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October 11, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The public is invited to join in the fifth annual Passport Road Trip on Saturday, October 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 2 pm. The “cruise” will begin at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo, motor along scenic Historic Highways 94 and 80, then end with special activities at a fundraising event at Gio’s in La Mesa Village from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.



Drivers will head east at dawn and gather in Campo for registration, then proceed on Historic Highway 94 to La Posta Road and north to Historic Highway 80 through San Diego’s backcountry with 10 pit stops (La Posta Diner, Calvin’s Restaurant in Pine Valley, the Wooden Spoon Gallery and Hilltop Hardware in Guatay, the California Welcome Center at Viejas, Albertson’s in Alpine, Marechiaro’s Restaurant in Lakeside, New York Bakery in El Cajon, El Cajon Harley-Davidson, and Gio’s), ending at Gio’s Restaurant in La Mesa Village.


Stamps collected at each stop will be exchanged for drawing tickets at trip’s end.


Registration will be at the Campo Train Depot between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. where there will be morning refreshments, event information, membership applications, and merchandise. The cost to participate is $15 for drivers and $5 for additional passport participants in the same vehicle.


In the afternoon at Gio’s starting at 2 p.m. there will be a live auction, a silent auction, a white elephant auction, and a no host buffet ($20 per person) for those who wish to participate in the fundraiser portion of the event. Entertainment will be provided by Trails & Rails with songs appropriate to our highways and railways. Prizes will be drawn at 3 p.m. Bring your appetites and your stamped Passports to help this organization continue to grow and serve those who treasure our highway history and beautiful backcountry.


“This is a day to bring family and friends to enjoy Old Highway 80 (and 94!) and all the small communities that were passed over by the new Interstate 8. It is time for us to rediscover them,” said Cliff Steimle, President of the Historic Highway 80 Corporation.


The Historic Highway 80 Corporation is a non-profit, charitable organization. The Road Trip is supported by member businesses in the communities along the route. To register for the event, more information, or to learn how you can support the effort to build awareness of Historic Route 80, please call 619.445.0180.


For more information, visit www.oldhighway80.com.

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