|Crash site on eastbound I-8 east of Alpine. See the wreck?|
I wish they'd pave Viejas Grade Rd!
|Some views along Olde Hwy 80 in Descanso & Guatay.|
|No coasting for a while, I guess...|
|One of the many Forestry fire engines on Sunrise Hwy that day.|
|A PCT hiker heading back to the trailhead after having stocked up at Laguna Mtn Lodge.|
|Monument Peak Rd has a rough (and flies-infested during summer months) dirt section sandwiched by old tarmac bookends.|
|The BLM marker at the top of Monument Peak.|
|Looking south toward Stephenson Peak's FAA radar from Monument Peak.|
I walked around a bit enjoying the scenery before locating the little peak-top BLM marker by the rock cropping between the two sets of radio towers. It was a nice payback for having spent most of the morning climbing!
|A group of thru-hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail.|
|A bit more climbing heading north past Garnet Peak.|
|Beautifully well-firred Whispering Pines near Julian.|
|A glimpse of the Anza Borrego Desert from the top of Volcan View Dr.|
|Twisty Canyon Dr and a glimpse of the Lutz Castle B&B.|
|Julian is heaven for the hungry...|
|Farmer Rd leading out of Julian.|
|Volcan Mtn radio antennae.|
|Farmer Rd at Wynola Rd, where the fun begins!|
Luckily... there are some nice Youtube clips to give you some ideas. Mind you, I do think the lady driving this car was going a bit faster than she should. Fellow cyclists should also note how invisible we two-wheelers would be under those tree shades. If you plan on riding there, wear bright color jersey, use front and rear flashing lights, and control the lane until you see that the driver approaching from behind does see you before turning out when you find a safe spot. It doesn't do to make yourselves invisible by riding in the shadowed edge of the lane where drivers wouldn't see you until the last seconds... That's when they'd get themselves into the 'either head on collision or force the cyclist off the road' situation. Make no mistake, they always choose the latter rather than the former!
Wynola Junction itself is just a small collection of country stores and eateries. I headed west on Hwy 78 and swung off the sharp right turn on the descent into Santa Ysabel to visit the little memorial to the Inaja Fire of 1956 where 11 firefighters died during a flash over. The tragedy resulted int the enactment of the 10 Standard Firefighting Orders that is still in use today.
|Inaja Fire Memorial off Hwy 78 in Santa Ysabel.|
|The view SW from Inaja Memorial.|
|Camels in the field off Old Julian Highway.|
|Enjoying the low traffic Old Julian Highway before returning to the main drag in Ramona.|
|After the draggy climb to the base of Mt Woodson, it's downhill most of the way back to Poway!|
Ride safely and have fun!