Heading for Tucson....what should we see?


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Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by cardinal » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:33 pm



Five of my riding friends, and I, are going to Oro Valley, near Tucson, for a few days in early May. We've been there before, but this time some of our wives will be following in a car. We'll stop in Wellton, near Yuma, for one night. We plan to visit the Yuma Territorial Prison while we're there then head for Kitt Peak Nat. Observatory and our condo's in Oro Valley, the next day. Then on Wednesday, we'll visit the Pima Air and Space Museum, have lunch there then ride up to the top of Mt. Lemmon and back to the Condo's. Our last full day there will. be a ride down to Tombstone and Bisbee. On Saturday we'll head for Cotton wood then Laughlin then on home.
Anything we should see instead of Pima or Kitt peak? We need some good places near Oro Valley to eat, too. Any
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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by DenverWinger » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:11 am

Very pretty around Sedona (not far from Cottonwood) when I was down there, don't miss it.
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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by tamathumper » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:46 am

Check out RoadTrippers.com, it'll give you whatever category of "points of interest" you select, within 5, 10, 15...30 miles of your planned route.
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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by cardinal » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:45 am

DenverWinger wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:11 am
Very pretty around Sedona (not far from Cottonwood) when I was down there, don't miss it.
Yes, it's beautiful around Sedona, but for the weekend we will be there, the few vacant rooms are pretty expensive. That's why we're staying in Cottonwood.
Thanks.
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Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:46 am
Check out RoadTrippers.com, it'll give you whatever category of "points of interest" you select, within 5, 10, 15...30 miles of your planned route.
I didn't know about that site! Thanks!

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by PoolDude » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:11 pm

On your way from Tucson to Cottonwood Take the 69 off of I17 up to the 89A, right at 89A over Mingus Mountain down into Jerome (an old mining community now an artist haven) on to Cottonwood. Leaving Cottonwood go on up through Sedona, Oak Creek canyon to Flagstaff and on to California. An alternate route would be to take I17 up to the 260 to Cottonwood, 89A out of Cottonwood through Jerome to Prescott and then 89 up to I40. It cuts out all the traffic at Sedona.

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by cardinal » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:37 pm

PoolDude wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:11 pm
On your way from Tucson to Cottonwood Take the 69 off of I17 up to the 89A, right at 89A over Mingus Mountain down into Jerome (an old mining community now an artist haven) on to Cottonwood. Leaving Cottonwood go on up through Sedona, Oak Creek canyon to Flagstaff and on to California. An alternate route would be to take I17 up to the 260 to Cottonwood, 89A out of Cottonwood through Jerome to Prescott and then 89 up to I40. It cuts out all the traffic at Sedona.
I like that part about cutting out traffic!
We're overnighting at Laughlin.....primarily because that's what we've always done. Time to revisit that.

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Post by PoolDude » Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:41 am

If you have the time when you get to Williams you can take the Grand Canyon railroad. Makes for a nice change from being on the bike.

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by cardinal » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:50 am

PoolDude wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:41 am
If you have the time when you get to Williams you can take the Grand Canyon railroad. Makes for a nice change from being on the bike.
I've always wanted to do that ride, but we're not going to have time this year. We'll save it for another time.

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by landisr » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:22 am

I would research any upcoming Williams train rides. I understand they are usually booked far in advance. Hopefully I could be mistaken, though.
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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by cardinal » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:04 pm

landisr wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:22 am
I would research any upcoming Williams train rides. I understand they are usually booked far in advance. Hopefully I could be mistaken, though.
Bears doing some research. Maybe it depends on the season......maybe it only operates seasonally.....

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by cardinal » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:39 am

What about Tubac, Az.? Good, bad, mediocre.....worth visiting but there are better places? Any good restaurants there?

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by PoolDude » Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:43 pm

Talked to a friend of mine that lives near there and he said for a lunch suggestion for a Deli type meal is Tubac Market. It has outside tables too. Next door is The Italian Peasant. Excellent NY style pizza. In the village the number of galleries is overwhelming.

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by cardinal » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:12 pm

Thanks for checking, PoolDude.

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by PoolDude » Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:51 pm

If you decide to do some sightseeing in the Sedona area don't forget to pick up a Red Rock pass, info from the Sedona website below



When is a Red Rock Pass Required?

A Red Rock Pass (or America the Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when recreating on National Forest land in Red Rock Country. The pass must be displayed in the windshield of the vehicle.
Vehicles parked on the National Forest in the red rock area that do not display a valid pass in the windshield are subject to receiving a citation.
A pass is not required for incidental stopping to take a photograph or to enjoy a scenic vista (approximately 15 minutes or less).

The Red Rock Passes are sold in three options:

Daily for $5.00
Weekly for $15.00
Annually for $20.00

Where are Red Rock Passes sold?

The Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center
331 Forest Road, Sedona AZ 86336
Red Rock Ranger Station
8375 Hwy 179, Sedona, AZ 86351
Circle K and Giant convenience stores
Many Trailhead Kiosks

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by cardinal » Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:43 pm

We've got a Senior Pass from back when they were $10 for a life time card. I don't think we'll spend a lot of time in any one place, but if we do, I sure won't be putting that card on my bike. I believe they cost $80 now. It wouldn't last 10 minutes before somebody slipped it off and pocketed it.

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by PoolDude » Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:38 pm

I have a friend that hangs his handicap tag from the handlebars of his maxiscooter and amazingly no one has taken it. If you are just stopping for pictures or a quick dash into the brush you will be good.

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by cardinal » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:50 pm

PoolDude wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:38 pm
I have a friend that hangs his handicap tag from the handlebars of his maxiscooter and amazingly no one has taken it. If you are just stopping for pictures or a quick dash into the brush you will be good.
That's amazing! Here in CA, you can't leave your window down an inch to let hot air out while you're parked because people use wire hooks to take the handicap placard. Or they just steal the whole danged car......

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by PoolDude » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:09 am

That's why I have the plates on both the bike and the car. Do get some strange looks parking the bike in a handicap spot.

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Re: Heading for Tucson....what should we see?

Post by cardinal » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:24 pm

My 84 year old riding buddy has Handicap plates on his 2000 GL1500 SE with 145K on it. He doesn't get "Strange" looks, it's more like looks of PURE AWE!



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