Mexico To Big Bear Lake 

224 miles   5 hours and 21 minutes

 

 

The first section of the Pacific Crest Motorcycle Road is is a land of open skies, long vistas where one can see for miles on a clear day. The dry desert air can be pungent with the orders of desert plants and even on this section, with 24 million people living within a couple of hours ride of the route.  you can have long stretches of road to yourself.
We’re in a dry Mediterranean climate here, and even when we’re in the mountains, views from these forests are easy to come by, covered with well-spaced pines and a dense growth of brush know as chaparral.  Unlike the forest of the Pacific Northwest at the other end of our trip, these forests allow some room to breathe.