Saturday, March 15, 2014

East San Diego County by Motorcycle

lyons valley road motorcycle
Through tunnels of oaks we were taken back through time to a trading post that looked as if it might have been there for a hundred years or more.

Lyons Valley Trading Post seems like a throw back to a time when local Indians traded baskets and blankets for cigars and alcohol. But not having asked the proprietor, I don't really know how long the place has been there.

Sash and her friend Mandy, who happens to be the "Rude Biker Chick of the Month", had planned to go riding together yesterday and then decided to bring their significant others along.

It sounded like a good idea to me.

"Everyone's wearing denim", I said, pointing out that I was the only one who brought a leather jacket.

"You don't have a denim jacket do you?" Sash replied.

I shook my head.  "I don't need another jacket.  I have this leather jacket and another summer jacket, and that's about all I want."

All I knew is that the weather was beautiful and the roads were clean. It was one of those one-handed riding days where my camera hand couldn't stop capturing the world around. Wildflowers were just starting to bloom and animals of all kinds were crossing the pavement in front of me.

Highway 94 offers some 55 miles of twisted riding through the hills and valleys that surround the US/Mexico border. Tiny hamlets of Dehesa, Potrero, Campo, Jacumba that once served as the town centers of Spanish-land grant farmers still offer watering holes for weary motorcycle riders. Hummingbirds fly right up to you, paying no attention to anything other than a sip from the feeder.

Normally sportbike riders drag their knees along the canyon curves and there's always a life flight helicopter making a landing there on the weekend.  But it seemed like time moved slowly that afternoon, and we had all day to spin our wheels.

It was a Friday, no traffic, no motorcycles, just the four of us.

potrero store highway 94
Potrero Store, Potrero, CA, along Highway 94


  1. I am stuck in a long dreary winter up here in Newfoundland--- northeast coast of Canada-- and your pics are a welcomed respite. They help me get through as I wait for our riding season to start. Thanks for sharing. BTW, some great rides up here too, if you are ever in the neighbourhood...pretty rugged country.

  2. Awesome. It sounds like a perfect day. Great weather, great company, twisty roads.

    For group riding, 4 is a wonderful size.

    FYI - I don't own a denim jacket either, lol.

  3. That Highway 94 has got some pretty straight bits to it but I think I prefer the fast turns! This month looks like it will be one of the prettiest. Here in the UK, it was up to the 20C yesterday, Sunday, with blue sky, sunshine and a lot of bikers appeared on the road, polished and shiny!

  4. Very cool ride and photos, Steve.

    I always enjoy East County riding and your route is one I take when visitors to San Diego want to get out and see what kind of riding we have to offer.


  5. Steve,

    I'm a little jealous of the great rides you guys go on...the weather, the scenery, it's all pretty impressive. Can't wait to see where you guys go next!


    Live Free. Ride Hard. Be Happy.


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A vagabond who hauls a motorcycle around the country in a toy hauler, earning a living as a website developer. Can often be found where there's free Wi-Fi, craft beer, and/or public nudity. (Read more...)