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May 23, Tour of Tucson plus Mt Lemmon (for Phoenix guys)

Old 04-22-2009, 04:54 AM
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Default May 23, Tour of Tucson plus Mt Lemmon (for Phoenix guys)

Tour of Tucson
Day Event through Tucson.

Saturday May 23, 2009
Full Loop 9AM to ~3pm

However, those wishing to just do part of the loop have two additional meeting points, at Starr Pass Resort, and at the base of the Mt. Lemmon run.

Mt Lemmon Run leg only ~12pm to 3pm

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The idea is to show the Phoenix guys around some of the more interesting routes around Tucson by driving a big loop of some of the more interesting roads.

The entire loop is 134 mi, and without any stops the estimated driving time is about 5 hours 9 mins. We will be stopping, so this is an all day trip.

If you want to have breakfast, meet at 8am.

We will LEAVE at 9am at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant.
8400 N Cracker Barrel Rd
Tucson, AZ 85743

It's right off I-10, so it should be really easy for the Phoenix guys to get to and find. It is just west of Exit 246, Cortaro Rd./Cortaro Farms Rd.

At 9am we will drive through Saguaro National Park West and head up through Contzen Pass in Picture Rocks, it is a pretty scenic drive.

We will take Cortaro Rd southwest to Ina Rd, go south just a bit, turn left at N Wade Rd right away, and then Slight right at W Picture Rocks Rd which will take us through Picture Rocks, and over to Sandario Rd.

Then head south on N Sandario Rd toward Bajada Loop Dr/Golden Gate Rd, turn left at N Kinney Rd left at W Gates Pass Rd, and up over Gates Pass.

Out of Gates Pass, it's a slight right at Anklam Rd, right at Players Club Dr then left at W Starr Pass Blvd and take that up to Starr Pass Resort. We should get there around 10:30am or 11am.

Meetup Point #2
Then to Starr Pass Resort, where Andy claims there is a great photo opportunity on one of there parking structures.

If you want to join up at 11am, meet at the top of the parking structure at Starr Pass Marriott.

3800 W.Starr Pass Blvd. Tucson, AZ

Heading down from Starr Pass Resort on Starr Pass Blvd, it turns into 22nd Street. We'll take 22nd street to Kino Parkway North, which turns into Campbell Ave and skirts the Eastern edge of UofA. Then take a Right on Speedway, left on Wilmot, which turns into Tanque Verde Rd, then left at E Catalina Hwy.

Mt Lemmon Leg Meetup point #3
We will stop briefly at the McDonalds on the north east corner of Tanque Verde Rd and Catalina Hwy to regroup, grab a quick bite if anyone wants. There is also a grocery store there if you need to run in for anything.

Meet at 12:30PM at McDonalds of 9075 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ

Then we head up to Mt. Lemmon.

DEPENDING ON TIME and how people are feeling, we might run to the top, or might stop at one of the scenic pullouts and head back down.

Then we head back down.

At this point, I suspect some people might want to head right out to I-10 if they need to get back to Phoenix or something. But for those interested in seeing a couple decent roads that are actually IN Tucson on your way back out of town, we will take a more fun route to I-10.

Coming down from Catalina Hwy, turn right at E Tanque Verde, then turn right at N Sabino Canyon Rd. Then take a left at E Knollwood Dr/E River Rd and follow River Road to Campbell. Then right on Campbell to go up to Skyline, which will turn into Ina, and take you right back to I-10.

Tentative Attendees
BadlandZ - B5 A4 2.8 Quattro
Sanatarium - 2007 Volvo S40
silver2002 - 2002 325Ci
Anytim3 - E46 M3
Jibberific - 99.5 Avant
DustinM - 2001 Silver M3
Little Joe - 1984 GTI 2.0 8V
matttl16 - 2007 audi a4
dcaero - 2006 BMW M3
3Audiman - 2003 A4 1.8TQ APR Stage III
+ maybe some Dry Heat Panzers Air cooled VW guys
+ maybe some Jaguar Club of Central Arizona people

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Old 05-16-2009, 02:43 AM
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Week to go, who's in?
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Wow - that's really cool! Are there photos or videos of the event?
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