Originally Posted by momod
Im looking to ride to Phoenix from Tucson the first of the year. Has anyone done this and is there a suggested route?
I've ridden it the other way, Phoenix to Tucson.
The recommended route I'd heard about is: Catalina highway to Oracle Junction (hwy 79), across to Florence, 87 through Coolidge to Chandler. Hwy 79 isn't exactly wide but it's not on my most-deadly list, either. You'll have a nice 40-mile downhill. There's a nice variation at Coolidge to dodge back through the res on BlackWater Road and avoid what I think is the worst several miles. It's visible on MapQuest. The reservation dogs are known to be mean though.
Going the other way, it's a long haul from Florence to Oracle Junction. You'll have that downhill, but be sure to water up, anyway.
I keep hearing about the picacho route, but nobody seems to know the connector - right at Picacho there seems to be no way through except the freeway. I keep meaning to scout that - maybe I'll get more info soon!