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A bucket list item for some, a yearly must for others. If you like twisties this is the ride for you. We will leave the heat of the desert floor and navigate our way to the largest stand of Pondorosa pines on the planet. We might see elk, deer, turkey, or maybe even a bear. The Coronado Trail is named for the Spanish explorer who sought the “Seven Cities of Cibola” in 1540. The “Trail” was formalized by Teamsters carrying supplies from Springerville to Clifton. Originally numbered as Highway 666 the “Devils Highway” was renumbered US 191 some thirty years ago. We will spend Saturday night and Sunday night in Alpine, Arizona so book your hotel room early since space is limited up on the mountain. Bring layers because a 60 degree swing in temps in one day is entirely possible. On Saturday we will leave Casa Grande and head to Globe. Then head to Show Low via the Salt River Canyon then Whiteriver to Hondah Lodge. From Hondah we will take the scenic route past Big Lake to Alpine thus completing our first days ride (Sportsmans Lodge[masked], there are other hotels if Sportsmans is full). The second day we will leave Alpine via Highway 180 going south in scenic western New Mexico. We will take Highway 78 back into Arizona via Mule Creek. Then on to Morenci for gas and a quick view of the largest producing copper mine in the US. From here we really meet the Coronado Trail in all its twisty glory. 90 miles of motorcycle Nirvana and our return to Alpine ending our second days travels. Monday the third day will consist of our return to the desert floor and home along the route that best pleases each group member.
Cool off up in the pines with thousands of other bikers seeking to beat the heat. Camping, cabins, contests, vendors, its all here. Proceeds go to Abate of Arizona. We will head up from Casa Grande but if anyone in the valley would like to catch us along the route we can arrange to hook up with you somewhere along the route. Known stops include the Chevron at Ft. McDowell casino, Piñon Cafe in Payson for lunch, then on to Mormon Lake.
Lots of bikes on this trip to the mountains. Event T-shirt’s, bands, meals, poker run. The center of festivities is Hon-Dah Lodge near Pinetop, Az. By the end of June you know you will be wanting to get out of the desert anyway so join us. Hotels will fill early so make reservations soon.
Night one, July 24 Wednesday: Gunnison I think we all can agree that the end of July is a good time to get on our scoots and visit cooler climes. Day one will involve getting to our temporary home base in Gunnison, Colorado. This is a 650 mile jaunt via Holbrook, Az., Gallup NM, and Shiprock NM on to Cortez, Co. then Gunnison. After much discussion we have decided to trailer the bikes this first leg for this reason: We can make the entire 650 miles in one day and save a nights hotel stay if we would have ridden. Yea we could have done it in one day on the bikes but why start the Colorado trips dog tired already. One of our Colorado hosts is going to have a BBQ for everyone at his house that evening. Night two, July 25 Thursday: Gunnison. We will do a day trip guided by the locals to Pagosa Springs. Then we will return to Gunnison. NIght three, July 26 Friday: Silverthorne Co. Night four, July 27 Saturday: Steamboat Sprints, Co. July 28, Sunday: Return to Gunnison (240miles) then home (another 650 miles). As a group we will need to decide if we want to load the bikes in Gunnison and then head all the way home or spend another night somewhere along the way. We have room on the trailer for at least a few more bikes. If anyone is interested in that contact Manny or Tim. First come first serve of course. Questions and concerns are important. Feel free to ask or point out any issues. The hotels in some of the towns are already 80% booked for this time period. If you are even really thinking about going I would go ahead and book. You can always cancel if your plans need to change.