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San Diego Burns Ride Report...(23 posts)

San Diego Burns Ride Report...Bruno S
Oct 26, 2003 1:28 PM
Today I was supposed to do some hill repeats at Mount Soledad in La Jolla but waked up to a incredible thick layer of smoke and falling ashes. Some of the best riding areas in the county are burning with no end in sight. I went up Mount Soledad once so I could see East where the fires are burning. It was difficult to ride because the ashes get into the eyes even with sunglasses. The sun looks pale and orange. The pictures below were taken at about 11:00 am, the forecast for the day was sunny and without haze or fog so what you are looking at is smoke.
Mission Bay and Pacific Beach...Bruno S
Oct 26, 2003 1:29 PM
Downtown San Diego...Bruno S
Oct 26, 2003 1:31 PM
La Jolla Shores....Bruno S
Oct 26, 2003 1:32 PM
Highway 52 at I-5....Bruno S
Oct 26, 2003 1:33 PM
No wonder they moved the SD football game out of town... nmAsiago
Oct 27, 2003 7:26 AM
Would have been better in LA than AZ nmpitt83
Oct 27, 2003 7:41 AM
Reminds me of the Laguna Beach Fire of 1991.....abicirider
Oct 26, 2003 1:44 PM
Thats when I was living in Costa Mesa woke up that morning just a little cloud of smoke then the next think you know total disater.Amazing some of our friends at that time in emerald Bay hose were totaled while the next door neighbors house was untouched. those old Santa Ana's just cause havic this time of year.
Counting the weeks (5) till I move back home to orange county I can hardly wait.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!
Ray Still
I remember thinking the brush was kinda thick ...Humma Hah
Oct 26, 2003 2:17 PM
... There were several fires in SD when I was there, but I don't remember any with such wide-spread effects. I think I missed experiencing any really bad Santa Annas. I do recall watching one canyon fire, eucalyptus trees exploding like drums of gasoline, and that Los Penesquitos Canyon Reserve was so thick with brush that I figured they were setting up for a major conflagration.

I think I've been to every place you describe. Sad to see that
Much of southern Californiamickey-mac
Oct 26, 2003 5:55 PM
I looked like a coal miner after a hard day underground when I finished my ride into the south end of Ventura County yesterday. Depending on wind direction, we get ash from Rancho Cucamonga or Simi Valley. However, I can't complain. We're not stuck in the middle of it. I saw some really sad footage of a burned-out car in which two kids died.
Health IssueXeo
Oct 26, 2003 9:27 PM
Wow guys,

I live near LAX and would be hard pressed to decide to ride with the air full of particulate matter. Woke up a few days ago with ash on the car and knew this weekend wouldn't be good for riding. Definitely don't ride in San Diego as bad as it seems or near any fires for that matter, simi valley, Irvine, OC etc.; I'm no doctor (hopefully soon) but I'd lay off the bike until the air clears. Go to the gym and spin a little or use the trainer if you have a jones for a ride.

Just my .02 cents.

Health Issuefracisco
Oct 27, 2003 10:24 AM
We did an easy ride Saturday morning in the fog (also live near LAX). There was no way we were going to ride, walk, or run outside, Sunday. I saw a couple of people I knew coming back from a ride as I was driving to an errand. Crazy people.

Even this morning I held back, and hope that that the air will be cleaner by Tuesday. It's not worth it to me.
I was out yesterday.MShaw
Oct 27, 2003 10:42 AM
Was planning on doing my "Tour de North Co." Started out towards the East, looked at the nasy brown cloud and decided to stay nearer to the coast.

Turned South from Palomar Airport Rd. towards Encinitas/Olivenhain. No problems here.

The closer I got to Rancho Santa Fe, the "browner" everything got... Hmmm, maybe I won't do the SDBC loop backwards... OK, change in plans #3. I'll just go back to the coast on Manchester. Good thing I decided to get back over to the ocean, 'cause the air over Solana Beach/RSF was definitely browner than the air I was riding in...

Over to the coast and back north to Oceanside.

Seems like the only spot in the county that wasn't brown with smoke was the section from Encinitas to Carlsbad/Oceanside! Good thing I live in that pocket!

I'm looking out my window at the bright sunshine, clear air, and warm temps and wonder. How can it be that I live in a spot completely unaffected by the fires raging just a few miles away? Seems unreal that there's that much destruction raging just over the next few hills...

In one sense, it really sucks that San Diego's burning, but in another, we need it to burn so we don't have this problem again for a while. I've been here almost 7 years and this is the first time I've seen fires this big since I've been here. Kinda like the Yellowstone fire: the brush needs to burn every once in a while.

Hope none of y'all have to deal with this any time soon!

And you guys need to kill every eucalyptus tree ...Humma Hah
Oct 27, 2003 10:52 AM
... in the county. You seen one of those things cook off yet? Big mushroom cloud of flames like a 55-gallon drum of gasoline exploding. They don't belong on this continent, and they're helping fuel the wildfires.

There was a fire there a few years ago you should have experienced, up I-8 to the east a ways, Julian and thereabouts, that browned out the sky and dropped a lot of ash, but no where near as bad as this.
Australia has problems with them, toofracisco
Oct 27, 2003 11:10 AM
Those big brush fires outside of/near Sydney are helped along with dry strands of Eucalyptus, as was the big Oakland, CA, fire of the early 90's. They just go KABOOM.
I was out yesterday (Sunday), tooPasopzene
Oct 27, 2003 11:48 AM
We left at about 9am from Carmel Valley (near Del Mar Hts. rd and El Camino Real) to do loops thru Rancho Santa Fe, and then continue on with the SDBC loop. You could see the brown swaths of smoke south of us at that time, but the air was not smokey-stinky like today (Monday). By the time we got to Java Depot, the eastern sky was getting very dark.
The air was mostly clean to breath thru the night, but it's a camp-fire smokey smell today.
Thanks to everyone for posting your bike-related thoughts on this message board. It has been very helpful.
Man, Scripps Ranch really got cooked!Humma Hah
Oct 27, 2003 9:37 AM
I lived just on the other side of I-15, across from Scripps Ranch, which lost about 150 very expensive homes yesterday! That FAA Tracon that was evacuated was about 1 mile south of my apartment?

My wife used to say she wanted me to buy one of those homes overlooking Lake Miramar. Are they still standing?

The Tour de Poway (Poway to Ramona), and the Scripps Ranch Old Pros Ride, the two cycling events I did in the county, pretty much describe the area burned by the Cedar Fire.

I'm SO glad to be back in Virginia, and that its raining today.
Man, Scripps Ranch really got cooked!Printemp
Oct 27, 2003 2:42 PM
Been there, Done that....... (yesterday) in Scripps Rance
Man, Scripps Ranch really got cooked!Printemp
Oct 27, 2003 2:51 PM
Man, Scripps Ranch really got cooked!Printemp
Oct 27, 2003 2:54 PM
Right across the street from me...........
Wow!Humma Hah
Oct 25, 2003 2:08 PM
I used to live in Mira Woods Villa, the little white apartment building with bright blue awnings, right beside I-15. I wonder how they fared? And those expensive homes around Lake Miramar? And my old company on Black Mountain Road near Miramar Rd?

All this destruction in my old cycling grounds is sobering.
Man, Scripps Ranch really got cooked!Printemp
Oct 27, 2003 3:23 PM
Right across the street from me...........
Oceanside updatermlsd
Oct 28, 2003 1:40 PM
Came up to Oceanside from Point Loma yesterday hoping for clean air to ride. It was ok yesterday (last night was great) but it sucks today. Smokey. Looks like fog. Eyes/throat burn. Probably bad everywhere, but FYI Oceanside no good either.

Kinda interesting: I check my HR every morn and today it was up almost 10bpm despite being fully recovered. Fingured must be the smoke. Anyone else noticing this effect?