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Old 03-01-2011, 01:24 AM   #1
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Calling Phoenix, AZ peeps. Need some help.

Guys, we are looking at several different routes for the Fest cruise.

But, we have run into snags being some routes are too long, some too short, some have road construction issues, county line boundries, etc.

I'm interested in seeing some routes some of ya'll can come up with. We're looking for 35 to 40 miles...no more than 40, though. Time wise, we are looking at an hour drive. We are trying to avoid as many lights and crowded areas as possible. We want the cruise to move along as fast as possible while avoiding as much traffic and residential areas as we can. But, we'd also like to have some scenery. Thoughts?

If any of ya'll want to give it a shot and lay down a few routes, it would be helpful. Our first cruise was VERY memorable...and we'd sure like to have this be a highlight of the weekend.

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From Firebird, head West on I-10, then East on the Loop 202. Depending on how long you want the route to be, I would suggest the Santan 202 all the way around til you hit US60 Westbound, then take the US60 West back to I 10 and back to Firebird. No lights at all other than at the traffic interchange/ onramp to I 10 at Firebird, would only need to block that one light to keep the pack together. The Santan 202 should be relatively traffic free on the weekend, particularly around midday. If you want things longer, stay on the loop 202 and take it all the way around to the loop 101, then go South on the 101 back to the 60 or Santan 202.

Either route would be multilane highway with 65MPH speed limits and LEO's that let you cruise 10 over without issue. Traffic would be a bit heavier around typical rush hour times (6-9A, 3-7P), but not nearly as bad on the weekend as during the week. I'm assuming this would be on Sat? If it's going to be during the week, I would do it midday (think noonish) or at night, like 8PM, or else traffic is going to be a pita.

Only issue would be construction, but we can find out about that beforehand from ADOT, should be on their website or posted elsewhere.
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[QUOTE=TAG UR IT;2902236]we'd also like to have some scenery. Thoughts?
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Not a local, but I´ve been to Salt River Tubing in Mesa, the road is always empty and the view of the desert is great.

Cant remember the speed limit or how far from chandler it is...

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How about this route

Check out the link. It's about a 45 min cruise.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...78412&t=h&z=10
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Check out the link. It's about a 45 min cruise.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...78412&t=h&z=10
Not a bad idea. I was looking at county lines. Going to make a few calls. We'll get a little mountains here and there, but nothing super spectacular...and that's okay. We have to think about making sure everyone gets to the track in time and isn't out on the road too long.

How's this route look?
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I live in Maricopa, keep in mind that the Casa Blanca road will take you from 55 to 25 then back to 55 as you pass through a very small city of Casa blanca without traffic lights. Not much scenery there though lots of dust however, if you get lucky on the 347 you may see some wild horses by the river (now a wash)
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I'd mich rather get up into some mountains, but it appears doing anything like that could take more time. Now...if we had two hours, we could get out tothe tortilla flatts....thay would be cool


any other ideas, we would like to hear them.
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I'd mich rather get up into some mountains, but it appears doing anything like that could take more time. Now...if we had two hours, we could get out tothe tortilla flatts....thay would be cool


any other ideas, we would like to hear them.
Tortilla Flats would be an awesome ride, but would take forever with the amount of people wanting to cruise. The switchbacks are awesome, but can't be driven very fast, I tried many times, as many of the switchbacks are blind to the other traffic coming at you. Many boaters take their rides to the lake and you have to deal with a truck, and boat trailer. Now a smaller group who would want to go would not be a problem.

If you want to see excellent mountains then Tortilla Flats would be it. I took my avator pic at the base of Red Mountain.

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A better ride is one suggested earlier that you take I-10 to the Loop 202 (San Tan) and go east as it will take you close to the mountains, and some very nice scenery along the way. I would suggest coming back on the Loop 202 (San Tan) via US101 as the US60 can be quite busy on the weekends. Here is a link of the freeway system and I think the I-10 to the 202 (E) to the 101 (S) to the 202 (W), and back to the raceway would be better, faster, and more enjoyable, but that is my hummble opinion.

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like this? Seems to be a longer drive. Would probably be nicer, but longer for sure.
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Looks like you have some optins now.

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Here's an option. Looks like it goes right next to some mountains. The only issue is that there might be some lights on the way back.

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Hit SR-87 starting Chandler as goes through downtown Mesa, the Salt River Indian Reservation and Fountain Hills. You can take 87 to Shea in Fountain Hills and roll by the Fountains in downtown or even roll through Fort Mcdowell Casino.
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Tortilla Flats would be an awesome ride, but would take forever with the amount of people wanting to cruise. The switchbacks are awesome, but can't be driven very fast, I tried many times, as many of the switchbacks are blind to the other traffic coming at you. Many boaters take their rides to the lake and you have to deal with a truck, and boat trailer. Now a smaller group who would want to go would not be a problem.

If you want to see excellent mountains then Tortilla Flats would be it. I took my avator pic at the base of Red Mountain.

http://www.tortillaflataz.com/

You can always take 188 to Globe and take the 60 back. There is a 20 mile stretch between Miami and Superior where you can go fast through the mountains.
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You can always take 188 to Globe and take the 60 back. There is a 20 mile stretch between Miami and Superior where you can go fast through the mountains.
That is another good option as I like that drive. Too many choices for sure. I guess it just depends on how many cars, and how long everyone wants to drive for.
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like this? Seems to be a longer drive. Would probably be nicer, but longer for sure.
You would definitely see the Superstition Mountains, Red Mountain, Camelback Moutain, and it would be a great drive. So many choices, so little time.
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We had 317 cars last year. Don't know how many this year, but I have to go with 300 to play it safe. Also, we want to keep the drive to maybe an hour. People will want to get to the track, so we have to do the drive and get there.

Feel free to map it out guys. Not sure where the "Globe" is, etc.
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You would definitely see the Superstition Mountains, Red Mountain, Camelback Moutain, and it would be a great drive. So many choices, so little time.
Wow...yeah, that would be an amazing drive. Just checked it out. But, it would be waaaaay too long.
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That is another good option as I like that drive. Too many choices for sure. I guess it just depends on how many cars, and how long everyone wants to drive for.
A real kick ass scenic one would be to head north up the I-17 and take the 179 to Sedona. From Sedona take 89A west through Jerome all the way to 89. Then take 89 south into Prescott and to 69 east. Take the 69 east to 169 and back to the I-17. Might take all day but it would be worth it for scenery.
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C'mon guys...lol

We have to keep this to an hour drive. Believe me, I after seeing the pictures and knowing what's out there to see, I want to spend about 4 hours on another trip I mapped out. I just KNOW it would be beautiful. But, we have to really nail this down due to time. We'll have to get people there to the track at a reasonable hour. Track opens at 9am and we'll be leaving around 7:30am...depending on distance and drive time for the cruise...SAT am.
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Another one I can think of is to take the I-10 north from Firebird up to the SR51 through Downtown Phoenix. Get off on the 51 at Lincoln and head east into the mountains. This will take you past the entire Phoenix Mountain range (Camelback included) and through Paradise Valley. When you hit Scottsdale Road turn left going north, then hit Indian Bend going east. Indian Bend will take you by the Pavillions just before the 101, the Pavillions holds one of the major weekly car events. Once you hit the 101 (in view of Casino Arizona) get on and head south bound until you hit the 202 at the end of the 101. Take the 202 west to the I-10 and go back South to Firebird. This should be an hour and half pretty easy on the weekend.
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C'mon guys...lol

We have to keep this to an hour drive. Believe me, I after seeing the pictures and knowing what's out there to see, I want to spend about 4 hours on another trip I mapped out. I just KNOW it would be beautiful. But, we have to really nail this down due to time. We'll have to get people there to the track at a reasonable hour. Track opens at 9am and we'll be leaving around 7:30am...depending on distance and drive time for the cruise...SAT am.
Ok, this might be what you are looking for. A better ride is one suggested earlier that you take I-10 to the Loop 202 (San Tan) and go east as it will take you close to the mountains, and some very nice scenery along the way. I would suggest coming back on the Loop 202 (San Tan) via US101 as the US60 can be quite busy on the weekends. Here is a link of the freeway system and I think the I-10 to the 202 (E) to the 101 (S) to the 202 (W), and back to the raceway would be better, faster, and more enjoyable, but that is my hummble opinion.

With the amount of cars this should be fine and all the way we can do 65-75 depending on how the cops feels about 300+ cars driving all together.

The map is here: http://www.azdot.gov/Highways/Valley_Freeways/Index.asp

There are many great drives in AZ, and hopefully you all come back to enjoy those drives, but just don't come back in the summer unless you like 115 degrees.

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