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40 to Phoenix Day 11, I Am Done With Curvy Roads for a While

Friday April 7, 2017
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Apr 7, 2017 Fri 12:54 PM MST Alt: 8713
Miles:497
Start Point:Phoenix, AZ
End Point:Silver City, NM
Weather:50's at the higher elevations, nice day


The day started at 1,678 feet and ended at 5,993 feet. The highest altitude was 9,342 feet and the lowest altitude was 1,111 feet.


Click the icons or any point in the track log for more info.

Laurie returned home today. We got her bag, an extra bag for the stuff we bought while she was in Phoenix with me and my usual bag all strapped on Ruby for the ride to the airport. We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies, but it all worked out and we got her on the plane for home. Southwest has a direct flight between Phoenix and Raleigh each day so that made her travel easier.

I quickly got out of Phoenix as all the traffic was headed into the city. Everyone says US 191 in eastern AZ is a great ride so that was my goal for the day. It was a wonderful ride for the first 300-400 curves, then it just got exhausting. Check out the video.

Look closely at photo of the single tree below. It is covered in arrows shot from the road.

US 191 runs through a massive copper mine in Morenci. The photos don't really give you a feel for how large the thing was.

Apr 7, 2017 Fri 7:28 AM MST Alt: 2071

Apr 7, 2017 Fri 7:43 AM MST Alt: 2281

Apr 7, 2017 Fri 9:25 AM MST Alt: 7623

Apr 7, 2017 Fri 11:12 AM MST Alt: 7016

Apr 7, 2017 Fri 12:55 PM MST Alt: 8713

Apr 7, 2017 Fri 1:09 PM MST Alt: 9163

Apr 8, 2017 Sat 11:01 AM MDT Alt: 5071

Apr 7, 2017 Fri 1:15 PM MST Alt: 8573

Apr 7, 2017 Fri 2:57 PM MST Alt: 5485

Apr 7, 2017 Fri 2:57 PM MST Alt: 5485

40 to Phoenix is a motorcycle ride organized each year by a fellow GWRRA (Gold Wing Road Riders Association) member. The group starts at Wilmington, NC and travels roughly I-40 to California with a side trip to Mexico.

Phoenix Arizona is the national headquarters of the GWRRA and many riders turn around at that point and return home. Hence the name "40 to Phoenix".

My goal is to write a blog about each day. I also have a phone app that updates my location on a map on this website every 10 minutes or so. Click here to see the map.


You may be interested in the next article, 40 to Phoenix Day 12, Great Photo and Last Post From the Road.

The previous article is 40 to Phoenix Day 10, Old Copper Mining Town of Jerome.

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