Today was promising to be either really hot or “monsoony” when I left the house on my Honda. The ride up was somewhat cool and overcast, but at least dry and not very humid which made for a nice ride up through Wickenburg and into Congress for this morning’s 2nd Sunday Breakfast at Nichol’s West, a perennial favorite of the club’s.
Usually our Meatfest is held at the end of the year but we saw an opportunity at a newer, highly recommended place to try out and bring the club to the West Valley. We held our first Mid-Year Meatfest at Serra Gaucha in the P83 complex in Peoria near GO AZ Motorcycles.
I’d like to clear up a little confusion as to how and why to RSVP to any of our events. Here are some guidelines for you:
Please always RSVP on the website. This makes it easy for us to get an accurate count in one place for who’s attending an event. Very important for 2nd Sunday Breakfast and General Membership Meetings & Dinner that involve restaurants. If we have a good amount of RSVPs, we will call ahead, make a reservation or simply give a warning that a large group is coming. This will help us have enough spots at the table for people to sit and eat comfortably.
Facebook RSVPs will not be counted! Always follow the link on the Facebook Event page to our website to RSVP.
Entering bike information helps us determine how to divide groups on a ride and alerts us of what type of group is coming. That way we know if we’re going to have a bunch of cruisers or sport bikes or both!
In the future, we will be using the RSVP on the website as a check in for an event.
This morning’s ride to Saguaro Lake started for me in Buckeye with temps in the mid 70’s. I was very excited to take the Honda across town because of the great weather! I wasn’t disappointed! I left my garage at about 7:00 AM for the 65 mile trek across town. I wasn’t in a real rush because I had gotten a report that the Lakeshore Restaurant opened at 9, not at our breakfast meet time of 8.
Pacific Seafood Buffet, Chandler, AZ – May 30, 2019
by El Presidente
This dinner was originally scheduled to be at Airirang Korean BBQ. Rodney and I stopping in on Wednesday night to make sure they had enough staff to accommodate our group. Low and behold, the place had been sold and conditions were quite different! The next morning, the day of the dinner, we decided to move to Pacific Seafood Buffet which was in the same complex.
Rock Springs Café, Rock Springs, AZ – May 12, 2019
by El Presidente
Our yearly Mother’s Day visit to the Rock Springs Café started with the best weather for a romp up Loop 303 to I-17 and up to Rock Springs. The combination of the cool temperature, overcast skies with the predawn showers made for a nice, crisp smell in the air. Motorcycles are happiest with this type of weather!
Planning for the Alien Encounters tour starts about a year ago when California AZRATPacker, Darlene Fong sent me a couple of interesting links she found while looking up alien themed places to visit. The first was Coyote’s Flying Saucer Repair in Ocotillo, CA and the second was the Integretron in Landers. Loving the two suggestions for stopping points on a future ride, I started to formulate a route to tie the two together. I then added a trip through Death Valley and El Chino Loco suggested the Atomic Inn in Beatty, NV as a stop for the night. Behold, the Alien Encounters Grand Tour was born!
Cuban Foods Bakery & Restaurant, Phoenix, AZ – April 26, 2019
by El Presidente
It has been a tradition lately to have Cuban food for our April Club Dinner because of the proximity of my birthday. My favorite spot used to be Havana Café in Scottsdale, but since it closed, Cuban Foods has been the spot!
GO AZ Motorcycles, Scottsdale, AZ – March 30, 2019
by El Chino Loco
The Southern Arizona Tour (SOAZT) was the second of the six rides of the GO AZ/AZRATPack Riders Series. This years SOAZT took us to Patagonia, Bisbee and Mt Lemmon with one night out on the road. The trip could not have started off any better. The weather was fabulous and enthusiastic group of riders came out for this ride.
The SOAZT is not a new tour to the AZRATPack. Over the years we have been to Bisbee, Tombstone and other Southern Arizona cities and towns for many entertaining rides. Any trip to Bisbee is fabulous, a quirky, fun town of the old west. Built into the side of a mountain in the fashion of San Francisco its a real treasure of time and old west culture. Copper was discovered in these mountains and the one of the largest open pit mines of its time. The COPPER QUEEN MINE was operated from late 1940s to 1974. On the way to Bisbee we will stop in Patagonia (not CHINLE, not enough time for that) for lunch.