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.
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McFate’s Brewing Company, Phoenix, AZ – March 28, 2019
by El Presidente
Our membership meeting and dinner, held on every last Thursday of the month was at McFate’s Brewing Co on Shea Blvd in Scottsdale. We reserved a private room off of the main dining room, but our larger than expected group quickly overwhelmed capacity!
I normally do my Basecamp plotting and mapping on my home desktop then transfer to my device. However, I was planning on going on a trip and was taking my laptop so I could update my GPS if my plans or route changes.
I performed a backup of Basecamp on my desktop and had the backup file placed on an available cloud drive. In my case that was OneDrive. I then installed Basecamp on my laptop and performed a restore from the file on my OneDrive. Now when I make a change on my laptop or desktop, I run the backup to OneDrive and do a restore on the other. This allows me to keep my laptop and desktop in sync.