Yesterday I traveled the old road from Phoenix to Gila Bend. I based my journey on a 1917 description of what they called the Yuma Road from Phoenix. It really hasn't changed all that much. The road out of Phoenix is basically 19th Avenue to Buckeye Road, and then go west.
In my professional life, as a graphic designer, I've always gone very fast, hitting deadlines, always rushing, and I love it. But once I get away from the computer, I travel slowly. I am still proud to say that I once drove from Los Angeles to Phoenix in four days.
By the way, the longcut I took back was east through the town of Maricopa, then north to Riggs Road, west across the Gila River Indian Reservation, then north up 51st Avenue through Laveen back up to Glendale, where I live. If you ask me how long it took for me to get there and back, I understand, that's the question that people have been asking me all of my life.
|1917 road out of Phoenix to Yuma|