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Hwy 87 or 17?

Discussion in 'Rocky Mountain Region' started by fabjunkie, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. fabjunkie

    fabjunkie 1/2 ton status

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    If I take 87 south from Holbrook to Scottsdale, it saves me about 70 miles rather than going through Flagstaff and down 17. 87 will also bring us into Scottsdale rather than around the 101 from the north side. We'll be in two ext. cab regular bed pickups with a 6x12 Uhaul trailer behind each one. We're going to be filling up in Holbrook.

    I'm curious if we will be ok going down 87 with the trailers. After being on the road for 17-18 hours already at that point (we've got two people in each truck to trade drivers), I'd like to knock an hour or so off drive time if I can. Oh, this will be around 12-1 in the morning too, so that will probably play into it some.
     
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    From Holbrook, it's going to be Hwy 377 to Heber, then 260 to Payson, then 87 to Fountain Hills and the intersection with Shea Blvd towards Scottsdale. Last I've driven it was ~18 months ago; IIRC that route was nice and in good shape.

    87 from I-40 is going to come off at Winslow, and gets you thru Strawberry and Pine. IIRC the road is winding quite a bit as it gets you into Payson. Not sure I'd want to drive that with a big trailer...
     
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    Yes, take the Holbrook to Scottsdale route. It is fine to take trailers down that road, I have done it many times. There is only one steep grade coming down the rim. There is 2 steep grades coming down the I-17.

    You take the 277 south out of Holbrook to the 377 into Heber. Take the 260 to Payson and the 87 south from Payson into Fountain Hills.

    DO NOT take the 87 from Winslow to Payson. It is VERY curvy and slow mountain grades.

    Either way you go watch for deer & elk because they are very common on both routes. On the Holbrook route don't speed alot, Johnny Law loves to nail you on the road from Holbrook to Payson.

    Harley
     
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    P.S. I drove the Payson route a couple weeks ago and it was in good shape.

    Harley
     
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    Thanks guys. I'll go that way. 4 more days and I'll be a Zonie!! :D
     
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    You can have him, we don't want him any more! :):) Good luck Rich!

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