Excellent riding today as the Birria or Bust riders made it all the way up Old 395 to the Pala Taco Shop. Our starting crew out of Valle Verde Park consisted of Liz, Matt, and me, and we were joined at Deer Springs Road by Mary Ann. Obviously Mary Ann wanted a hill workout, as she got to do three major climbs, totaling over 2,300', in just about 20 miles.
Yeah, this route had lots of rollers, but we managed them well and made it back to RB just after noon. And we didn't have an electric bike to take us over the hills like one guy we saw. Today we garnered applause from folks along the road, and one guy at the top of a hill wanted to know who won the Tour de France. Much nicer than getting run off the road by a truck! And the weather was just perfect with a pleasant breeze to keep things cool.
Next week, its again time for group choice...
Anything Can Happen Day
Date: Tuesday August 2, 2011
Good riding today as we went from early morning cool clouds to late morning warm sunshine. Jerry and I pedaled to the transit center through a misty dawn and arrived in plenty of time. We were seated and ready to roll, the doors were closing, when Shawna dashed onboard, making it three for the train ride. The Sprinter goes fast enough but it makes many stops... it took us about 50 minutes to arrive in Oceanside. Matt was waiting for us on the Sprinter platform. He went for the big miles, pedaling from Escondido in 1:15, so the Sprinter wasn't all that much faster than cycling. But it was easier!
The section along the San Luis Rey River path went by smoothly and we were soon rolling along North River Road. To avoid having to climb Sleeping Indian or travel on Hwy 76, we made our way up and over the hill at Holly Lane, crossed the Old 395 bridge, and then follow Old River Road north to Bonsall. On the way out of Bonsall, along Camino Del Rey, we met up with Liz and Mary Ann, who had skipped the train ride in favor of a late start (and more hills). Their punishment was to turn around and ride back over the same hills with the rest of the crew. By now it was beginning to warm up and we made a stop to buy cold drinks and popsicles at the All Seasons Camp Ground market. They have a good selection of Cold Stuff there and the store had the AC going... it was hard to leave that behind. But we did have some really nice breezes to cool us on the road.
As promised to the time-crunched riders, we were back at the Escondido Transit Center by 11:30am. The plan worked out pretty well and we'll likely have a hot-weather variation on the route next month, something like: cycle out to the shore, ride along the
coast highway to Oceanside, then take the Sprinter back to Escondido.
Next week, prepare for distance and possibly a bit of heat...
Birria or Bust!
Date: Tuesday July 26, 2011
Leaving Poway north to Escondido and then taking Old 395 to Pala Mesa. Turn around at Pala Taco Shop after sampling some birria!
A short ride report today, to match the fast riding of our tight-knit group: Matt, Rick,and me. As expected the weather was perfect, some early cloud cover and a bit of sunshine towards the end, so that helped us maintain a healthy pace over the numerous rollers on the route. How fast were we? Oh, about 3:10 of ride time to cover about 48 miles. The RideWithGPS map says almost 3300' of elevation. I don't know... seems like we did OK.
Maybe Rick can send a link to his GPS data after he uploads it??
I liked the combo of Del Dios and Elfin Forest. It was fun shooting down Lake Drive and the DD Hwy and taking Elfin Forest west-to-east was a winner too. No coffee stop today... I guess we finished too quickly to need one!
Next week's route...
Date: Tuesday July 19, 2011
Start: Escondido Transit Center
We'll begin with a ride on the Sprinter from Escondido to Oceanside. Get to the Escondido Transit Center early to buy your ticket. The train leaves at 7:33AM! From the Oceanside station, we'll take San Luis Rey bike path inland, pass through Bonsall, and follow Old 395 south back to Escondido.
It was group choice for today's route and it turned out pretty well, despite my suggestion of a loop out over Mount Woodson and back on Highland Valley Road. Saner heads prevailed and thanks to Lizzie we were soon clipping in with Rancho Santa Fe as the destination. Our peloton leaving Valle Verde Park consisted of Liz, Mary Ann, Jerry and me, and we met up with Shawna on the western edge of Rancho Bernardo.
The RSF route request had two parts: travel outbound on Artesian/Zumaque road, and find some new by-ways within the Rancho. So... that's exactly what we did! The dip down Artesian was fast and fun, but we paid the price for it by having to climb Zumaque. Yikes! I think some sections had to be well over 15%. The next part through RSF was much easier. Lots of nice landscaping, few cars, a loop around Lago Lindo, another zippy downhill (on Via Fortuna), and a long ascent back up San Elijo Road. Shady trees, hills, and new roads for most of the crew. Everyone seemed to like this route, enough so that I've mapped it, as the Rancho Santa Fe Ramble, and we'll revisit it in future.
After all that, it was Break Time and Cafe Positano was right there for us. More thanks to Liz who sprang for the refreshments. Having savored that bit of relaxation, we had no trouble with avoiding the mountain-climb up Artesian by taking San Dieguito Road home. Not that we could totally escape the hills, or the heat that was starting to kick in. Just to be safe, we made a final stop at the 7-11 on Bernardo Center Drive for some hydration, and energy to power the last few miles.
Speaking of the heat... starting immediately, both the Tuesday and Thursday rides will start 1/2 hour earlier to provide a little more time in the cooler morning air. That means the Tuesday Ride will be at 7:30AM and the Thursday Time Trial will be at 8:30AM.
Next week's route...
Del Dios & Elfin Forest
Date: Tuesday July 12, 2011
Scenic riding with plenty of hills!