Two days of rest on the legs after the Temecula race on the singlespeed still wasn’t enough to avoid the leg pain from Palomar Mountain’s climb, but it was a good pain and a great ride!
On our way from CA to AZ, we picked up a quick route near San Diego. Starting from Nate Harrison Grade Road right next to an orange grove, we quickly started our 4000 foot ascent in 10 miles. In the pic, you can see how far we’d climbed.
Unfortunately, we were stopped abruptly by the sound of helicopters in the area still putting out fires and a sign, warning us to stop our climb.
We still got in a little over 7 miles and about 3500 foot of climbing. Not bad for a quick break in the road trip. The views were beautiful, despite the fires. Matt recalls this ride being filled with lush, green trees. It’s sad what the CA forest fires have done, but regrowth will come with time.