The Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway to Julian, CA
This is our 200th Wednesday YouTube Episode and we're bringing you an epic Southern California ride to the mountain town of Julian, CA nestled up in the hills of San Diego County for another trip on our Southern California Ride Series.
We started out the day on the freeways to make our way to our first 2Lane of the trip, State Route 243, also known as the Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway which spans from Banning to Idyllwild with some incredible twists and turns along the way. This trip was in November, so the cool crisp air only got colder as we climbed elevation, but it made for a scenic foggy ride into the pines that did not disappoint.
We took a quick pit-stop in Idyllwild to catch a break from the cold and grab a warm meal, and after a little searching, we ended up at Leanna's Idyll Awhile Bistro for their soup of the day and some sandwiches. They were busy, but they had some great service and it was a cool little spot to check out.
We threw on a few extra layers and got on the bikes to head down through Mountain Center on State Route 74 via Kenworth-Bautista Rd, passing through scenic farmland as the sun began to fall. This last stretch of the day is always a fun one, especially when you get to catch a sunset like that!
After pulling into town and checking into the Apple Tree Inn, we walked next door to the one and only Jeremy's on the Hill for a highly anticipated meal. After some well-earned drinks and some of the best steaks we've had in a long time, we got the opportunity to sit down and talk with the owner, Jeremy and got to hear a pretty incredible story on how the place came to be. There's nothing quite like those conversations with strangers turned friends on the open road!
The following morning, we headed into town to find some breakfast and ended up at The Miner's Diner. Julian is famous nationwide for its apple pie, so Gaylin had the idea of trying out 4-5 different apple pie spots to do a little rating, so we all shared a slice after breakfast before walking around town to try the rest. If you haven't figured it out by now, food is a big part of our travels, so this was a fun way to go about it, and the pie did not disappoint!
We enjoyed the ride home and reflected on the quick overnight trip, looking forward to the rest of the travels in the coming year. We hope you all enjoyed this one and we can't wait to hit the road again!
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See you down the road..