Thursday, September 10, 2009

Eighth Trip: Duel in the Desert

Continuing our preview of the 2009-10 road trips...

Thanks to the desire of FOX/CSN to televise the Stanford-ASU game, we play first in Tempe on the evening of Thursday, 2/25. For you non-retired fans, that pretty much means taking Thursday and Friday off. As described on the Travel page, it may be possible to work half a day and fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor Thursday afternoon. But it's tight.

However you work it, ASU is always the tougher opponent with a high-energy, sold-out arena. That's the don't-miss game. Afterward, you might just grab a motel in Phoenix and fly home next morning.

If not, you now have all Friday and Saturday morning to do things around Phoenix and/or Tucson; see the Travel page for links to some of the many interesting destinations.

The Arizona game is in Tucson at 3pm MST on the Saturday. That leaves adequate time to return to Sky Harbor (love that airport name) and get home Saturday night.

For fans with time to travel, a whole 'nother approach to this trip would be to make it Tucson-centric. Fly (or drive) to Tucson arriving on the Thursday morning. Get a good nap, then drive 2.5 hours to Tempe for the game. Drive back to Tucson that night. Spend a nice weekend in Tucson or use Tucson as a base for driving southeast to places like Tombstone and Bisbee.