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Southwest in late February/early March?

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hbelkins:
I will have, basically, four days to explore should the trip take place. We would be staying in Tusayan on Feb. 22 and he starts the hike on Feb. 23. So I figure I basically have the 24th-27th to explore and would need to be back in the vicinity on the night of the 28th to pick him up when he emerges on March 1.

I can't imagine getting much farther than Williams, Seligman, or Kingman after he leaves on the 23rd, and I wouldn't want to be too far from Flagstaff/Williams/Tusayan on the 27th.

Max Rockatansky:

--- Quote from: hbelkins on January 05, 2022, 01:18:40 PM ---I will have, basically, four days to explore should the trip take place. We would be staying in Tusayan on Feb. 22 and he starts the hike on Feb. 23. So I figure I basically have the 24th-27th to explore and would need to be back in the vicinity on the night of the 28th to pick him up when he emerges on March 1.

I can't imagine getting much farther than Williams, Seligman, or Kingman after he leaves on the 23rd, and I wouldn't want to be too far from Flagstaff/Williams/Tusayan on the 27th.

--- End quote ---

If you are going to hit 66 stuff and go as far as Kingman make sure to at least hit Oatman.  It can be a little tacky in town but that really is one of the signature locales on 66 in Arizona.  Hackberry General Store has a nice assortment of old signs and cars laying about.

hbelkins:


I'm having difficulty finding a good way to pick up Gila County. I can map a route from Lake Havasu City that gets me every county except Gila with a minimum of backtracking. Basically US 95 south through California, then I-8 and I-10 to Tuscon, AZ 82, 83, and 90 back to I-10, then US 191 north. That gets me everything but Gila. Maybe taking I-10 west from I-8 to use AZ 387, AZ 87, and US 60 to Globe, then take AZ 77 south to Tuscon, but that's a bit out of the way. Would taking US 70 west from Safford to Gila County and then doubling back to US 191 be faster than the route from I-8 to Globe?

I prefer to work from west to east so if I have a day or two left before I have to be back at the Grand Canyon, I can knock out some New Mexico counties. Working from east to west would throw me into California with not a lot of county-collecting opportunities because San Bernardino and Riverside are so big.

Mapmikey:
Start by driving to Winslow then AZ 87 to AZ 260 to Phoenix area then west through La Paz County to US 95...

Max Rockatansky:
US 70 east of Globe is mostly signed at 65 MPH.  There is some serious speed traps and slogs in the San Carlos Reservation which tend to drag it down my eyes.  Itís still way more interesting than I-8 is for what itís worth. 

AZ 87 between Payson and Fountain Hills is a hell of a scenic expressway.  It would take you through Gila County and give you a good sampling of the geography.

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