A desert canyon, a dirt road up a mountain or a twist through hills… where you go is up to you, but the Joyride Guru helps you get there.
The latest book from author Jack Brandais is Joyrides Around San Diego, available through the world’s biggest online bookstores, Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com, as well as many local book stores. List price is $19.95.
It was the No. 1 Best Seller in Amazon’s San Diego Travel category from December 25-30, 2016 and a Hot New Release shortly after its October 27, 2016 release.
The ten drives take readers from the Pacific Coast to the nation’s largest state park, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, from Palomar Mountain south to the Mexican border with trips on sometimes twisting backroads.
Paved roads beacon sports car and motorcycle owners, while four drives also have off-pavement stretches, easy enough for the novice with an SUV to get their vehicle a little dirty.
The drives are print versions of the popular Amazon Kindle drives that Jack debuted in March 2015. The Kindle drives are available individually for download at $2.99 each.
Routes in Joyrides around San Diego are the following 10.
- Towering Old Highway: A run across the nearly empty old U.S. 80 in southeastern San Diego County.
- Quintessential California: Old U.S. 101 was once the main route to Los Angeles. Today it’s a wonderful drive along the beach and through still-quaint beach towns.
- Journey to the Stars: There are three ways up to Mt. Palomar, home to one of the world’s largest telescopes. There’s also camping and some fantastic twisting roads—but only two of them are paved.
- Spectacular Sunrise: The newest in the Joyride Guru series, takes drivers over the only National Forest Scenic Byway in San Diego County, Sunrise Highway. This new trip will be published and available on Amazon Kindle in November but is in the print Joyrides Around San Diego.
- Jaunt to Julian: Think you know how to get to San Diego’s favorite gold rush-era town? Think again. There’s not only apple pie in the mountain community, but some great roads and hidden parks nearby.
- Curves, Dirt and Cuyamaca: Exercise that all-wheel or four-wheel-drive vehicle on an easy, unpaved road before visiting the spectacular Lake Cuyamaca and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
- Crazy Couser: Find out what one local sports car club labels as their favorite road, plus visit a classic-car museum just north of Escondido. End the day with one of the best burgers you’ll find.
- Roads of the Ranch: Visit a community of the “one percent” that brings back days of Old Spanish California… that never existed. Find out what happened when a railroad found out the trees it planted made lousy railroad ties.
- Off-the-Grid Journey: Isolation is just off the highway in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the Blair valleys, where there are thousands of years of history to be found.
- Beautiful Badlands: Visit Borrego Springs and Font’s Point, a vista over the water- and wind-scarred Borrego Badlands. It’s not the Grand Canyon, but it is right in our back yard and has similar spectacular vistas.
San Diego County is nearly the size of the state of Connecticut and has great and unexpected areas to explore. Whether you want to visit these areas by car or by your imagination through reading, Joyrides Around San Diego is for you.