High Country Run San Diego
April 30, 2006
By Dave Cook
You guy's who couldn't crawl out of bed on the Sunday morning of 30 April missed a great ride through some new country on a perfect day down in SE San Diego County. We loaded up Dave Williams ‘70 Triumph Tiger and my ‘65 Sportster and headed south under an overcast sky (no sun) until we arrived at the Spring Valley shopping center, just off Hwy 94. As we were unloading, Clay Burton or Whit Whitworth pushed the sunshine button. The rest of the ride was "Shirt Sleeve Weather," a very comfortable mid 70's temperature even at the higher elevations.
We left the shopping center a little after 10:00 AM heading east on the 94 toward Tecotti. We were soon out of traffic and rolling across some beautiful hills and valleys. Clay Burton was leading the pack on his 350 Harley Davidson Sprint. Dudley Pollard was riding his ‘70 Triumph Bonneville, and Carl Felix of
was riding a ‘75 Norton. Carl saw the ride info on our web site and decided to check us out (I'll see he gets an invitation to our next general meeting). Next came Dave Williams and myself, and Whit drove the chase truck. We cruised through Jamul, Dulzura, and Barret Junction, then headed north after Campo to Buckman Springs. We encountered a lot of bicycles on the road participating in an organized road run. Stopped for gas and an iced tea in Costa mesa . Next we took S-1 up to Julian, beautiful meadows in the high country. It was nice the be in Julian and be warm and dry for a change. Stopped for lunch in Julian around 1:00PM at Romano’s Italian restaurant. Excellent choice. I know the sausage and peppers were to die for (I like good Italian food). After lunch we returned, taking Hwy 79 to Pine Valley Japatul Road, on to Willow Glen Dr., then back to Spring Valley. Remember the big fire three years ago? The entire area we rode thru was burned to a crisp. Today, it's coming back to life except for some of the smaller trees (which are currently being cut down).
It was a good ride, perfect weather. Looking forward to doing it again next year. Total miles: about 165. No mechanical problems.
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