Sometimes you beat the road, sometimes the road beats you

The Angeles Crest Highway was going to be my destination next week.

With an automotive writers event coming up in Agoura Hills, my plan was to spend a couple of days on either side of the event taking the legendary road from La Cañada Flintridge over the San Gabriel Mountains. I’d spend two days on the route for a chapter in my upcoming Joyrides book on the Los Angeles-Orange-San Bernardino-Riverside counties.

But no go. There’s a sinkhole. 10 feet deep.

The road is for a few miles on either side of the sinkhole; to do the two ends would require a 75 mile detour or something. Repairs will take at least a month. Guess I’ll have something to do in July. Get the road’s construction history — at its 1956 dedication — in California Highways and Public Works magazine.

In the meantime, I think I’ll take the urban trip I’m including in the book, Sunset Boulevard from downtown LA to the sea. Wish me luck on those western curves.

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