Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Moving Further South...

...and that means rolling into San Diego for a few days.  Even with the rains that kept us closer to the Pechanga RV Resort in Temecula, CA,  on Tuesday, the wet weather mostly brought welcome relief to this region; albeit the burned out areas that did suffer from mud slides.  
The view out of our salon window.  On and off rains throughout our Tuesday.
Our Monday had us back on the roads around these parts.  We chose to ride south, once again, on Highway 79 to Santa Ysabel.  Heading westbound on Highway 78 took us through some rolling hills and numerous curves.  Our goal was to get into Encinitas.
Meeting motorcyclists during a fuel stop in Santa Ysabel
We met a most gregarious motorcyclist at the fuel stop.  He  asked if I would take a photo of him and his new motorcycle; a Moto Guzzi Cafe' Racer. That is one pretty, vintage style new motorcycle racer.
For the curious, check out the WEB site:   Moto Guzzi V7 Racer
I learned that the guy owns several motorcycles; including BMW and Japanese models.  He is a true aficionado.   I loved the look of his V7 Racer.  He said it was a dream to ride.  I believe it!
Westbound on Highway 78
The skies were gray, by and large, but there was no rain on our ride.  Nor were we riding in any of the areas that were hit by recent mudslides.  
Riding near the Rancho Santa Fe area.
For followers of golf, a bit of trivia.  PGA golf pro, Phil Mickelson calls Rancho Santa Fe home when he isn't touring the globe on tour.  Phil ranks right up there with the pro-golfers I like to follow.  In my view, he has one of the very best short games of any touring pro today.  He is also a wonderful ambassador for the game of golf.

I discovered that his Rancho Santa Fe, CA home is for sale.  A quick Google search offered several photos of his home. Anyone out there in blog land who may be interested in living in this area, and can come up with a cool $5.9 million, you could be well set up in Phil's house. It sits on 4+ acres of land.
For Sale:  PGA Pro Golfer, Phil Mickelson's Rancho Santa Fe, CA home.
Back to our Tuesday ride, we thoroughly enjoyed riding the back roads that led us through some interesting countryside and into Encinitas

Riding through Encinitas on the coastal 101 route.
Riding north bound on the 101, we had several views of the Pacific ocean.  Familiarity led us into Carlsbad where Jeanette captured the photo below of the boutique inn we spent an overnight at when motorcycling with friends, Lucky and Trena, last March, 2013
Our overnight accommodations last March, 2013.
A beautiful building in downtown Carlsbad.

When we rode into Oceanside - on a group ride - with other motorcyclists last week, the sun was out, the mid-80's temperatures had the beaches full of sun bathers and the waters were alive with surfers.  No so on Tuesday.  There were a few hardened surfers but the beach was quiet.  The temperature was only in the mid-60's.
The beach in Oceanside.
The pier with Ruby's Diner at the far end. 
 We rolled back into our Temecula area RV Resort just before darkness fell.
Journey's Golf Course pro shop in the foreground with the Pachanga Casino hotel in the left background.
Between rains, Jeanette and I walked the grounds around here and with the golf course seemingly quiet due to rain, we got to get a better view of the No. 1 and No. 10 holes.  Nice facility. 
Jeanette is standing at the exit from the No. 9 hole, near the sand bunker practice area.
The view from the Tee Off on the No 10 hole.  Nice!  Very nice!
I did not get the opportunity to play this course but it has been noted as a possible 'must play' in the future.  The mid-afternoon twilight rate is reasonable.

Although we don't have the photos to prove it, our friends from Corona, CA, just 30 minutes up I-15 from here, joined us for dinner at one of the numerous Casino restaurants on Tuesday evening.  Allen and Lolita - who spent four days in Caliente' Springs resort, Desert Hot Springs, while we were there last week -  arrived at our site at 5:00 pm Tuesday evening and after visiting inside our fiver for an hour, we made our way into the Casino for a nice dinner.  It was a most pleasant evening out. 

The Pachanga Casino is deemed to be the largest American Indian Casino in the continental US.  Well, it is large and it is a well developed area.

I guess we were so busy chatting that the camera remained well stored in Jeanette's purse.

Anyhow, today (Wednesday) we depart the Temecula area to head further south on I-15 to the San Diego area.  It seems we will be closing up in the intermittent rains that are forecast to continue through this area.  

We'll report from San Diego once we are settled in and have found something of interest to write about.  

Thanks for dropping by.


  1. It is raining back here in desert Hot Springs as well. Hopefully you will find some sunshine in San Diego (and maybe even a round of golf).

  2. Nice to get out and about touring. Hopefully your weather will clear up for you soon.
    Safe travels.

  3. Only about 6 drops fell here in Gold Canyon. Hopefully things clear up soon in your area!

  4. Gloom and rain showers here in Quartzsite.

  5. Enjoyed seeing all the pic's after hearing about your ride yesterday. Thanks for sharing your evening with us last night.. Have a great time in San Diego.

  6. sure have been busy. Nice riding in that area of California. That sure is one nice looking ride that guy had. Enjoy San of our favourites.

  7. Nice to see you and Jeanette aren't letting a bit of rain hold you back from enjoying yourselves. Thanks for the tour and pics - I recognized many of the spots from your photos.

    Phil's house looks nice - seems like a real bargain for only $5.9M. I might check it out next month when we're down that way...ha! ha! In my dreams!