  Dos is sure to make an impact and add some flare to the east valley. Enormous patio, complete with its own outdoor bar and separate dining areas on each side. Dos is a casual neighborhood hangout with great food and cold cervezas. Feel free to dine at one of our four tops, relax at one of the booths lining the edge or just belly up to the bar. Click Here to View. There will be drink and food specials and Raffles and Fun from Chester's Harley-Davidson. Ride with Chester's from the dealership at 5:30pm every Thursday located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
Hooter's Thursday Bike at Peoria locationThe parking lot will be blocked off and it will be a night for MOTORCYCLES. Ride by Hooters in Peoria every Thursday night for Prizes, Giveaways every 1/2 Hour, Specials and of course great service by the Hooter's Girls. Enjoy $2.00 Bud and Bud Light Pints and $5.00 Bombers as well as those tasty Hooter's Wings. Sit on the huge outdoor patio and watch your favorite sporting event or inside with TV's every where you look. Enjoy this perfect riding weather with a ride to Hooter's this Thursday. Plan to check out the first night. 16550 N. 83rd Ave. just South of Bell Rd. 623-776-0123.
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 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. 


Western Trails Ranch -One of the largest Biker Venue's in the country. 12 acre outdoor western/biker venue. We are open Friday's 10am to Midnight, Saturday's 10am to Midnight, and Sunday's 10am to 8pm. JoAnn's new economic plan for the recession is "FREE FOOD". JoAnn's famous Chili is back, along with Budd's Biscuit's & Gravy, Spaghetti, etc. Our Bloody Mary's are something too talk about, we have lots of drink specials, and we've just added 3 Olives flavored Vodka's, MGD 64, and Alaskan Amber Beer, along with our large selection of all types of liquor and beer. Friday afternoons we have "The Old Man's Club" from 12 to 4 in the afternoon, horseshoes, card playing, chess and checkers. Friday Nights are Game Night - Blackjack from 7 to 9pm, then Roulette 9 to 11pm, door prizes will be awarded, no money involved, this activity will be lots of fun. Saturday Night's LIVE MUSIC, check website calendar for particulars. Shut up & Drive September 27th. or call the bar "Buzzard's Saloon" at 623-388-0713 or call the stupid question hotline at (623) 521-0367 for more information.

This Week 

Saturday and Sunday
September 20th and 21st
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson New Model Roll Out Party. Have you seen the new line of Re-Designed 2009 Harley-Davidson Baggers? If not, here is your chance to get a first look at all the new models at the Arrowhead Harley-Davidson 2009 Roll Out Party. Enjoy FREE Pizza from Oggi's both days from 11am - 2pm while supplies last. Great deals on MotorClothes Apparel and Genuine Harley-Davidson Motor Parts & Accessories. Raffles, Prizes and More! Enter to win Coyotes Tickets or AVP Best of the Beach Tickets. On Sunday September 21st, The Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders will be signing Autographs from Noon to 2pm. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in Peoria. 623-247-5542.
Saturday, September 20th
Bikers Bay Glendale Grand Opening Party. The Bikers Bay Glendale location is ready to continue the Bikers Bay experience... Personal customer attention, the convenience of "Ride In - Ride Out" service and the highest quality work at the valley's newest and largest bikers bay location. To celebrate this new store we are having a Grand Opening Party and asking you to join us in the celebration. There will be Free Food, Live Music, Vendors and Prizes. Stop Saturday, September 20th from 10am - 3pm at 5670 N. 51st Ave., Just S. of Bethany Home Rd. For more information call 623-842-8580. 

Saturday, September 20th
3rd Annual Wheels of Grace Unity Ride. We at WOG are committed to unite together Christians, starting with the Motorcycle Ministries who have the same vision, through an event that we are organizing called the “WOG Unity Ride!” The ride, consisting of all M/M Patches (representing all denominations) will be a visual statement to the world that demonstrates that bikers are living out John 17, united as One! Join us for the Phoenix Ride. Begins at Southwestern College, 2625 E. Cactus Rd. in Phoenix. Registration from 7am - 9am. $10 per rider, plus 1 toy per bike. Ending location: Chandler Harley Davidson, 6895 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Enjoy Food, Fellowship and Bands. Click Here for more information.
Sunday, September 21st
1st Annual Veterans Motorcycle Fund Raising Meet N' Greet. Proceeds benefit The Fisher House. Tickets $18 Per Person (Includes Lunch) Special Events and Contests include a Motorcycle Rodeo ($10 entry) Dart Toss, Ring Toss, Keg Push, Wennie Bite. Motorcycle Show, Tattoo Contest. Brunch 9am - 1pm, Rodeo 11am - 2pm. Lunch 1pm - 3pm. Motorcycle Show 3pm - 5pm. Giveaways and 50/50 throughout the day. All takes place at the VFW Post 7968 in Apache Junction, 725 W. Apache Trail. Click Here for more details. 

Next Week 

Friday - Sunday
September 25-27
Best of the Beach AVP Volleyball Tournament. Catch USA's Beach Volleyball Olympic Champs and the Valley's Best Beach Party Featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh and Phil Dalhausser. The best players on the AVP Crocs Tour hope to make it to Glendale, Ariz., for the season-ending tournament, where they will try to be crowned Best of the Beach. This will be the Beach Party of the Year in Arizona. Tickets starting as low as $10 with discount. Event takes place at Westgate City Center next to Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Click Here for more information and to purchase your discount tickets. 
Saturday, September 27th
4th Annual Run With The Fools. A Charity Event to benefit presented by “Fools Life” Band. Sign up from Noon until 2PM At Amber Inn, 4236 W. Dunlap Ave. Your $25 Run donation includes a FREE “31” Run Card, End party entrance, All-U-Can eat Dinner, T-shirt and Run Pin for first 100. The End Party this year will be at the Rock Springs Café from 3 PM until 8 PM. 35769 S. Old Black Canyon Highway, Rock Springs, Arizona. Just North of Phoenix on I-17 at Exit 242. Your $15 end party entrance donation includes the All-U-Can Eat Dinner. Multiple Bands including “Blueshounds”, “Straydog”, “Fools Life” and more – the “Brutal Beauties” Roller Derby Team - Vendors - Displays - Games - Contest - Raffles - Drawings - Door Prizes – Lots of  Shaded Seating - "All-U-Can Eat BBQ Dinner" 4PM to 7PM - FREE onsite Camping - After Hours Party featuring “Harry Brown” starts at 8 PM - Acres of FREE Parking. No one under 21 after 8 PM. MC and DJ Music provided by “The Farley McDavidson Road Show”. All proceeds benefit “Childhelp”, For More Information call 602-770-5593.
Saturday, September 27th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Free Appreciation Breakfast. Taking a ride Saturday morning? Stop by Arrowhead HD for a free breakfast on your way out of town. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson wants to invite all it's great customers to a customer appreciation breakfast on Saturday September 27th from 8:30am till 10:00 am!. Join us for a FREE pancake, sausage and egg breakfast. Thank you for all your support and business! Ride by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson the last Saturday of Every Month for a free breakfast. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria. 623-247-5542.
Saturday, September 27th
Buddy Stubbs Open House Featurning the 2009 Models. The new upgraded 2009 Harley-Davidson's are out and ready for you to take you to take your first look. 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 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. There will be FREE Hot Dogs and Drinks, LIVE Music, Museum Tours with Buddy, Pool Tournament, Bikini Bike Wash from 11am - 2pm and a Sidewalk Sale with up to 50% OFF. Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400. 

Upcoming Events 

8th Annual Rocky Point Rally
For those of you that have been inquiring about the Rocky Point Rally, it is going to happen and their web site is being updated now. If you are going, I would suggest getting your rooms reserved now. A lot of the rides and activities that have been done in the past will be done this year. Most activities will be at Playa Bonita or on the Malecon this year. One little event that I heard about is that Mogollon will be doing a concert ON THE BEACH Saturday night behind Playa Bonita. That will be fun! 


I had this video in the letter over a year ago, but it is still one of the funniest that I have seen, especially since we are in the home stretch of a political campaign when truth gets blurred with perception. Just reinforces that you can't trust a politician when he is trying to spin the truth. Click Here to View.
You can try a lot of things to psych out your opponent in boxing, but kissing your opponent in introductions might be too much. Click Here to View.
The commercial makers are at it again. Here is "How to avoid a parking ticket". Click Here to View.
Want to attract some attention to your bike? Put a jet engine in it. Here is a video shot by Paul Yaffe in Australia a couple of weeks ago. Click Here to View. 

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

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