Phoenix thru Arlington, Gila Bend, Maricopa back to Phoenix

This is a great little ride.  Yepper - we are starting out a little later - maybe it will warm up by then.  We will ride from Phoenix thru Buckeye, then thru Arlington down to Gila Bend.   That ride is thru the rural area, and a popular motorcycle area.  We can eat in Gila Bend (I picked the Space Age Diner as a locator - we can go anywhere we desire).  From Gila Bend, we will take 238 to Maricopa - this is a wonderful little road - not much traffic thru sonoran desert to Maricopa.  Then we will ride north thru Maricopa (347) towards Phoenix.  For those who want the quicker road or are going east - keep going north up to the I-10, head north and you are home.  For those on the west, or those who prefer to avoid the freeway, you can take the 51st ave cutoff from the 347, which takes you west thru the reservation, then north to 51st avenue, where it heads straight north - ending up on - you guest it - 51st Avenue. From Baseline road or any east/west street above that,  you can head east or west, depending on your location.  This entire ride is about 150-ish miles - the 51st avenue alternate ride adds about 7 miles vs the I-10 route.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I live on the West Side, what time do ya'll think you might be in Buckeye? I can just meet you somewhere on the west side

    January 10, 2014

    • Helen S.

      I'm so glad you weren't waiting for us in Buckeye - we never found it! (actually went a wide circle under it).

      January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is Gila Bend the only place ya'll ride? If I don't make this ride I can make the next one. I am so glad I found this group. It's about time hee hee

    January 8, 2014

    • Helen S.

      Nope - Gila Bend is not the only place we ride! It just happened to be where THIS ride was - but, of course, as Jodie stated, it was quite a ride. Nice farm roads (Read - desolate). Lot of wide, sweeping turns (read - lost!). but it's not about the destination, it's the ride...

      January 15, 2014

  • Jodie L.

    Well....Helen took us on her own version of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride...One normal U-turn and 1 walking we ended up on a dear end where all 3 directions were DIRT! We worked our way around for the scenic tour and made it to the Space Age restaurant after about 3 hours of riding! Missed Worm, who had contacted Helen previously...And we think, got there, ate and left, before we got to Gila Bend...

    Heading home we all split off to go our different directions. And Helen...your bike isn't THAT loud.... :)

    January 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also a better place to eat in Gila Bend is Sofia's.

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a wonderful ride. Maybe we can join you next time.

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll try! If I go, I'll be there before 9. Ride safe!

    January 10, 2014

  • Kristin H.

    I will see how I am feeling and come over!

    January 7, 2014

  • Karen B.

    Cannot wait to ride with you all - but I'm still in WI and it's 5 and heading down to temp of -25 tonight with wind chill to -50. Most schools in upper mid-west are already closed for Monday. But in 3 weeks today we'll be near Texas or New Mexico; so getting closer to Phoenix!

    January 5, 2014

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