Ride To Angeles Crest Highway

Dubbed by Terry (Chief organizer of San Diego North County Cruisers) as the the best ride in So Cal … this one sure lived up to it’s billing!  On a typical “May Gray” Saturday in San Diego a group of 20 gathered at the usual spot off Highway 76 to embark on this epic ride.

After coffee, debrief on expectations we were off … Up the 15 to Wrightwood that would serve as the entry point to the mighty Angeles Crest Highway.  The highway is a two-lane (one lane of travel in each direction) segment of California State Route 2. The road is 66 miles in length, with its western terminus at the intersection at Foothill boulevard in La Canada Flintridgeand its eastern terminus a State Route 138 northeast of Wrightwood.  Potential high winds on the highway – check … high speed long distance riding – check.  Yeah we experienced those variables as we arrived close to Wrightwood.

After this short break it was time to experience the unrelenting twisties and elevation changes … and yes those did come with some incredibly scenic vistas.  God are we lucky to live in Southern California.  Our next stop Islip Saddle came some 20 miles before our lunch destination at Newcombs Ranch.

The scenic Angeles Crest on a cool, sunny afternoon was a treat indeed … here’s a little sampling of what we experienced along the way.

Next stop was Newcomb’s Ranch restaurant for lunch.  I believe it’s the only eatery on the Crest and a great gathering spot for motorcycle and car enthusiasts.

Newcomb’s is a comfortable joint with decent food and service.  We hung around there for an hour and half or so before making the turn around on the Crest.  Good times!

The parking lot at Newcomb’s was a visual treat.  Besides the usual assortment of cruisers and sport bikes we happened to witness a cornucopia of vintage cars from a Pasadena car club.  These machines were simply fabulous eye candy.

You know what else was special?  The reunion of the “Fatboys 3” … Erik, Dung and I were in the same Rider’s Edge Harley Davidson class and this was our first ride together.  So good to hang with them!

After lunch, we oogled at the shiny chrome and intensely colored automobiles.  Shortly thereafter, the cruisers and sport bikes made their way from Newcomb’s back to their respective destinations.

With a final stop at the Bass Pro Shop, the group headed back South to San Diego and an awesome 300 plus mile ride came to close … a smashing success. My special thanks to Terry and Andrew for organizing, Greg as always for company from Carlsbad and Ed for hanging with me.  Looking forward to the next ride!

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