Ocotillo is totally optional. I was just thinking if the group wanted to continue on from Julian, that is the next place over the pass. I'll get you back to Temecula. I live 20 miles South in Escondido. Yeah head down, you are very welcome. The route we have so far is all-in-all about a half-day ride (Minus Ocotillo). The desert looks just like what you have up there, It's just the 78 East from Julian has some awesome hairpins down the hill. I'll PM you my number so you can get directions in real-time.