Snapshots from the Road: Lake Henshaw & Montezuma Valley Rd (S22)
Lake Henshaw from Hwy 76
My impulse got the better of me. Got up at 3:30am yesterday to a head cold, but had already announced my intention to go on a cycling trip to Borrego Springs to a few friends, so staying in bed was out of the question. It was 7am when I got off the bus at Harrah's Casino in Rincon and started shivering my way east over the mountain. Made it down to Borrego at noon and hurried right back up since I hadn't done this ride before and didn't know how long it was going to take to get back to Valley Center (the bus ride from there back home would take 3 hrs... and it already took me 5 hrs on the outward leg!).
Montezuma Valley Rd (the 'Glass Elevator') descending into Borrego Springs
Went as hard as I could up Montezuma Grade, which was a rather bad move since the last 1 1/2 miles of that thing was the steepest pitch at 8%, and dead into 15 mph headwind. Luckily all but 1 1/2 miles of the rest of the way back was downhill and I made it back to Valley Center a bit past 4pm. Now my legs and back are dead... but I've got lots of great photos and memories for it. Will have to write this up properly in a few days.