Alright I got back just after 10pm. It was a great run. Just an all-around lovely day weather-wise. Very nice route plotted by Dan to get from Temecula to Hemet; the Wilson Valley Rd was really fun and a nice new discovery and addition to the arsenal of twisties.
So we had myself, Dan (ponia003) and Paul (mbpaul). Paul and I were coming from San Diego and had to negotiate a freeway closure on I-15 because of a bad accident, so Paul actually came to my house and then we took some backroads that I am familiar with to bypass the I-15 all the way to Escondido. This was a nice start to the run.
We met Dan in the parking lot in Temecula and then headed off, with Dan path finding. Because it was later in the afternoon most people on the road were leaving for the day instead of coming and consequently were going the other way which was perfect for us!
We did part of 79, part of 371, then Wilson Valley Rd and Sage Rd. Bypassing most of Hemet we started on the twisty run up to Idyllwild. This is always a great road and it was good fun using the Passing Lanes to have a bit of a race.
We had dinner in Idyllwild at a Mexican place. The weather was super mild up there, which was nice to cool off from the desert heat down below. After dinner we took a leisurely drive down 243 in the dark so we could admire the city lights without fear of running ourselves off the road. Made a few stops at to take in the view, very loud crickets and the starry band of the Milky Way.
Then we descended onto I-10 and everyone went their separate ways. Paul, I lied to you about the best way to get back being I-10 to I-15. I put it in the Nav and then it came back to me. You actually take I-10 to 60 to 215 to 15. Hope I didn't send you on too bad a detour...
Now for some pictures:
At the Temecula meet-up spot.
Photo stop along Wilson Valley Rd.
Parked in Idyllwild.
Sun was about to go down when we got to the town.
The food! Normally Eddy takes this picture, but he could not make it today!
Dan & Paul at the dinner table.
Getting ready for the downhill leg of the trip. You can just make out Paul's car lowering the roof.
View from above. This was from about 3000ft which is still almost half the maximum altitude of the trip today. The last 3000ft of the descent are really rapid and within a few minutes of taking this picture we were back on the desert floor.