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    Epic Southwest Road Trip - June 1-9, 2015

    Epic Southwest Road Trip - June 2015

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    This is a pay your own way event. This means even I, the organizer, must pay my own way to attend. Organizing drives is my hobby and I enjoy putting these events on. Also, I pay for the website and store system I use for these events out of my own pocket because it makes sharing information and registering easier on everyone.
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    Itinerary for the 2015 Epic Drive South West Road Trip: June 1st – 9th 2015

    The Epic Road Trip event is a bi-yearly event for owners of European and sports cars, which focuses on the spirit of having an adventure and making friends. Participants from the first Euro epic adventure voted on where the next epic adventure would be, and the South West was the winner.

    This will be a nine day road adventure to see the major sights of the South West region. You are welcome to join and/or leave the event at any point if you are not able to make all nine days. Group rates on hotels and selected items have been worked out to cut the cost of the event as much as possible. With what I have planned, I strongly suggest you attend all nine days, as this will be one amazing adventure and it will give you numerous stories to share.

    This is a family friendly event, so if you are wondering if it for just the boys or for couples, the answer is NO. However, for those who might want to bring the family pet, the stops will have LIMITED access to see the sights, even if on a leash. Therefore, for this trip, unlike trips in the past, I advise you to book your pet into a spa so they can have their own vacation as well.

    For international participants and participants who prefer not to drive their cars that far, I have arranged a group rate on some BMW 328i rental cars from AVIS out of the Las Vegas Airport. The cost is $115 per day or $1040 for all 10 days (9 days of the trip and one day to return to Las Vegas) with unlimited mileage. If you wish to rent a car, once you have registered I will give to the direct number to AVIS to reserve the car.

    Register here for the drive:

    Deadline to register is April 1, 2015 so I can secure the hotel rooms. My hope is to have 5 of you out there register by January so I can secure the room block for the group.

    Planned itinerary of the 9 day road trip.
    You can see the full PDF of the planned trip here:

    Day 1 – June 1 - Monday
    Hoover Dam
    Grand Canyon Skywalk

    Day 2 - June 2 - Tuesday
    Grand Canyon

    Day 3 - June 3 - Wednesday
    Grand Canyon North Rim

    Day 4 - June 4 - Thursday
    Zion Park

    Day 5 - June 5 - Friday
    Bryce Canyon

    Day 6 - June 6 - Saturday
    Petrified Forest
    Capitol Reef

    Day 7 - June 7 - Sunday
    Canyonlands
    Arches National Park

    Day 8 - June 8 - Monday
    Mesa Verde National Park

    Day 9 - June 9 - Tuesday
    Chaco Culture National Historical Park

    Optional Day 10 (for people who want to trek further west) – June 10 - Wednesday
    Petrified Forest
    Painted Desert
    Wigwam Motel (teepee hotel)
    Ruins

    -----------------------COST FOR THE EVENT-----------------------

    On average, I was able to get 10-20% off hotel rooms and 10% off activities. Hotel room costs are based on two people per room. If there will be more than two people per room, please let me know. Also, in some locations, hotels only offer double beds in the rooms, therefore, you will not see other options for these locations when you register.

    NOTE: One cost I would recommend you make prior to the trip is the purchase of a National Park One Year Membership. The cost is $80. Each of the 12 National Parks we will visit has a fee of approximately $25. The savings you will get through the Membership is clear.
    National Park Annual Pass can be bought here:

    Base event cost includes:
    $140-Two decals with number, merit badge decals (see below), event insurance, 2-tshirts, PayPal, and shipping.

    Hotel Costs:
    The cost I was able to secure for 10 nights of hotels is $960.13. As not everyone attending will be attending the entire trip, when you register you can see the rate break down by day for each hotel. All but one of the hotels we will be stopping at includes either a full or continental breakfast. That means the cost for the trip is less than $100 a night plus a meal.

    Register here for the drive:

    Deadline to Register is April 1, 2015

    If you have any questions, please email me directly because for some reason I don’t always get an email when someone replies to the post. Email – norcal.drivers@gmail.com

    -----------------------DECALS-----------------------
    Decals are 11 inches tall and DO NOT harm the paint of the car. I have been using these decals for overnight drives to make a fun memento of the trip. They are also fun to collect. You can pick your own 1, 2, or 3 digital number combo.



    For those who attend the event, I thought it would be fun to earn "achievements," or merit badges for the stops. Below are all the achievements you can earn in decal form. These are meant to be placed on the car as you visit each stop.

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    This post is in response to questions on other forums.

    Q. Why are we going in June?
    A. A date had to be picked that missed the monsoons, accommodated families, and events out in the world. So first week of June was the best gap to beat the major crowds and the major heat.

    Q. It going to be too hot right?
    A. We looked at what average temperatures were for the available dates and going in first of June we will be High 70's low 80's on average - http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatolo.../graph/USAZ0088

    Q. What is the deadline?
    A. February 1st 2015 is the deadline to register for group rates on hotel. This deadline is from the hotels as they need to know if we are really coming or not. After February 1 the deadline to register is March 15th 2015 so things can be mailed out.

    Q. What if I miss the group hotel rate deadline?
    A. You will be on your own to book a room either at the hotel we are all at or a alternate hotel. It is worth noting that over the winter most of the hotels close as these are seasonal sights so it will take some time to book as well as cost more.

    Q. Are the times listed from driving like a hooligan or other?
    A. The time listed is the average from google maps and map quest. We use known times so we can factor in stops and anything else we want to do. There will be some drivers sections but we don't leave anyone behind so just drive and enjoy.

    Q. Has anyone signed up?
    A. Yes, as of this post there are 4 of us paid and ready to go.
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    This trip sounds great but the Grand Canyon Skywalk is not the best trip to do and rentals are not allowed on the road to the Skywalk area ( It is a open range road and not paved or maintained ) The price to see the Skywalk is high with all it's add'ons jump the price up ( online it was $29 but after parking and Indian reservation fees it was app. $230 for two of us) and if you drive on to Grand Canyon you will have a greater view.
    You can not take your camera on the Skywalk ( They will make you pass thru a metal detector ) They will take your photo with their camera ( app. $30 to $100 ) HTH
    The rest of the trip sounds great, but I wanted to give you the info. on Skywalk
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    Thanks for the info on the skywalk. You are not the first person to tell me it is going to cost more. I am working on confirming the fees for a group. If it is that high we will pass on it. They also said the section of road that is not paved will be paved.
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    Looks like a great trip. I'll be joining in, but signing up later this year.
    Looking forward to it, as I am with all the road trips you organize.
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    Sounds good buddy. Hopefully we can get some more of the gang out there from across the nation. Have a mini Opel meet LOL.
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    Sounds great, but a bit too great for me.

    Keep in mind that few Opels have A/C.

    Actually, I visited a number of those places last year.

    Make sure you stop, on the yea to Mesa Verde from the south, at the dinosaur footprints exhibit. It's an old (obviously) shallow water site with hundreds of giant chicken-like footprints. Make sure to get the tour by the deaf Indian lady.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m610 View Post
    Sounds great, but a bit too great for me.

    Keep in mind that few Opels have A/C.

    Actually, I visited a number of those places last year.

    Make sure you stop, on the yea to Mesa Verde from the south, at the dinosaur footprints exhibit. It's an old (obviously) shallow water site with hundreds of giant chicken-like footprints. Make sure to get the tour by the deaf Indian lady.
    Rental car or drive the "other car". Does not have to be the Opel. You can represent in spirit. I can also make a opel badge for the other car for gang effect..
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    Just a random BUMP to keep this on peoples Radar

    Server was recently changed so the link above is broken. Same info as here but to register use this link.
    2015 Epic - South West Road Trip
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    I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Hopefully Santa brought you new horse power mods, big brake kit or new tires for your ride.

    If you wish to go on this trip, it has been posted to the event registration site as well as all the forums. Please note that there is a dead line to sign up for the arranged discounted rooms. If you miss the deadline, you can still attend but you are on your own for rooms.

    Any and all are welcome, so please invite or forward to friends and family. Also, as a note, you can do all or some of the scheduled trip.

    There is a space limit so if you want to go register soon.
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    Several of the hotels have asked for numbers by March 1 now. So if you want the discounted hotel rooms, make sure your are paid and registered before then.

    2015 Epic - South West Road Trip
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    Friendly reminder about the event.

    PDF Itinerary:
    http://www.raddrives.com/drives/_roa... Itinerary.pdf


    Also the itinerary below is the final one we are following. We made a change as one of the last stops on the original plan requires a 4x4. So unless you have the offroad mode in your sports car we made a destination change =)

    Website registration page has the current info.

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    Itinerary for the 2015 Epic Drive South West Road Trip: June 1st – 9th 2015

    We will be starting this adventure in Henderson, Nevada. To make it as easy on everyone as we can, we worked out a group rate with Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Las Vegas/Henderson. The hotel also provides a hot breakfast, which is included in the rate, so we will have plenty of fuel for the adventure ahead.

    Date: May 31st, 2015
    Address: Hawthorn Suites - 910 South Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV 89015 US

    Day 1: Hover Dam Grand Canyon Caverns, and Planes of Fame Museum

    The planned stops for this day are as follows. We will be covering 361 miles for the day. This is one of the longer driving days but as mentioned, these roads allow for “higher” cruising speeds, so time will be cut down.

    Date: June 1st 2015
    Address: 910 South Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV 89015 US
    Depart: 8:00am - drive start

    Stop one

    Address: Hoover Dam – Hoover Dam Road
    Time: 8:20am – 10:30am

    Lunch stop will be in Dolan Springs
    Time: ~11:30am- 1 hour stop for lunch

    Stop two

    Address: Grand Canyon Caverns - Arizona 66
    Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

    Address: Planes of Fame Museum
    Time: 4:30 – 5:30pm

    End of Day

    Address: Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn - 100 Highway 64, Grand Canyon, AZ ‎ 86023
    Time: ~ 6:00pm
    Dinner: 7:00pm - Big E Steakhouse & Saloon - 365 State Highway 64, Tusayan, AZ 8602

    Day Two: Grand Canyon

    The day will be spent seeing the sights of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Participants are welcome to stay together or go off on their own adventure. Dinner will be arranged at the below location.

    Start of day

    For those who want to hike the trails around the Grand Canyon as a group, be in the lobby of the hotel at 8:00am to start the day.

    End of Day

    Time: ~ 6:00pm- Back to the hotel to clean up
    Dinner: 7:00pm - Canyon Star Steakhouse and Saloon - 149 Arizona 64, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

    Day Three: North Rim and Drive to Zion

    Start of day

    Address: Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn - 100 Highway 64, Grand Canyon, AZ ‎ 86023
    Time: 8:00am Departure

    Stop one and Lunch Stop:

    Address: Grand Canyon Lodge - Arizona 67, North Rim, AZ 86052
    Time: ~12:00 – Lunch - Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room for lunch, North Rim, AZ 86052
    Time: 3:00pm- Depart for Zion

    Stop two:

    Address: Moqui Cave - 4518 U.S. 89, Kanab, UT 84741
    Time: 5:00 – 5:20pm

    End of Day

    Address: Quality Inn At Zion Park - 479 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale, UT 84767
    Time: 6:20pm
    Dinner: 7:00pm – Zion Pizza & Noodle Co. - 868 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale, UT 84767



    Day Four: Zion Canyon and Drive to Bryce Canyon

    Participants are welcome to spend the day touring the Zion National Park. There are plenty of short trails and tour buses to see the park. You are welcome to stay in a group or make your own way through the park. Lunch will be on your own for the day.

    ----Start of day

    For those who want to hike the trails around Zion as a group be in the lobby of the hotel at 8:00am to start the day.

    Group departure for Bryce Canyon
    Time: 5:00pm

    End of day
    Address: Fosters Motel - 1150 Highway 12, Bryce, UT 84764
    time: ~6:00pm arrive at hotel
    Dinner: 7:00pm – Foster's Family Steak House - Utah 12, Bryce, UT 84764

    Day Five: Bryce Canyon

    Participants will spend the day touring Bryce Canyon. There are multiple overlooks as well as short to moderate hikes for the group to explore.

    ----Start of day

    Time: 8:00am depart for the park
    Boxed lunch will be arranged for the group

    End of day

    Address: Fosters Motel - 1150 Highway 12, Bryce, UT 84764
    Time: ~6:00pm arrive at hotel
    Dinner: 7:00pm – Cowboy's Buffet and Steak Room - 26 South Main Street, Bryce Canyon, UT 84764

    Day Six: Petrified Forest, Capitol Reed, and drive to Moab

    Start of day

    Address: Fosters Motel - 1150 Highway 12, Bryce, UT 84764
    Time: 8:00am - Depart for Moab

    Stop one

    Address: Escalante Petrified Forest State Park - 710 North Reservoir Road, Escalante, UT 84726
    Time: 9:00am – 10:00am - Petrified Forest

    Planned Lunch Stop

    Address: Slackers -- 165 E Main St, Torrey, UT 84775
    Time: 11:30 - 12:30 – Lunch Stop

    Stop two

    Address: Capitol Reef Visitor center - 16 Scenic Drive, Torrey, UT 84775
    Time: 12:45pm – 2:30pm

    End of Day

    Address: Adventure Inn - 512 North Main Street, Moab, UT 84532
    Time: 4:30pm arrive at hotel
    Dinner: 6:00pm – Miguel's Baja Grill - 51 North Main Street, Moab, UT 84532

    Day Seven – Arches National Park and Canyon Lands

    This day will be spent at two different parks. Arches National Park will be the first half of the day, as it has the most hikes to see the different formations.

    Start of day

    For those who want to see both parks as a group be in the lobby of the hotel at 7:00am to start the day. As we are seeing two parks and the Arches Park has a lot of trails. We want to make sure we have time to see the sights.

    Lunch for the day
    Boxed lunches will be arranged for the group.

    The second half of the day will be spent at Canyon Lands to drive the rim and stop at the different overlooks. There are several short trails you can hike on if you chose to.

    End of day

    Address: Adventure Inn - 512 North Main Street, Moab, UT 84532
    Time: 6:00pm arrive at hotel
    Dinner: 7:00pm – Moab Brewery - 686 South Main Street, Moab, UT 84532

    Day Eight – Needles Canyon Land

    Start of Day

    Address: Adventure Inn - 512 North Main Street, Moab, UT 84532
    Time: 8:00am – Departure

    Lunch for the day
    Boxed lunches will be arranged for the group.
    Address: Needles Visitor Center - Moab, UT 84532

    Leave the park for the drive to the hotel
    Time: 4:30pm – Depart for Cortez

    End of day

    Address: Rodeway Inn - 1120 East Main Street, Cortez, CO 81321
    Time: ~6:00pm arrive at hotel
    Dinner: 7:00pm – J Fargo's Grill & Bar - 1209 East Main Street, Cortez, CO 81321

    Day Nine - Mesa Verde National Park

    Start of day

    Address: Rodeway Inn - 1120 East Main Street, Cortez, CO 81321
    Time: 8:00am – Departure
    - We will see the different settlements, caves, and paintings through the two major areas of the park.

    Lunch for the day
    Address: Far View Terrace - State Highway 10, CO 81321
    Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm Lunch

    End of day

    Address: Rodeway Inn - 1120 East Main Street, Cortez, CO 81321
    Time: 6:00pm
    Dinner: 7:00p - Main Street Brewery Restaurant - 21 East Main Street, Cortez, CO 81321

    This is the official last destination for the group. Here we will all say goodbye and share the stories we made from the last few days of trekking through the South West.

    Day Ten – Petrified Forest National Park, Wigwam Hotel (OPTIONAL DAY)

    This is not an official part of the tour. For those who wish to make trek a little further west, we will be going through the Petrified Forest National Park and make a stop at the famous Wigwam motel. This is the motel with Tee-pees and old cars out front as well as some other Indian settlements and caves that are near Winslow.

    Address: Wigwam Motel - 811 West Hopi Drive, Holbrook, AZ 86025
    Settlement and cave tour
    Address: Homolovi State Park - Arizona 87, Winslow, AZ 86047

    End of the day
    Address: Rodeway Inn - 1916 West 3rd Street, Winslow, AZ 86047
    Time: 6:00pm
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    Bowing Out

    Bums me to say this, but I've got to bow out of this Grand an' Glorious event. This year's vacation time has now been allotted to a vacation with my wife, time for a new grandchild coming soon, and this August's 35-Year OMC Anniversary event held in Northern California.

    I will, however make as many day-trips and weekend road-trips as I can.

    Bummed.
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    No worries buddy. All I ask it you let other car friends know about it. Even in other states.

    I will see you on a overnight this year I am sure.
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    The Epic Road Trip 2015 was a great success. For those who missed the event you missed a truly EPCI adventure. Over the 10 days the group was together we covered over 1600 miles and saw over nine national parks and three state parks.

    One thing with these trips is there is no way to really recap all the moments of the event. While the images help show you the sights and who was there, it cannot convey the stories shared and the new stories made. For example everyone there if you ask about Fosters you will hear a great story being told.

    The images below are just a glimpse of the 9000 images posted to the website. Feel free to explore the images and hope to see you in 2017 for the next Epic Road Trip.

    See all the images here: 2015 Epic Road Trip











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