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Old 03-09-08, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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There's a road I've been wanting to drive for a long time now. It's Arizona Highway 88, also known as the Apache Trail. The road was constructed in the early 1900's as a stagecoach route and at the time was the only link between Phoenix and the mining town of Globe. It has since been bypassed by a more efficient route and is lightly traveled except by tourists.

Scenic drive: Apache Trail

So this morning I got up at the crack of dawn and headed out.

The road is one of the curviest, windiest roads I've ever driven on and I was lucky to have it all to myself. The first 20 miles or so are paved and go through some beautiful canyon passes. At a summit, however, the pavement ends and the remaining 22 miles of the road are unpaved. That's where the fun started.



I had a great time and never encountered another vehicle at any time during my drive -- which was lucky because there were many stretches where it would have been impossible to pass. The road was graded gravel for most of the distance, but the washboard was pretty bad and it kept causing my TCS to activate until I finally just turned it off.





There is one stretch of the road -- called the Fish Creek Grade -- where the road drops 900 feet within a mile. From a website:

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Steep-sided canyons, rock outcroppings and magnificent geologic formations are all along the road. Fish Creek Canyon is perhaps the most awe-inspiring section. The road hangs on the side of this high-walled canyon and winds its way along tremendous precipices that sink sheer for hundreds of feet below.
Here you can see this section of the road. The view is pretty incredible once you're down at the bottom. You look up and realize how much of a drop-off it was. This was one of the widest sections where I took the picture; the rest was strictly a one-laner.



Most of the guard rail is just wooden planks except for a few sections. It's a lot steeper than it looks!!



Awesome view of Fish Creek once you get to the bottom of the canyon.





Lots of huge saguaro catci along the road.





This little cave would be fun to hike in.



One of several one-lane bridges.









Can you find the coupe?



Just stirring up a dust cloud .



I had a little too much speed coming into one of the corners, and the car started going sideways on me in the dirt. Then I decided the Legend wasn't a rally car and decided to take it easy!

Great view from up top.









Approaching Roosevelt Dam, where 88 meets up with 188 and the off-roading is over .



Just past the dam.



When you finally get a view of the lake, it's AWESOME. The morning light was hitting it just right.





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315k? so you've put 12k on since that beauty was sitting in the showroom?
great shots, great adventure, keep em coming
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that road is so dangerous, but i like it! I sometimes go fishing at apache lake. one time as i was driving that road in my teg some stupid kids were playing "Tokyo Drift" with a Lexus, and almost went off the road off the side of a 200 ft cliff. apparently they thought that they had the road all to themselves. seeing that kids face when he saw me coming up the road was priceless. now go wash the legend
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It's always time to change the wallpaper when you go driving. This time I can't decide. HELP!!!
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any chance i can get this one in high res, 1280x720
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Mmmm whenever I need a fix for upto date 2nd gen. commercial still shots you are the man! great pics!
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I love scenic drives! Nice one again Tyson
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315k? so you've put 12k on since that beauty was sitting in the showroom?
Yeah, she ain't a garage queen yet!
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that road is so dangerous, but i like it!
I know! I was glad I didn't meet any other traffic on the road. It would definitely be sketchy trying to back up on some parts of the road. It would be really fun to drive that road in the rain if I had a 4x4 though!!
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PM me your email and I'll send the original straight off my camera.
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I love scenic drives! Nice one again Tyson
Thanks gentlemen.

And for those who were concerned, the car is already clean . I took care of it before I went to church this afternoon. She's back to shiny. The dust flew right off with the high pressure hose at the car wash.

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These are some great pictures Nice coupe also Who would of thought there was coupes in AZ.
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WOW Tyson.......WOW!!!!!! How f.in inspiring!!! I need to go on a road trip bad!
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Magnificent & inspiring views Tyson. I always love your road trips pics and it's time for me to save your photographs again. Thanks for sharing.
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