Tony and I went up Palomar Mountain's Nate Harrison Grade via mountain bike. Most of this ride is on dirt road, but there are some paved sections. We went with the support help of Monte, who you never see pictured. Monte took all the pics. I took my camera and never once used it. What can I say; Monte takes about 2 gigs of pictures!
The starting area was alice-in-wonderland in the orange groves of Pauma Valley. We began just east of state hiway 76. We're also just a little south of Casino Pauma.
Our first rendevouz after a mile and a half.
Nothing like a good solid warm-up.
Somewhere on the trail, in the 1st half.
I thought this to be about the half-way point.
I added X's to this one to point out this area that you'll see later from furthur up the hill.
The cooling breeze we had at first turned into some major wind gusts higher up on the hill. Here, Tony is on the left. His hat was blown off for the 3rd time. I'm chasing it down. Too bad you can't tell it's windy from looking at the pic.
Evidence of the wind, and this is protected in the trees!
Same place. As we stop for a break, we're watching out for "widow makers."
Finally cross the line into "official" State Park territory. We're near the top now. I do recall being low on steam at this point.