The Palms to Pines Tour + ADD NEW ROUTE
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Leave Indio, CA heading west on Route 111 until you get to Palm Desert, CA. From here look for Hwy 74 off to the left. Get on Hwy 74 and head west untill you meet up with ca hwy 371 near Anza Ca. follow the 371 until it dead ends at ca hwy 79. Head west on ca hwy 79 through to old town of Temecula, CA.
This route gives you great scenery and a change of pace from riding the highway while still giving access to the wooded areas of Southern California. While riding through indio, it is primarily desert. At the bottom of the 74 there are switchbacks that are great for sportbikes and cruisers alike. Once you reach the top of the 74 you will come upon a View Point that allows you to see the entire desert including palm springs and the salton sea. Further in, you will be greeted by lush trees and foliage surrounding the road. The 371 takes you through the hills and down into the flat lands of Anza as well as bringing you to the hills just outside of Temecula. It is a great route for those who are bored of seeing the desert and like a calm ride.
Most of the roads are maintained fairly well, there are a few potholes but all are small and easily avoidable, even in a pack. Through the switchbacks the road has been recently repaved.
There is a nice family owned Cafe at the corner of the 74 and the 371 called the Paradise Valley Cafe, Depending on the amount of business you might wait for your order, but it's worth the wait. there are pleanty of gas stations and areas yto stop along the way.
Nickname (optional) : Palms to pines