Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Anza Borrego Ride




















I was invited to a desert bike ride through Anza Borrego. At first I said no, since I was fresh off the plane from NY but AnnaMarie encouraged me to go.
Then I found out we were meeting at 7 am. Okay...So I got to Banner at 7 am. It was 38 degrees out. Ummm how far are we riding? "28 miles, give or take". Couldn't wimp out at this point.
San Diego county is pretty unique. We live in the mountains, but you can drive 45 minutes to the beach, south to Mexico, or east to the desert. Today we were going east.
Banner is a town on the outskirts of Julian. We headed down the highway, it was FREEZING cold. As we headed into the desert (pretty much all downhill) it warmed up to absolutely perfect temperature. The ride was very pleasant--just a cruise. We were able to converse the whole way. The desert was in bloom, too.
Two hours later we were at Agua Caliente. There's a natural hot springs that feeds a few pools, and a very nice campground. We were met there by family members bearing food and conversation.
They say no one needs a vacation like the man who just took one; this was a perfect little get away after my big get away. What a contrast, Manhattan one day then Man its hot here the next.

2 comments:

Jeremy Mollison said...

What a great way to spend a day. I envy you having such beautiful scenery so close to home through which to bike.

Speaking of biking, Ride Your Bike to work day is coming up May 21st. Are you going to reprise your feat from last year? If you need inducement I'll ride my bike to my work too as a show of solidarity.

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