Way back in 2003, my Weekend Driver column took drivers up old U.S. 395 from near the Westfield North County mall in southern Escondido, to Temecula in Riverside County.

The route includes a stretch that still makes me nervous: the piece between Pala Road and Escondido.

On a Sunday in 1979, I was driving back from my sister’s in Reno. That was during the ’79 energy crisis, and what gas stations had fuel on a Sunday night were closed. Even today, there are few gas stations between Temecula and Escondido.

The tank on my ’74 Opel Manta was running dry and I still had about 45 miles to get home. I made it, but these hills still make me nervous, even though it’s a beautiful drive. Hope you can take it and have a great holiday weekend.

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