To get to the south terminus of Pala Temecula Rd, however, requires traveling on the rather dangerous stretch of narrow and super curvy Hwy 76 between the rock quarry just east of I-15 and Cole Grade Rd. To increase my chance of surviving to tell my tales, I decided to bus in instead. From Uptown San Diego this meant rolling into Downtown to catch the 4:54am MTS bus 20 to Escondido to connect to Breeze buses 350 and 389 all the way to Pala Casino. It's a nearly three hours transit that required quite heavy dosage of coffee before and after to survive.
|Heading east on Pala Mission Rd.|
|The view was pretty tranquil from the swing set at Pala Mission School.|
|Mission San Antonio de Pala.|
|Pala Temecula Rd in Pala.|
|Pala Temecula, the start of the curvy section that makes Hwy 94 feels quite safe by comparison.|
|Arouba Rd branching off from S16 (Pala Temecula Rd).|
|After the first turn on Arouba Rd.|
|Looking back down Arouba Rd's 1st switchback turn.|
|After the switchback, the Arouba pavement said both 'Good bye' and 'Fuck You' at the same time...|
|I love my road bike, but this was way too rough!|
|The foresty bit of Lemon Line Rd.|
|Jeremy Way, I love you. Jeremy Way, yes, I do!|
|Heading south, up the hill, on Jeremy Way.|
|Caught a preview of Gomez Creek Rd from a curve on Jeremy Way. That long ramp up the hill really didn't look encouraging!|
|The sand was pretty thick right under the shade on Jeremy Way.|
|Gomez Creek Rd climbing west toward Rainbow Crest.|
|Looking back at the stone walled house at the Gomez Creek Rd elbow turn.|
|The bottom of the Gomez Creek Rd dip.|
|The last bit of Gomez Creek quads/lungs-buster before Rainbow Crest.|
Yes, I did reach Rainbow at the crest of the climb, but by then I was way too wasted to feel happy. I just wanted to toss the bike back down the hill and die! But, I couldn't just then. I wasn't quite out of the woods yet.
Part 2 coming up in a bit.