Had the hard-core group, undeterred by the we-wanna-rain-on-you clouds, out for today's ride to Del Dios & Elfin Forest. And since those clouds didn't actually douse us, it turned out to be excellent cycling weather for Ed, Mary Ann, Robert, and me. As a photographic bonus, the clouds provided some drama to the ride pix.
There wasn't much drama on the road though. No flats or mechanicals. No long-distance breakaways. Not even wild motorists or police cars on the bike paths. Ho-Hum, just another day in cycling paradise. At least we were able to fit in a stop at Belen Bakery for scones!
Next week, we'll do a little more riding in the Del Dios area...
The route hits Montezuma Grade after just 1.5 warm-up miles and climbing time will depend upon your fitness level, but two hours would be about right for most riders. At the top we'll make a stop at the Ranchita Country Store, and then roll down to the turn-off for Hwy S2. There's a one mile climb on S2 before we start dropping down (about 10 miles) to Scissors Crossing. The next leg rolls down through the narrows of Sentenac Canyon and then onwards to Yaqui Pass Road, where we'll make a stop at the Tamarisk Grove campground. The final segment will go up and over Yaqui Pass (about 2 miles) and then drop (about 5 miles) to the edge of Borrego Springs, before ending with fairly flat run back to Christmas Circle.
Plan for a post-ride Mexican restaurant stop.
Drive time from the Rancho Bernardo area to Borrego Springs is about 1.5 hours... I'm thinking we'll probably be back to RB/Poway around 5:00pm