San Diego M2D

Great ride for Adventure Motorcycles or a challenging ride for Scooters

San Diego County Two-day Ride Mountains to Deserts

This 2 day discovery ride explores the Mountains and Deserts of San Diego County. The ride is targeted at scooters with a slower, relaxed pace. The ride includes parts of the Cleveland National Forest, Mount Palomar, Anza Borrego Desert State Park and the Laguna Mountains. We will spend Saturday evening near Julian at the Pine Hills Lodge.

"This is kind of a reunion ride for those riders that rode their Scooter Across America, however new riders are welcome and can come and join the fun and meet new riders. Part of this ride will include dreaming of new scooter adventures for the future. The ride is targeted at scooters of 150cc."

Description San Diego M2D 2015

Riders from the 2015 trip Scooters Across America

Yes other bikes are welcome, but please embrace the slower more relaxed pace of the small bikes.

Saturday: Morning ride brings us through Lilac Canyon and Valley Center then up the famous Palomar Grade. Then it is a break for coffee and donuts at Mother’s Kitchen on Mount Palomar. Then it is down the mountain and over Mesa Grande and through Ranchita and down the Montezuma Grade into Borrego Valley. We will pass by some of the great desert scuptures. Next it is into Borrego Spring for lunch. After lunch it is over Yaqui Pass and then up Banner Grade into Julian for Mother’s Apple Pie. After pie it is just 10 miles of back mountain roads to our lodge for the evening.

Sunday: Starting after brunch, maybe 10am, we leave the Lodge the back way and travel the backside of the mountain on Engineer Road. Then it is over to Mount Laguna and the famous Sunrise Highway, down the mountain and into Pine Valley for gas and a break. Next it is through Descanso and Harbison Canyon and into El Cajon the back way. Then we ride up Wildcat Canyon and into Ramona. Mexican Lunch stop here. After lunch it is Highland Valley Road and into the back side of Escondido. Sneaking though Escondido and up Jesmond Dene back to the ride start. Ride Over.

Full Ride Description

Self Guided Trail

This ride is designed to be a self guided adventure. Riders install a custom GPS microSD Card into their Garmin GPS unit. The routes are then displayed as the rider travels along. Navigation is made easy. Riders can choose to follow along at times or can choose among hard and easy options. Or riders can simply choose to ride off the routes and return to them later. For many, this allows them to just experience the trail without the burden of getting lost.

Do this ride yourself: Purchase Rider Packet and GPS microSD Card for this ride

Note: A Full Rider Packet consists of printed ride descriptions and paper ride maps and a custom GPS microSD card for your Garmin or BMW GPS unit.

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Notes: I suggest you plan and order early. Normally I ship within a week. But sometimes I run out and it can take me several weeks to get new cards and maps. And sometimes I am out riding and building new adventures so that can be hard too. I list the Option for 2 SD cards because many riders like to carry a backup card or a cheap backup gps in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

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OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below is the ride map.

I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!

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Costumes are optional, but come with the spirit to have fun and make others smile


Q: If I am coming from out of the county and want to truck my scooter to the ride, where can I leave my truck?

A: You can leave your vehicle in the parking area at the ride stage, it is a "Park and Ride" lot.