was the day for Empire Z's third annual mountain cruise. We met at
our usual location at 11:00am which turned out to be a bit overcast and
chilly. Looked like it might rain. After everyone showed up
which took about 40 minutes or so, we jumped on the 10 freeway to
the city of Highland area. Our group had to turn off of the 330
temporarily to wait for one Z's minor Intercooler repair job.
Luckily this was the only problem we had all day.
jumped back on the highway the clouds disappeared which made for a great
day. Luckily this year we did not get stuck behind three tour busses
heading up the same way:) We regrouped, took a short break, and
snapped some pictures in Arrowbear but were quickly off to Big Bear City
for some great pizza at a local restaurant. When we got to the city,
we had permission from the Calvary Chapel of Big Bear to use their parking
lot (thanks Barbara) which saved us a headache and a-lot of time from Z's
having to split up and find individual parking spots over the City.
lunch we jumped back on the 18 Highway and drove down the back side of Big
Bear towards the High Desert. It's quite bizarre driving through old
growth pine trees and then looking down a few thousand feet to the
practically barren desert of California. Quite a contrast.
Since this highway is "out of the way" it made for a great drive due to
its low traffic. When we reached the Lake Silverwood area, some of
the best twisties and hills were waiting for us. Tight up and down
hills to a long straight away. After this area, we pulled over next
to a gas station located just off the 215 Freeway and chatted a bit about
the cruise which turned out great.
again for everyone who showed up, so on with the Pics:)