During the many years that Rick Pewe planned the Ultimate Adventure, he always put an emphasis on taking back roads past military surplus stores rather than driving down the interstate, and would choose a ferry over a bridge any day of the week. None of this was lost on Trent McGee, who organized the route for the 2017 Ultimate Adventure. McGee has attended every UA since the event’s inception in 1999, and he put all of that experience into making an unforgettable UA.
Day Three of the 2017 edition started in the Bradshaw Mountains and traveled down the Senator Highway, rising and falling thousands of feet on the way to the Desoto Mine. The temperatures steadily rose as the group dropped down to Spring Valley to refuel before taking Bloody Basin Road into the Agua Fria National Monument. McGee planned out a route over 100 miles of dirt along the Great Western Trail and through Copper Canyon below the roar of Interstate 17. After airing up the tires the adventure wasn’t over, and cooling systems were put to the test on the Beeline Highway where the road gained over 2000 feet in elevation on the way to Payson, Arizona for the night.