Second Annual JAZ Ride!
April 19th to 23rd 2020
My experience is that close friends come together and ride together in smaller groups, size of group is flexible, and invite others as desired.
I am putting a road ride together starting on 19th of April and ending on the 23nd. I am calling it Joe's AZ ride (JAZ Ride). I was lucky enough to ride on this very route last year and thought this would be spectacular to share again with my friends.... Starts in Tucson and returning in Tucson. It is a six day ride with long days and you need to be self sufficient (no support truck). We would be staying in hotels at days end. You will need to book your own rooms & pick your roommates. I have a list of hotels for each night. If these fill up you need to get creative and find a close one that works (so get in early). I have chips to install in your GPS that GPS-Kevin helped with, but, if for some reason the chip don’t work, well, find someone to ride with that the chip works...There is no dirt other than some extra credit stuff and that is very easy dirt road stuff, its not a tough guy ride but a nice scenic ride.
Day 1 (322mls)
It will leave Tucson and head south to kit peak then onto the Gadsden Hotel. This is an amazing place with lots of history.
Day 2 (347mls)
Leave Gadsden Hotel and head to the Coronado Trail. This is one of, if not the best roads as it twists and turns all the way north to our next hotel in New Mexico.
Day 3 (358mls)
We will leave New Mexico and head to monument canyon and valley then onto Mexican Hat.
Day 4 (346mls)
Leave Mexican Hat and see Mexican Hat then either take the red option (just a detour that sees different stuff) and take the ferry then back to the main route or stay on the blue to the Spider Rock, Bryce Canyon and we stay in Panguitch.
Day 5 (339mls)
Leaves Panguitch and heads south through Kanab and then onto Page through Jacobs lake, then to Winslow for the night. Be sure ti get a pic at the “standing at the corner in Winslow Arizona”.
Day 6 (268mls)
From Winslow it’s of south again past Theodore Roosevelt lake then through mine country where you can stop and enjoy the sites of a working mine. Finally back to Tucson where it all began or off to where you come from.
If a room is needed before and or after the ride, or a place to stash your vehicle, that would be something to consider on your end as well.
This should turn out to be a fun ride with lots of stories and laughs, as last years was a blast. There is a lot of things to see along the way that I didn’t list so plan on stopping and soaking in all there is this place has to offer. Included is a list of hotels that will work for the ride. I worked out suggested gas and lunch stops but as always do your own thing, its your ride, your vacation.
This is not a ride that I will be leading each day. If someone wants to go they would be on their own, meaning what times they leave, who they leave with, when & where & what they visit along the way as well time spent at each, etc. So - there will be no official start time and or finish just people out riding. I don't see all the bikes traveling as one group but groups traveling at different times & paces throughout the day. We would all meet up at the same place everyday (the hotel) but that would be about as organized as it would get. My thoughts are people would just team up and start the ride as if it were just them (their group) that are doing this ride. This ride can be altered by joining the ride on different days and or leaving whenever. If this doesn't make sense or just to clarify, just give me a call, and I will do my best to explain the vision.
Here is a link to last years pictures (it may only work if you have a Google account).
I know Easter is in the mix here and I understand that it will be hard for some, just this is the dates that work best and I hope you can make it. Maybe next year will do it again... on a different date. And if I forgot someone that you feel should be considered please pass it on. Book hotels fast as they will sell out!
19th Day 1 Gadsden Hotel
Address: 1046 G Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607
20th Day 2 Largo Cafe & Motel
Address: US-60, Quemado, NM 87829
21th Day 3 San Juan Inn
Address: US 163 & San Juan River, Mexican Hat, UT 84531
22th Day 4 BryceWay Motel
Address: 429 N Main St, Panguitch, UT 84759
23st Day 5 La Posada
Address: 303 E 2nd St, Winslow, AZ 86047