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Hon-Dah Casino in Pinetop- Saturday,
As you must know by now, our destination is to the
Hon-Dah Casino which is actually in Pinetop, not Show Low. I have revised
the route slightly to take us directly to the Casino rather than to Show Low
which is about 20 miles out of our way and involves a lot of city driving to
get from Show Low to Pinetop.
Starting point will
be exit 197, Tomahawk Road, off the HWY 60 near Apache Junction. We will
meet at the gas station on the N.E. corner at 9:00 AM and depart at 9:15 AM.
Please have a full fuel tank at the start and bring this route guide, your
club radio, club name tags and we recommend a state map, always.
We'll get on Hwy 60 and drive east to Superior which
is about 32 miles from the start and we'll keep going to Miami which is
another 24 miles. This is the stretch of road under construction but my
conversation with the Superior Chamber Of Commerce today tells me there is
no construction on weekends and although the road is a bit bumpy speeds are
reduced to about 30 mph for about 2.5 to 3 miles. Based upon a lot of
research on this over many days I feel there will be no problems for us.
After passing through Miami we will continue on Hwy
60 to Globe and at the end of town on the right hand side we will have a 15
minute stop at the gas station for a comfort break and fuel if you need it
but you shouldn't if you started with a full tank.
We'll take Hwy 60/77 out of Globe and I use the two
numbers because it is marked both ways on the map I have but in any case
this is the route through the very scenic Salt River Canyon. It's about 63
miles to our next waypoint which is the intersection of hwy 60/77 and Hwy 73
and we will turn right on to Hwy 73 which will take us through the Indian
town of Whitewater. There is probably a sign there pointing to Whitewater.
The distance from the beginning of Hwy 73 to the Casino is 48 miles, just
stay on Hwy 73. DO NOT SPEED ANYWHERE ALONG HWY 73 AS THAT IS INDIAN
RESERVATION AND YOUR ODDS OF GETTING A SPEEDING TICKED ARE HIGH. When we
come to the end of Hwy 73 we will be in Pinetop and the Hon-Dah Casino will
be on our right. The overall distance is 167 miles start to finish.
If the Casino has done their work properly they will
have a private room for us in the conference center but I'm sure we will
have to ask around to get directions to the banquet room. Our reservation is
under the name of the BMW Roadster Club. I estimate we will arrive around
12:30 and by the time we have a comfort break and find the banquet room it
will be close to 1:00 PM and that is when we're scheduled for the buffet
line which is set up for us exclusively. If you need it, our contact there
is the banquet manager Mr. Lucian Henry. A cash bar will be set up in our
banquet room for adult beverages.
Again, a reminder, please be prepared to pay the $23
even cash to Keith to cover the meal expense, Keith will not be in a
position to be making change so even cash is important. Keith will have an
attendance list and we'll mark you off as you remit. The $23 covers gratuity
and tax also.We're in no big hurry to eat and run so that will give
us a chance to socialize and visit before we start home. The return route is
optional but there are really only two routes, the same way we drive up or
Hwy 260 back through Show Low, Heber, Payson and then Hwy 87 south. I'm
guessing that with the road construction in Miami most of us will return
through Payson. That being the case, let's do our best to refuel together
and try to caravan back home as a group. In the past, this seems to get
overlooked and it's silly to drive home alone when you could be with the
group, not only is it safer and more fun your odds of getting a speeding
ticket are greatly reduced unless you're the lead car, when you drive alone
you're ALWAYS the lead car ~~~~ not good !!!This is going to be a
fun trip, it looks like we have about 23 cars so we will split the group
into two parts, the "A" and "B" groups. The "B" group can be those who
prefer to drive at a slower pace than the "A" group. We don't want anyone to
feel they have to drive faster than they are comfortable with.
With luck, this will be the last communication on
this tour, it has been a long and difficult "road" pun intended.
Thanks for supporting the club
All you can eat
Paul Ebeyer, President
Arizona BMW Z Series Club
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