In search of our last organized ride of '09, we made the long drive to a far Southern California century this past weekend in the town of Borrego Springs. The ride was in a remote area west of the Salton Sea, in and around the huge Anza Borrego Desert State Park. http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=638
If you like spectacular desert areas, surrounded by rugged colorful mountains that go on in every direction for as far as the eye can see, then this is the place.
The ride was staged by the R&B Bicycle club out of Julian, California http://www.julianactive.com/R&B%20Bicycle%20Club.htm and was well organized and staffed by friendly folks. There were six rest stops with plenty of munchies and liquids.
The course could not have been more Tandem friendly with its fast, flat layout on good roads with wide shoulders, and best of all, almost no traffic. We had perfect weather in the 6o's, with plenty of sun and no wind...a far cry from what we left in the Sierra.
We were surprised to be the only Tandem of what I guessed to be 200-300 riders.
So if anyone is looking for a ride next holiday season to burn off some of those holiday pleasures...then this is something to consider.
Best wishes to all for a healthy and happy 2010.