I took two of the kids for a drive through our local mountains yesterday. It was so nice to be out of the house and experience some nature for a couple of hours. This was also the first time I had driven my new car through such twists and turns and steep inclines-I knew it would give me the opportunity to brush up on my mountain driving skills. This car has that new fangled shifter which tilts sideways in order to allow you the lower gears. It makes me nervous so I figured I best get used to it.
Glendora Mountain Road is off to the left of the main road that takes you up to Mt. Baldy. Sometimes it’s closed if there has been gravel in the road or if the snow fall is too heavy. We were in luck as the road was wide open and didn’t seem to have much traffic.
It has been several years since I’ve driven on this road and I didn’t recall it being so narrow but, if you keep your eye on the road and follow the speed limit, it’s a fun adventure with great views of the San Gabriel Valley. There are many hairpin turns and blind turns, as well. I was so thankful that I didn’t have anyone following me because they’d surely be frustrated at my low speeds. I’ve been trying to determine the actual speed limit through the mountain road-it seems that it might be 40mph which, in my opinion, is far too fast with as many blind turns as we encountered. This makes it too easy to take out a person on a bike because there isn’t even a lane divider for the majority of the road. I erred on the side of caution (maybe too much so) and averaged about 20mph.
We all remarked about how Elijah probably wouldn’t enjoy this many turns and figured he’d comment on all the butt pucker twists throughout the 20 plus miles of mountain road. He was alright on our trip to Big Bear, but this road was far more adventurous. If I put more research into it, I’d like to make a day of hiking somewhere out there. It’s important to be cautious, however, as there’s spotty to no cell service.
I enjoy my time with these kids. They’re growing up too fast.
It took us about two hours from first heading out until we arrived home. And we made it out alive! I have to say, I was impressed with how well my car did on the drive, too.