Blue skies, with a few wispy clouds to add some interest, mild breezes, and perfect temps for the crew on today's ride: Jerry, Liz, Mary Ann and son Tom, and me. After a few minutes delay, to hash out the route and check the shifting on Jerry's derailleur, we were on our way out through Valle Verde Estates. On the first few hills, in the Oaks North section of RB, we spotted an escaped cockatiel, which had to be a good omen for an 'Anything Can Happen Day' ride. Going north through Escondido, we decided to follow Bear Valley Parkway rather than the usual Citrus Ave. route to move along towards El Norte Parkway. We followed ENP to Ash Street, which gave us some more new road and additional 'hillage', plus the experience of city on the south hillside and country on the north side.
From there it was over to Jesmond Dene for a nice climb up through the oaks. It's hard to say no to a spin through JD: quiet, shaded road with an oak canopy... and a railroad caboose! In order to hit a few more first-time roads, we crossed over I-15 at Deer Springs and went south on the rarely traveled Mesa Rock Road - less traffic and better views than the Centre City Parkway route, but usually skipped because it is longer and... yes, hillier. We detoured again to Nutmeg Street and again got to do a new road and hill. This one was a bit tougher, with at least 10% slope, but mercifully short. The top provided us a view of the somewhat exotic architecture of a local Serbian Orthodox church, and like the hill on Ash Street, Nutmeg's hill was a little but country and a little bit city: the south side brought us to Mission Road (OK, that's a lot city.)
We zigged through town and made a stop at the Belen Bakery for some excellent sandwiches. While there we discussed some potential rides in July. Look for a ride north on Old 395 which will feature a stop at Pala Mesa for some birria, and one that will use the Sprinter to transport us to Oceanside where we'll travel north to San Clemente.
Our last stop (unplanned of course, after all it is the ACHD ride) occurred at the bus stop at the North County Fair. Hey, there were balloons and I smelled cake! Turned out to be a publicity event for a new route (the 350?) KPBS radio reporter Tom Fudge was there interviewing dignitaries, while we snagged: cake, cold water bottles, and a goodie bag which included a free Sprinter Day Pass. Save'em for that July Sprinter Rider folks!
Next week's ride is the ever-popular...
Highland Valley Loop
Date: Tuesday June 14, 2011
Nice roads, hills, grassland, hills, oak trees... hills!
And of course, the Thursday time trial beckons you: http://www.vvvelo.com/bcitt.html