1/26/16 (Tuesday) in Menifee, CA (Wilderness Lakes-TT)
Because we needed to travel about 225 miles today, we wanted to get going earlier than usual. We woke to wind. Dang. Thankfully our slides came in fine, as well as the jacks lifting up. Whew!
Goodby Pilot Knob and the Imperial Dunes Recreation Area. We never went there because people told us it’s mostly a place for people to race their dune buggies around the dunes. I figured the picture taking wouldn’t be the best. In the image below you can see the All American Canal carrying Colorado River water to farms.
On our way by 7:30. The wind was calm once we’d traveled several miles. I-8 E was pretty decent, although we had a good climb in the mountains from sea level to over 4000 ft. The wind picked up quite a bit once we got high. I’m thinking the non-freeway route we took to get to Pilot Knob would have been better than this one with the elevation changes and high winds. As we left the mountains (Cleveland National Forest), the wind eased. In San Diego we too I-15 N, then I-215. Good freeway, with plenty of lanes, so good space for vehicles. Naturally, since this is heavy civilization, there were no rest areas or good off ramps to pull into and stop.
We made it, though, in one piece, by noon and got set up an hour later. Feels so good to be settled in. We even got a welcome from the Chinese Geese walking past our site.