I just got home from going on the drive that you described through Santa Ysabel and Mesa Grande Road. I have to say that it was AMAZING!

I am writing you to thank you for giving such clear directions and sharing your experience. I wish you would’ve mentioned the presence of law enforcement because I definitely had some close calls with my radar detector. Anyway, I’m also wondering if you have any other suggestions for roads similar to mesa grande.

Also, I’d like to make a trip out towards the desert for some rally type driving (I own a Subaru WRX). You know any good drives through the desert? I’d love to hear back from you.


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Hi, Thomas. Watch out for those bears and smokeys in the mountains. Headed out to desert, take Montezuma Valley Road (see the Desert Daze story, one of the trips in Weekend Driver San Diego), but don’t go flying off the curves; you might hit an endangered Big Horn Sheep.


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