The early morning gloom must have kept some folks away because it was a thin field for today's ride: just Mary Ann and me. But we made the best of the Anything Can Happen Day format and decided to explore the western reaches of the San Pasqual Valley (which had the added attraction of being flat terrain.) The vineyards and ag fields were very green and made for pleasant ride scenery.
By the time we got to Old Milky Way the sun was breaking through and the lingering chill was soon chased away. Out at the end of OMW we found that Ysabel Creek was still flowing over the road south to Bandy Canyon and decided to head into Escondido on 78. But before doing that we had to check out the monument to Stephen Kearny, Kit Carson, and the other soldiers who fought there in 1846. I've passed that spot many times without noticing the monument and it was an interesting little history lesson.
The trip into Escondido was a lot hillier and warmer than the first part of the ride, but it leveled out once we got to the bike path heading into the center of town. A quick stop at Belen Bakery gave us a chance to sample some fine baked goods and get a little extra to bring home. Perfect: combining exercise with grocery shopping!
Next week's ride is the ever-popular...
Jesmond Dene Jaunt
Date: Tuesday April 12, 2011
Descend through the oaks and then enjoy a coffee break in Escondido.