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Old 07-04-20, 01:06 PM
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the rides donít have names that iím award of.
the descanso, mount laguna, julian, santa ysabel, palomar, ranchita, borrego springs
stretch in san diego county-imo-is arguably the best in all of socal. about 50 miles long and 10 miles wide with it centered on california hwy 79. area is ripe for big century rides or nice 40 milers. some of the places iíll park the car and set out from include: ca hwy 76 about two miles west of itsís junction w/hwy 79 (some larger turnouts), the large gravel lot just north of the julian pie co. in santa ysabel, by the old jail in dtown julian, the big turnout just south of lake cuyamaca along hwy 79, the park in pine valley and the parking lot on the nw corner of the hwy 79/8 freeway intersection. from any of these gateway starting points, the backcountry beckons and your legs are the limiting factor. not all that much is flat so youíll either be ascending or descending. some gems like wynola/farmers rd, boulder creek rd, sunrise hwy, mesa grande rd pine creek rd and kitchen creek rd await. the big climbs/descents of banner grade, montezuma grade, kitchen creek, sunrise hwy and palomar (south and east grade) are all there. support/stores in borrego springs, ranchita (altho i never rely on it being open) santa ysabel, wynola, top of palomar grades, mt. laguna, descanso, julian, guatay and pine valley. support ranges from 3 miles apart to about 20 miles between potential stores so be sure to keep the water bottles topped off.
weekdays are best. if you must do weekends, best to be done before 11am. highway 79 carries about 80% more traffic than sunrise hwy so if iím heading north in that area, iíd generally rather climb sunrise hwy vs hwy 79. if iím descending in that area, the reverse is true.
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