Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Nice little ride this holiday
For this time of the year, going out to the desert, you obviously have to leave early, so I grabbed my buddy and his wife and we got up nice and early and did a run to Ocotillo Wells and then back up through Banner into Julian on the way back. It was a quick but beautiful ride. We were in the middle of Ocotillo and the temperature on the bike said 91 degrees at 10 AM. So I can only imagine what it was at 12 or 2 in the afternoon. Getting up and getting out early is very essential, especially in the summertime.
The advantages are:
no having to pass anybody
getting a first look at what is out there
My wife said we saw a golden eagle out in the middle of the desert not more than 25 feet away from us. I thought it might even have been a condor. It was huge, almost as big as the bike when it flew across the road in front of us.
The temperature change from Ocotillo to Julian was almost 20 degrees difference - low to mid 70s and high 90s in the desert.