The Appalachian Mountains I normally bomb around are mere hills compared to the Sierra Nevadas and Rockies out west. The route I had chosen, after passing through Escondido, began to ascend what my Google Fu later told me was the Laguna Mountains.
I’ve always heard you West Coasters got all the good roads, and now I’m convinced. State Route 78 twisted around some of the most incredible mountains I’ve seen outside of Colorado, continuing to gain altitude. I passed through Ramona, Santa Ysabel, and Julian before S.R. 78 began to descend.
And if I was amazed by the scenery and driving before, the descent was simply breathtaking.