|It took two hours to go just 7.5 miles!|
|Looking back east on Rainbow Crest Rd just after the top of Gomez Creek Rd climb.|
|The well trimmed hedge lining Rainbow Crest Rd as it winds NW toward Rainbow proper.|
|NNW on Rainbow Crest Rd overlooking Rice Canyon.|
|The junction of Rainbow Heights & Rainbow Crest Rds.|
|Rainbow Heights at Rainbow Peaks, Rainbow and Arouba Rds.|
|Mt Olympus Valley Rd branching east from Rainbow Rd.|
|Looking west from Mt Olympus Valley Rd at Mt Olympus & Rainbow Peaks Trail.|
|Descending beautiful Rainbow Heights Rd.|
|Looking west from near the top of Rainbow Heights Rd. Antennae-topped mountain right center is Red Mountain.|
|Heading south on delightfully curvy Ranger Rd in Fallbrook.|
|View of I-15 from Ranger Rd.|
|A little photo stop at the Old Bridge across the San Luis Rey River on the ride home.|
The fastest way home would have been to keep going downhill on Old 395 until the bus stop at Hwy 76, of course, but I still had some chubby weight to burn and some pride to uphold, so I went uphill a bit more on E Mission Rd before taking a left onto the irredeemably twisted delight that is the downhill direction of Ranger Rd. The fun came to a stop at Reche Rd, which I took west until I could get on Mission Rd again to speed to the coast on Hwy 76 and then the much more tranquil San Luis Rey River Trail... and the straight forward coastal ride back to town on the PCH. It summed out to be a bit over 92 miles ride whose elevation gain per mile ratio would have been much more respectable had I toughed it out and came home via the inland route instead.
Oh well, there's always another day!