Orange County – Ride #2
Lake Elsinore – Ortega Highway
This ride requires some Freeway riding which shouldnt be a problem because Socal freeways and specially those to the East and South, are just another wonder of the region. They travel through wide open territories to the great satisfaction of the wanderer’s eyes.
Cajalco Rd goes East-West over a wide hilly plateau bordered to the north by the San Bernardino Mountains. Here we have our own itinerary to reach the 74 and the City of Lake Elsinore. A winding road going through the deep Socal south .
Lake Elsinore was established as a city in 1888, it is on the shore of Lake Elsinore, a natural freshwater lake about 3,000 acres in size. Overlooked by the expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza, the largest natural lake in Southern California was first seen by the Spanish Franciscan padre Juan Santiago, exploring eastward from the Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1797.
Closer to us, during World War II, the lake was used to test seaplanes, and a Douglas Aircraft plant making wing assemblies for B-17 bombers was located in the city.
The lake ran dry during most of the 1950s and was refilled in the early 1960s. Despite its relatively small African American population, Lake Elsinore has the distinction of electing the first black mayor in California. Tom Yarborough was elected in 1966, three years before Douglas Dollarhide became the mayor of Compton.