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Devil’s Highway Run

by Adam Tharp

Are you ready for the ride of your life?

— RSVP below in order to reserve your spot for the event. Please note that you will have to reserve your accommodations separately from this. —

devils-highway-5Come join us on this epic journey through the twisty back roads of Eastern Arizona, where you can take-in the beautiful scenery and enjoy your BMW in a manner that brings out its legendary BMW engineering magic.

U.S. Route 666 was first commissioned in 1926, with a northern terminus of Cortez, CO. The Signage arrived to Arizona in 1938, stretching to Douglas, of which 30 miles of it overlapped U.S. Route 66. 1985 marked the end of U.S. Route 66 designation, leaving U.S. Route 666 an orphan.

Due to dislike of the reference to the Antichrist, street signs were stolen at a faster pace than they could be replaced. Rerouting and complaints from superstitious drivers were a few of the reasons that lead to the gradual cessation of Route 666.

Eventually, Arizona changed the numbering to U.S. 191 in 1993. On May 31, 2003, U.S. Route 666 officially became extinct, leaving legends, scenic miles, and the nickname “The Devil’s Highway” for posterity.

DEVIL’S HIGHWAY LOOP DETAILS:

devils-highway-1The “Loop” will start in Alpine and wind its way east into New Mexico (Hwy 180). From there, we will hook down and around to Clifton, Arizona (Hwy 78) and then back up to Alpine, Arizona (Hwy 191). The total distance is about 220 miles of spectacular views, mountain vistas, high mountain meadows, and enough twists, curves, and long-fast sweepers through multiple elevation changes to make you and your BMW happy for many months to come!

devils-highway-2The plan is to make the loop once on Saturday. Departure will be on Saturday morning, at about 10:00am, from the Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge. We will stop for lunch in the Clifton / Morenci area around 12:30pm or 1:00pm. Once we are all fed and rested, we will get back to it and continue the route back up to Alpine on the deliciously twisty portion of Highway 191.

Last year, we stopped at Michelle’s in Morenci. Michelle took very good care of us, so we will likely stop at her place again for a nice lunch before the best part of the drive back to Alpine, The Devil’s Highway!

Once we return to the lodge, you will have the opportunity to recap your extraordinary adventure with other BMW enthusiasts, over a delicious meal, at the Tal-Wi-Wi Restaurant.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our drives are designed to be fun and safe for the entire family. As such, we expect all participants to behave in a mature and safe manner. If you want to have a drag race or test the limits of your BMW then please sign up for our next track event and allow professional instructors to assist you in getting the most out of your BMW. This is not the venue for driving recklessly and you will be asked to leave.

Please RSVP below and be sure to include first names for all attendees so we can prepare name tags. Wait a minute after clicking on the Confirm RSVP button to allow the system time to process your request. You will be taken to a confirmation page.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Our base camp will be the Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge in Alpine, Arizona:

Website: Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge
Email: Reservations
Phone: (928) 339-4319 or (928) 735-7617

Update on March 18th: Some members have had difficulty getting a response from the Lodge staff. If you have received no response to an email or a voice-mail message, try calling one of these numbers until you are able to speak to a staff member. This is especially important because they will not hold any rooms beyond May 1st.

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We have secured the entire block of rooms at the lodge and have made them available to our members on a first-come first-served basis. As usual, the rooms will fill-up quickly.

The Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge has been recently renovated; the new Clubhouse and Restaurant are fantastic and, over the winter, additional guest rooms have been updated.

ROOM CHOICES:

Section A (Remodeled):

  • Regular room: $127.00 per night (includes tax)
  • Hot Tub Room: $143.00 per night (includes tax)

Section B – D: $96.00 (includes tax)

Cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to check-in or one night will be charged against your deposit.

The room block will be held until 5/1/19, at which point, any remaining rooms will be released to the general public.

** Please let the staff know that you are with the BMW Car Club when making your reservations **

ALTERNATE ACCOMMODATIONS:

If there are no rooms available at the Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge when you go to book your room, then please check with the following places:

Website: Alpine Inn Bed and Breakfast
Phone: (520) 678-5043

Website: Escudilla Mountain Cabins
Phone: (928) 339-4285

CARAVAN RENDEZVOUS LOCATION:

 

Circle K / Shell Station

(south side of the street near the Beeline Highway)
17125 East Shea Boulevard
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Date: Friday May 17, 2019

Check-in: 12:00pm

Driver’s Meeting: 12:15 pm

Departure (caravan style): 12:30 pm

We will stop for lunch in Payson.

There will be a drive leader, as well as a secondary group coordinator, to keep the group together and help ensure safe travels for our members and the general public.

For those unable to make the Friday caravan up to the lodge, please review the “Caravan Route Details” below for directions to get to the lodge in Alpine. We look forward to seeing you there:Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge 40 County Road 2220 Alpine, AZ 85920 Google Maps

CARAVAN ROUTE DETAILS:

We’ll begin our drive on AZ Highway 87 (the Beeline) to Payson. Once in Payson, we will take AZ Highway 260 east to Culver’s where we will stop for lunch. We will continue east on AZ Highway 260 and will pass through Star Valley, Heber, and Show Low. Once we reach Show Low, we will head east on US Highway 60 through Springerville and then finally into Alpine on AZ Highway 191. It is approximately a 4 hour drive:

On Friday, lunch will be at Culver’s

805 E Highway 260,

Payson, AZ 85541

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