Wow, it feels good to be at this point of the year! Last Thursday, we closed out the wonderful year that 2018 was for the AZRATPack! 2018 was a year that saw a growth in participation in our rides, breakfasts and monthly dinners. This evening was a celebration of the camaraderie, the interesting places we’ve been to, the way we got to those places and recognition for those of us that were dedicated to seeing and traveling to those places.
Though full details are being worked out, Ride Chair, Rodney Chew has announced that the Shady Dell has been named as the official hotel of the SO AZ Tour 2019. We are announcing it now because this hotel sells out well in advance and would like it to be full of people attending our ride. The Shady Dell is a truly unique destination. Here’s more on the Shady Dell:
The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court’s long and epic journey began in 1927 as a place to provide trailer and camping spaces to weary travelers along the famous Highway 80, which stretched from Savannah, Georgia to San Diego, California.
Matt’s Big Breakfast Biltmore – Phoenix, AZ – December 9, 2018
by El Presidente
This morning was extra chilly here in far out west Buckeye. At 45 degrees, I felt there was no reason to be cold, so I opted for the warm confines of my car. Plus I hadn’t been on a motorcycle since the last breakfast so there was going to need to be a bunch of extra prep this morning like getting the heated vest together and airing up the tires of either the Honda or the Harley. The Ford was a good choice this morning!
I am proud to announce we are among three nominees for this year’s AMA Recreational Road Riding Organizer of the Year award! The special award winners will be announced at the 2018 AMA Championship Banquet on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus, Ohio. The event is part of the 2018 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, Dec. 7-9. Among those recognized at the banquet are top clubs and promoters in competition and recreational riding categories.
This is to let you know that I have thoroughly enjoyed my rides with your group (although limited by my Williams’ location and several health issues over the past 5-years). Whenever I recall riding with you, I get a big bug eatin’ grin on my face and wish I could have participated more. Victor, our fearless leader, has been the focal point, friend and motivator for me, and I will always cherish the thoughtful, well-planned rides and camaraderie he has managed to quietly inspire through the years. Thank you, El Presidente.
We are excited to announce that GO AZ Motorcycles has committed to sponsor the entire 2019 Ride Series. What does this mean? They will continue to publicize our rides to their customers along with hosting the start of each of our six rides this year either at their Scottsdale or Peoria locations, including the new Indian Motorcycles location on Butherus Dr. in Scottsdale, and continue to extend their hospitality to us. Continue reading “GO AZ Motorcycles Continues As Ride Series Sponsor For 2019!”
Lo Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Gilbert, AZ – November 29, 2018
by El Presidente
Lo Lo’s Chicken & Waffles is one of my perennial favorites, but this time we tried out their Gilbert location instead of the usual one in Scottsdale that we go to. Luckily, when our group started arriving, there was plenty of room. Our group grew and grew along with the amount of regular patrons sitting down for dinner.
On November 13th, those of you who reserved TeePees at the Wigwam in Holbrook for our 6’s Wild Grand Tour through our website were issued partial refunds for overpayments. We do not want to make a profit on you! We only wish to cover the actual hotel costs and processing fees we incurred. The rate we charged took taxes and other fees into account that ended up not being charged. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for ask any of our board members any questions you have. Thanks for making it such a great ride!
Haymaker Restaurant – Litchfield Park, AZ – November 11, 2018
by El Presidente
It started as a chilly morning ride with temperatures in the high 40’s as I left the house. I had considered taking my Honda since it’s all wired for heated vest and has heated grips. But it was a short ride to my destination for a change. I elected to take the Harley and forgo all of the electrically heated luxuries. This morning’s breakfast was at the Haymaker Restaurant in Litchfield Park.
GO AZ Motorcycles, Scottsdale, AZ – November 3, 2018
A nice sized group of riders assembled at GO AZ Motorcycles in Scottsdale for a promising days’s ride up Mt Lemmon. The route took the group out toward Apache Junction then on down towards Oracle and the Tucson area.