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Old 12-16-2020, 06:13 AM
 
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Now that we are closer to our arrival to Chandler I hope this might be easier to answer. And I realize it's still a few days away and things can change. We'll stay in Albuquerque this Saturday (19th) and drive to Chandler on Sunday. Googlemaps shows the shortest/fastest route coming out of Albuquerque to Holbrook then head down towards Payson and on into Chandler. I know weather can be an issue here based on what some are advising. I see no forecasts for Payson showing any chance of snow. If this forecasts holds true is it a safe route to now take? We'd rather take a more scenic route if possible but are there any places to stop such ass rest areas or is it pretty desolate?

It looks like clear sailing. I am making a similar trip on Friday. But more southern to Tucson. Here in Oklahoma we still have a few inches of snow on the ground but even the residential streets are clear and no issues driving. Should melt Thursday with the predicted warmer weather and sunshine. I am sure I-40 is fine. I would say the weather looks good the next few days which is why I am leaving the end of the week. The drive through Arizona on 87 towards Payson is very scenic. Lots of pine trees. From west of Amarillo until you climb into the White Mountains on 87 its desert and pretty barren.


I made the mistake several years ago of taking a drive from Houston to El Paso when a winter storm was on the way. It was not suppose snow much if at all during that time, and it is very unusual for heavy snow along that part of I-10 but West Texas got slammed with about 6 inches of snow. I-10 was a disaster and I ended up sleeping at a rest stop overnight while the snow came down. I was too far from any town to find a place to stay.
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Old 12-16-2020, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Now that we are closer to our arrival to Chandler I hope this might be easier to answer. And I realize it's still a few days away and things can change. We'll stay in Albuquerque this Saturday (19th) and drive to Chandler on Sunday. Googlemaps shows the shortest/fastest route coming out of Albuquerque to Holbrook then head down towards Payson and on into Chandler. I know weather can be an issue here based on what some are advising. I see no forecasts for Payson showing any chance of snow. If this forecasts holds true is it a safe route to now take? We'd rather take a more scenic route if possible but are there any places to stop such ass rest areas or is it pretty desolate?
This is a great route. Safe right now and very scenic. I don't think you will come across any "official rest stops" but there is enough stuff along the way to stop and do what you need to do.
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Old 12-16-2020, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
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Probably not near the problem it is during the summer, but the drive from Payson to Phoenix on the 'beeline' (SR 87) on a Sunday can have brutal traffic. As is the reverse on a Friday afternoon/Saturday Morning.
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Old 12-16-2020, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ and Redwood City, CA
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Now that we are closer to our arrival to Chandler I hope this might be easier to answer. And I realize it's still a few days away and things can change. We'll stay in Albuquerque this Saturday (19th) and drive to Chandler on Sunday.

Enjoy the saguaros along the Beeline Highway. They are spectacular.

I've lived in Arizona for a couple of years now and I still can't get over how fantastic and otherworldly they are.
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Old 12-17-2020, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Enjoy the saguaros along the Beeline Highway. They are spectacular.

I've lived in Arizona for a couple of years now and I still can't get over how fantastic and otherworldly they are.


While I prefer the green we have in VA I do miss the AZ sights and seeing them in the Yuma deserts was always a lot of fun. I'd stay in Yuma for the work I did at the proving grounds. I doubt we'll see any of the wild Burros like I used to see around the proving grounds but the wife would like to see what I've had the pleasure to see.
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Old 12-17-2020, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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This is a great route. Safe right now and very scenic. I don't think you will come across any "official rest stops" but there is enough stuff along the way to stop and do what you need to do.
That's good. The wife loves her water meaning we have to stop often. My feet and legs need the break as well so she's all good.
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