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Club Tour -
Ajo - Saturday, 03/12/16
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
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
have no idea if it will be top down weather but we'll find out as the
date approaches; please bring appropriate clothing so you will be
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 overpass to get onto Sundust
and the truck stop will be on your right about a ¼ mile from the off ramp.
When we leave the truck
stop we will head south on I-10 and drive toward Casa Grande, and get off
I-10 at Sunland Gin Road exit #200. There will be a Love's truck stop at the
bottom of the off ramp to your right. Make a right turn and continue south
to Battaglia Drive and turn right on to Battaglia Drive.
Continue west on Battaglia Drive approximately 6 miles to Chuichu Rd. (also
called Highway 15) where you will see the sign below heading south.
Turn south on Highway 15 and follow it about 50
miles to Highway 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 Highway 86 to Ajo,
which will be about 47 miles. We will pass through the communities of
Covered Wells, Gunsight and "Why." "Why" is where Highway 86 is renumbered
to Highway 85; stay on 85.
it's decided ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ we're going to "brown bag it" so either
bring a lunch or plan to get something at one of the fastfood
restaurants in Ajo.
This is a link to the map of Ajo.
Please print out this map or memorize it (ha ha)
You can clearly see hwy 85 where we enter town. In the top just right of
center you will
see ESBUD WALKER PARK in green, that's where we're having lunch. I
trust everyone stopping for fast food will promptly find their way to the
park so we can all hang together and depart together. (wishful
There is fuel available at
various points. We'll call out the fuel stop on the radio. After lunch
we will continue on Highway 85 north out of Ajo and head north to
Gila Bend, about 40 miles. We should be able to make good time on
Highways 86/85 since it is not heavily traveled. At Gila Bend Hwy 85
will lead us to Maricopa Road which is Hwy 238 where we will head back east
to the town of Maricopa, about 42 miles distant. At that point we will most
likely get separated as each of us takes the appropriate route to our own
homes. A rough estimate is 350 miles 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.
Since there is no January club tour we're hoping everyone will be in the
mood for this Ajo tour which we last did in November.
As always, I will need your RSVP for the restaurant head count; please be
prompt with this.
Paul Ebeyer, President
Arizona BMW Z Series Club
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