Route 66 gets all the attention, but right here in our backyard is a highway that has a real old time feel, is significant to the history of the area and is perfect for a leisurely Saturday drive. There are spectacular vistas, major changes in terrain ranging from pine forests to high desert, and the Desert View Tower, which is unlike anything you’ll see on Route 66.
Hwy 80, stretching from Savannah GA to San Diego, was one of the first transcontinental highways that was recognized as a numbered route by the U. S. Bureau of Public Roads in 1927. Colonel Ed Fletcher (Fletcher Hills) was a major proponent in developing this eastern route to the city and helped fund the plank road through the Imperial County sand dunes. Much of the original paved road in eastern San Diego County remains intact with only small portions under the newer I-8 freeway.
We will start our tour in the town of Alpine, right next to Hwy 80, so that we can avoid the problem of keeping a group together through traffic. The meeting point will be at the shopping center near Willows Road, right by a Starbucks and a McDonalds. There will be a driver’s meeting at 8:45 am, then leaving promptly at 9:00. Be there early if you want to get coffee or breakfast before. The address is 2963 Alpine Blvd, Alpine CA 91901, most easily reached from I-8 East to the Willows exit, then a right turn to head back west for about a mile
From there we will go through Willows, past the Viejas casino, Descanso, Guatay and then a stop in Pine Valley. In the town of Boulevard there will be a stop at the Wisteria Candy Cottage, famous for chocolate turtles, truffles, fudge and lots of other goodies. From there we’ll go through Bankhead Springs over the original 16 foot wide roadway from 1933 and on through Jacumba, where Hollywood stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Clark Gable once came to enjoy the hot springs and relax. The Desert View Tower is just a few more miles up the road. True to its’ name, the Tower has vistas clear to the Salton Sea, a quirky souvenir shop and some fun rock sculptures.
After the Desert View Tower we will have lunch at Jacumba Hot Springs Spa and Resort. Then you may like to have a massage, a dip in one of the pools or return to San Diego, either by freeway for some different views or by the old route.
From Alpine to Desert View Tower is about 50 miles, with some gentle curves and no major grades. The intent is to travel at speeds appropriate for our older cars. There is not much traffic on this route anymore so we should be able to stay together, that’s what a tour is for.
For more information, see an advance copy of the tour guide by clicking HERE
For questions contact Mark Richards: 541-517-1393 or email@example.com
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MEETINGS – First Monday of Each Month
6:30 p.m. Social — 7:00 p.m. Meeting
JOYCE BEERS COMMUNITY CENTER In Hillcrest at 3900 Vermont St.
Take University Ave, turn north onto Vermont between 10th and Richmond. Parking is available in the area behind Ralph’s Grocery and on the adjacent streets.
The San Diego Region, organized in 1963, has nearly one hundred members with many beautifully restored automobiles of all makes and models. Although it is not necessary to own an antique car for membership, one must join and continue to be a member of the National Organization in order to belong to the Regional group.
We have monthly meetings with entertainment, potlucks and technical discussions. We have monthly planned events such as tours to places of interest with stops for meals and picnics as well as overnight tours. We take part in parades and car shows, and offer awards for restorations. We are active in the San Diego Automotive Museum.
AACA conducts two Western Division National Judging Meets each year in the spring and in the fall. These are held in various locations in the western states. All members having vehicles 25 years or older are eligible to participate for trophies and National Awards. Periodically our San Diego Region hosts one of these National Meets.
As a member, you will also receive 12 issues of our “nationally recognized publication”,
THE FOOT WARMER
We have FUN with our cars…We ENJOY OUR HOBBY…We ENJOY EACH OTHER.
Come to one of our meetings and learn more about AACA.
WE’D LOVE TO MEET YOU!
For more information contact:
Mark Richards, Membership Coordinator
1474 Merritt Dr.
El Cajon CA 92020
firstname.lastname@example.org (541) 517 1393