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odoyle81
04-23-2007, 05:57 PM
anyone driving from San Diego going to take the 79 to the 74 through east SD county instead of going up through riverside? It seems like a shortcut, but according to google earth the road is really twisty..

has anyone driven this way before and have any comments about it? Maybe it has better views than rt 10?

Thanks!

sddoctor
04-23-2007, 06:44 PM
I've driven that road. You can hit up Pechanga in Temecula, the biggest casino in Cali. It's all indian reservation, but it's a nice drive. The74 coming into Indian Wells and the Coachella Valley is a killer road, it is twisty but its a great view of the entire desert region.

GTI_GRL
04-23-2007, 08:55 PM
fly, and sky dive in

cbrl23
04-23-2007, 09:03 PM
Takes more time to get there, less traffic, but is a two lane road.

iwillbethere
04-23-2007, 09:08 PM
it cuts 30 minutes off of your drive or more..i usually just take the 215-15-60-10 i dont like the windy road (74)

disgustipated
04-23-2007, 09:28 PM
I was thinking of this route as well. It looks ok until about 10-15 miles west/south west of palm springs. I am wondering if the really curvy part is mountains. Any confimations?

sddoctor
04-23-2007, 09:42 PM
yes mountains, straight up, and curvy. Kinda scary but fun nonetheless. Great view of the desert cities.

elChurro
04-24-2007, 05:59 AM
i do 74 all the time, its great when no slow vehicles are in front of you but if so... you're screwed. it's really not as bad as people make it out to be either, nice ride, just be sure you know how to drive.

motopat651
04-24-2007, 06:08 AM
yes the last few miles are a little scary,but it not too bad.This is the only route I take.I like mountain roads.Plus the views are so much better.

gaypalmsprings
04-24-2007, 06:10 AM
LOTS of fatal accidents on that road. DO NOT drive too fast on curves & watch out for crazy drivers. Be patient with slow drivers & large trucks. Otherwise its a nice scenic route.

SwedishBastard
04-24-2007, 08:16 AM
It's a awesome drive, sweet views but a little bit longer and more dangerous.