OK, it has been a quiet year for rides with Chapter S, so let's kick off the new year with a brand new "Mystery Ride". Now, you may ask what is a "Mystery Ride"? A mystery ride is a ride to an unknown destination that will take you someplace that will: (1) not require freeway driving, (2) will be local and someplace that you've probably driven by many times but didn't know it existed, (3) will be interesting and out of the ordinary, (4) will involve a stop for food, (5) and will not take all day. There may be some costs of admission but those will be clarified so you can have enough cash.
This ride is open to any wheeled vehicle; 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, or 8 wheeled vehicles are welcome. More than 8 wheels may need to have special parking arrangements. Be prepared to dress warmly for the riding, you never know what the temperature will be in January.
This ride will commence right after the regular Chapter S meeting at our new meeting location.
There will be clues about the destination or destinations provided, but so far no one has ever successfully guessed the place we are going. Many have tried.
So, mark your calendars and set aside the date as the first ride in 2014, it will be fun to get out and do some riding with new and old friends alike. Exploring and discovering places that you didn't know existed.
Great ride. Good see so many 'Wings engroup again and as well all those with Harleys and other makes. David, love your Screaming Eagle.
Seeing friends and meeting new ones was a treat as well. And thanks to all my AZ-R b uddies that came out to ride with us. Very cool. There were even 5 trikes as well. We need to double that as they're out there. All in all it was a fun day.
- Carol M.
We are 2 of the 6 Alberta, Canada people that joined the ride. We enjoyed seeing the train station, South Mountain and the train museum but felt it was very unorganized and we felt very left out. We were in the last group to arrive at the train museum and when we came out everyone had left and the directions we had did not mention anything about Joe's restaurant. We were with Rock & Lisa Duffy and they did not know where everyone went either and the other 2 couples with us were very disappointed as well. We had been on the ride 2 years ago and felt at that time that it was organized and safe but this time left a lot to be desired especially the riding through town in a group of at least 15 bikes and cars having to cut into the group to make turns. Anyway, the destinations were fine but very disappointed in the execution.
Saw a lot of the valley from Scottsdale to downtown Phoenix up South Mountain and over to the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler. Finished at Joe's Real BBQ in Gilbert. About a 100 mile tour. Disappointed that we couldn't go into the Union Station depot. Sprint now uses the facility for their communications systems. Enjoyed the ride up South Mountain and the view is always fun to see the airplanes taking off and landing below at Sky Harbor. Lots of bicycle riders on the roads at South Mountain. Weather was cool with the overcast. The Railway Museum in Chandler was interesting and fun to explore. Best if you like trains, but it brought back a lot of memories for those of us that remember what train travel used to be like. The meal at Joe's was very good and the company was even better, sitting around getting acquainted and sharing stories. Nice day out on the motorcycle with lots of friends, new and old.