Perfect riding weather today folks - nice blue skies, pleasant temps, and even a tailwind for the return trip. We rolled out for our monthly ACHD Ride today and VVVeloists must like to roll the dice because there was a another record turnout for an unknown route: 16 riders!
The general idea was to ride towards the coast, which we did, sort of, in a round-about fashion... We headed north over Lake Hodges, where we made the usual by-pass of most of Via Rancho Parkway, and, thanks to Robert, we also got to experience the Hamilton Lane and Eucalyptus Avenue climbs (in the 13% range.) Of course we then had to take the chute down Lake Drive and pay for that with an 18% grade to regain the Del Dios Hwy.
An early refreshment stop at Caffe Positano in Rancho Santa Fe village saw us overwhelm the place: standing room only! That was followed by more new roads, courtesy of Lisa, Elwyn, and Sharon: the wonderfully twisty and tree-lined La Gracia and Los Arboles. And just in case anyone needed more: we finished up with additional climbing on San Dieguito Road, Camino del Sur, and Camino Del Norte.
Next week, we'll be riding the classic... Highland Valley Loop Date: Tuesday June 11, 2013 Time: 9:00am Scenic riding on Highland Valley Road, with plenty of hills.