I drove from Solvang, via Alisal Road, a narrow road over a mountain range that for some reason I did not ride this trip. It deadends at the #101 and so I headed south.
Although it is not evident here, for 40 miles or so there are great views of the Pacific.
Beyond the Mustard Seed flowers is the Refugio ridge I visited on Saturday. Roughly in the middle is the satellite array that maybe you can see if you look closely.
It is a drag driving through LA but eventually the road opens and soon vast wind farms greet one on the approach to Palm Springs. Later, I took a new road off #10 to #8 and passed something called the Salton Sea.
Just outside Yuma, AZ there were these pure sand dunes. Hooking back up with #10, I reached the exit for Oro Valley and...
....arrived in another paradise. Brilliant sun and temps in the 80's. More to come....