Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, here we are at the doorstep of October 2006 already. Wow! This year has flown by already. Soon you will be hearing that there are only 85 shopping days till Christmas and you will be seeing the decorations and merchandise starting to hit the shelves. As for us motorcyclists, we still have a lot of good riding to do before Christmas rolls around. This is our time of year.
The October calendar is filling up fast making October the month of concerts.
Grand Funk Railroad will be playing at the One year anniversary at Chester's Harley-Davidson Bike-a-Palooza on the 14th, Bad Company's Brian Howe will be in Morristown at the Rally at the Ranch and 38 Special will kick off the Grand Opening for the Super-Sized 50,000 square foot Superstition Harley-Davidson in Apache Junction on October 21st. And for those of you looking to make a return trip, or even your first trip South of the border, The Rocky Point Rally is November 9-12. Cyclerides.com will be sponsoring a ride to Rocky Point on Thursday November 9th from Arrowhead HD. If you missed last year, this will get you in the mood. Watch this fun video from last year with the music of Mogollon.
The San Juan Parkway Scenic Byway
Over Labor Day weekend Mrs. C. and I took a 4 day ride with our friends Dan, Kathy,
Woody and Scott Pasmore to the Durango, Colorado area. This was
an area that I had heard so much about for the last several years, and just hadn't made the time to ride there.
The accolades that I had gotten about the riding up there were so fantastic that I really didn't believe that the
area could hold up to the great things that I had heard about it. Mrs. C. and I have seen a lot of beautiful riding
country in the last few years, so I'm thinking this is really going to have to be good to compare. After experiencing
Southwest Colorado this year, I am now wondering what took me so long, and owe an apology to all of those
that I had doubted. I wasn't oversold by any means, in fact I don't think that could be possible. This ride exceeded
every expectation that I had.
We left the McKinnon Inn in Munds Park Friday morning with our destination being the Durango Mountain Ski Resort in Purgatory for 3 nights in a condo with our friends Dan and Kathy. Our route took us up Hwy. 89 North of Flagstaff to Hwy. 160 that would take us through the thriving metropolis of Tuba City and Kayenta on our way to another landmark that I had never been to known as "The Four Corners Monument". We stopped at the Four Corners and took the typical photo op of having one limb in each of the 4 States of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. The route across 160 to Cortez is pretty desolate, but it does have some character and wasn't a bad ride at all. After riding into a massive rain storm and waiting it out for a while, we finally reached Durango at about 5:30pm.
Saturday we took what is known as the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway clockwise from our home base at the Durango Mountain Ski Resort. Our first stop was breakfast at the Brickhouse Cafe in Durango and then make our way on the West side of the mountains through Dolores, Rico and to our next destination of Telluride. We just so happened to be in the artsy town of Telluride, home of Tom Cruise, Oprah, and several other Hollywood stars during the Telluride Film Festival. Telluride is a very cool old mining town from the late 1800's stuck back in a box canyon that is now a high priced ski area. It really is a neat place to ride to and visit.
After lunch and an hour of exploring Telluride, we were on our way past Ralph Lauren's 38,000 acre ranch to the other side of the San Juans to connect with Hwy. 550 and visit Ouray, aka "The Switzerland of America", another old mining town full of history. In 1873, the famous Ute Chief, Ouray, reluctantly signed a government treaty releasing the Ute's treasured San Juan Mountains to encroaching settlers. The town was named in his honor. Three years later the town officially began with the stroke of a prospector's pick. Today Ouray is known for its' majestic peaks, cascading waterfalls, natural hot springs, being the North end of the infamous Million Dollar Highway and the reputation for being the Jeep Capital of the World as well as an awesome motorcycle ride. Today, people visit Ouray as much for the beauty and history as those did for the mining years ago. Most of the buildings that were built in the late 1800's have been renovated and are still standing today.
Heading South out of Ouray we were about to embark on the most treacherous stretch of the "Million Dollar Highway" that would take us the 24 miles from Ouray to Silverton. Leaving Ouray you work your way up the side of the mountain with a switchback that will give you your first view of the town of Ouray. Here you can read up on some history of the area. The next several miles through the Uncompahgre gorge will have you making a rapid ascent following a former stagecoach trail through the old Idarado mining area on your way to Red Mountain Pass at over 11,000 feet. This part of the trip will tickle your senses of visual beauty with stunning views around every corner as well awaken your sense of fear as you traverse a series of "S" curves and switchbacks that are often times seemingly hanging on the top of cliffs with several hundred foot drops and no guardrails. This part of the trip was extra exciting for me as I was clicking pictures the entire way. You can see in this photo I am actually on the wrong side of the road. Be sure and look at the photo gallery for all of the photos.
As you round Red Mountain Pass you will cross back into the San Juan National Forest as the highway becomes a little less hectic as it descends through the Chattanooga Valley giving you more reminders of the mining area that you are riding through before you drop into the old mining town of Silverton founded in 1874. We took a ride through the Main St. of Silverton to view the Victorian-style buildings that were erected in its heyday. In a 16 block walking tour you can visit over 50 historic buildings. After soaking up a little history we climbed out of the valley to get a good look at Silverton before making our way to Molas Pass and the beautiful view at 10,900 feet. The air on Molas Pass has earned the distinction of being the cleanest in the entire USA. We then crossed Coal Bank Pass at 10,640 feet on our way back to Purgatory and Durango Ski Resort which is about 25 miles North of Durango, known as the gateway to the San Juan Mountains.
Why is this stretch of asphalt called the Million Dollar Highway? The "Million Dollar" name is clouded in a fair amount of myth. I have read many variations as to the origin of the name, but three variations seem persistent. Some say it was first used after an early traveler, complaining of the vertigo-inducing steepness of the route, said, “I wouldn’t go that way again if you paid me a million dollars.” Others claim that it cost a million dollars a mile to build in the 1920s. But the explanation you hear most often is also the most likely: When the highway was first constructed, the builders used gravel discarded by nearby gold and silver mines, only to find out later that this dirt was actually rich in ore and worth an estimated “million dollars.”
My version of the story is that I had a "Million Dollar Smile" each of the 3 times I rode the Million Dollar Highway that weekend.
As I mentioned above, Mrs. C. and I have been blessed to be able to experience some beautiful riding areas the last 5 years including the West coast of California, Oregon and Washington, The Cascades of Washington, Western Canada and The Canadian Rockies, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Beartooth Pass, Bryce Canyon, the Black Hills and more. Basically a good 15,000+ miles of roads around the Western U.S. and Canada. That being said, I think that pound for pound and mile for mile, the San Juan Parkway Scenic Byway is the best 230 mile loop of riding that I have ever done. I did it once, and it left me wanting to turn right around and do it again the opposite direction. And then again. In fact, I did it 3 times. The sheer cliffs and rugged terrain of the "Million Dollar Highway" boast some of the most dramatic scenery that I have ever seen, particularly the 24 miles from Silverton to Ouray.
I would highly recommend that you put this on the top of your list of rides to take. I give it a rating of 5 spokes plus. From Phoenix it is an easy day ride of 440 miles to Durango with a couple of different routes to take. The San Juan Skyway is a 230 mile loop which will take you the whole day to do, especially if you stop and really experience the towns. If you can only do the loop once, I would highly recommend doing it counterclockwise going North from Durango to Ouray. In my opinion you get some of the best views in this direction. Take a look at this picture I took between Durango and Purgatory. Maybe one of the best pictures that I have taken.
Click Here for the Map.
Click Here for Some Beautiful Photos
Next week I will conclude with Day 2 of our trip and the Curecanti National Recreation Loop as well as the story of my first major mechanical breakdown in the middle of nowhere and how I made it to civilization. Thanks to Dan and Kathy McKinnon for inviting us to stay with them in their condo for the weekend. It was a great home base for the riding.
Here are some useful links about the San Juan Parkway and the area.
Highlights This Week
Buddy Stubbs Wide Open House Party. 2 fashion shows at 1pm and 2pm. Live Music.
Chester's Harley-Davidson Monster Sales Event. ALL Pre-Owned PRICED TO SELL!
The 2nd Annual Gypsy Riders Ball. Benefiting the Arizona Institute for Breast Health.
The 17th Annual Lost Dutchman Amazing Ride. Sponsored by the East Valley H.O.G. Chapter.
3rd Annual Agent Orange Ride. Benefit for Veteran's affected by Agent Orange.
This Week's Bike Night Events
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 palate—not 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 Chester’s 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.
Chandler Harley-Davidson Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille & Pub. Stop by Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille and Pub located at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler, AZ. Join us for Munchies and Music, Food and Drink, Specials, Raffle Prizes and good old fashion H-D fun! Nozzlehead's is a fun firefighter-themed restaurant that serves the best pure angus burgers and meatiest wings in the valley. 12 flavors of wings! 11 tap beers served out of the front-end of a real fire truck. Hot Times, Cold Drinks and Great Food! Stop by this Tuesday for the First Night!! Click Here for Map. Stop by Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler for a Nozzlehead Food Discount Coupon.
Hacienda Harley-Davidson Bike Night at The Tilted Kilt. Stop by the new Tilted Kilt located at 7077 E. Bell Rd. for the Hacienda HD Bike Night. Enjoy the new Tilted Kilt for dinner or drinks while sitting on the patio large patio or inside watching your favorite sporting event on one of the many TV's inside. Stop by Hacienda Harley and get your 15% off Biker Card for the Tilted Kilt. There will be Jack Daniels door prizes. Free Jack Daniel's Shirts, Hats, Beanies, Handkerchiefs and Bandannas. Hacienda Harley-Davidson and Tilted Kilt Gift Certificates. Take a ride and stop by this Wednesday night. 6pm till close. 7077 E. Bell Rd. 480-922-8424. Bike Parking.
1st and 3rd Wednesday Nights
Superstition Harley-Davidson’s Bike Night. Superstition Harley-Davidson Bike Nights are back! We’re inviting you to kick back with your buds and take advantage of biker benefits! We’re featuring a different location every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month! Wednesday, October 4th we’ll be at The Hot Spot located on Apache Trail E. of Signal Butte in Apache Junction. From 6pm to 9pm, they’re servin’ it up right with $1 Domestic Drafts, $3 well drinks and FREE Buffet for all bikers.! Superstition Harley-Davidson in Apache Junction. (480) 346-0600 www.superstitionhd.com. Stay tuned for the October locations.
Wednesday, October 18th: San Tan Flat located at 6182 W. Hunt Hwy. in Queen Creek.
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.
NEW!! Breakfast Buffet Now Beginning at 7am - Noon on Saturday! Click Here for your 2 for 1 breakfast buffet coupon good from 7am - 9am.
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 - Close
Friday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "Radio Dogma" 9pm - 1:30am
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, September 30th
Buddy Stubbs Wide Open House Party. Roll into the Wide-Open House Party at Buddy Stubbs Saturday, September 30th from 10am - 5pm to see the latest line-up of 2007 HD motorcycles featuring the new Twin Cam 96 and Six-Speed transmission. Stick around for one of the 2 fashion shows at 1pm and 2pm that will be unveiling the latest in Harley-Davidson motorclothes. There will also be Live Music, Free Food and Beverages, and a Motorcycle Museum Tour at 1:30pm. Enter to win a new 2007 Fat Boy, a consultation with the H-D Styling Team, and $10,000 in Parts and Accessories and 2 "Great Escapes" travel trips. Ride by Buddy Stubbs and enjoy the festivities at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400.
Saturday and Sunday,
September 30th and October 1st
Chester's Harley-Davidson Monster Sales Event. If you've been wanting to upgrade your motorcycle, NOW IS THE TIME! Take advantage of Chester's HD Monster Sales Event. 2 Days Only this Saturday from 8am - 6pm and Sunday from 10am - 5pm. Huge Selection of Pre-Owned Harley-Davidson Motorcycles models and years. ALL PRICED TO SELL! Flexible Financing Options Available. If you get hungry looking at all of these bikes, SPUDS will be available with all the Fixin's from 11am - 2pm. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
Saturday, September 30th
The 2nd Annual Gypsy Riders Ball. Please join us for this fun and exciting evening benefiting the Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH). Saturday September 30, 2006 at Monterra at Westworld in Scottsdale. Tickets are $65 per person that will include Dinner, Dancing, Live Music, Casino Tables, Custom Bike Displays, Live and Silent Auctions. To purchase tickets go to www.azgypsyriders.org or email email@example.com.
Sunday October 1st.
The 17th Annual Lost Dutchman Amazing Ride. Sponsored by the East Valley H.O.G. Chapter. This is annually a very well attended ride. Proceeds benefit East Valley Organizations that aid others in need. Registration from 7am - 10am at Chester's Harley-Davidson at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. $25 per person registration fee. Ride pin to 1st 500 registered. Bike Show, Vendors, Silent Auction & 50/50, Cash Bar, Cash Prizes, Live music from Noon-4pm with "Michael Russo and the MC". Final Stop, Air Conditioned Mesa Convention Center. Catered Lunch included. For more information, call the East Valley H.O.G. Chapter Activities Hotline (480) 844-0803.
Sunday, October 1st
3rd Annual Agent Orange Ride. Poker Run with Cash & Prizes. Sign-in 8-10am at Evolution Custom Cycles, 617 South McClintock Drive in Tempe, AZ. Poker Run, 50/50, Win Cash & Prizes including: A Fender Guitar & Amp, Southwest Airline Tickets, Leathers, T-Shirts, Hats, & More. Presented by The Order of the Silver Rose. From the Organizer, Buffalo Rick Galeener…Recently, our government has seen fit to revisit disability cases, and has severed compensation for any Vietnam veteran who "did not set foot on land, in Vietnam"! These are sailors and marines that served aboard ships stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin. They are suffering and dying from Agent Orange exposure and our VA system has seen fit to exclude them from compensation! Another promise broken! We will not break our promise! We will continue to recognize and award The Order of the Silver Rose to any veteran affected by Agent Orange. Get more info on the web at www.silverrose.org. We hope you will help in our effort by donating anything from Sponsorship dollars to Door Prizes. (Hats, t-shirts, products, services etc.) We'll take whatever we can get! It's for our vets! Thanks…Buffalo Rick Galeener, AZ Director, Order of the Silver Rose. firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 7th
Cruising For St. Jude. Proceeds go to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Start for the event is to be at the Safeway on the southwest corner of Higley and Baseline, 5137 E. Baseline. Registration is between 7:30AM - 9AM. A pancake breakfast will be served during registration. The poker hands are collected at stops that run through Superior, Winkleman, Globe, and Mesa. Poker hand score sheets must be turned in by 3PM at the final destination and Winners will be announced by 5PM. The final destination, Hooter's of Mesa, offers a bbq deal for an extra $5 at registration. The Prizes are great and you can help raise money for a great cause, so join us! More info: email@example.com .
Saturday, October 7th
10th Annual C.U.F.F.S. Run. This ride benefits families Law Enforcement Officers killed or injured in the line of duty. All motorcycles are welcome. Registration at Chester's Harley Davidson at 922 S. Country Club Drive in Mesa, AZ. Registration starts at 8:00am, last bike out at 10:30am. Final destination Six Shooters, 705 S. Rural Rd. in Tempe. Vendors, Live Music, Raffles, Door Prizes, 50/50, Auctions. Entry fees: $15 for riders, $5 for passengers which includes one poker hand and ride pins to the first 300 entries. Lunch and T-shirts sold at the event. High Hand $300, Low Hand $100. For more information visit www.azchoirboys.com.
Billy Lane Update:
It is now official. Billy Lane has been arrested and charged with drunken driving and DUI manslaughter. Toxicology tests showed blood alcohol level of 0.192 which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. As you know from last week, Lane's truck attempted to pass on a double yellow line and struck Gerald Morelock, 56, while riding his motorcycle, who died at the scene.
Click Here for the latest written report.
Click Here for a really good news channel video report of the accident.
This is one of the most inspirational stories that I have ever seen. If you think you are up for Dad of the Year for taking your kids to football and soccer practice 3 times per week, read what this Dad has done for his child. Then go to the video link at the bottom of the page and watch the video. Warning: There is a tissue alert with this video. But it is one that we should all watch to put our busy lives back into perspective. This guy is amazing. Click the following link for Story. http://cjcphoto.com/can/
Here is a video that I don't even have any comments about. You can draw your own conclusions about this guy. Click here to view.