We started at 7,000 feet and followed Highway 38 (or, for you Californians, the 38) down, down, downhill all the way into the Inland Empire around 1,000 feet. The miles roll by quickly when it's all downhill! Due to the recent storm, a rarity in Southern California, the vegetation was lush and there was running water in the usually dry riverbeds. The mountains were beautifully scenic. Unfortunately, once we reached the smog overlaying the lowland sprawl, we couldn't see the mountains anymore.
At one point we found a wide dirt trail next to a river, which we followed until it became paved: the Santa Ana River Trail! We have biked this trail many times, and we were excited to be back on it again. This time, we didn't have to turn around and bike back. After about ten miles of wonderful quiet, scenic, bike path riding, we turned off and navigated some back roads to our friend Emily's house. She went to school with Tam for many years, and it was great to see her again and hang out with her and her fiancé Madison for the night!