|Lenticular clouds outside Cuyamaca Lake|
|A screen shot of the ride as plotted by the "MapMyRide" phone app.|
I drove up to the Park and Ride at the Descanso turnoff of Highway 8. This is almost always my starting point. From there I followed Highway 79 towards Cuyamaca Lake, riding through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
I had a relatively late start, having had to drop Shelly off in Ocean Beach, I didn't actually start riding until 11:15. It was warm enough to start in just riding shorts, but cool enough to warrant a wool jersey with a lighter long sleeve over that.
|Entering Cuyamaca Rancho State Park on Highway 79.|
|Your ride up Hwy 79 is overshadowed by Stonewall Peak.|
|At Paso Picacho, you are at the high point of you ride on Highway 79, it's downhill from here to Cuyamaca Lake.|
|Lake Cuyamaca is a good spot to pick up snacks and drinks if you need them.|
|Coming to San Diego County Road S1, the Sunrise Highway. You're entering Anza Borrego State Park at this point.|
You eventually climb to a point that offers really magnificent views of the desert below. I continued my habit of stopping at one particular overlook and snapping a picture of my bike with the view as a backdrop. I need to collect all of the versions of this picture I've taken.
This year the desert had a decidedly green cast to it, a result of this years abundant rainfall!
|I snap this picture every time I make this ride, an overlook into the Anza Borrego Desert. The desert actually looked a little green this early in the year!|
|The USAF radar station, approaching Mt. Laguna.|
|Descending down S1, Pine Valley and Interstate 8 is just visible to the upper right.|
|At the junction of the Sunrise Highway, (SD County Road S1) , and Old Highway 80 just east of Pine Valley.|
|A shot of the Mercian at the Descanso Park and Ride. Actually this was taken at the start of the ride.|
The gearing I used, (a compact double crank (48/34) with a 12/26 8 speed cassette), was perfect for this terrain. Total distance was just over 50 miles with an elevation gain of over 4700 feet. I managed to hit 40 MPH on the descent from Mt. Laguna, and had an average speed for just under 13 mph.
|One last look and the Anza Borrego Desert.|