Road Trip 3/25/06
As promised, we have the details worked out for the club
tour on Saturday, March 25th. The tour route will start at the Albertson's
market on Carefree Hwy 1/4 mile East of Interstate 17. We'll meet there at
8:30 AM and depart at 8:45 AM.
We'll drive west to Wickenburg
for a 15 minute comfort stop at McDonalds.
When we leave Wickenburg, we'll head out on Hwy 89 but at the junction, about 5
miles out of town, we'll pick up Hwy 93 to Kingman & Las Vegas. You will
bear to the LEFT at this junction, DO NOT BEAR RIGHT AND TAKE HWY 89 TO YARNELL
Approximately 30 miles up the highway on 93, you will turn
right on to Hwy 97; the road sign will say, "Bagdad." This is an easy
turn to miss, so pay attention if you happen to be in the front of the pact or
traveling apart from the main caravan. Shortly after turning on to 97, about 4
miles in, we will pick up Hwy 96 which will bear slightly right. The towns
associated with hwy 96 will be: Hillside, Kirkland, Skull Valley & Iron
Springs. As long as you see those signs, you're on the right road. Eventually,
you will find yourself on Skull Valley Kirkland Road which changes name to Iron
Springs Road as it nears Prescott.
This will drop us into the outskirts of Prescott on Iron
Springs Road. Follow that to Willow Creek Road and turn left (north). This
will take us through the North end of the city and we'll pass by Willow Lake
Park on our right side. Continue on Willow Creek Road until you get to Pioneer
Parkway and turn right on to Pioneer Parkway. This will turn into 89A and take
us up Mingus Mountain to Jerome. WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE JUNCTION OF PIONEER
PARKWAY AND HWY 89, DO NOT TURN LEFT AND FOLLOW 89, IT WILL TAKE YOU NORTH TO
ASHFORK. Be sure you stay on 89A to Jerome, through the town, and we'll drop
down the other side of the mountain into Cottonwood. Turn right at the bottom of
the hill where the gas station is and remain on 89A headed into Cottonwood.
Eventually, you will arrive at the intersection of Hwy 260 and & 89A and you
want to pick up Hwy 260 and follow it until it turns into Main street. Follow
the numbering system to Murphy's
Grill at 747 S. Main street 1-928-634-7272 This is where we'll be having
lunch at approximately 1 PM.
After lunch, we'll take Hwy 260 South until it intersects
with Hwy 89A and then we'll bear left on 89A and head for Cornville Road where
we will turn right. (This is a fairly deserted road where we can have some
driving fun) Cornville Road will eventually bring us out on Interstate 17 north
of Camp Verde. We'll drive the Interstate north until we pick up Lake Mary Road
where we will turn right and head toward Mormon Lake. The balance of the trip
should be familiar to most of the members as we have taken this route so many
times in the past. The final leg of the tour will take us down to Payson and Hwy
87 back to Phoenix. We decided to avoid Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon because of
the congestion and the fact that this route will add about 1 hour to the drive.
Although the Canyon is beautiful to look at, the traffic moves very slowly and
there are no passing opportunities. This becomes frustrating after a short time.
We'll have various comfort and fuel stops along the way
which will be called out on the club radio. You will probably need a sweater or
jacket especially in the higher altitudes. Please bring your club radio and name
I will need a head count for the restaurant so please send
back your RSVP.
Looking forward to another great drive,
Paul Ebeyer, President
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