Central Arizona Loop


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coolrogue1
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Central Arizona Loop

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This trip takes a full day, you may want to divide it into two days. I started from a friends house in Scottsdale, AZ and finished in Apache Junction, AZ where I live. It's a long one day trip, so it can be divided into 2 parts by stopping in Cottonwood, AZ for the night. This one goes from the desert to approx 6000' elevation... Last time I did this loop we hit 36 degrees in Payson, AZ at which time I wished I had more cloths to put on... Jerome, AZ is classified as a ghost town even though there are about 250-300 permanent residents. It is built on the side of Cleopatra Hill at about 5200' elevation, it also lies over the largest hard rock copper mine in Arizona. Here's the link to the map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid= ... 000003&z=8


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That is quite a nice ride. Last time we rode through Jerome it was the last week in June. We had to ride in rain, hail, sleet and snow. Hailed so hard we had to stop and hide under a tree. We won't forget it though. I remember that there was almost no level parking places in Jerome. Made it difficult to stop.
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Yeah, I've been there in the rain but not snow or hail...The twistys between Jerome and Prescott Valley are what make this ride great... And now the memorial to the fallen firefighters in Yarnell is finished and is worth visiting..

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