Best California Road Trips series –
This was just a quick little 1 day trip up to Georgetown Ca. It was a Sunday morning in mid February, the sun was out and the sky’s were clear……. a beautiful day. The temperature was in the mid to high 50s, so it was still a little nippy out. A little ice on the road would make for bit of a nervous and cautious adventure. We planned on leaving around 10:00 AM that morning and getting to Georgetown around lunchtime as it would take between about two hours to get there. With that we were off to another in our series of Best California Road Trips.
A day trip does not require a lot of planning. So this plan came together Sunday morning and a little later we were on the road. We would leave at about 10:00 AM and get to Georgetown about noon and find a place to eat. After that, we would head out to Wentworth Springs Rd. This starts out as Main Street in Georgetown and heads east. As you are leaving Georgetown it becomes Wentworth Springs Rd.
Wentworth Springs Rd is Approximately 35 miles until you reach a fork in the road that is Ice House Rd. Our plan was to drive to Ice House Rd and then turn around and come back. Today our trip was more about the driving than the destination.
Of course we are in the Z06 again. We were able to take the top off the car today as it was a beautiful clear sunny day. We did have sweatshirts and the heater on as it was only about 58 degrees outside. It was so nice to feel the cool crisp air, the rumble of the car as we enjoyed the nice mountain road.
As much as I love this car, it and I are “fair weather” road trippers. My wife and I try to avoid rain, ice and snow. On this day we would find some ice on the road.
The car has many driving modes, one of them being a weather mode. I was able to try out weather mode on a track day when they were showing us driving skills. They put us out on a wide open patch of pavement covered in water. They had us try to maintain control as we made high speed turns on the wet surface………… needless to say it was difficult to maintain control of the car and most of us were doing donuts. The instructors had us put the car in “weather mode” and we tried again. It was completely impossible to make the car spin out or do a donut…………….. so it does work. Even with that great feature we still try to avoid those days when the weather is not great.
The road of course is the reason for the trip. Wentworth Springs Rd is about 35 miles from Georgetown to Ice House Rd. Wentworth Springs Rd does continue on after Ice House Rd, though our plan was to turn around at Ice House Rd and enjoy the road some more on the return trip.
As you know by now I really hate driving on the freeway. I always get nervous and uptight as all the cars are weaving in and out traffic trying to get somewhere………….. I just slow down and watch. It is somewhat strange to some that as I find those nice two lane winding roads, I start driving faster with an aggressive intent, that I actually start to relax and enjoy the road.
We did have about an hour of freeway driving on this trip until we got off of Hwy 50 at the Ponderosa exit which took us to Hwy 193, which is a nice two lane winding road to Georgetown.
Wentworth Springs Rd is a nice two lane mountain road. It is a nice wide well maintained Rd that has some nice tight turns, big sweepers and some nice hills and drops. As we were about 15 miles along we passed by Stumpy Meadow Lake. Then as we get to the higher elevations we can also see the remains of a California forest fire. There is a lot of evidence of fire with some barren land and burnt remains of the trees that stood in the distance.
On this day our trip was cut short. Though the weather was great, it was still the middle of February. There had not been any snow in the area for over a month and we did not expect any issues. We did notice about 5 miles into our drive that there were a lot of wet patches in the shade and then about 15 miles in we saw some ice on the shoulder of the road. This of course caused us to slow down a bit and not be as aggressive with our driving, though we would continue on. Then about 20 miles in we came to a section of the road were about three quarters of the road was covered with ice………….. this made us a little more cautious. In fact at this point we decided it would be best to turn around and not press our luck.
Well, the destination was Georgetown where Wentworth Springs Rd begins. My lovely wife Miss Linda as she usually does was checking out Yelp as we drove to Georgetown. She found a nice little place called “The Divide”. This turned out to be a great little local favorite. They served an array of burgers and sandwiches. My wife had a BLT with parmesan crusted sour dough bread that was great. I had a grilled cheese with bacon also on the parmesan crusted sourdough bread that was also great. One of the joys of our road trips are these little places that we find that you would never know about.
Such a great day!!! A trip such as this is so nice as it does not take a lot of planning and is a great way to spend a day. The joy of the road, the beautiful weather, my lovely wife Miss Linda and the wind blowing through our hair……… or across my shiny head………….Even with the drive being cut short because of some ice in the road, it was still a great way to spend the day. Always enjoy the road!!
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