Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Joshua Tree National Park

Another great ride was had by us last weekend. It was the second time I got to ride through Joshua Tree and I'm so glad I did. I saw alot more than the last time. I think it was due to the fact we rode slow and it was very early in the morning with little to no traffic. Joshua Tree is one of California's finest unspoiled desert parks and is well worth the trip if you can make it.

The ride started through Wildcat Canyon north of El Cajon and proceeded up through Santa Isabell, Warner Springs, Idyllwild, Banning, and Palm Springs. After waiting out a small fire along the 29 Palm Highway we made it to Yucca Valley where we stayed in a Super 8 Motel. Don't stay in this motel if you can, it was filthy.

We rode out the next morning at sunrise through Joshua Tree, then on to the Salton Sea for some lunch at Mama's. The video below is of the ride through Box Canyon between the South entrance of Joshua Tree and Mecca. The road has been fully redone and this is a great scenic desert ride.

Click here for the longer complete video ride report.

After lunch we headed up to Julian through Borrego Springs and the Montezuma Highway, a favorite among the sport bikers with its winding twisting road.

San Diego really does have some great rides to offer however, having been through the Sierra Nevada's and Central California, I know there is much more to go before we run out of places to ride in and around Southern California.

Southern Sierra's, Sequoias, Yosemite, and maybe even Death Valley is next on the list.


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