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Old 10-14-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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Palms to Pines and some.

I’ve been longing to get over to California for some of that great twisty riding for the past few years. But crossing the desert from Northern Arizona has always kept from going. So we decided to bite the bullet and ride over to Palm Springs for a day ride on the Palms to Pines Highway with an added loop through Julian and Borrego Springs.

We headed south out of Flagstaff on 89a down to Prescott and down to AZ60 to I-10, then powered across I-10 to Palm Springs. The ride from Flagstaff to Palm Springs really wasn’t too bad – about 375 miles. The plan was simple – ride over on Sunday, hit Palms to Pines on Monday (Columbus Day) and ride home Tuesday. The weather was good and the high temps were bearable.

Monday morning heading out of Palm Springs – my riding partner (wife) on her RT.




Heading up 74 out of Palm Desert.




Looking back over the valley floor, not too bad must have been a clear day. There was a big sign at the overlook “No Littering”. There was trash everywhere, like someone backed up a truck and unloaded.








Up on top 74 was nice a quiet.











We headed down to Julian for a little mid morning pie. The ride down to Julian on 371 and 79 was nice. Just moving right along at a good fast pace. I was surprised that these little two lane roads had speed limits of 55 and 65 with residences on the roadway. I’m not complaining just surprised.




After Leaving Julian we headed down the banner grade on 78 and hit Yaqui Pass Road over to Borrego Springs. Then back up S22 or San Felipe Road towards Warner Springs. We really enjoyed this route and the diversity of scenery. Once back up in the hills we headed back to the Palms to Pines Highway and Idyllwild.



















Tuesday morning we headed back to AZ with a short detour through Joshua Tree National Park. 62 to Parker and I-40 home - 435 miles, she got a little cranky.






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Old 10-14-2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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Some of my favorite local roads....San Felipe Rd and Banner are epic riding.
Great pictures and report, thanks for posting.
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Old 10-15-2011, 04:15 PM   #3
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Just traced some of your route this morning...a 150 mile loop from Fallbrook through Borrego and back (in one pass and out the other.)

Your pics are great, enjoyed them!
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Old 10-15-2011, 05:34 PM   #4
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Just traced some of your route this morning...a 150 mile loop from Fallbrook through Borrego and back (in one pass and out the other.)

Your pics are great, enjoyed them!
Thanks, that's a good little route. You could throw in a Palmar Mt. loop too. It was pretty quiet for us last Monday - I bet weekday riding is pretty good out that way.
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:48 PM   #5
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Thanks, FlagRS

Nice write-up and pics on the open road. Looks like you were havin' fun!
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Old 10-15-2011, 06:53 PM   #6
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Pines to Palms or vice versa is a nice ride. As is all the area down there, toward Julian. South of Julian there is a San Diego County park. Agua Caliente, with hot springs.
The thing about Julian. It has a gold mine. You can go in the gold mine. Pie can be had anywhere. Gold mines are rare.
And it is a hard rock mine.
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:11 PM   #7
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Nice! Gotta love those Cali Twisties!
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Old 10-16-2011, 04:42 PM   #8
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Nice! Gotta love those Cali Twisties!
Thanks! No Dave and Hel tour, but its a start.
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