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ON A MISSION: Rediscovering the original El Camino Real through La Jolla

ON A MISSION: Rediscovering the original El Camino Real through La Jolla

It’s right in front of us — a forgotten chunk of the original El Camino Real’s roadbed.

Well, it’s not right in front of us. It’s at the bottom of a deep canyon, north of the Geisel Library at UC San Diego, that’s surrounded by 80-foot walls sloping 35 degrees downward and mined with rattlesnakes, Africanized bee nests, cacti and things that are even less fun than that.

Somewhere between 50 and 200 feet long, this roadbed has not felt a car tire since before the university was plopped all around it in the ‘60s. Yet its white lane markings are still clearly visible.

“You and me are taking a selfie on that!” enthuses my companion on this mission, Edie...

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