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Old 12-03-2010, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Granville, OH
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Default Driving from San Diego to Tucson

Anyone make the drive between these cities? It's not a long drive but I'll get started late so will probably want to stop somewhere. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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Not much along 8 and 10 until you get into AZ.
What are you looking for? Meals, sightseeing?
If you stop long along the way it will be a long drive.
And watch the speeds at least in AZ.
A friend from your area got a photo radar flash on 8 and got a ticket for over $300. He would not tell me how fast he was going but I know he likes to speed.
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Old 12-03-2010, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Randle, WA~Pinetop, AZ
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Photo radar on I-8 now? Crud. I used to be able to make some great time out that way, lol. If it was like about 9-10 years ago, your friend could have been doing ~100mph.

Anyways, I am going to assume by late and stopping, you'll want to sleep somewhere? if I was coming from SD to Tuscon late, I would probably overnight near Gila Bend, at least get as far past Yuma as I could.
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Old 12-03-2010, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley, Az
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You don't mention which direction you are going, but Yuma is aproximately halfway. There are a couple of Casinos with lodging on the Cali side of I-8, one just outside of Yuma (new, very nice) and one just as you get into the mountains of Cali.
We have LOTS of NEW Hotels and Motels in the Yuma area, most clustered around exit 2 and 3. All kinds of choices for brand,and there are still lots of older motels in town itself.
There is also a new motel in Wellton, just off the freeway, that is 30 miles east of Yuma.

As far as photo radar, not in Az any longer, don't know about Cali.

curly
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:18 PM
 
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Gas up in Yuma and eat if you're hungry. But, definetely stop in Dateland for a date shake. It's worth it.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:06 PM
 
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Not much lodging in Gila Bend. Exit 3, I believe is 16th Street and gateway to new food places and hotels. About 190 mi to Yuma with another 230 mi. to Tucson. I'd overnight at Yuma and drive the longer leg on the second day. Don't gas up in El Centro, fuel is higher. That hotel Curley mentions is in Wellton (Exit 29E) adding another 30 miles or so to the first leg. It is pretty desolate in Wellton but if all you want is a quick burger and to sleep Wellton puts you more near halfway.
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Old 12-17-2010, 11:07 PM
 
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Exit 3 in Yuma... sorry for any confusion
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Old 12-19-2010, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley, Az
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Exit 3 in Yuma... sorry for any confusion
Actually, it is exit 2 for 16th st/Highway 95. Exit 3 is Ave 3e. Not much there, 2 fairly new hotels, a Carls Jr and a Love's gas station.

Exit 2 will give the most options.

Curly
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