As Interstate 8 was built across San Diego County’s rugged mountains in the 1960s and 1970s, the most difficult section was creating the two, crisscrossing traffic lanes up and down Mountain Springs Grade, which jumps back-and-forth across the San Diego-Imperial county line east of Jacumba.

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I’m due to receive a new 2017 Subaru Forester in a couple of days for a week’s test, so I’m heading out to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for a little trail driving. Yes, I know I just said to stay off the dirt roads for awhile, but the desert gets less rain and the sand dries out faster

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