Just a brief report from Mary Ann for today's riding of the Del Mar Breeze route: "Another great day for a ride. We left VVP with a contingent of 4 riders, Mary Ann, Bob, Dave and "the new guy", Fred. Cloud cover kept us cool all the way to the coast. We didn't see the sun until we met the top of the climb on San Dieguito Rd. @ Camino del Sur on the way home. There were a few spots of construction, but no flats and no other unfortunate encounters."
Welcome aboard Fred, hope to see you on future rides. And succinct as that report was, I gather from the pictures that there must have also been a cafe stop at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in 4S Ranch. Yea!
I had to ride solo today, and much later in the day than the VVVeloists: my route included the climb up Old 395, from Welk Resort to Deer Springs Road, which I got to do without a single car buzzing past. CHP had blocked the road because Cal Fire was knocking down a small brush fire, but they allowed me to ride past their barricade. Who cares if a cyclist gets fried,eh? ...no really, it was totally safe: check the pic - just smoke and ash by the time I rolled by.
Next week, get ready for the 5th ride of July... Del Dios Loop Date: Tuesday July 31, 2012 Time: 8:30am Out to Fairbanks Ranch, back on the Del Dios, with a coffee stop in Escondido.
Excellent turnout for today's ride: Mary Ann, Matthew, Bob, Jerry, Les, and me. We had the best of weather for this one: sunshine, mild temps, breezes - just perfect!
Lots of folks have been dealing with injuries and time off the bike lately, so today was a chance to ease back into ride mode. Accordingly, Matt and Mary Ann had to forgo the 2.5 mile climb up to Valley Center, but the rest of us pressed on. Happily the entire way up the hill was tailwind-aided.
After a brief hilltop recovery, it was time to zip along down Lilac Road. I tried to lure the group into trying Sierra Rojo Road (walk-your-bike-steep-unless-you-have-a-34tooth-cog) but no one was falling for it.
The Old Castle climb was made a bit more interesting by the impromptu contest that Jerry and I had chasing down a struggling rider who had a quarter mile head start on us - yeah, we caught him at the top. The subsequent drop down to Old 395 was fast enough, in the 38-40mph range, to make it exciting. And fortunately Jerry flatted at the bottom of the hill and not on the way down!
The way back had us climbing more hills, the longest was south of Lawrence Welk Resort, another 2+ mile incline, but with a headwind this time. And of course we took the pleasant descent through Jesmond Dene. Peterson's served as the coffee break location for us once we got back into town.
Next week, we go coastal: Del Mar Breeze Date: Tuesday July 24, 2012 Time: 8:30am An easy ride to the ocean for some cool breezes!
Three riders for today's hot and hilly ride to Ramona on the Highland Valley Loop: Liz, Bob, and me. Early conditions were pleasant enough and we added a twist to the Tierra Bonita climb - more hill - by turning up Donart Drive, which allowed us to get a nice boost to the downhill by including Ipava Drive.
Encouraged by that addition, we decided to tack on Garden Road and the steep Sycamore Canyon Road hill. We were slowed down a bit at the top of the hill to make a flat tire repair and started feeling the heat when we resumed climbing up Scripps Poway Parkway.
Bottles were nearly empty by the time we crested Mount Woodson, so we interrupted our descent with a stop at Daniel's Market. That place has the best AC and a great selection of drinks for the dehydrated cyclist.
The Highland Valley Road section was great, as always, even though it was warm and there were headwinds while riding through the grasslands. But that couldn't take anything away from the twisty road and fast descents.
Nevertheless, let's hope for cooler weather on next week's ride... Lilac-n-Back Date: Tuesday July 17, 2012 Time: 8:30am Out to Valley Center and Lilac, Old Castle to Old 395, returning through Jesmond Dene and Escondido.
We totaled three riders today: Beth, Bob, and me. It seemed like we'd be six riders at the start when we met cyclists from BSA Troop 680 at the park. I even knew one of the riders, but it turned out that they were there for a different training ride. We took the opportunity for an interesting discussion of the latest trends in lightweight backpacking before pedaling out!
Our route was a nice combination of hills and flats that generally traveled around Escondido. We started out over Lake Hodges and went along the eastern Escondido hills on Summit Drive. After zipping along El Norte Parkway, it was time to take in some northern scenery with hills on Ash Street and Jesmond Dene Road. Following that we made a quick drop down to San Marcos on Deer Springs Road, which set us up for the big hill at Twin Oaks Valley Road. The descent on the other side was thrilling as always.
The ride out of San Elijo Hills on Elfin Forest Road included a dirt trail section to get around some road work (it just wouldn't have been ACHD without something unanticipated.) After getting through the Elfin Forestoak canopy section, we finished up with some new road (Country Club Lane) to connect back to Harmony Grove Road.
Next week we'll try to do the... Highland Valley Loop Date: Tuesday July 10, 2012 Time: 8:30am Scenic riding on Highland Valley Road, with plenty of hills.