This year instead of attending the annual Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, I thought it might be different to go to Cave Creek, Arizona, to a event there for a change of pace. Soon after crossing into Arizona, I spied an In-N-Out and I was a little hungry for a Double/Double with fried onions made Animal Style with a chocolate milkshake. I feel for you people in parts of the country without In-N-Out Burger stands. Ya gotta live with the lesser brands.
To kill a day, I tripped up to the revived ghost town of Jerome, Arizona, over the 158 curves in 12 miles on the Mingus Mountain Drive just down the road from the Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona. Jerome is a popular biker escape from the terrible Phoenix heat with Spirit Room
, a biker friendly bar to hang out in. One little note here, don't try to ride back down the mountain drunk as you'll probably die. Otherwise it's a neat old mining town that in its heyday had more bordellos than schools and churches put together.
But enough of this mindless rambling and let's get down to Cave Creek's Biketoberfest
with The Hideaway Grill
and the Cave Creek Tap Haus Grill
separated by an inconvenience store. It seems like every custom builder in the greater Phoenix area showed up to show off their 30" front wheels and other marvels of the intricacies of an inventive mind and nimble fingers.
To me it was a great bike show at a great venue and the picture taking was amazing. Even world-renowned artist, Eric Herrmann
, set up a tent exhibiting his work and doing a little painting. He didn't have to travel far for once as he Iives just up the road. And, Cave Creek’s Biketoberfest didn’t just save Eric a bit of travel time, it saved me a trip to Daytona Beach.