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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