Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
9/3/03
 

Greetings Riders,
 
It was a beautiful late Summer morning in New York City on September 11, 2001. Skies were blue, temperature was mild, and thousands of people were beginning their work day at the World Trade Center. It was a slow newsday for the most part. We were a nation divided by politics and a hanging chad, low on self esteem and Patriotism. Typical water cooler talk was still about Floridians who turned the 2000 presidential election into a side show and about a President who was trying to get settled in as our leader. At 8:46 a.m. that Tuesday morning, forever to be referred to as 9-11, our world changed as we knew it. Most of us in Arizona awoke that morning to see the North Tower of the WTC with the upper floors engulfed in flames. All we knew was that a plane had struck the tower, we did not know how or why. At 9:03 a.m. we witnessed another plane fly into the South Tower followed by reports that at 9:45 a.m. a commercial jet had struck the Pentagon.
 
Our world as we knew it, before 8:46 a.m. on 9/11/01, would never be the same. It was reported that terrorists had hijacked commercial airliners and crashed them into our buildings. The people of the United States came together like never before, help poured in from all over the world, U.S. Flags were displayed everywhere, Patriotism was at a high that a lot of us had never seen and many hadn't seen since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1941. This wave of Patriotism continued on for several months. A year later, W. Steven Martin organized the memorable 9-11 Patriot Parade that gave all of us an opportunity to wave our flags and support our troops. I will never forget how proud we were to be riding with our Flags strapped to our bikes and how high our emotions were that day. I heard reports from several riders in the Parade that they were brought to tears by seeing the elementary students in Chandler waving American flags to them as they rode under the crossed ladder trucks of the Fire Department. It was an emotional and memorable day.
 
We are now coming up to the 2nd Anniversary of these devastating attacks and the country is still very much stinging from the lingering effects of the aftermath of 9-11. I'm a flag waving red blooded American that is saddened by what I have seen in the last couple of months. The strong unity that we had as "Americans In Crisis" has now given way to divisive politics, Democrats that are tearing down our President's policies while playing Monday morning quarterback, and a Presidential campaign that is sure to muddy the waters while pushing the unity of our country even further apart.
 
The sad part about Patriotism being replaced by politics is that the troops that we have in Iraq and around the world, seem to be pushed to the back burner in the public eye. Those are the young men and Women that protect this country and should be remembered and supported. This Sunday, September 7th, we get the chance here in Arizona to regroup and show that we Support our Troops, Support our President and Support our Country by riding in Unity while displaying our Stars and Stripes. I've had this in the Newsletter before, but it is so good that it bears repeating. Click Here for a great presentation of our American Military History. It is well worth the download. And if you think Saddam wasn't happy about 9-11, Click Here to see what our troops found in Iraq.
 
The Patriot Parade will begin this year at the Gila River Casino/Wild Horse Pass. This is located Just South of Chandler Blvd. off of I-10. Take exit 162A (Maricopa Rd.) West and you will run right into it. The ride is to begin at 12:00 Noon and will be an escorted ride that will end at Bank One Ballpark for a ceremony. Jackson St. will be blocked off for motorcycle parking only. See details below. I will be there with cameras in hand. Get your picture on the Patriot Parade 2003 page. I look forward to seeing all of you there to show support for these great United States of America. If you are a Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Cardholder, show your card at the gate and ask them to direct you to your V.I.P. parking area.
 
9-11 Patriot Parade 2003 Highlights:
Parade leaves Gila River Casino (I-10 and Maricopa Rd.) at 12:00 Noon.
Food and drink will be available inside and outside of the casino at the start of the ride.
Ride ends at Bank One Ballpark downtown Phoenix.
Parade route scheduled to be I-10 to 3rd St. Then South to Ballpark.
First 5000 to sign in get a bracelet of one of the fallen to ride for.
Jackson St. to be blocked off for motorcycle only parking till 5:00 PM.
Tape of Parade is to be shown in New York on September 11th.
Entertainment:
Cooperstown will have Danny Rhodes and the Messengers band starting at 1:00 PM.
Hooter's at Arizona Center (3rd st. and Van Buren) is having giveaways and specials for the Patriot Parade Riders. 
McFadden's at the Ball Park is to have live music.
Jackson's on 3rd will be open for lunch and refreshments.
 
Click Here for photos of last year's Patriot Parade.
 

This Weeks Events 

Wednesday 

San Felipes Wednesday Bike Night. How about some good Mexican Food, Good Drinks and a Rocking's Good Time? Then San Felipes is your place in North Scottsdale. Not only are you allowed to dance on the bar at San Felipes...It is encouraged! See the pictures. San Felipes starts out mellow for the dinner crowd and then builds as the night goes on. It really gets going at around 10:00PM when the bartenders sing Karaoke on the bar. Billed as North Scottsdale's Only Dance Party with 100 Tequilas and No Cover, the DJ begins at 8:00 and will be playing your favorite tunes to get you going. And now they are inviting all riders to stop by and join in on the fun. Stop by for dinner and then sit back and wait for the fun to start. Located on the SE Corner of Pima and Thompson Peak Pkwy. There is a big new retail center there that is built to look like an old mining town. Really neat atmosphere with Bike Parking all across the front. San Felipes is easily accessible from just about anywhere. Just 2 miles N. of the 101 on Pima Rd. You can sit inside and eat, watch your favorite teams on the big screen or sit out on the patio and enjoy the evening weather. Bike night specials include: $3.00 Margaritas, $3.00 Bottles and 25% off all entrees.  This is really a fun place. Some of you might recognize the San Felipes name from their restaurant on the Main St. in Flagstaff. Bike night is from 6PM - Close. For more information: 480-563-9495. Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Cardholders will get 25% Off Entrees all week long.
 
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. Looking for a Bike Night on the East side? Here is a bike night for the East side of town at a really nice location. Stop by and take a look, you will be impressed. It is called The Wild Hare located at 4910 W. Ray Rd. That is the NE Corner of Ray Rd. and Rural Rd. This is a really nice place with a very large outdoor patio. The inside has just been remodeled to double the seating along with adding a DJ, pool tables and games. The Wild Hare has a broad menu including 20 different appetizers, salads, wings, 17 different sandwiches, chicken, filet mignon, burgers and desserts including strawberry cheese cake. There will be food and drink specials that will run during bike night from 6 PM till close. This will all start on Wednesday, August 14th. I will have an information page on the event calendar that will give you all the details. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200. 

Thursday Night
 
Thursday Night features Bike Nights all over the Valley. Look below to find one near you.

Casey Jones Grill Bike Night in Phoenix on Thursday nights. The evening riding weather is still good. You can always count on lots of bikes here. Ride in for what I call the Best Cheesesteak Sandwich in town. This thing melts in your mouth. They have 3 new pool tables, darts and foosball. Located in the Mervyns Shopping Center on the SE corner of 43rd Ave. and Thunderbird Rd. Casey Jones is a great place for a bike night featuring a large outdoor seating and over 150 people inside. And for those of you that want to watch a sporting event they have 50 TV's scattered throughout the restaurant connected to satellite to get any game you can think of. They have a full menu for lunch, dinner and a Happy Hour from 11:00AM - 7:00PM and a reverse happy hour from 10:00PM - 12:00 Midnight. $1.75 domestic bottles and $2.00 Jacks. There are always a lot of bikes showing up for bike night at Casey Jones Thursday night. Join them for open mic night on Wednesdays. Sunday.
 
Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge Thursday Bike Night.
Far East Seders you now have a nice big place to go on Thursday nights. The newly remodeled and very large Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge opened for the first time Thursday May 29th to kick off their Thursday Bike Night from 6pm to close. Thunder Pass owners are the same as the Spirits Lounge in Gilbert that a lot of you have gone to in the past. Spirits closed the doors on Saturday due to the loss of the lease. Rick's new place, taking the place of Spirits will be Thunder Pass located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). They will have ladies night on Thursdays with $1.00 drinks, extensive food menu and a huge dance floor with a DJ. Thunder Pass features 2 patios. One out front and one in the back. Park your bikes right next to you. Rick invites all that have come to Spirits for the last 21 years to the new 300 seat Thunder Pass located on the County island between Mesa and Apache Junction.
 
ACME Bar and GrillRemember when downtown Scottsdale was the place to be? They are back with the complete remodel of the place including the new rooftop bar. You will enjoy a Free Buffet from 8:00-9:30 PM, Drink Specials, Raffles every week, Great Music, Pool and lots of fun in Downtown Scottsdale. Make your plans for Thursday March 20th to kick off the return of ACME. Come early for the free buffet and get your raffle ticket and return at 10:00 PM for the drawing. ACME is located in Old Town Scottsdale at 4245 N. Craftsmen Ct. just South of 5th Ave. and West of Scottsdale Rd. For more information call 480-990-7111. Ride by and be a part of the Rebirth of the Acme Ride Night This Thursday Night.  Click here for details and pictures.
 
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. 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 on Bike Night. 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. Keep an eye on your prized possession (your motorcycle) on the monitors. 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 Easyriders on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. 

Saturday Night 

Saturday Night Bike Night at Broker's Bar and Grill. Need a destination on a Saturday night for some great food and refreshments with other riders?? This is a great little place that reminds me of the show Cheer's. A lot of you already stop at Broker's for the excellent food and refreshments on the patio. Now they are having an official Bike Night starting May 10th from 6pm - Close with several food and drink specials. I'm sure the place will be packed on Saturday nights. Broker's is located on the SW corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Bell Rd. in North Scottsdale next to Paris Paris. Food Specials will be $6.00 Burger meal, $5.00 Chicken Sandwich meal and $1.00 Burger Sliders (each). Drink specials include $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.00 imports, $3.50 drafts, $4.50 Guinness and Black & Tans, $4.50 Well Drinks.  Click Here for pictures and more information.
 

Saturday and Sunday

Bike Days at The Hideaway
Stop by The Hideaway this Saturday and see a display of some awesome custom motorcycles from JIM NASI Customs. These are some of the best custom bikes in the United States.
The HIDEAWAY Grill is the creation of a guy named Mark, a motorcycle enthusiast who loves to ride his Harley-Davidson ! The HIDEAWAY opened in August 0f 1998 and was the only biker friendly establishment in Cave Creek. Since that time The HIDEAWAY Grill has become known World Wide. Any day of the year you can stop in and see some of the most Amazing Show Quality and Road Warrior Bikes in the southwest. Some of the Hideaway events have become legendary.  If you havenít heard about these then keep an eye on the website for events. At The Hideaway there is something to do every night.
Click here for the Weekly Schedule of Events
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm: $2 Well, Wine & Domestic Beer. Free Pizza Buffet 3pm - 6pm
Exclusive Bike Shows at The Hideaway with the Hottest Custom Manufacturers:
Jim Nasi Customs: The 1st Saturday of Every Month.
Bourget's Custom Bike Show: The 2nd Saturday of Every Month.
Titan Motorcycles Show: The 3rd Saturday of Every Month.
Ramjet Racing Performance Parts Expo. The 4th Saturday of Every Month.
In addition to the Bike Shows there will be a free Bikini Bike Wash during the shows along with Fun, Food, Entertainment, Vendors and More. 

Sunday 

Sunday, August 31st
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's 
This Weekend - Sunday, September 7th: "Rhondavous"
Here is your chance to take a ride up the hill to some cooler country to hear. Stop in at Hailey's for some good food and fun all weekend long. If you are looking for a short ride (only 60 miles from I-17 & Loop 101) this weekend, this is it. They also have a great ice cream parlor. I am giving the 5 spokes award for the best chocolate milkshakes I have had in a long, time. These things are awesome.  Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 SO. Hwy 69 right next door to the Harley-Davidson shop in Mayer, AZ.  This is a fun ride for some great food and entertainment. For more information call 928-632-4448. Don't forget to use your Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card for your 20% off food at Hailey's.Upcoming Bands appearing at Hailey's on Sundays:

Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Live Music on the patio from 1-6PM this Sunday
Beat the heat with the coolest outdoor patio in Scottsdale.
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 11am - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm and choose from 9 delicious ala carte brunch items or order off of the extensive menu including pizza, salads, burgers or sandwiches. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. You can even play a game of pool as you watch the activities on the patio. Don't forget to go inside and see the unbelievable decor inside Sugar Daddy's. It's a Cajun and blues delight. Even if you can't make it   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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

Fandango
Fri. September, 5th: JD Simo 9pm.
Sat. September, 6th: Cave Creek Idol Karaoke Contest  September 6th.
Sun. September, 7th: Sailor Jerry Promo with Combo Deluxe at 9pm.

Cave Creek Idol Karaoke Contest, sponsored by Ori Custom Homes and hosted by Erika Krueger (the short dark haired girl that can really sing) continues this week.  Anyone can join in on the Karaoke starting at 8:30 pm and then if you want to join the competition, sign up for the contest at 10 pm.  Don't want to join the contest, that's okay too!  After the contest we keep the karaoke going until closing time.
Lots of great stuff going on this weekend so come on out to Cave Creek. Stop by and see Soul Catcher Sunday afternoon. Too hot for your bike?  Pile everybody in the mini-van!  If you do bring your bike please remember the
best way in and out of Cave Creek is via Cave Creek Road.  Have a great weekend and ride safe. Fandango is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. 480-595-5633.
Next Weekend:
Combo Deluxe Fri & Sat Sept 12 & 13, 9pm
George & Duane of Mogollon Sunday Sept 14, 4-8 pm

This Week

Sunday, September 7th
9-11 Patriot Parade 2003.
Many of you were on this ride last year to make it one of the biggest in the state. The Patriot Parade is back this year bigger and better than ever. This year the ride is on Sunday, September 7th to accommodate the crowd and make blocking the freeways and streets easier. The ride is to be filmed and shown in New York City on September 11th. The first 5,000 to sign in will get a bracelet of one of the fallen in the 9-11 attack or one of the fallen heroes in the war on terrorism. W. Steven Martin has worked hard to make this one of the most exciting rides ever. The ride will start at the Gila River Casino/Wild Horse Pass located at I-10 and Exit 162A (Maricopa Rd.) with registration beginning at 8am. Food and beverage will be available at the start of the ride.

The fully escorted ride will leave at 12:00 Noon and ends in downtown Phoenix at The Bank One Ballpark for a ceremony and a time to honor our fallen soldiers and victims of 9-11.
The streets around Bank One Ballpark including Jackson St. will be blocked off for parking and the Restaurants in the area are going to be open to serve you. The donation is $10 per Bike paid at the start to benefit The Police Toy Drive. T-Shirts and ride pins will also be sold at the event. You might ask why is it on the 7th instead of the 11th? It is so that the ride can accommodate more riders and that the logistics of blocking major highways on a Sunday is easier to do. Plus, the ride this year is going to be televised in New York City on September 11th. See you there. I will have more details as we get closer to the event.
 
UPDATE: What to do after.
Cooperstown will have Danny Rhodes and the Messengers band starting at 1:00 PM.
Hooter's at Arizona Center (3rd st. and Van Buren) is having giveaways and specials for the Patriot Parade Riders. 
McFadden's at the Ball Park is to have live music.
Jackson's on 3rd will be open for lunch and refreshments.
 

Next Week
 

September 11th - 14th
The 3rd Annual Las Vegas Bikefest
For the last 2 years this has been one of my favorite events. It is held in downtown Las Vegas without the hotel gauging rates associated with other runs in the State of Nevada. And this year the Vendor area has been moved to the air conditioned Cashman Center. As always there will be the Friday night party and bike parking on the outdoor mall under the Fremont Street Experience with the music of Blue Oyster Cult and Steppenwolf. There will be the always high quality Custom Bike Show, Mr. and Mrs. Las Vegas Bikefest competitions, a $10,000 Poker Run, Poker Walk, Tatoo Contest and all of the fun associated with Las Vegas. And of course cruising the Las Vegas Strip. If you are planning on going you'd better make hotel reservations now. 2 hotels have already sold out. They are expecting over 20,000 riders to attend this year. Click here for more information and to register.  
 

Extras 

I know a lot of people went to the "Ride Home" to Milwaukee for the 100th Year Anniversary Celebration. For those of that went to Milwaukee for the Harley 100th Anniversary I thought it would be nice to start a section for you. If you want to write a short story about your experiences from the trip to share with everyone and attach up to 4 photographs, one with a background that would place you at the event, I will post these stories and pictures for everyone to see. It should be a fun section to share your trip. Email to info@cyclerides.com 

Andy Rooney is always good for a laugh. Here are a couple of "Rooneyisms" that I thought you might enjoy.
Andy Rooney on Monica.
Can you believe it?  Monica turned 28 this week. It seems like only yesterday that she was crawling round the White House on her hands and knees.
Andy Rooney on Vegetarians.
Vegetarian - that's an old Indian word meaning "lousy hunter."

Andy Rooney on answering machines.
Did you ever hear one of these corny positive messages on someone's answering machine?  "Hi, it's a great day and I'm out enjoying it right now. I hope you are too.  The thought for the day is: "Share the love." BEEP
"Uh, yeah...this is the VD clinic calling....Speaking of being positive, your test results are back. Stop sharing the love.."

As for Mrs. C. and myself, we will be taking in the Patriot Ride this Sunday. I will be there with the cameras for photos and asking riders a new question for a video segment. Look for pictures and video from the Patriot Ride in next week's letter. 
 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com
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