|La Cresta Rd climb to Crest.|
Up and up the gentle slope we crawled, until a chanced side-exploration called. We had reach Vista de Montemar's purple gate. It was open and I was in no haste...
|The view west from Vista de Montemar: Mt Helix & Grossmont on left, Cowles & the Fortunas right center.|
|Back down Vista de Montemar to La Cresta.|
Traffic was light but it was speedy, and Crest itself was looking empty.
|Skirting along South Lane Park in Crest.|
|Alta Pl's magical switchbacks.|
But the morning got old and I needed coffee, but up in Crest there's no cafe! So off we went down Mountain View Dr, which turns to Frances as it takes a curvy dive...
|Down Mountain View/Frances Dr into Harbison Canyon.|
|Turning off Harbison Canyon Rd at Galloway Valley Rd.|
Most folks would go on to Arnold Way, but Smorg's head was feeling fuzzy, so we took a long cut the Galloway Valley way.
|Taking in the view from Alpine Trail Rd.|
|The second ramp on Alpine Trail Rd.|
Riding such a view requires a bit of clout, before too long the engine was throwing me a pout... or two... or three. Steep roads can really wear you out!
|Finally a bit of a descent on Alpine Heights Rd.|
It's downhill most of the way to turn around, but Janet's coffee scent was on my snout. So I pushed on up the hill on South Grade Rd and turned west toward the roast on old Foss Rd. Janet really knows how to espresso, and a hot mug after the climb makes quite a tango!
Yes, yes, I know... climbing 3000 ft in just 23 miles for a cup of joe is really only for weirdos...