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Prescott Valley - Saturday,
for pictures from the envent.
The destination is
Prescott for lunch at the
Gurley Street Grill and after lunch we will be driving the Skull
Valley tour , a truly enjoyable twisty road with many ups and downs ~~~~~~
great fun !
comment ~~~ I
had originally booked the lunch at the Lone Spur Cafe in an attempt to
make the lunch a little different from the past and after phoning and
speaking to 6 other restaurants. I have cancelled the Lone Spur and gone
back to the Gurley St. Grill.
None of the other six could give us a private or semi private area. After a
second phone call to the Lone Spur I discovered the parking situation is
nonexistent. Park on the street
(good luck) or fight
for a spot behind the restaurant that shares a small lot with several other
Gurley Street Grill always treats us right and we always get that back patio
for ourselves. And ~~~~ the parking is never a problem with the bank
parking lot across the street, the lot behind the Grill and street parking.
as I did for a change it's not happening this time :-)
We’ll meet at the Albertson’s market on Carefree
Highway, ¼ mile east of Interstate 17 near the east end where the bank is.
There are rest room facilities and coffee available in Albertson’s.
Please have a full fuel tank when starting the
trip and remember to bring your club radio
We will meet at 9:45 AM, depart at 10:00 AM
and head west on Carefree Hwy to Hwy 60 toward Wickenburg which is about a
45 minute drive. Due to the traffic signal west on Carefree Hwy and I-17 we
sometimes get separated but the front runners will drive moderately so the
rest of the group can catch up.
NOT SPEED IN THE VICINITY OF LAKE PLEASANT.
The Peoria police have "bracelets" that fit the wrists of all speeders.
We will have a 15 minute stop at McDonalds in Wickenburg. Our
approximate ETA at the Gurley Street Grill is 12:00 to 12:30 and we will
adjust our speed so we arrive between those times.
When departing Wickenburg, we’ll pick up Hwy 89
at the traffic circle and head north to Yarnell Hill. There is a fork in the
road about 10 miles out of Wickenburg. The left fork is Hwy 93 and will take
you to Las Vegas, not Prescott. At this fork you want to bear right and
get on Hwy 89 North. It is plainly marked; just pay attention and you
will be OK. From this point all the way to Prescott on Hwy 89 the road is
quite entertaining and most of the scenery is beautiful as we drive through
the Prescott National Forest
When we arrive at the outskirts of Prescott, simply
stay on Hwy 89 which becomes White Spar Rd for a short distance and then
becomes Montezuma Street. Stay on Montezuma Street. You will see the
historic Whiskey row on your left and the Courthouse on your right. The next
street is Gurley; turn left and drive one block to Granite Street. The Grill
will be on the corner to your right. Turn right on Granite and find a
parking place. There is a lot behind the Grill, a big lot by the bank across
the street and usually plenty street parking.
When you leave the Grill after lunch, drive 4 short
blocks west on Gurley street to Grove St and turn north (right) and go past
Western St and Sheldon St. In about 3 short blocks the Shell station
will be right in front of you. We plan to meet up there for the return trip.
Sometimes the fuel stop can be an element that
unintentionally splits the group and someone gets lost or separated from the
main body. However, you have detailed directions in this newsletter so you
should be able to find the Shell station in a timely manner and not disrupt
After refueling we will take Miller Valley Road and
this becomes Iron Springs Rd and begins the route of the Skull Valley
tour. Follow the Z in front of you :-)
I have entered some approximate distances that were
taken from a road map, I don’t know how accurate these distances are but
they are probably pretty close.
Prescott to Skull Valley on Iron Springs Rd. 17
Skull Valley to Kirkland 7 miles
Kirkland to Hillside 17 miles
Hillside to Hwy 96/97 Jct 18 miles
Jct to Hwy 93 16 miles.
Skull Valley is the first community on the return
trip and Kirkland is the second community. Somewhere in there, the name,
“Iron Springs Rd”. is dropped and it becomes Hwy 96. The next community is
Hillside and there will be signs along the route, in any case, remain
on Hwy 96 West and it will eventually intersect with Hwy 97. At that
junction, 96 will take you to Bagdad, AZ so you want to turn left on Hwy 97
which will take you to Hwy 93. Turn Left on Hwy 93 (south) and head toward
Wickenburg. As I recall, this is approximately 40 miles but it doesn’t
matter; you can’t possibly get lost at this point.
We will stop in Wickenburg at the Quick Stop on the
right side of the road as we approach town from the north
After Wickenburg, we head South to Hwy 74, the
Carefree Hwy, and turn east and then head for home. This should be a great
drive and something a bit different for a change.
I will be sending out the tour details in a few days
but for now,
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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