A nice morning to get out on the bike. Temps are nice at 7am and the traffic is light as the snowbirds have finally left the valley. Little Mesa Cafe is a quaint local cafe with its regular crowd of customers. A nice morning to get out on the bike. Temps are nice at 7am and the traffic is light as the snowbirds have finally left the valley. Little Mesa Cafe is a quaint local cafe with its regular crowd of customers.
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Cuban Foods Bakery & Restaurant, Phoenix, AZ
I probably ate more pork last night than most people eat in a month! Over the years, I’ve picked Cuban Foods Bakery & Restaurant for our April dinner because of the close proximity to my birthday and I choose to quietly celebrate by gorging myself with delicious food from my family’s home country. This is the most authentic tasting Cuban restaurant that I’ve found in the Phoenix area that is still open. Havana Café in Scottsdale was a favorite until they shut down.
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As I rolled out of the garage this morning I could feel the spring temperatures upon us as the seat & grip warmers were set on low for the ride to breakfast. This location was selected as the thought was that it might be centrally located for the majority of the AZRATPack and came recommended by the wife.
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babbo italian eatery, Glendale, AZ
Our monthly dinner was held at Babbo’s Italian Eatery.
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GO AZ Motorcycles Peoria
We are rolling west from our sponsor Goaz Motorcycles of Peoria. It’s a nice morning , warming up nicely from a cold start. El Presidente has just given our ride meeting for the 2023 Joshua Tree Tour Ride. Our trip will take us West to the Joshua Tree National park in the Yucca Valley/Twenty Nine Palms area of California. Day one is to get to Yucca Valley, have lunch, look around and have dinner. Rolling west felt good, temperatures were rising and the pace was good. El President was out front keeping up a steady pace. Riding thru Wickenburg our first stop was gas in Parker, a favorite stop at Terrible Herbst Chevron provided a nice break for all. Next will be Yucca Valley but probably not in time to make the lunch stop, but we will stop there anyway and check it. Arriving in Twenty Nine Palms there was lotta activity, looked like a flea market with street vendors. El Presidente, Victor Castaneda had to try the restaurant on the main street called Castanenda’s ( a local chain in the area), Others went on their hotels to check in and other activities..
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The sun is rising and the temps are coming out of the low 40s. The promise for today is WARMER !! Thank god for that after raining/hailing/snowing in Phoenix/Scottsdale a little warmth would feel good.
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We were contacted by Mel from the Cove at Bartlett lake in January about what a nice ride it is out to their restaurant and with the riding weather warming up we should come see them. This made selecting the February breakfast an easy decision since were invited to a nice ride and restaurant.
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In last month’s column, I went through the club’s history as best I remember it but this month, I’d like to review who we are today and the concept.
I personally am not a fan of very organized clubs. When asked why we ride a motorcycle, about 99% of us will mention the word freedom in our explanation somewhere. This is why there is no formal decorum in our breakfast or dinner meetings. If there’s something you’d like to bring up to one of the board members in attendance, just ask away and we’ll do our best to address it. Out on the road, as groups get bigger, for safety’s sake, there has to be a bit more decorum and following etiquette.
The club was founded as a Triumph Owner’s Club (Riders Association of Triumph) but over the years as Triumph owner participation dwindled, the concept had to change in order for the club to continue to exist. The club’s focus has changed over the years from what you ride to the ride itself. I personally love motorcycles of all brands and types and enjoy the variety that we have that participate in our events.
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George & Dragon Pub, Phoenix, AZ
We have a tradition of every January we hold our dinner at the George & Dragon Pub on Central Ave in Phoenix. In the club’s early days George & Dragon used to host our monthly meetings being that we were a Triumph Owner’s Club along with the convenience of being a short trip from our original dealer sponsor, Phoenix International Motorsports located on 7th St.
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GO AZ Motorcycles Scottsdale
Today was going to be a beautiful day for a ride through the desert to see the San Xavier Mission in Tucson. As I pushed out of the garage to start the day it was a brisk 40 degrees outside, so I cranked up the seat warmer and grip warmer to MAX in order to stay warm on the way to GO AZ in Scottsdale. Upon arrival I only noticed a few members and thought maybe others decided it was too cold to ride today, fortunately I was incorrect as many others arrived a short time later. We had John & his wife Lorraine from GO AZ joining us on the ride today as well assisting us with paperwork, which is always important..
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