- "Whether you are a parent with kids to distract, a host with guests to entertain or a multi-tasker who just needs to get out of holly-jolly hell, Brandais' book has a road map for you.Ladies and gentlemen of stressed-out San Diego, time to start your escape engines." -- Karla Peterson, San Diego Union-Tribune
- "...With fuel costs, climate-change concerns and overbooked schedules, American society seems to have put the Sunday drive up on concrete blocks. Jack Brandais wants to revive it. He's written another book in his Joyride Guru series." -- Ken Stone, Times of San Diego
- "Not sure where to go for your next Sunday drive? Jack Brandais has some ideas. He's a columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune who has been writing for years about the kids of back roads that bring smiles to the faces of enthusiasts." -- Paul Zieke, Westways Magazine, Automobile Club of Southern California
- "I think this is a fantastic idea. So you're out with the family, or you just want to try something for one day on the weekend, you can downloadone of your drives and it tells you all about where to go and what to do." -- Megan Tevrizian, NBC 7 San Diego
- "These are some places that a lot of people may not know about, even if you've lived in the county for years." -- Greg Bledsoe, NBC 7 San Diego
- "This is like the old days when you used to pack the family up,get the station wagon and go for a day trip someplace, maybe buy the kids some ice cream or Kool Aid or something." -- Paul Bloom, Fox 5 San Diego
- "You really give us a history, all these nuggets of information onthese different stops all throughout San Diego County. ... I love this idea, Jack. My husband and I being new to San Diego, my husband and Ilove to take drives. We drove through Del Mar yesterday; this is right up our alley." -- Elizabeth Alvarez, KUSI-TV
- "Congratulations on 15 years, Jack. And for keeping it safe and sane for our readers on your drive routes." -- Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune
- "An invaluable tool because we have so many military that come to this city, and the first thing they do is... they go get a bite, but they reallydon't know where to go. This is such an amazing tool,especially for people who are not familiar with the San Diego area, who want to go for a day ride" -- Melody Bennett, Green Machine Radio, KCBQ-AM
About the Author
In the Joyride Guru series, the columns in the San Diego Union-Tribune take you to the best back roads in San Diego County and nearby areas of northern Baja California, Riverside and Orange counties. San Diego daytrips are just about the best anywhere.
Author Jack Brandais has been driving on these roads since he was a kid, when his parents would take him on Sunday drives. He's actually athird-generation road fan, as his grandmother -- a pioneer drivingenthusiast -- first explored these roads back in the 1920s. They're allgreat day trips... sometimes a long day trip if you decide to explore.
In 2015, he began publishing individual drives as e-books, availablethrough the Amazon Kindle store. For locals and visitors alike, they'reguided day trips around San Diego County and Southern California roads.He's included photos and text on what you'll see along the way, historyand trivia about the roads, a few places stop and other goodies to makeyour journey fun.
Since 2000, he's been the Weekend Driver columnist for the Wheels section of the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper and in 2003 published a collection of columns in the Sunbelt Book title, Weekend Driver San Diego.
These roads can be challenging, so be sure to drive your sports car,sports bike or any tricked-out vehicle. Or, just take your daily driverand have some fun.
Jack has also traveled throughout the United States to some locationsfar off the beaten track. He is currently a freelance writer,photographer, Emmy-nominatedvideo producer, and graphic designer. Jack has also worked at the SanDiego Unified School District, the City of San Diego, Federal Emergency Management Agency. A onetime journalist, his newspaper stops includedthe Las Vegas Review-Journal and Foster's Daily Democrat.