SATURDAY, APRIL 29th, 2023
Lunch at Gurley Street Grill in Prescott by
way of Skull Valley
HERE for photos from the event.
If you need it, the Grill # is 928 445 3388.
Address for Garmin users is: 230 West Gurley Street Prescott, AZ 86301
don’t set this into your Garmin until you get on Hwy 93, otherwise it
will direct you to take Hwy 89 out of Wickenburg which will definitely
put you on the incorrect route.
Saturday, April 29th
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, this road was made for our great Z’s. Prescott forecast is for
70 degrees and
We already have lunch
reservations for our group at approximately 12:30 PM at the Prescott
Gurley Street Grill in a private, enclosed patio.
To begin, 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
9:00 AM for a departure at 9:15 AM.
Coffee, donuts, and a restroom are available inside McDonalds &
Please arrive with a full fuel tank, club name tag, and bring your club
radio along with a copy of this route guide.
An extra radio battery is suggested if you have one. If it is your first
time on this tour, you might want to review this route guide with an
Arizona map before you
start the tour, in order to avoid any
wrong turns or confusion that will ruin your day☹
McDonald’s on Carefree Hwy, we will head west on Carefree Highway to Hwy
60, (about 20 miles) and turn north to Wickenburg about 10 miles where
we will stop at McDonald's for a 20-minute comfort break. Then turn
of McDonalds and pick up Hwy 60/93 from the traffic circle and drive
North which is 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
keep to the left instead,
which is straight ahead on hwy 93 and
you will be heading toward Kingman which is
correct, signs will direct you.
It is approximately 40 miles from this
junction to the Hwy 97 turnoff to the right and the nearby town of
This intersection is sign marked on the right
shoulder but not very well
so pay attention,
it is easy to drive right past it, someone
does every trip. We will
announce that turn 1 mile in advance on our club radio. When we turn
right on Hwy 97 the front runners will park on the shoulder and wait for
the group to catch up if we are separated. Remain 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 & others. Hwy
96 will end with a stop sign where you will turn left on to Iron Springs
safety suggestion here, hwy 96 has a number of dips in it and blind
curves, it is common to be on your brakes to slow for road dips or other
reasons 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, We will park and wait for the group to gather at the post office
listed below, we
leave anyone behind!)
There is a U. S. Post
office on the right-hand side about ¼ mile east when you turn on to Iron
Springs Road off of Hwy 96, we will stop there until we get the entire
group together. We will continue on Iron Springs Road to Prescott. Keep
following it as the name changes to Miller Valley Road and then changes
to Grove Ave but it is the same street, all slightly right-hand curves
and some traffic signals so keep in the right turn lanes. Continue a few
blocks until you get to Gurley St, turn
and go a couple blocks until you see Granite Street, the Gurley Street
Grill is on the corner to your
There is always a lot of safe street and
parking lot space available. You can also park in the Bank lot across
the street since they are closed on Saturdays. We will have lunch in the
private patio at the Gurley Street Grill.
We will need fuel to get back home and the
most convenient location is
The Shell station back on Grove Ave on the
left going south just prior to Sheldon Street,
we pass it on the way in.
If we are ahead of time with our schedule, this may be a good time to
fuel up for the return trip. Otherwise, we will have to refuel after
lunch and that usually doesn’t work out well.
That station MAY have changed names but it
was formerly ‘Shell,” not that it makes much difference as long as you
can put fuel in your tank.
There are three possible routes to return
home which we will discuss following or during lunch. We may not all
want to take the same return route,
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 do not
dare speed there, it is a guaranteed speeding ticket)
3) take Montezuma Street
south on Whiskey Road from Gurley Street 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 but lots of curvy stuff.
Maybe stop in Wickenburg for ice cream & rest room facilities at the
Mobil gas station just north of Wickenburg on Hwy 93.
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.
I have the current
attendance list attached and I already removed the names of members who
cannot attend. If I have errors, please send me the correction.
As always, I need a good head count for the restaurant seating so please
send me your RSVP in a timely manner, thank you.
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 must use your club
radio or cell phone, be sure it is not visible to anyone outside your