Lots of folks came from Phoenix, Tucson and other Grand Canyon State locations for the Comic-Con, which is wrapping up today in downtown San Diego.

For those taking Interstate 8 (one of my favorite freeways, by the way) back home, consider taking a slightly slower route over old U.S. 80, which parallels I-8 from San Diego all the way to Gila Bend, Ariz. For those of you headed to Phoenix over, the Highway 85 cutoff to I-10 (and I-10 itself in this spot) were once U.S. 80.

My latest Kindle book, Towering Old Highway, gives you the old highway through San Diego’s East County mountains, from Flinn Springs County Park, east of El Cajon and Lakeside, out to the spectacular Desert View Tower, above the Mountain Springs Grade east of Jacumba.

It’s also a chapter of my Joyrides Around San Diego book if you’re looking for a paper book.

My video gives you a look at this old road… but note it runs from east to west.

I have the book organized into the road’s three sections; if time is a challenge, take the route from Descanso to Pine Valley. You won’t regret the extra few minutes and if you’ve spent your whole vacation at the Comic-Con, it’s a way to have a great San Diego day trip on the way home.

By the way, in the world of online hashtags, there’s one for #havekindlewilltravel and here’s a spot where you can really travel with your Kindle. If you don’t have a Kindle, the app is available for smartphones and pads, so download now!


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