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Hey all, I am trying to put together a drive from San Juan Capistrano to Palm Desert.

Ortega Highway Run to Palm Desert - SoCal Driving Club (San Diego, CA) - Meetup

Total drive time will probably be around 4.5 hours so make sure you come prepared with RF Radios, water, toilet paper and non-restrictive clothes. We will start early and meet at the McDonald's in Carlsbad at 8:00 AM. We will get our coffee and Egg Muffins with sausage before heading out to San Juan Capistrano at 8:30 AM.

We will arrive at the Ortega Gas Station to fill up and stretch our legs before heading off on the 74.
The next stop will be Lake Elsinore at the Albertsons shopping center. We will by additional beef jerky and hydrating liquids before regrouping and jumping back on the 74 to the Mountain Center Café for a break.

Finally we will head to the Agua Caliente Resort and enjoy all-you-can-eat buffet and gambling. For those who will stay in Palm Desert that night, there are plenty of resorts and hotels to choose from. I am leaning towards staying at the Caliente and watching the Ub40 concert.

Let me know if you would like me to make changes to this cruise.

  • Bring your RF Radios.
  • Share phone numbers with everyone in the group.
  • Watch each other’s back on the road.
  • Going full speed on the hairpin turns is fun but not advised.
  • Make sure your car is in driving condition before coming out.
  • Invite your friends and have fun.

Stopping Points/Meeting Points
Carlsbad Airport McDonalds
5990 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Ortega Gas Station
27101 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

30901 Riverside Dr, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Mountain Center Café
29470 California 243, Mountain Center, CA 92561

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

fyi, I never been to Palm Desert and I have no idea what to expect.
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