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Well, it's history now but I think we're all in agreement
that was one of the best extended tours we had in a long time. It was quite an
experience to see John Wayne Country close up and personal, but somewhat
difficult to grasp due to the size and majesty of it all. The guides were
excellent and entertaining, adding to the enjoyment. Everyone commented on how
great the tour was and we appreciate that very much, after 15 years of club
touring it's almost impossible to come up with anything unique or different that
is also interesting, this tour really filled the bill on that score and makes me
wonder why we didn't do it years ago.
I did get some excellent photographs suitable for
enlargement and framing and I know others did as well. Next time I watch
"The Searchers" with John Wayne I am sure I will be able to relate to
many of the rock formations in the movie. Actually, John Ford directed 7 movies
I Thank all the participants without whom there would be
no events and no club.
We will have a one day tour sometime in early June but the
destination has not been decided, it will most likely be a trip somewhere north
for lunch (cooler country)
Thanks again for your support of the club
Paul - 5/5/14
It is approximately a 7 hour day from
Phoenix to Mexican Hat including lunch, fuel stops and the fact that the
destination is on Daylight Savings Time so we lose an hour. There are other,
more scenic routes to Kayenta, AZ but they are longer and require even more
time. We do want to be careful with our speed on the Indian reservations as
citations are a major source of income for them.
Assemble at 8:45 and depart at 9:00 AM
We'll meet at the Albertson's shopping center on Carefree Hwy just east of
interstate 17. Meet at the far east end by the bank. There is coffee and a
restroom available in Albertson's.
We will head north on interstate 17 to
Flagstaff and exit at the Lake Mary exit. When you come down the off ramp you
will see a gas station and convenience store almost directly in front of you on
the north side of Lake Mary road, this is where we will get a comfort break and
fill the fuel tanks. It's 90 miles from Phoenix to Lake Mary road so we should
arrive there at about 10:30 AM. It will be a 15 minute break and we'll get back
on 17 north and pick up US 40 east. the next turn is at exit 201 Country Club
Drive. Bear to the left turn lane at the bottom of the ramp and take Country
Club Drive, you will be crossing over Hwy 40 & route 66 and then bear to
your right and pick up Hwy 89 north. It comes up quickly and it helps if you are
in the correct lane to make the right hand turn on to 89. It's about 100 miles
from Flagstaff to Cameron where we will stop for lunch and fuel at the Cameron
Trading Post. We should arrive there at about 12:15 and depart at about 1:15.
Following lunch we will fuel up and depart as a group to the next waypoint which
is Kayenta, about 97 miles arriving there at about 2:45 PM. (or, it may be 3:45
PM, I don't know where DST comes into play) We'll take another comfort break and
fuel for anybody who needs it and then head north on Hwy 163 to Mexican Hat
about 45 miles arriving there at about 4:30 PM DST. The time estimates
may not be completely accurate but it really doesn't matter, we get there when
we get there.
For those of us staying in Mexican Hat
there is a famous steak house nearby and for those who wish, we can group
together for a dinner. Everyone is welcome to join in including those members
staying at the View hotel if they don't mind the drive, about 42 miles one
There are two close by attractions near
Muley Point Overlook and Gooseneck
State Park. We will inquire about road conditions and if the roads are paved
we might want to see these, time permitting. They both look fantastic in the
photographs at the attached links below. Following the MV tour on Saturday
morning we will have the rest of the day to do as we wish and that may include
checking out some of the other points of interest.
There are other attractions in the
general area of Kayenta and our member Donna Jones brings this to our attention.
Here is the information she sent me so I am including it for anyone who is
interested. We won't have time to make these stops on the way up but the Jones's
and a few others are planning on seeing all or some of these on the return trip
and staying an extra night at the La Posada hotel in Winslow. If you are
interested in joining in, please contact Donna at email@example.com
for details and hotel info.
Needless to say, you will want to bring
your photographic equipment on the MV tour and please remember to bring your
club radio and start out with a full fuel tank. I will assume you retained the
info sent previously on the tour itself, Saturday morning May 3rd at 10:30 AM
(Mountain Daylight Time) we gather at the View Hotel. Here is the official tour
Ralph D. Olson
Monument Valley Simpson's
Trailhandler Tours, LLC
If you have any questions, please let
Paul Ebeyer, President
From Donna Jones
Here’s the information on the side trips we could do either on the way up or
the way down.
National Monument is located off Hwy 89, about 20 miles south of the Cameron
Trading Post. According to the park site it takes about 2 hours to visit
the 5 pueblos. They are easy walks and self-guided tours, according to the
information. If we decided to stop at Wupatki, my suggestion
would be to stop first at Cameron for lunch, then back track the 20 miles to the
National Monument is located off of Hwy 160 between Cow Springs and Kayenta
on 564. There are 3 trails that are self-guided and give you a view of the
cliff dwellings. I don’t think anyone is interested In the 17 mile hike.
I think this also is about a 2 hour stop, depending on how long or how many
trails people would be interested in checking out.
If anyone is interested, we will be
extending our trip by one day, spending Sunday night at La
Posada in Winslow.
Aside from ‘Standing on the corner’, we’re planning to stop at one of the
places mentioned above depending on what we do on our way to Monument Valley and
then drive home on Monday via Hwy 87.
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