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Lunch at the Prescott Station restaurant in Prescott by way of Skull Valley

On Saturday, March 16th, 2019 we will tour to Prescott  by way of Wickenburg, Bagdad, Hillside, Kirkland and Skull Valley. As you know from previous tours on this route, it is sensational with many twisties, elevation changes and great scenery. According to the 14 day weather forecast, there is zero chance of rain but let’s not count on that 14 days ahead of time. The worst thing that could happen is that we get a free car wash.

We already have reservations for our group for a lunch at  approximately 12:30 PM at the Prescott station restaurant.

Let's meet at the Albertson’s center on Carefree Highway 1/2 mile East of interstate 17 on the north side of Carefree Hwy. Please meet at the east side of the McDonalds and arrive no later than 8:30 for a departure at 8:45 sharp. Coffee, donuts and a restroom are available inside McDonalds or the Albertson’s supermarket.

Please arrive with a full fuel tank club name tag and bring your club Baofeng radio along with a copy of this route guide. We also encourage you to bring an Arizona map and a jacket because the high temperature in Prescott is going to be in the low 50’s. You might want to review this route guide and before you start the tour, in order to avoid any wrong turns or confusion and to get a general idea of the tour if it is your first time.

Upon departing McDonald’s, we will head west on Carefree Highway to Hwy 60, (about 20 miles) and turn north to Wickenburg where we will stop at McDonald's for a 20 minute comfort break. Then pick up Hwy 60/93 from the traffic circle in Wickenburg and drive North which is sort of a right hand turn out of the traffic circle. About 5 miles out of town Hwy 89 branches off to the right, DO NOT TAKE HWY 89 keep to the left instead, which is actually straight ahead and you will be on Hwy 93 heading toward Kingman. It is approximately 30 miles from McDonald's to the Hwy 97 turnoff and the nearby town of Bagdad. This intersection is marked but not real well so pay attention, it is easy to drive right past it, someone does every trip. Turn right on 97 and follow it until it intersects with Hwy 96. At that junction you will turn right and follow Hwy 96 through the towns of Hillside, Kirkland and finally Skull Valley. Consult the map you brought along. A safety suggestion here, hwy 96 has a number of dips in it and blind curves, it is common to be hitting the brakes so please don’t follow the car in front of you too closely, allow some slow down and braking room and,  Please don’t overdrive your ability on this road, we never leave anyone behind, drive at your own safe comfort level, someone will wait up for you.

We'll be entering Prescott on Iron Springs Road, keep following it as the name changes to Whipple Street and then to Montezuma, continue on Montezuma Street to Gurley St, turn left and go a couple blocks until you see the Hassayampa Inn on your left, turn left on that street which is Marina Street and the restaurant is on the corner to your right side. The restaurant is Prescott Station. They have their own parking lot but adjacent to them, on the east, the church allows restaurant parking on Saturday so you have two options to park.

We will need fuel to get back home and the most convenient location is  Woody’s Food Store & Chevron station. about 7 blocks east of Marina St.  so, when you depart the restaurant, turn left on Gurley Street which is also Hwy 89 and look for the Chevron station on your right, several blocks down the road. We will plan to meet up there for the return trip and get our group together again.

There are three possible routes to take to return home which we will discuss following lunch. We may not all want to take the same return route, driver's choice.

1) return the same way we drove up ( the most driving fun and the longest)

2) pick up hwy 69 that takes you back to interstate 17 (the most boring) (lots of cops patrolling hwy 69 don't you dare speed there)

3) take Montezuma St, south out of town that becomes Hwy 89 back through the National Forest and to Wickenburg, a fun and scenic drive, shorter than the Skull Valley route and lots of curvy stuff. Maybe stop in Wickenburg for ice cream  😊

Please email me your RSVP in a timely manner, if you are undecided just send me a "maybe" and give me a final response later when you know for sure one way or the other.

One more VERY important piece of information. The city of Prescott has what they call a “hands free” ordinance. The police do not allow drivers to be holding cell phones, communication radios or other similar equipment in their hands while driving. The fine is a very stiff one $100 for the first offense. So, be aware of your surroundings and if there is law enforcement within sight of you, be sure you are not holding ANY of these devices. If you have to use your club radio be sure it’s not visible to anyone outside your car.


Paul Ebeyer, President Arizona BMW Z Series Club

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