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100 miles of "BAD" Curves & Standin' on the corner

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  • Distance: 513 miles / 825.6 km
  • Ride Time: A Weekend (2 days)
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $38.99
  • State: Arizona
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felon pro

100 MILES OF BAD CURVES! Well that's what the t-shirt I saw at a little restaurant we stopped at in Superior Az. said.

We left Phoenix and headed out US 60 and entered Mazatzal Mountains. The road was a nice ride withg curves, but never really lived upi to the T-shirt that I bought.Fort Apache Indian reservation was cool(I always like to check them out when riding thru). The we came upon Show Low, and I thought, what a wierd name:

Established in 1870, incorporated in 1953, and located at an elevation of 6,412 feet, Show Low sits in the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the United States. It is 175 miles northeast of Phoenix and 195 miles north of Tucson. Show Low offers panoramic views, good fishing in mountain lakes and streams, and miles of wilderness for hiking, camping, cycling, horseback riding and downhill and cross-country skiing. It also features unique shops and fine, as well as casual, dining at many restaurants. The City also provides a broad range of Recreational Facilities.

Show Low received its name when C.E. Cooley and Marion Clark decided there was not enough room for both of them in their settlement. The two men agreed to let a game of cards decide who was to move. According to the story, Clark said, 'If you can show low, you win.' Cooley turned up the deuce of clubs and replied, 'Show low it is.'

Continued on to The Petrified Forest, now I had heard about it all my life, but never did I expect such enormous trees that were petrified! It is definately worth the stop if you have never been...but once is enough.

After leaving there we headed for Winslow, taking I-40 and parts of US 66. Riding into Winslow we noticed banners hanging about the 'Standing on the Corner Festival'! We had accidentally showed up on the weekend of the biggest thing that happens to Winslow all year! Bands, food, cold beer!! yahoo!!! It is on the first weekend of october if you want to check it out. We got the last hotel room in town and spent the night. Not part of the plan(if we actually had one) but fun all the same.
Got up the next morning and headed for the Hopi Indian Reservation and the Painted Desert. Headed north on SR 87 to SR 264 then west to Tuba City.
The painted desert has a certain WOW factor to it in palces, can't explain, you just have to see, kinda spiritual.
This was part of a large loop we made out of Phoenix and back, all worth repeating that I havce shared here, except for me, I will leave out the Petrified Forest, next time. Also you must take a picture 'Standing on the Corner in Winslow Arizona', there is even a girl in a 'Flat Bed Ford' sitting there as part of the dispaly.

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Arizona. This motorcycle route has 8 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by felon in July. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by felon

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Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM


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