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Old 03-08-20, 09:17 PM
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Up ahead of you, partway up the mountain pass, is the Desert View Tower! Last time I was through there it was fenced off, but if it's open I think you would really appreciate it, a stone tower built many years ago by some guy who liked the view. The tower houses a small collections of various random desert artifacts and has a great view. Across the parking lot from the tower is a short trail that winds through the boulders, but these aren't ordinary boulders. They've been carved in the shapes of various real and imagined animals! It's only about a quarter of a mile north of the highway and it was all free last I knew. Of course they hope you'll buy something in the gift/snack shop at the base of the tower.
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Oops! I just checked Google and the tower has been turned into a B+B, but maybe you can still walk the path with the great carved stone animals.
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Up ahead of you, partway up the mountain pass, is the Desert View Tower! Last time I was through there it was fenced off, but if it's open I think you would really appreciate it, a stone tower built many years ago by some guy who liked the view. The tower houses a small collections of various random desert artifacts and has a great view. Across the parking lot from the tower is a short trail that winds through the boulders, but these aren't ordinary boulders. They've been carved in the shapes of various real and imagined animals! It's only about a quarter of a mile north of the highway and it was all free last I knew. Of course they hope you'll buy something in the gift/snack shop at the base of the tower.
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Oops! I just checked Google and the tower has been turned into a B+B, but maybe you can still walk the path with the great carved stone animals.
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Desert View Tower is a good place to take a break and get an ice cream after the climb. For sure worth a look. The B&B part of the site is some cabins across from the tower. To visit the top of the desert view tower, it costs $6.50 last I was there. Worth it to me, but if you don't go up the view is really good from the entire site.
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Ha, Iím on In-Ko-Pah Road now, which is apparently where you need to get off of I-8, to go back to that tower. 😎 I already grabbed a pic of it, from the Eastern approach, not sure if I want to see it up close. 🤔 Iím seriously thinking about camping right here tonight, so maybe thatíll look better in the morning. 😉

There was a lot of rain back in Ocotillo, starting Monday afternoon, heavy most of yesterday, and still coming down lighter early this morning. The forecast said more today & tomorrow, so I said the heck with this, & left around 8:00 this morning. I found a pretty good spot, & stayed dry, but in hindsight, maybe I shoulda just stripped & got out some soap, lol. 😁😉

Hereís a pic of that tower, & a few random landscapes. 🙂



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Almost forgot the teddy bear tree. 😁 Sadly, this is probably a memorial to someone who died, but still too cool to just ignore. 🥺

This is just a little way past the Devilís Canyon bridge, which was pretty trippy to cross. Thereís a very narrow sidewalk, not wide enough for you AND your bike, but I just put my bike up on it, and walked on the road surface. I felt a little like a daredevil, lol, with all that traffic. 😲😉

BTW, the last elevation sign I saw, was for 3000 feet, plus you need to add a smidge more, from that.

EDIT: One more BTW, these are the Sierra Nevada Mountains, for those who donít know. Donít feel bad, I had to look it up myself, and Iím the one crossing them, lol. 🙄😉

Second EDIT: I wrote Devilís Gorge yesterday, meant to write Devilís Canyon.

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nice pics and write up. welcome to san diego county.
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nice pics and write up. welcome to san diego county.
Thanks. ✌️ I donít think Iíll go up that tower today. Itís kinda foggy up here in the mountains, lol, and supposed to rain off & on all day. At least tomorrowís supposed to be a lot nicer. 🙂

Thereís supposed to be a big truck stop a couple miles ahead, but I donít know if I trust some of these drivers, in this fog. Good thing I still have plenty of beef jerky & Cherry-Coke (& cannabis).

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The Sierra Nevada range is actually quite a ways north of San Diego County--you're now in the Peninsular Ranges that extend all the way down Baja. The rocks and overall shape of the ranges are similar to those of the Sierra, though--granitic rocks of Mesozoic age, and a steep eastern face with a much gentler western slope. Jacumba is still considered high desert--you don't get out of that probably until you get over La Posta Summit at over 4000'.

The desert, including Borrego Springs, did get some very heavy rain and thunderstorms this morning and afternoon--some places up to three inches. That's very unusual for March, but flash flooding is occurring very early this year! The radar shows Jacumba also picked up quite a bit of rain. There also may be another significant, but colder, storm coming on Monday.
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I stand corrected, yet again, lol. They make map-reading tricky, these days. 😉

I made it to the Golden Acorn Casino, soaking wet, but still alive. 😁 Thereís some bad fog here again, and the high temps today are in the low-50s F. The last heavy rain is supposed to be tonight around 7:00, then relatively clear till Tuesday. 👍

I lost $6.00 in the slots, lol, but it was worth that and a coffee, to get warmed up. 😉

Iíve been on old route 80 again, since Jacumba Hot Springs, which is much better for finding stores & restaurants. You have to size places up, on prices, before buying. Some places price-gouge ya like crazy. 🙄
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Not for nuttin, but as you are spending your days cycling forward, a heads up that the COVID-19 virus is currently in the process of shutting the world down. Not sure where you are from, where you expect to be in the next month, but I’d seriously be thinking of getting home, or maybe holding up somewhere with friends/family and very soon. I think the US has stopped all flights to Europe as note, excepting the UK. Not going to be pretty and you could get stuck somewhere you don’t want to be.
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The nearest dollar stores are going to be in Alpine, along with some sizable supermarkets.

Pine Valley has a pretty good market, just not the cheapest around.
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Thanks for sharing your travels. Heres hoping you stay dry and more comfortable in your next leg of the journey. Stay safe!
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Originally Posted by stevepusser View Post
The nearest dollar stores are going to be in Alpine, along with some sizable supermarkets.

Pine Valley has a pretty good market, just not the cheapest around.
In case anyone can use this info, skip the Mountaintop Market in Boulevard, that has a big sign out front, for 2x 2 liter bottles of pop, for $5.00. A few miles up the road, in Tierra Del Sol, thereís a normal country grocery store, with gas pumps out front. RC Cola is $.99 a 2 liter (I got 2). Quite the difference, huh. 🤨 I also got a loaf of bread & a big package of sliced ham there, all for just under $10.00. 👍
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Not for nuttin, but as you are spending your days cycling forward, a heads up that the COVID-19 virus is currently in the process of shutting the world down. Not sure where you are from, where you expect to be in the next month, but Iíd seriously be thinking of getting home, or maybe holding up somewhere with friends/family and very soon. I think the US has stopped all flights to Europe as note, excepting the UK. Not going to be pretty and you could get stuck somewhere you donít want to be.
Yep, I had time to read the internet news this evening, and got a touch of culture shock. It felt a little like I slept through Armageddon or something. 🤔 Iím not gonna stress it too much, weíll all go when itís our time, not before or after. 😉

BTW, thanks for the good thoughts, all, I appreciate that. 🙂

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Is it both ways, or just those traveling from Europe? (Including the isolated Iceland, yet not England, for unknown reasons. Cynics might think that Iceland has no golf resorts.)
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Woohoo, I made it to Alpine, just as it was getting dark. 😎😁 For now, Iím just gonna post a pic of the Alpine sign, so you know it really happened, lol, and a pic of 2 of the many ravens I saw today. The ravens get to be an experiment, with what my iPhone calls ďbounceĒ, which I set completely by accident. Then Iíll post more pics tomorrow, Iím beat. 🙃

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Nope, it doesnít work on the forum. On my iPhone, bounce plays about a second of film, so the ravens actually fly a bit when you look at it. 😎 Theyíre a little hard to see otherwise, but close to the center. 🙂
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Yep, I had time to read the internet news this evening, and got a touch of culture shock. It felt a little like I slept through Armageddon or something. 🤔 Iím not gonna stress it too much, weíll all go when itís our time, not before or after. 😉

BTW, thanks for the good thoughts, all, I appreciate that. 🙂
I went into a Zehrs grocery store here in town tonight and that's what it looked like = post apocalypse, just a couple of people. The same time last night the lines at the checkout were the length of the store. I was stocking up on more canned goods and now have enough for a month or two. Lots of canned goods left there still.

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^grand ole bbq which is about 3 miles west of the edge of alpine and located along old highway 80
(running parallel to the 8 freeway) might be worth a lunch stop for you. the texas turkey and tri-tip
are pretty good but i think their beef brisket is the best thing they do.
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Originally Posted by stevepusser View Post
Is it both ways, or just those traveling from Europe? (Including the isolated Iceland, yet not England, for unknown reasons. Cynics might think that Iceland has no golf resorts.)
Theres some info here

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/12/81493...el-from-europe

The comment was that many airlines have cancelled Euro flights entirely, so while maybe no actual restrictions, just no flights availability. As the Euro countries did not p, AFAIK, issue a ban for travel from the U.S. it then comes down to whoís flying ?,
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^grand ole bbq which is about 3 miles west of the edge of alpine and located along old highway 80
(running parallel to the 8 freeway) might be worth a lunch stop for you. the texas turkey and tri-tip
are pretty good but i think their beef brisket is the best thing they do.
Sounds like a plan, and Iíve been riding Old 80 for quite awhile now, after all. But maybe tomorrow, itís Sunday, and Iím pretty scuzzy, lol. 🙄 I found a laundromat, but itís pretty busy today, so I opted for coffee & a danish for now.

I forgot to say, I rode around 20 miles extra last night, because I forgot to get back on I-8, where I needed to. There are some back roads that run through the mountains, where you can go DARN fast. 😁 But itís really curvy, and plenty of traffic, so very challenging. 😉



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And I forgot to say, thereís no guardrail, in a lot of places. If you crashed going fast, that would be bad, but going off the side of a mountain is probably worser. 😲😁

A few more pics, hopefully no doubles.



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The nearest dollar stores are going to be in Alpine, along with some sizable supermarkets.

Pine Valley has a pretty good market, just not the cheapest around.
Ha!!! I bought a big ole chocolate brownie there, and found out it was hard as a rock. 🙄😁 But it was still pretty good, with pop, if you let it soften in your mouth before chewing. 😉
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And here we are, at the Specific Ocean! Or at least the harbor, right by the City & County Administration Building. 😎

I pushed on through, once I got kinda close, because my iPhone 7 is dying & driving me nuts. 🙄 Iím a block away from the Pacific Highway now, which makes it easier to get a new one (long story).

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rolled past there about 3pm today. enjoy the populated part of san diego county!
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And I forgot to say, thereís no guardrail, in a lot of places. If you crashed going fast, that would be bad, but going off the side of a mountain is probably worser. 😲😁

A few more pics, hopefully no doubles.



but but that chaparral and native scrub is so cuddly and soft if you fall into it...
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