Another record-breaking turnout as we rolled out VV Park with a dozen riders for the Sprint Special II. Welcome to new VVV riders: Colleen and Cindy, who also got to ride the Sprinter for the first time today. Along the way we joined by Jerry and a third new rider for VVV, Ray Mounts. Ray gets Extra Credit for using a cue sheet and chasing us down solo, all the way from VV Park, through Elfin Forest, before catching us in San Elijo Hills.
We topped out briefly with 14 riders, before folks had to start taking bail-out options to get back home. Everyone had the pleasure of Harmony Grove/Elfin Forest, but for those who went on for the full Sprinter Special experience, we had plenty of coastal hills, ocean views, and of course the train ride from Oceanside to Escondido.
We had to make due with a quick visit to the coffee and food carts at the train platform in Oceanside today. I thought the hot dog and coke there was pretty good. Luck was with us on the train and we were able to commandeer the entire bike area for the whole ride back - if a single disabled person had gotten aboard we would have had to remove four bikes!
The coda to the ride was the trip back from the Escondido Transit center to VV Park, just over 10 miles but when your legs have decided they were done for the day it can be tough.
Next week, longer and hillier (allow extra time)...
Birria or Bust! Date: Tuesday November 20, 2012 Time: 8:30am Leaving Poway north to Escondido and then taking Old 395 to Pala Mesa. Turnaround at Pala Taco Shop - birria consumption is optional!