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The JSriders Travel to Idyllwild and Mt. Palomar, CA, May 2-4, 2003

It's the first weekend in May, and time for the annual ride to Alpine, AZ. But this year we decided to break tradition and travel somewhere else. We chose to ride to Mt. Palomar, home of the 200 inch Hale telescope, and stay overnight in Idyllwild, in the San Jacinto Mountains above Palm Springs. The Grass Valley contingent was rained out, but on Friday Bob rode most of the way to Idyllwild from Cambria in the rain while the AZ group rode there in sunshine. It rained all day Saturday, so we elected to explore Idyllwild on foot. And Sunday was a glorious day for riding.

For addditional photos from our trip, see Ron's Palomar gallery.

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A stellar destination
A stellar destination
Bright and early and ready to ride
Bright and early and ready to ride
Ron is readier than anyone
Ron is readier than anyone
Breakfast at Tonopah Joe's, Tonopah, AZ
Breakfast at Tonopah Joe's, Tonopah, AZ
Waiting for the food to arrive
Waiting for the food to arrive
Dien is happy to be riding
Dien is happy to be riding
Tony is feeling righteous
Tony is feeling "righteous"
The genuine article
The "genuine article"
Mike is ready for more riding
Mike is ready for more riding
Palo Verde, CA, on the Colorado River
Palo Verde, CA, on the Colorado River
The geese like it here
The geese like it here
Gas stop at Wheelie's
Gas stop at "Wheelie's"
Are we having fun yet?
Are we having fun yet?
Construction stop on Highway 78
Construction stop on Highway 78
Imperial Sand Dunes near Brawley, CA
Imperial Sand Dunes near Brawley, CA
Sand dunes rules
Sand dunes rules
Hangin' out at the dunes
Hangin' out at the dunes
Imperial Dunes panorama
Imperial Dunes panorama
Desert rats
Desert rats
Buggies on the dunes
Buggies on the dunes
Lunch at Carlee's in Borrego Springs
Lunch at Carlee's in Borrego Springs
Viewpoint above Borrego Springs
Viewpoint above Borrego Springs
Anza Borrego Desert panorama
Anza Borrego Desert panorama
Bob greets us with several six packs. What a guy!
Bob greets us with several six packs. What a guy!
At least he wasn't after us!
At least he wasn't after us!
The Tahquitz Inn in Idyllwild
The Tahquitz Inn in Idyllwild
Comfortable, but not fancy
Comfortable, but not fancy
Strolling to downtown Idyllwild
Strolling to downtown Idyllwild
A pleasant mile-high community
A pleasant mile-high community
Dinner at the Gastrognome
Dinner at the Gastrognome
Ed takes an obligatory food shot
Ed takes an obligatory "food shot"
High finance
High finance
Saturday brings rain...
Saturday brings rain...
...so we hoof it into town
...so we hoof it into town
Where to go now?
Where to go now?
Breakfast at Jo'an's
Breakfast at Jo'an's
A cute, frisky, and very friendly Shih Tzu
A cute, frisky, and very friendly Shih Tzu
This weekend's art festival is pretty much a wash
This weekend's art festival is pretty much a wash
We're still on our wet walkabout
We're still on our wet walkabout
The Idyllwild Library is refuge from the storm
The Idyllwild Library is refuge from the storm
We explore the library while Dien gets on line
We explore the library while Dien gets on line
Idyllwild is full of quaint little shops
Idyllwild is full of quaint little shops
Idyllwild lover
Idyllwild lover
Town movie theater
Town movie theater
Panda-monium
Panda-monium
The local Chinese restaurant
The local Chinese restaurant
The Cedar Street Inn looks like a nice place to stay
The Cedar Street Inn looks like a nice place to stay
Must we keep walking about?
Must we keep walking about?
We also considered staying at the Silver Pines Lodge
We also considered staying at the Silver Pines Lodge
The Silver Pines is pet friendly
The Silver Pines is "pet friendly"
A creek runs through town...
A creek runs through town...
...Strawberry Creek!
...Strawberry Creek!
Still walkin'
Still walkin'
Ron is getting more than his share of exercise
Ron is getting more than his share of exercise
We visit the friendly American Legion post...
We visit the friendly American Legion post...
...and play a few rounds of pool
...and play a few rounds of pool
Ron contemplates the Cinco de Mayo dinner at the American Legion post, but we didn't make it back there
Ron contemplates the Cinco de Mayo dinner at the American Legion post, but we didn't make it back there
Back at the Tahquitz Inn -- at least it stopped raining!
Back at the Tahquitz Inn -- at least it stopped raining!
We dine nearby at Arriba's
We dine nearby at Arriba's
Another meal!
Another meal!
Musical accompaniment
Musical accompaniment
Warming up the bikes on a damp Sunday morning
Warming up the bikes on a damp Sunday morning
Big Red is packed and ready to go
Big Red is packed and ready to go
There's fog in them thar hills!
There's fog in them thar hills!
We stop in Anza for breakfast. Bob rides home from here.
We stop in Anza for breakfast. Bob rides home from here.
A hearty breakfast at Tumbleweed Junction
A hearty breakfast at Tumbleweed Junction
On Palomar Mountain, we stop for some photos
On Palomar Mountain, we stop for some photos
A great view from the roadside pullout
A great view from the roadside pullout
The yellow helmets enjoy the view
The "yellow helmets" enjoy the view
This is a very pretty road...
This is a very pretty road...
...with lots of curves
...with lots of curves
We arrive at the Palomar Observatory
We arrive at the Palomar Observatory
Dien, Ed and Ron take the self-guided tour
Dien, Ed and Ron take the self-guided tour
George Ellery Hale, the father of the Hale Telescope
George Ellery Hale, the father of the Hale Telescope
This composite shot of the Hale telescope gives you the general idea
This composite shot of the Hale telescope gives you the general idea
The wheels on which the dome rolls
"The wheels on which the dome rolls"
We just had to line up in front of the dome
We just had to line up in front of the dome
Mother's Kitchen is a biker's haven
Mother's Kitchen is a biker's haven
They even have reserved motorcycle parking
They even have reserved motorcycle parking
Dien ogles the hardware while the fog rolls in
Dien ogles the hardware while the fog rolls in
Nice Gixxer...
Nice Gixxer...
...with some very serious aftermarket hardware
...with some very serious aftermarket hardware
Beemers too!
Beemers too!
Downtown Julian, CA. Mike, Dien, and Tony make a beeline home from here.
Downtown Julian, CA. Mike, Dien, and Tony make a beeline home from here.
Ed and Ron head back to Dudley's Bakery in Santa Ysabel
Ed and Ron head back to Dudley's Bakery in Santa Ysabel
The apple pie and coffee hit the spot
The apple pie and coffee hit the spot
Dudley's Bakery is popular place
Dudley's Bakery is popular place
East of Julian on Highway 78
East of Julian on Highway 78
FJ Man
FJ Man
We take a break in Brawley
We take a break in Brawley
At the rest stop near Ehrenberg -- we're back in Arizona now!
At the rest stop near Ehrenberg -- we're back in Arizona now!
Getting ready for the last leg of our return trip
Getting ready for the last leg of our return trip
One last stop for gas and drink in Tonopah
One last stop for gas and drink in Tonopah
'Til the next time!
'Til the next time!
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