When we left Palm Desert area heading for Ramona we went due south as this looked like the shorter route. Well it was except we went straight up the mountain with nothing but a narrow road and lots of switch backs. Another white knuckle trip.
So when we left Ramona it was decided not to go back over the same route. We checked out the map and it looked like if we went south toward San Diago and then east on Interstate 8 it would be longer but not have the winding narrow roads to contend with.
Good thinking except we didn't bother to check the elevation, big mistake. We kept seeing the signs next to the road, 1000', 2000', 3000' and we kept climbing. We started to see snowflakes mixed with the rain as we went by what we found out later was the last exit off the highway for miles.
You guessed it: as soon as we went by that exit all @#%& broke loose. There was heavy wind and over a foot of snow on the road and we still had to climb another 1200'. By this time Dick's knuckles have lost all color and we are traveling in the only open lane about 15 miles per hour.
The blowing ice and snow was freezing on Dick's side window so he could not see out it and it was building up on the windshield wipers and we still had another 50 miles to go to get out of it.
Well, to make a long story short, we finally made it over the mountains in one piece and the picture below was taken a long time after we got out of the snow.
It was still raining when we got to Desert Hot Springs and set up, but Dick only got a little wet. At one time you could not see the bikes because of the build up of snow on them and we only added an extra 100 miles by going this route.
We went out the next day to do some shopping and had to get a picture of the contrast between the palm trees and the snow on the mountains. Being in a large valley that is surrounded by mountains is sure beautifull this time of the year.
One day this week we spent time at The Living Desert, just outside Palm Desert. Wow, what an experience!