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Montezuma's Grade and Julian

Once we got through Borrego Springs, we turned onto Montezuma's Grade. We gathered everyone one up and...well...there weren't going to be any turn offs for a long LONG time and the road was wide open in front of me soooo...I attacked the turns. The group of 14 cars behind me slowly disappeared even though the black Redline behind me kept up for a bit. Soon, I couldn't see anyone behind me for a good 3-4 turns. As far back as the road would let me see, there was no one.

Of course this can't continue forever and soon I found myself upon the bumper of a slower car. After a few minutes, the black Redline was behind me again. There, I thought, was the rest of the group. I was wrong. The Redline had outran the group behind him and it was another few minutes before the next part of the group arrived. This happened once more before the road straightened out.

At this point, I slowed up and let the group bunch back up. This way when we got to the intersection of S22 and hwy 79, everyone would know which way to turn. We all made the turn and continued on to hwy 78. Hwy 78 runs into Julian from the south but about 7 miles after we turned onto it from hwy 79, it too gets very technical and twisty.

Again, there are no turn offs, no driveways, no roads feeding into it...so...again...off I went. Again we couldn't see anyone behind us fairly quickly and, again, when the road started to straighten out and we would be entering Julian soon I slowed down and let the group catch up. Again the black Redline showed up first and a few minutes after the rest of the group joined us.

In Julian we pulled over at the local library to get the group together before continuing on. I was supposed to be a quick stop, seconds to gather everyone up, but many drivers needed a restroom break and since a few went, others (myself included) decided to go now too even though our lunch stop was only 12 miles away. Once car who hadn't topped off in Brawley needed gas so he went on ahead to Santa Ysabel to gas up and would join back in line when the group rolled through.

Everyone relieved, we rolled out and went through Julian. Naturally the group got split up in Julian at the main stop sign where we needed to turn to head into Santa Ysabel but that was expected. Just outside Julian we passed a grey Solstice someone had for sale next to the road. I let out a quick couple of honks to get their attention to see what they were missing. Don't know if it worked but I'd like to believe they ran out there and took the for sale sign out of their window immediately.

We got to Santa Ysabel and there was our wandering party, now fueled up, waiting to join up with the back of the pack as we turned towards Lake Henshaw and lunch.


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Lunch, Mount Palomar, and lost sheep

Even with our little stop, we hit our lunch Spot at Lake Henshaw right on time. Roundup BBQ has a large parking lot but is a small place to eat. Unfortunately, the Corvette club and their ride that day got there before we did. While they had taken up the main table, we got to park together front and center...and still got to sit relatively together.











We actually met up with one more car who had decided to meet us here! That was a nice surprise but this was how the run was designed, so that people could meet up with us and leave when they wanted to. The principle I designed this run under was this run is what you make it. Want to go the whole way with the rest of us crazy people or if you just wanted to do one leg of it all were welcome.

To Roundup's credit, they handled the unexpected rush with professionalism and did so quickly. They actually wound up getting us out of there with over 40 minutes to spare! We would be running slightly ahead of schedule. This was a good thing since we heard our Fallbrook meeting place was packed and the gas station, the gas station many would need to use, was slammed.



So we got out to our cars and headed up Mount Palomar. We turned off 76 and onto S7, known as East Gate road. Again the road in front of me was clear and there were no places to merge on or off the road, mostly, so I took off again. The higher we went, the colder and closer to the clouds we got. I kept pushing, no one in sight behind me, to the top of the mountain. By the time we got to the top, mist was moving across the road and only the slightest traces of the snow that had been on the ground the previous day remained. I was wrapped up in enjoying the quick sprint up the hill but had slowed my pace a bit but the intersection came up to turn onto S6 and head down the hill still came up quick.

I got on the radio to tell everyone I'd be waiting in the left turn lane to turn onto S6 but got no response. So I waited. About a minute went buy and finally the Black Redline came up behind me. We continued to wait. Pretty soon, an SUV came up and went by beside us. We continued to wait. A little while later a Prius came up behind us before continuing on S7. The Redline and I, both with coms, questioned where the rest of the group could be. I realized I had made a major mistake and outran my group way too far. I should have slowed down long before I did.

After waiting a minute or two and seeing the other two cars pass, the rest of the pack came...and came all at once. Some of the lead cars tried to pull in behind us but others went flying by on S7 only to make a U-turn on the other side of the intersection. jgasser, our tail end sweeper, stopped behind the hill to stop any other cars coming up behind them from running into the pack of stopped cars in front of him clogging both lanes. He couldn't see the cars ahead of him but called out on the radio for folks to let him know when we started moving so he could move out. Well, no one heard him. Everyone turned and I radioed back to jgasser to see if everyone had made the turn. I swear that I heard that English accent of him say "Everyone made the turn, we're good to go." and other's claim they heard it too. So we went down S6, a dangerous windy road where everyone had been told to watch using your brakes.

jgasser was still sitting at the turn. As we headed down the hill someone reminded everyone to watch their brakes, use low gears, and go slow. When jgasser heard this radio call he realized we had made the turn and were headed down the mountain but no one had told him. So he moved out around the corner...and forgot which road he was supposed to take so he went straight on S7! Well, S7 dead ends about 7 miles away at the observatory and that's what jgasser soon discovered. He promptly turned around, came back to the intersection, and proceeded to turn on S6 to head down the hill.

Meanwhile, the rest of the group had continued blissfully on unaware that he was not with us. We went the 7 miles down S6 without much troubled and merged back onto 76 towards Fallbrook. We traveled on for about a half hour and just as we reached Pala casino, someone finally mentioned that we had lost our sweep and they hadn't seen them for over a half hour. We promptly pulled over and started to try and get him on the radio. No luck. We pieced together that we had to lose him sometime after the turn onto S6 since some of us had heard him call out the all clear. I didn't have his cell phone number but skersfan was on his way to meet up with us and I knew he had his number. I called up skersfan and told him what was going on. He tried to call jgasser but got only his voicemail.

As it turns out, skersfan was behind us on 76 and only about 2 miles away heading in our direction to meet up with us in Fallbrook. He got up to our group and tried jgasser again. This time he got in touch with him and we found out he was also on 76 headed our way so we told him we'd wait. About 5 minutes pass and he joins up with us. There was some confusion though as people thought we had lost TWO cars. After referencing the photos above and counting cars, we determined all were there and we continued on to Fallbrook.

Even with the delay we rolled into Fallbrook on time. At Fallbrook we met up with more members bringing our total number to 23 cars and picking up our third Solstice Coupe! A few months back I hadn't seen one and now I was looking at three. Because of the delay and the gas station being swamped I made the decision to change the route a bit. A few got gas while I planned our alternative route which would be easier and feature a gas station that was less well used and was much larger.


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I am going to bed, will read the rest in the morning.

You did a great job on this. Hope you had a bunch of fun. I know the stress of it all gets you while your doing it, but that goes away quickly when one person walks up and thanks your for all your effort.
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Fallbrook, DeLuz, the Plataue and Motorcycle down!

We rolled through Fallbrook on old highway 395 and Mission road. We stopped at the Shell on Mission Road and looked like we were invading. Kappas were everywhere, in parking stalls, at the pumps, at parking stalls across the parking lot and just parked where ever they could find a free spot. Some of us fueled up and used the single restroom in the gas station...single as in for both men and women...

After being asked to have our standing cars park somewhere (even though there were far more cars than open spots) we finally got everyone together and through Fallbrook. Right at the end of Mission though are a couple lights that broke up the group. Rather than trying to make the turn and find out we have no spot to pull over, I pull into a small parking lot at the end of mission and snake the group through the lot to gather us up. Barely able to fit us all it took a couple lights to get everyone together and get moving onto DeLuz.

Once on DeLuz we found ourselves stuck behind a couple of motorcyclists. They were on cruisers and moving fairly slowly. I got the impression that the riders were fairly inexperienced so I kept my distance. Eventually, they pulled over and let us by.

Having learned from my experience on Palomar, I took it easier on DeLuz and kept the group in sight. A couple times I opened it up but quickly throttled back down and got the group back in sight. I slowed it down even more to go over water crossings and make the couple of turns required to backtrack off DeLuz and head towards the Santa Rosa Plateau. DeLuz was beautiful even though we were still dealing with overcast skies.

We turned on El Gato Road to head up to the top of the plateau. Being a plateau, the climb up the sides is steep. My little NA had to be in second gear to make the grade.

As we reach the top the road makes a 90 degree left turn as it levels off. As we approach the turn, I see a pickup truck on the side of the road so I slow. as the road flattens out in the turn, I can now see a motorcycle down on it's side and another parked in front of it. Rider down! I announce through the radio and slow up the group. I feel for those with manual transmissions on the steep incline before the turn but it couldn't be prevented.

As I get up along side the downed bike, I recognize it to be the lead bike of the two bikes we were following earlier! Luckily the rider was okay and they were able to right the bike without our help. I ride too so I felt for them and was glad no one was hurt. We continued on over the plateau and continued with our ride.

The Plateau, with the cloudy skies overhead, was not as amazing looking as it was when it was bright and sunny out. Still, it was a pleasant drive as we headed into Lake Elsinore.


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Lake Elsinore, Ortega Hwy, and the danger of Ortega

Moving through Lake Elsinore was not easy and we had to have a number of stops to get the group back together. The slow going, the extra long gas stop in Fallbrook, and the downed biker on the Plateau had got us about fifteen minutes behind rolling into Elsinore.

We got to our photo spot and got all the cars lined up for a photo shoot. Some cars needed gas and other folks needed to go to the bathroom so part of the group stayed at the photo spot while about 13 cars took off to get gas and have a bathroom break. By the time they returned and we got rolling out, we were almost an hour behind schedule. While the sky wasn't cooperating we still got some good pictures.



The good news was I had built in about a half hour of "fudge factor" into the run and getting through the rest of Lake Elsinore once we left the photo shoot much better than before the stop so we quickly made up our time. We made the right onto Ortega, formed up real quick, and then headed out on Ortega.

Again, I didn't push like I had earlier in the day in an effort to keep the group together. Even at the slower pace we soon found ourselves behind slower traffic. They did use some of the turnouts but once one would turn out we'd catch another within minutes. We got to the top of Ortega that overlooks Lake Elsinore fairly uneventfully and started through the national forest. It looked like we were in for a relatively leisurely ride through the rest of Ortega.

However, that wasn't to be. Ortega has a notorious reputation for being a dangerous and deadly road. We got a first hand reminder of that about half way to orange county. Two cars had collided and emergency workers were already on scene. While the east bound lanes were almost stopped, our lanes kept moving well. We continued on Ortega and made our way into San Juan Capistrano.

Originally I had planned on going around and trying to drive in front of the mission but since we were running behind and didn't want to miss sunset at Dana Point, we bypassed the detour (which was always a part of the plan if we found ourselves running late) and headed straight to Dana Point. While coming through San Juan Capistrano we had to wait up after the "downtown" area because the group got pretty split up with all the lights. By the time we were ready to turn onto Hwy 1 (Pacific Coast Highway), we just had to wait a short while to get the whole group together.


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Looks like we made it!

The transition into Dana Point was a tricky one. We would get on a freeway onramp to get on Hwy 1. That freeway would then immediately end and we would need to turn left a 1/2 mile after the freeway ended. After that left, we would need to turn left again using a turn lane that would hold about 3 cars at a time. Luckily this went really smoothly and everyone made the turns without issue.

We rolled down the causeway in Dana Point that was right on the ocean. We went down to the end where the road went in a circle and turned back on itself. While the road has no parking along the coast, it isn't heavily traveled and I took the chance that we would be able to stop, take pictures, and still let traffic pass by us without causing too much of a commotion.



We had made it! And we had made it right on time. We took a few pictures and celebrated the successful completion of the trip. One thing I would like to change for next year is to get more time on the coast itself rather than ending the drive when we hit the water. While dinner would be ON the water at Wind and Sea Restaurant, to drive PCH would be a nice touch.



And it would be nice to be able to take a picture with the sun setting behind our cars.

Once done here, we pulled out and drove the 1/2 mile to the dinner spot. We got to the Wind and Sea at about 7:30. We had been told that they wouldn't be able to seat us until 9 but when we went in and asked, they said they would be able to seat us in about 30-40 minutes. That worked for us. We went in and sat in the lounge while we waited. At 8 on the spot, the time for our original reservation, we got our table and settled down to dinner. Food was amazing and, as we reviewed the day, I was thanked over and over for a great run, a well organized run, and took a few suggestions on improving it for next year.

And I did decide there would be a next year. I'd like to do this every year and maybe even turn it into a regional event. For now, I have about 240 pictures to go through that my navigator took...and some are amazing, she did a GREAT job...and go through the hours of video I took. Some of it will be very rough and bouncy while other parts of it are just amazing to look at. I had the camera mounted to the rear at a couple points and then on either my driver's side or passenger's side fender while we drove and the shots from the fender mounts is just nuts. It will take me a while to put a video together but will post links to it and pictures when they are available.

After that, I'm going to pass out for a month then start working on next year.


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Here's what I was doing.

T-Boned. She was going 65 mpg in residential area.

I was 50 feet from my parking spot at home.

Pushed 29 feet head on to neighbors SUV. Brain ischemia and concussion with allot of soar muscles.
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Oh man Razz, was wondering where you were! Holy crap I'm glad you're okay. Well, relatively speaking and so much as you were "okay" before the accident.

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T-Boned. She was going 65 mpg in residential area.
And man, what was she driving getting that kind of gas mileage!?

Seriously thought, did you find out why she was going that fast?

Good news is that should buff right out...<squints>...maybe...


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Glad to hear your okay sir. Keep us in the loop. Get well quick.
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