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    Arizona 191

    I have a quick question:
    I am in Phoenix for the month of February, and have always wanted to ride AZ 191 (formerly 666, the Devil's Hwy). It looks like the highs for Alpine will be about 59-60F this Sunday and Monday, and am wondering if there are any contraindications or advice, should I try for it.

    Is it better to travel it south-north or north south?

    I'd probably try to do it all in one day from Phoenix if possible, as I have other commitments that I have to work around.

    Cheers
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    Have done it twice...once in Fall and cool....once in August. I am sure a local with current intel will add the info as well.
    I preferred the south to north run personally...the first big right turn past the Morenci Mine will wake you up and set your head clear for the next 90 miles. I was not ready and



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    Good choice:)

    I've done it a few times too and a zillion twisties is this road! I don't believe a striaghtaway exists on most of it. Be prepared for cold, no matter what the weather man says. Its a high elevation road and snow will be present in the forests, the further North you get. Very nice ride. The Phoenix loop will make a long day, so start early. Your average speed will be cut sharply in the twisties and stops for photo's. Randy

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    South to North for sure. I would guess there will be snow up in Alpine and the road can get "necked" down as a result. Stop at the look over at Morenci... that is one big hole! Will you come back into the valley on Rt 60? (recommended!)
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    Cheers folks...

    South to north it is. I guess I'll be coming back via 60, from ShowLow to Globe and the Salt River Canyon.

    I love the American southwest, and have ridden or driven most of the highways, but 191 has thus far eluded me. Looking forward to it.

    I did the Salt River Canyon via 60, back in `97 on the Three Flags. At that time, it was full of bikes, cars and motorhomes and it was a real highlight. Unfortunately, I was going for it, and didn`t get any photos. Maybe this time.

    If the photo opportunities are too much on 191, I have a contingency of spending the night in Alpine or ShowLow.

    Again, thanks for the comments.

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    this is an awesome road, pic above taken riding from north to south.

    you could very possibly run into snow at the elevations this road attains.

    oh, and when the corner sign says "10 mph" it *means* 10mph.

    what will you be riding?

    if you're not afraid of a little sandy road riding, there is an awesome road that goes from Lake Roosevelt to Apache junction that you could ride on the way back.



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    Ian, it must have been really hard riding in the dark! While I heard the soundtrack, all I saw was a black screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    what will you be riding?

    if you're not afraid of a little sandy road riding, there is an awesome road that goes from Lake Roosevelt to Apache junction that you could ride on the way back.

    ian

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    I'll be on my trusted '93 R1100RS. Unfortunately, I left my GS at home this year. I say unfortunately, because there appears to be lots of great off-pavement riding in this state.

    At the same time, I'm riding alone, and don't like to get too far off road without a buddy. Besides, I may save that road for next year.

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    Made it...

    Just a follow up to say that I completed the round trip as planned.

    I would now agree that south to north is optimum, as you ascend out of hell (the Morenci mine) into heaven (the 9400 feet elevations near Hannagan Meadows).

    Perhaps winter is not the optimum time to do this road, as the slow corners (sure is a lot of them!) were all heavily gritted and dusty. At first, I thought this was mostly mine residue, but it continued almost the entire length of the road. It appears they "grit" to improve the traction (!) when the road is snow covered.

    Throw in the other hazards of deer (just missed a couple), rocks on the road from slopes and walls ranging in size from golf balls to footballs, and ice in some of the shadows (despite the 55-60F temps and bright sunshine), and one must be very careful.

    Still, the incredible scenery is not to be denied, and overall, I had a great time. The return through the Salt River Canyon in the late afternoon was as spectacular as I remembered. It took me 11 1/2 hours, from 7:30 AM 'til 7:00 PM, and when I descended back into the Phoenix valley at sunset, the sky was aflame, competing with the crimson lit rock walls behind me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jopars View Post
    ...It took me 11 1/2 hours, from 7:30 AM 'til 7:00 PM, and when I descended back into the Phoenix valley at sunset, the sky was aflame, competing with the crimson lit rock walls behind me.
    helluva ride... now, where are the pics???

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    Photos

    Didn't get as many as I wanted, and they couldn't do the scenery justice anyway, but here are a few...

    The Morenci Mine... I'd be surprised if you couldn't see this from space!
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    After Morenci, the climb up was exhilarating...
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    Lots of snow...
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    On the way back, the Salt River Canyon...
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