I'll be leaving Las Vegas Thursday night, April 5th for PHX. I'll work from the corporate office Friday, then leave early Sat. Morning for the site. Stick around a bit, take some pics, buy the souvenirs then ride back home to Las Vegas. Estimated mileage is 1,040 miles.
Noon is a good arrival time. The majority of the long wait/drive to get in is earlier in the morning. Arriving at noon gives you time to take the bus to visit the other parts as well. Good catch on the time change as I didn't think about that when I did it last year.
Update from the San Antonio General Store (the only place with gas for miles around)... They will be open until 8 pm tonight and they will open at 7 am on Saturday. Fresh deli sandwiches, cold drinks, coffee, snacks, hand dipped ice cream and they make their own fudge.
Dr Tiki left Phx at 3 am, was at the Trinity site around noon, and as of 10 pm he was around Williams AZ on I-40 on his way back to Vegas tonight. He's had to battle high winds all day so he should have an interesting ride report to offer us.
Ken is right, the Trinity site was basically my half way point. It does not leave allot of time for exploring but for me though, these quick visitation trips work very well. My girlfriend (Wife) has a bad back so she will never be able to ride the distance that we do.
So I look at it as quick scouting missions. I ride to places as basically an advance scout and determine if it would be worth our time visiting again in detail. We talk about it when I get home and we plan another trip in the 4-Wheel vehicle if we need to... somehow those trips never happen and we end up on a beach somewhere on our time off.