Meanwhile, I was riding up Montezuma Grade, a 3,900 foot climb over 10 miles. At the summit, at 4,500 feet, it looks a lot less like a desert:
Looking back towards Borrego Springs, I could see all the way to the mountains on the far side of Salton Sea:
About halfway down, I stopped at the overlook which looks out over Borrego Springs:
The kids photographed a Lego desert scene:
In the afternoon, we hitched up and drove down to Salton City, which has a fascinating history. Laid out to accommodate tens of thousands of residents, the town only has a few thousand residents, leaving a vast grid of paved and signed neighborhood roads with no houses on them.
A city campground which has been abandoned now provides free camping. We set up as the sun began to set:
We’ve come here for a PPG fly-in that is scheduled to start on Thursday, so we were quite surprised to see that a number of pilots are already here. Most are staying at the full-service RV park next door, which has it’s own ultralight runway:
Not a bad place to spend a few days:
See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.