Back in Las Vegas we had to take Dad’s bike into the shop for some maintenance. At the shop, we were talking to one of the guys about our road trip, and upcoming plans to stay in Huntington Beach, CA. When he heard Southern California, he described what he called one of the best motorcycle rides in the country along the Ortega Highway. He also mentioned a great biker bar along the way that was a great stopping point. This was exactly what Aaron and I were looking forward to yesterday.When we first pulled onto the Ortega Highway near Dana Point we were a little disappointed to see a four lane highway, however it quickly converged to two lanes. Actually, considering the number of rigs running through this route it was extremely narrow. This was another incredible ride with unbelievable scenery. In contrast to the desert rides we experienced up to this point, this was through lush terrain; green mountains covered with short brush and scattered with boulders, and a valley lined with a river and trees.Around lunch time we reached Hell’s Kitchen, a fun biker bar near the highest elevation; a perfect stopping point. My philly cheese steak and fries were alright, not the best I’ve ever had, but the ambiance of this place covers for anything the food lacks…the fun welcome sign, condiments stored in a motorized coffin, and easy going biker atmosphere.By the time we reached Hells Kitchen, we were close to the end of the ride and contemplated turning back. Thank god we didn’t, the last few miles along the steep mountain cliffs down to Lake Elsinore were the best. The edges of the mountains shot straight down to the bottom leaving a completely unobstructed view of the lake backed by white cap mountains. The narrow road with no shoulders or guard rails was cut out of the sides of the mountain leaving extremely nerve racking cliffs. I wanted to look to the side and enjoy the view, but I was too focused on staying in my lane.Another amazing day…we’ll be back here again for sure. Aaron and I both agreed that this needs to be ridden several times: once to learn the route and stop and enjoy the overlooks, once riding straight through to enjoy the ride, once to capture it on video, and several more times just because. Aar, this is another one of my best days, and for me, the essence of what this trip is supposed to be about. You and Ry are the best!