17 February ‘08
We left the snow behind and headed off to Indio this morning. Well the truth is, the snow was almost totally melted the day after it fell. The aftermath of the storm left one of the main roadways badly damaged by slides and second main road was very slow to open because of wash-outs. In taking all that into consideration we opted for the freeway system for a lot of today’s driving. Indio is about 125-130 miles north northeast from Ramona so we headed for California 515. About 75 miles later we were at Temecula, turning right and heading east to Indio. What we didn’t expect was that we were just about ready to head down the “Pines to Palms”… The Pine to Palms is the two lane roadway that drops from 4,400 feet to -50 in an almost totally vertical drop that is one hair-pin turn after another.