Club Drive Planned for Saturday, 10/28/06


Here's the latest news on the club October drive. We're moving the date to Saturday Oct 28th. We hope this will not inconvenience anyone or eliminate them from the drive. We always like to get as many cars as possible on every tour.

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 DO NOT TAKE HWY 89 TO YARNELL & PRESCOTT

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

During lunch, we will decide on what route to continue on. It will either be the routine routing through Cottonwood, Sedona and Oak Creek, or we will modify the route to avoid those congested areas. The alternative is the following"

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 tag.

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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