Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
I would like to say "Welcome Back" to all that were in Milwaukee for the HD 105th Celebration this past week. I have heard that it was a great event with record crowds. Also, Welcome Home to those that went to Durango for the weekend. There were a lot of bikes around that area this weekend as well. As you know, Mrs. C. and I made our way to the Durango area with our friends Dan and Kathy this weekend to get in some riding as well. I see there were a lot of you that tracked us on "The Spot" satellite messenger on our ride up and back. You can still see that last day that is still on the map. Click Here to View.
This was our 3rd year going to the Durango area over the Labor Day weekend and it was just as enjoyable as ever. We don't go there for the rally, but just to enjoy the fantastic riding in this area. The first year we did the San Juan Skyway and the Black Canyon/Curecanti Recreation area. Last year we were just riding through at the end of our Colorado ride and did the San Juan Skyway again. This year we rode to Munds Park on Thursday night. Left at 8am Friday morning with our destination Ouray, CO which is 70 miles North of Durango. There are a few ways to get to Durango from Phoenix, but our preferred route is Hwy. 89 from Flagstaff to Hwy. 160 through Tuba City, Kayenta and Teec Nos Pos to Cortez and then over to Durango.
After a brief stop in Durango, we were on our way for the 70 mile ride straight North to Ouray through some of the most beautiful riding you will ever do. The 27 mile stretch from Silverton to Ouray, also known as the Million Dollar Highway is particularly amazing. We pulled into Ouray at about 6:30pm, got checked into the very quaint Ouray Victorian Inn. Being only a couple of blocks from Main St., we walked up the hill and had dinner at the excellent Outlaw Restaurant where Bob and Debbie Ince introduced themselves as Cyclerides.com readers and told us that they had just gotten married in Ouray that day. The pictures of the bride on the motorcycle is coming soon. Congratulations to them. On the way to the restaurant we were treated to some wildlife walking the sidewalks of Ouray and getting an evening snack. Click Here. I actually got within about 7 feet of these guys.
Saturday we embarked on an almost 400 mile loop to the East of the San Juan Mountains. This time we went South out of Ouray on the Million Dollar Highway to enjoy the crisp 55 degree air and to experience this ride from the other direction. As we rode across this awe inspiring stretch of asphalt laced around and literally hanging off the sides of these mountains, I couldn't help but reflect on how this route compares to any that we have done. I don't really like to rate roads as they all have their own idiosyncrasies, beauty and character. However, riding through here for the 7th time in the last 3 years, without being the least bit tired of it and almost looking forward to my next opportunity to ride it again before I am even done, prompted me to use some of this alone time to see how the route stacks up to any of the other roads that I have ridden.
Mrs. C. and I have been blessed over the last several years with the opportunity to ride some of the most beautiful areas in the Western United States and Canada, and of course we have shared them all with you on the site in the Day Rides section of Cyclerides.com. So as I rounded one corner after the next trying to absorb the incredible beauty of this area, from the best possible place to view it, the seat of a motorcycle, I started to think back over the all of the rides we have done the past 8 years to see how this one really stacks up.
In my mental review, the recently traveled Pacific Coast Highway quickly came to mind, the Cascade National Park in
Washington jumped in there, Banff and Lake Louise in Canada was
a contender, Glacier National Park, the
Hills in South Dakota, Beartooth Pass, the Sierra Nevada Passes and many
others came to mind for consideration. All of those are great rides and should be put on everyone's list of things
to do. But if I knew I had just one ride left to make, it would be one last trek from Durango to Ouray and
back. It just doesn't get any better than that for me. My second choice is almost a toss up, but a slight edge
would probably go to Hwy. 20 through the Cascades National Park in Washington followed closely by the
Pacific Coast Highway from Cambria to Monterey.
If you are spontaneous and inclined, there is still time to ride up Ouray before the snow falls and do this ride. You could do it as a brisk paced 2 day weekend ride or stretch it out to an easy 3 day ride. From I-17 and the 101 to Ouray is only 511 miles. An easy day ride on these roads. You could spend the night there, ride the other side of the San Juan Skyway through Telluride, back down the hill through Dolores, Cortez and on your way home. A 3 day ride would be just 440 miles to Durango, do the 230 mile loop the next day, and 440 miles back. Doesn't get much easier than that, and it would be a fantastic ride.
After coming South on the 550 to Durango Saturday morning, we turned East through Pagosa Springs, Wolf Creek Pass, South Fork and then North on Hwy. 149 also known as the Silver Thread through Creede and Lake City to Hwy. 50 which took us past the Curecanti Reservoir to Montrose and then back to Ouray.
I do have on ugly incident to report. Hopefully one that will keep you from making the same mistake. If you have ever been to Ouray, you know that the streets have a severe slant to West. We pulled into Ouray hungry from a long day at about 7:30pm ready to eat dinner. So I pulled up in front of Bon Ton Restaurant, put my kickstand down, secured it (I thought), got off on the left side of the bike, took about 4 steps away and heard a huge crash. Much to my surprise, I turned around to see my Road Glide lying on the right side flat out on the street. Apparently I made the mistake of leaving it in a position of being in a fine line between standing up and falling over. I'm guessing that there was enough wind from a storm blowing in that a gust might have been just enough to blow it over. The good news was that with that kind of free fall, the only thing damaged was some minor scratches on the crash bar and about 4 marks on the right saddle bag. Very lucky to not have broken levers, fairing, etc. Lesson Learned!
Rain was the name of the game on Sunday. We did a loop to the West and down 141 through intermittent ran back to Durango for a night at the Strater Hotel on Main St. Monday we were on our way for a nice ride back home. This is always a great destination that offers many different routes to get there and come back. You can choose your own, but I would encourage you to put this on your list of places to ride.
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There were some incredible photos that came out of this trip. Click Here to View.
Click Here for Music Video of this same area from 2 years ago.
New Reader's Rides Page for 2008
I know there are several of you that have taken trips this Summer and would like to share your photo. I would like to see pictures with you and/or your bike next to a Sign, a well known part of Americana or a Famous Landscape of where you have ridden. Be sure and tell where the photo was taken. I will have the first photos up by next week's letter. Click Here to view the page from 2007.
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Highlights This Week
Saturday, September 6th
Chester's Harley-Davidson 2009 Model Year Open House.
It is that time of year when the 2009 Harley-Davidson's will start filling the showrooms.
Get your first look at Chester's Harley-Davidson.
Saturday, September 6th
Hacienday Harley-Davidson Presents the UFC Breakthrough with the Liddell/Evans Match.
Ultimate Fighting has become one of the hottest television sports going. Hacienda is giving all bikers
this Saturday night a chance to watch the pay per view Liddell vs. Evans bout for FREE around a party atmosphere.
It is time to update the Women Who Ride Page.
Send me a photo of you on your motorcycle to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it to the new page.
See details in the "Extras" below.
Sewing now available at Renegade Classics!
Renegade Classics, located at 3102 East Cactus Road in Phoenix, is now
taking care of the valley’s sewing needs on Saturday’s between 10 & 3.
New Biker Friendly destination ride for breakfast or lunch in Skull Valley.
Buy one meal at regular price get the second one half off. Just mention the Cyclerides.com ad.
Details in "Extras" Below.
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 location. The 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.
Saturday, September 6th
Chester's Harley-Davidson 2009 Model Year Open House. It is that time of year when the 2009 Harley-Davidson's will start filling the showrooms. Get your first look at Chester's Harley-Davidson. If you want to see the latest and greatest from the Motor Company ride over to Chester's Harley-Davidson on Saturday, September 6th from 9am - 4pm. To kick off the new model year there will be a Live Band! Rock out with The Robertson County Band. Free Food! Breakfast and Lunch will be served. Bring the kids to enjoy the fun. Face Painting, Stilt Man and a visit from the Liberty Wild Life Foundation. Spend $50 in motorclothes and roll the dice for a percentage off. Chester's Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, September 6th
Hacienday Harley-Davidson Presents the UFC Breakthrough with the Liddell/Evans Match. Ultimate Fighting has become one of the hottest television sports going. Hacienda is giving all bikers this Saturday night a chance to watch the pay per view Liddell vs. Evans bout for FREE around a party atmosphere in the newly remodeled mega party room in the upstairs at Hacienda North. Party starts at 6pm, fight starts at 7pm. This is a great place to hang out and watch the fight. There will be Free Appetizers, Free Raffles and Prizes, and Great Sales. Cocktails are available- beer $2.00 Donation and mixed drinks $3.00 Donation. These fights have been extremely well attended and this is a great atmosphere to watch them. Hacienda North is located at 15750 N. Northsight Blvd. in Scottsdale, AZ. 480-991-7977.
Saturday, September 6th
PFC Mykel F. Miller Memorial Ride. The Bushmaster Riders of the 1-158 Infantry Battalion, AZ Army National Guard, will honor one of our fallen. PFC Mykel Miller, aged 19, was killed in action in the Zabul Province, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom on September 6th, 2007. 8am - 9:30am Breakfast and Staging hosted by American Legion Riders, American Legion Post 107. 20001 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 9:30-9:40am: Ride brief/Mount up. 9:40am: Movement to the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. 10:00-10:45am: Memorial Service and Wreath Laying. 11:00am: KSU for ride to Bartlett Lake. 12:00 Noon: Lunch at Harold's in Cave Creek.
September 6th and 7th
6th Annual B. Wayne Scott Fallen Officers Memorial Ride. Meet at 67th Ave. and Happy Valley Rd. (CCV Parking Lot). Kickstands up promptly at 8:00am. Phoenix to Flagstaff via the scenic route through Prescott and Sedona. Hotels on your own. For more information email email@example.com.
Friday, September 12th
Guns and Hoses, Police Department vs. Fire Department Boxing Matches.
Fort McDowell Casino and Felko Promotions would like to welcome all bikers to come out on Friday September 12 for the Guns & Hoses Charity Boxing Event. This outdoor event will bring together the valleys toughest fire fighters and police officers together in the ring to benefit a great charity, The 100 club of Arizona. This charity benefits families of fallen officers and fire fighters and could use your help in supporting this great cause. We hope to see a lot of the valley riders supporting this event. Tickets are on sale now at the casino and online at www.badboyfights.com. Tickets start at just $20 and the doors open at 6:00 pm. Mark it on your calendar and we hope to see you all out at the Fort on Friday September 12th. Ft. McDowell Casino is located on Hwy. 87 just 2 miles N. of Shea Blvd. Click Here for Flyers.
Saturday, September 13th.
Hacienda Harley-Davidson 30th Anniversary Celebration. Make plans to attend the big 30th Anniversary Celebration Party at Hacienda Harley-Davidson from 10am - 9pm. The day will include something for everyone including a Huge Tent Sale where you can save up to 75% on select merchandise. Stop by and see the unveiling of the New 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Throughout the day there will be Fashion Shows, Live Music, Raffles, 50/50 Drawing, Tirvia Contest and FREE BBQ. There will also be Patron and Budweiser Beer Gardens for you to enjoy. Don't forget to sign up to win a new 2009 Harley-Davidson. Ride by for some FREE BBQ and enjoy Live Music in the Beer Gardens while getting some great deals on the HD Merchandise and picking out your new 2009 Harley. Hacienda HD is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ. 480-905-1903.
Saturday, September 13th
Western Trails Ranch Re-Opens! One of the largest Biker Venue's in the Country re-opens Saturday September 13th. JoAnn's New Economic Plan for the Recession-FREE FOOD, Chili, biscuits & gravy, spaghetti, etc. We are open Friday's 10am to Midnight, Saturday's 10am to Midnight, & Sunday 10am to 8pm. Opening Day kicks off with a MMA meeting, new Northwest District, from 7pm to 8pm, all are welcome. From 7pm to 8pm, during the meeting Domestic Beers will be $2.00. Live Music from 8pm to Midnight, Saturday, September 13th, featuring NINE TO ONE, no cover charge. FREE Chili all weekend long. 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 11 pm , door prizes will be awarded, no money involved, this activity will be lots of fun. For all details log onto Westerntrailsranch.com or call the Ranch stupid question hotline (623) 521-0367 for more information.
Saturday, September 13th.
1st Annual 9-11 Motorcycle and Car Ride. Event held in Tucson. Entrance Fee $10.00 per vehicle – Ride Pins to the FIRST 120 Paid Entrants Ride begins at American Legion Post #59 750 N Grande (Grande one block south of Speedway) to American Legion Post #109, 15921 S. Houghton Rd. SHOW YOUR PRIDE AND FLY YOUR FLAG There will be a Bike Swap Meet, Food, Drink, 50/50 and Live Band. Funds collected from the ride are donated to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund for the Children of our Fallen Warriors from the War on Terror September 13, 2008 Staging begins at 2:00 p.m. Ride starts promptly at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 14th
2nd Annual Ridenow Powersports Golf for Kids. For you golfers that want to take a morning off from riding, you can still help the cause by participating in the RideNow for Kids Golf Tournament to raise money for The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Tournament takes place at Whirlwind Golf Club, 5602 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, AZ. Registration fee is $125 per person that includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls, lunch and a chance to will lots of prizes. Space is limited. Click Here for more information or call Susie Vincent at 480-755-5398. For more information and to register online go to www.cyclerides.com/golf . Contributions are fully tax-deductible. Registration deadline Wednesday, September 10th.
Sunday, September 14th
5th Annual Breast Cancer Bash. Proceeds from this event benefit Komen for the Cure. Registration starts 9am at the Steelhorse Saloon, 1818 W. Bell Rd. in Phoenix. T-shirt and Ride Pin to the first 150 Riders. $20 Single, $25 Double. Live Music at last stop starting at 4pm. More information contact "G", 623-262-7101.
Sunday, September 14th
2nd Annual Poker Run to Benefit Autistic Children. There will be 2 starting points for this run: 1. KJ's at 59Th and Bethany Home and the Moose Lodge at Cotton Lane and Yuma Rd. Sign in 9am to 11am. Stop 2. Chuy's at 97Th Ave and Camelback Rd. Located in the NE corner of shopping plaza. 3. Fat Boyz Bar and Grill in Youngtown. 4. The Mineshaft in Wickenburg 5. The Tin Top in Tonopah. Directions to each stop will be given when card is drawn. Last card drawn at 6pm. Cost for this run is $20.00 for Rider and $30.00 for Rider and Passenger. Free ride pins to the first 100 sign ups. Ride will include meal at the Tin Top. For those that like to do long runs this one is it. 50/50, Raffles, High and Low Hand.
Sewing now available at Renegade Classics!
Renegade Classics, located at 3102 East Cactus Road in Phoenix, is now taking care of the valley’s sewing needs on Saturday’s between 10 & 3. Choose from a wide variety of patches, or bring in your own from your summer travels, and have them sewn on while you wait or stop by during the week and leave your vest or jacket and pick it up a few days later. Renegade Classics is also hemming chaps to keep you looking your best while on the road. Renegade Classics is also your one stop travel shop for all of your touring needs. For more information call 602-595-9597.
It is time to update the Women Who Ride Page. Send me a photo of you on your motorcycle to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it to the new page. Click Here to view the current page of Women Who Ride. The video is also fun to the music of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun". Click Here to Watch.
It is no secret that I love bringing you new riding ideas and places to stop. As we were just about to cross the railroad tracks coming into Skull Valley, I noticed a little restaurant on my right named Skull Valley Cafe. It is a really quaint little building decorated in a railroad theme that seemed like a good motorcycle stop for breakfast or lunch. So we did a U-Turn back to the place to check it out. As it turns out it is a very cool little place that would make an excellent destination for a breakfast stop while enjoying a beautiful ride to get there. Seating is available at the counter as well as a few tables inside. The good news is that there is also an outdoor patio to enjoy the great weather while you have breakfast or lunch. They are biker friendly and would love to have riders there on weekends for breakfast. In fact, for you to try them out, they are offering Cyclerides.com readers a special buy one meal at regular price get the second one half off. Just mention the Cyclerides.com ad and the discount is yours. This offer good through Sunday, September 14th. Give them a try over the next couple of weeks. Skull Valley is just 23 miles North of Yarnell and 11 miles N. of Kirkland Junction and 20 miles West of Prescott. (3045 S. Iron Springs Rd., Skull Valley, AZ) This is a really nice ride for breakfast or lunch that is only 96 miles from I-17 and Loop 101. You could then make the loop around to Prescott and back home for a nice little 200 mile breakfast or lunch ride. Click Here for information page and map.
This guy is taking a leisure cruise to a new level. Not
sure where they are, but it sounds like Jamaica Man!. Click Here to View.
It is the start of football season and Fantasy Football part of that. But this video takes the Fantasy part to a new level. Click Here to View.
Never seen anything like this before. My question is who is the winner? Click Here to View.
Regardless whether you are voting Republican or Democrat, it is nice to know that if the Republicans win, the White House will be "Biker Friendly". Click Here to View.