If you missed last week's newsletter about our ride to Jasper, AB in Canada, here is the link to it. You might want to at least take some time to look at the photos from this area. Based upon the email replies that I got, others agree with me that these are some of the best photos that I have taken, from an area that is a perfect backdrop for creating beautiful memories.
Well, it is definitely becoming motorcycle riding time of the year here in the Phoenix, AZ area, particularly in the evenings and early mornings. You are going to be coming home from, the sun will be going down soon and you will start to feel that hint of cool in the air that will make you want to start up the bike and take a little evening ride. If that bug does bite you, we have got some great bike nights going now that will give you plenty of choices.
This Wednesday night starts the beginning of a minimum 10 week run of the Historic Downtown Chandler Bike Night sponsored by Ridenow Powersports, Chandler Harley-Davidson and Chuck Franklin Law in association with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and Cyclerides.com. This will run every Wednesday night from September 23rd to November 25th. If things go well, we might even extend it a couple of weeks. Plenty to do down here with parking on the main street and 6 restaurants participating with bike night specials and fun. Click Here for menu's and details. There are a lot of bikes in the Southeast Valley, so I think this is going to be a good one. Hope to see you there to kick this off. A few miles North you can also ride to the Chester's Harley-Davidson Bike Night for some Live Music at the Toby Keith's Bar and Grill at the Loop 202 and Dobson in Mesa.
On Thursday nights we've got the new McDuffy's Bike Night on the West side of town, just South of Bell Rd. on 83rd Ave. Last Thursday over 100 bikes came out to kick off this new bike night. McDuffy's is a perfect venue for a bike night with plenty of parking, great food and fun atmosphere. Drop by this week to check it out. And on the East side of town is the landmark for motorcycle riders, the Billet Bar in Scottsdale. Stop by and help them celebrate 14 years of providing a cool place for riders to go on Thursday nights and the weekends.
This past weekend Mrs. C. and I headed South across the border to Rocky Point for a little beach time. We really enjoy watching the pelicans on the water and seeing the fisherman in those old boats do their work in the Marina area. Well, it wasn't all relaxation as I did have a meeting with the Rocky Point Visitors & Convention officials about the upcoming Rocky Point Rally taking place Nov. 5th - 8th. It had been about 4 months since we had been there and I am amazed at how fast things can change down there. The big things aren't changing much, as all construction has completely halted at literally every project in town. But the Malecon seemed to have a bit of a facelift that will be beneficial for those going to the Rally. More second level patios have been built as well as patios on the front of some places. These small improvements will be all the better for the fun times on the Malecon'. We even found a bit of history that we didn't know before. Apparently, the Posada La Roca Hotel, built in 1927, just a block from the Malecon' was Al Capone's Hiding Place in Rocky Point during the prohibition days. While we were walking around we went in there. The rooms are really pretty nice for only $30-$35 per night.
After meeting with Rafael of the RPVCB, I am more excited than before about this being a good rally. But let's be real, it really doesn't take much effort to have a good time in Rocky Point, especially during the Rally. I was really impressed with what all that have put together. It seems like they have taken most of the things that have been done over the last 10 years and plugged them back in this year including the Resort Run, Closing Calle 13 on Friday and Saturday night, Live Bands on the beach at Playa Bonita, the parade for the kids and of course, plenty of action on the Malecon'.
This year we even have a restaurant/bar that will be home base for all Cyclerides.com readers. It is called Debbie's Beach Bar Grill located on the Malecon' on the second level above the fish market on the water side. The cool thing about Debbie's is that it is on the end of the row of restaurants so everyone in there ends up with a 270 degree view of all that is happening downtown. You will have a water view and 2 views of the street. I am also working on making this the street in front of Debbie's the official "Cyclerides.com Burnout Pit". This will be some entertainment for everyone on the second level. There will be preferred entry for all with a Cyclerides.com coupon which I will have available on the Cyclerides.com before the Rally. Should be a good time.
I also want to remind everyone of a couple of things. Number 1 is that if you don't already, you need to get your passport or passport card to be able to get back across the border. Rumor has it that a birth certificate and a drivers license will still work, but it does take longer. You still have plenty of time to get a passport card as they only take a couple of weeks to get. Click Here, to read my newsletter from July 1st with links on how to get your card. The other thing is that you might want to secure some reservations down there. I was told by some riders at bike night last week that they got the last room at Sonoran Sea and Rafael said that hotels and condo's were filling up. Go to Sea Side Reservations to see what is available. I know one place that is offering great deals right now is the Las Palmas on Sandy Beach. You can even get 3 couples together and rent a house on the beach there. A great place to stay.
I know the press is really bagging on travel to Mexico right now, but we just went down there and it was as quiet as you have ever seen it. No problems at the border or anywhere else. So far, Sonora has stayed away from the problems that you hear in other parts of Mexico. For those of you that have been down there in busy times know the border at Lukeville can be quite a wait to get back on any given weekend. Last Sunday we came through there at Noon and had one car in front of us. Two years ago that would have been a 2 hour wait.
It is really pretty down there right now and the weather in November will be wonderful. They will be updating the RPR site with ALL of the things you will need to know about in the next week or so. But for now the Agenda is up for you to view. Click Here. As usual, I took a few pictures as we were around town and down on the Malecon'. There are also some cool shots of the old fishing boats, beach and some brave pelicans. Click Here to View. Look forward to seeing you there.
On another note, I visited the Vietnam Traveling Wall that was set up in Phoenix this past weekend. As I have said before, I was not in the military for the Vietnam war. I did have my draft card, but the war ended just as I turned 18. Even though I wasn't in the war, it was very much a part of my growing up during that era and I really have a soft spot in my heart for what these guys went through both there and on their return home. If you have ever visited the Traveling Wall, a story is told just by viewing all of the names inscribed. But a much bigger story is told by watching the people that were in the war, or had a loved one killed. The solemn look as they slowly reach out to lay their hands on the names of those that they lost during that time is very emotional. You can just feel their thoughts going back 40 years as they remember their buddies or loved ones. I even saw 3 generations visiting the wall as I was there. God Bless the Vietnam Vets. If you missed the display, Click here for Photos.
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!
FREE FOOD, LIVE Music, Museum Tours with Buddy Stubbs and Test Rides from 11am - 3pm.
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. Save Big Money on Parts, Accessories and Motorclothes at the same time.
Take advantage of the famous Tier Sales. Save up to 20%
Historic Downtown Chandler Wednesday Bike Night. Presented by Cyclerides.com 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.
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.
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.
Saturday, October 3rd
13th Annual C.U.F.F.S. Run. Register at Chester's Harley Davidson - 922 S Country Club Dr., Mesa. This is always a good run. Choir Boys are a Law Enforcement organization committed to assisting the survivors of fallen law enforcement officers with immediate needs. This is a great cause to help families of the Civil Servants the help us every day. Net proceeds go to the families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty. Registration starts from 8:30 - 10:30am. Donation: Rider - $20.00, Passenger - $10.00. Includes Poker Hand. High Hand $300/Low $150. Free Ride Pin to first 250 registered. After party at Chester's with Live Band or DJ to be announced. $5 for non riders. Sponsored by Chester's Harley-Davidson. FMI call 480-894-0404.
Saturday, October 3rd
Save the Vets Day Parade. Sponsored by American Legion Riders - Post 26. Come support the parade that honors our heroes past and present. Starts and ends at American Legion Post 26 located at 505 W. 2nd Ave. in Mesa, AZ. (off Country Club between Main and Broadway) Admission $15 per bike or $20 with passenger. 5 stops - Free playing card at each stop. Registration 8-9:30am. $5 Breakfast 8-10am. Proceeds to support our combat unit in Iraq. Lat bike out 10am, in at 3pm. Live Music 2-6pm. Raffle, Door Prizes. Everyone Welcome.
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. www.rockypointrally.com .
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