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SATURDAY, APRIL 29th, 2023

Lunch at Gurley Street Grill in Prescott by way of Skull Valley

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If you need it, the Grill # is 928 445 3388. Address for Garmin users is: 230 West Gurley Street Prescott, AZ 86301  but 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.      
On 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 NO rain 😊

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 & Albertsons market.

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

Upon departing 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 right  out 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 89, 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 Bagdad. 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 Road.


 (A 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  NEVER 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 left on Gurley, and go a couple blocks until you see Granite Street, the Gurley Street Grill is on the corner to your left. 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, 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 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 car.


 Paul Ebeyer

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