GO AZ Motorcycles, Peoria, AZ – September 28-30, 2018
by El Chino Loco
It’s 7am on a gorgeous Friday morning and I am heading to GO AZ Motorcycles in Peoria AZ to meet up with the AZRATPack to ride the annual Route 66 motorcycle tour, this year called the 6’s Wild Grand Tour. The morning air is crisp and I am eager to get this bike on the road.
Victor Castañeda, President of the AZRATPack this year created a ride to take advantage of the many Route 66 historical and memorable routes in Arizona. This years: Day 1 routing, would take us from Peoria, AZ out US 60 to the Devils Highway, US 666 (renamed AZ 191) eventually arriving at the first nights stay in Holbrook, AZ on Route 66. The second day would take riders through the petrified forest and onward to ShipRock, New Mexico, Four Corners and eventually stopping in Chinle, AZ, Canyon de Chelley.
Today’s breakfast had the potential to be a big mess. If you were following on Facebook, our event had 85 RSVPs as confirmed going and about 1,300 interested. Had close to 100 people shown up to the restaurant at once, they would have been completely over run.
Our 7th Annual GO AZ Motorcycles Sedona Ride saw 39 riders leave the GO AZ Peoria dealership at around 8:30 AM in 4 groups of roughly ten. The weather for the most part cooperated with us save for a few sprinkles on the way home. Heat and humidity were the worst parts of the weather we had to deal with, but only on the way home.
What potentially could have been a very hot ride to and from Yarnell was actually not too bad! After installing a fresh battery on my Honda last night, she was ready to go this morning! Our 2nd Sunday Breakfast was held today at the Ranch House which is right at the top of Yarnell Hill just down the street from downtown.
As of this writing, only 3 Tee Pees with 2 double beds are left at the Wigwam in Holbrook! Don’t miss the opportunity to stay at an icon of old Route 66! Once we sell out of rooms at the Wigwam, we’ll announce an alternate hotel that you can book on your own. For more info on the 6’s Wild Grand Tour, click here!
As of July’s meeting of the AZRATPack Board Of Directors, NJSteve Arnoldi has stepped down from his position on the board due to personal reasons. As a founding member of our board, NJSteve’s service and contributions were greatly appreciated, and we look forward to any volunteer contributions he has to offer moving forward. Thanks NJSteve!
Let’s get the obvious out of the way right now. It’s hot! With that said, July’s breakfast was held in the cooler temperatures of Payson. For me, this meant leaving my house in Buckeye just after 7:00 AM. It was already in the high 90’s at this time. I met up with fellow board member Todd at the Chevron across from the Ft McDowell Casino and road together up The Beeline (SR87).