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Ajo Tour - 03/14/15


Club tour for Saturday March 14th 2015
Well, believe it or not we have come up with an entirely new drive. We thought we would avoid  any trips to the north due to the possibility of foul weather and sloppy roads so we're going to the southwest instead. So what's in the southwest ??? So glad you asked, here's the answer:

The Gang gathers at the truck stop at 56th Street and Sundust Rd. at  9:00 AM and we'll depart at  9:15 AM.  Please have a full fuel tank at the start of the tour and you will want to have your club radio along as well. I'm guessing in the late morning  it will be top down weather but you may want to pack a light jacket just in case.

To get to Sundust Rd., you will want to exit I-10 at Exit 162 (which is also the exit for Firebird Lake and Wild Horse Pass) Turn left under the underpass to get onto Sundust  and the truck stop will be on your right about a ľ mile from the interchange. When we leave the truck stop we will head south on Int 10 and drive through  Casa Grande  down to Toltec Rd. exit 203. take Toltec south to Battaglia Drive  and turn right on to Battaglia Drive.  Continue west on Battaglia Drive  and It will be approximately 9 miles to Chuichu Rd. also called hwy 15 where you will see the sign below heading south.

Turn south on hwy 15 and follow it about 50 miles to hwy 86. We will drive through the communities of Jackrabbit, North Komelik and Santa Rosa . It will be about 8 miles from Santa Rosa to Hwy 86 a main waypoint. Turn right (west) and follow hwy 86 to Ajo  about 47 miles. We will pass through the communities of Covered Wells, Gunsight and "Why." Why is where hwy 86 is renumbered to hwy 85.

Here is a link to the city of Ajo  http://www.ajochamber.com/

We have lunch reservations at the Estrella Restaurant in Ajo. Here is a link to the restaurant  http://www.yelp.com/biz/100-estrella-restaurant-and-lounge-ajo-2 

 I assume there is a gas station where we can get fuel either in Ajo or Gila Bend. After lunch we will continue on hwy 85 north out of Ajo and head toward interstate 10 which is approximately 75 miles, we'll be passing through Gila Bend 40 miles out of Ajo. We should be able to make good time on hwy 86/85 since it is not heavily traveled.  At int. 10 we will head back east to the Valley at which time we will most likely get separated as each of us takes the appropriate route to our own homes.  A rough estimate  is a 350 mile round trip depending upon the distance from your home to the starting point. Including the time for lunch and a fuel stop and comfort stops it will be a long day, probably 8 hours but that's about average for our in state luncheon tours. 

As always, I will need your RSVP ASAP so I will have a head count for the restaurant.

I hope we have a good turnout for this tour, the scenery is spectacular according to photos available on Google earth which I pasted into a "Word" document and sent you separately.


Iíll look for your PROMPT RSVP, thanks,

Paul Ebeyer, President, Arizona BMW Z Series Club

Paul Ebeyer, President

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