The ride started at the Mobile gas station off Old 395 and Hwy 76 in Fallbrook ('cause that's where the 389 bus from Escondido dropped me off, of course). I'm afraid my attempt at getting to Lancaster Mountain Rd was scuttled when the smooth & nicely flat dirt Lancaster Creek Rd runs into a fenced off citrus farm and I had to turn around back to Dulin & Pankey Rds. It was still a nice stretch spent dirtying up the bike while dodging ant hills and stalking Say's phoebes and a few flighty swallows, however.
|Lancaster Creek Rd.|
|A couple of friendly goats along Rice Canyon Rd.|
|Another turn-around at the Pala Mesa Heights gate.|
Anyhow, I was getting pretty sick of running into gates half-way up a road, so I turned around and started up roads I knew I could pass through instead. Huntley Rd up to Rainbrooks is one of those. It's a steep thing to cycle up, but makes up for the pain with smoothly paved tarmac and amazing view...
|A look back westward while climbing Huntley Rd.|
|Rolling through the citrus & exotic trees farms.|
|A bargain if there ever is one!|
Past the tree farms the road makes a hard uphill left turn as the pavement dissolves into packed gravel, which made for an interesting ride. I was now on Rainbrook Rd and very grateful that I was running 25 mm Gatorskin tires on 80 psi rather than thinner tires at higher pressure. The road does a few minor rollers before leveling out at a right turn, returns to relatively well paved (except for a couple of rather hard to see mini speed bumps and cracks) country lane on its way to joining up with Rainbow Crest Rd.
|Gravelly Rainbrooks Rd.|
|A view on Rainbow Crest Rd.|
|A look east toward Tourmaline Queen Mtn from Rainbow Crest Rd.|
|Rainbow Valley from Rainbow Peaks Tr.|
I totally had to hike-a-bike down a bit of the super steep drop. It's just too broken up with huge potholes and lots of loose dirt and pebbles for my dual-pivot brakes and road tires to deal with. At the fat part of the right switchback I veered left onto the rutty dirt path (Rainbow Peaks Rd) for a bit of slippery climbing back to the pristine pavement of Rainbow Heights Rd, sneaked a look east from the water tank, before a nice smooth coast down the wiggly descent to Rainbow Heights Junction.
|Rutty dirt bit of Rainbow Peaks Rd|
|Awesome paved descent on Rainbow Heights Rd|
|A bit of loveliness at Rainbow Inn B&B.|
It wasn't a very strenuous ride, so I settled for the Nessie Dog instead of the full on burger before catching the bus home. Oh, in case you were wondering, all the eggs I picked up from Huntley Rd survived!