It’s part one of wandering around the Santa Ynez Mountains in California’s Central Coast, from Ventura and Gorman to Paseo Robles. Challenging roads, beautiful valleys, twisting curves, a spectacular gorge, mountain peaks, tunnels, no traffic and the surf lapping up on the highway.

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A few years back I spent a several weeks working in Moorhead, Minn., and as things go in the interstate twin cities of Fargo, ND and Moorhead, my budget-priced hotel was across the Red River in Fargo. Wandering around one Sunday afternoon, I headed west to where Fargo runs out and Interstate 94 makes one of its infrequent turns before heading west across the prairie.

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Explore San Diego County's backroads, beaches, mountains and deserts with Joyride Guru® and award-winning author Jack Brandais. Make them your San Diego day trip.