The willing and able crew was thin today, just Beth and me, but we managed to ride the Palomar Mountain route steadily and strongly, arriving at the top shortly after noon. I figure that going from Lake Hodges to the top of the mountain in under four hours is a good effort, but not so killer that you can't appreciate the scenery.
And the scenery, as well as the weather, was close to perfect today. It was warm at the lower elevations and cool at the top, but totally manageable. At the summit we took time for a coffee/pastry stop at Mother's Kitchen and a brief photo-op. Fortified with caffeine and sugar for the return, we mostly made quick work of the descent to Stagecoach Market at Rincon Junction, although I had to stop twice to retrieve my water bottle which seemed determined to escape!
Fortunately, we improved the mapped return route by taking Lake Wohlford Road, which allowed for another great downhill ride. Total trip time, including stops, was just under 6.5 hours.
We lucked out again today: lots of clouds, but no rain. The crew consisted of Mike, Mary Ann, Beth, Bob, and me, and we decided to stay local just in case it did get wet. So we got to ride over the little-known, Corte Raposo cut-through, which allowed us to pedal out of Rancho Bernardo and into Rancho Penasquitos without a lot of bothersome traffic. It also set us up for a climb on Carmel Mountain Road before dropping down to get on the 56 bikepath. After following the bike path out to Rancho Santa Fe Farms Road we headed back to 4S Ranch and Rancho Bernardo with a good tailwind. Coffee stop at the Edelweiss Bakery was "superb"!
Next week, we do the E-Z ride to the oaks...
Jesmond Dene Jaunt
Date: Tuesday March 13, 2012
This Thursday, March 8, the Extra Credit ride will feature a return to Mountain Madness:
Mount Palomar Tour
Start @ 8:30AM from Sunset Drive parking lot.
North of San Clemente went quickly, with a downhill and zippy bike lanes bringing us to Doheny State Beach where we turned inland on the San Juan River bikepath. Traveling on the SJR bikepath was a first for each of us, and at the end of it we enjoyed a nice lunch at Mollie's Cafe in San Juan Capistrano.
We had to work a little on the return... mostly headwinds all the way back to Oceanside. But that turned into a tailwind as we headed inland on the San Luis Rey bikepath. And the boost continued to help us past Bonsall, on Camino Del Rey, all the way to Old 395.
After that, it was a bit more headwind and rollers, until we had our final fun descent on Jesmond Dene Road. Our arrival in Escondido was a little later than hoped for (5:57), but the commuter traffic wasn't too bad, and we were elated to have the ride 'in the bag.'