May 1, 2011

Rt89A in Arizona

Filed under: rides — SiKing @ 8:00 pm

I had been neglecting my blog for a while – it is not for lack of riding, I blame entropy. 😛

This past weekend some friends and I hit up route 89A in Arizona.

I hooked up with my friends in Phoenix, and Saturday morning we took off towards Wickenburg. If you get a chance – we didn’t – I highly recommend stopping by the Hog Trough Smokehouse BBQ for some great food. Just outside of Wickenburg you pick up highway 89 towards Congress. There is nothing much of interest en route until you get into the mountains climbing up to Prescott. This is a beautiful ride: twisty, very well-built, and wide roads, which allow you to often check the eye-catching scenery.

Prescott is a pretty town worth stopping at and stretching your legs in the picturesque downtown. But don’t waste too much time there.

After our break, we continued climbing the twisties. Jerome is a place worth stopping and spending some serious time in. The town reminded me of some seaside European village, with small brick buildings propped up on the steep hillside, and people and cars navigating the precariously narrow streets – minus the sea of course. Make sure you have reservations well in advance! We had a Haunted Burger, and walked through the town long enough to find out that there are no rooms available for that night.

Onward through the twisties, this time downhill, towards Sedona. That’s where we met the pirate!


There be pirates in them thar' hills, arrrgggg!

Sedonais another place that I would have like to spend a little more time than just one night. It has all the typical red-rock desert mountains, right in the middle of the town, licensed ATV running down the streets, plenty of tourists, and the whole place shuts down by 10pm to get some decent sleep to start another great day the next morning.


A little piece of home?



  1. Some more pics of the same route: We didn’t ride with these guys, they just so happen to be doing almost the same route (in reverse) on the same day as us.

    Comment by siking — May 6, 2011 @ 12:35 pm | Reply

  2. Glad you had fun, so did we!! Come back anytime and we’ll do it again!!

    Comment by Anonymous — May 5, 2011 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

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