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Palm Desert, CA Hwy 74

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TrustAllisOK:
I realize this is a little-traveled route for touring, if at all, but I figured I’d throw this out there and see what happens. Has anyone ridden Highway 74 from the Idyllwild area down to Palm Desert? Is it "traffic safe" on a loaded bike weekdays, both up and down? Not overly worried about the heat or the climb, got that part covered.

I'm headed to Palm Desert next week for a retreat and wanted to roll there in 2 days from San Diego up the coast through Oceanside, Fallbrook, Temecula, Hemet, Idyllwild, Palm Desert. Not via the longer desert route from the north or south through Julian and Borrego Springs.

Thanks

aggie:
I haven't ridden it on a bicycle only driven it.  There wasn't a great deal of traffic but the road wasn't in the best shape and there is virtually not shoulder for a lot of the ride.

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