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SoCal San Diegoriderbob
Dec 23, 2002 7:37 AM
Does anyone have a few websites or general info on specific rides or routes in the San Diego area. Looking to ride 50 miles/day min. I will be there for 5 days over New Years. Thanks for any replies!

Start out with a ride up the Pacific Coast Highway.Humma Hah
Dec 23, 2002 2:22 PM
Its easy to find. Any further west and your wheels get wet. Hard to get lost, too. La Jolla to Carlsbad and back would be in the 50-mile range, and takes you thru Torrey Pines State Park.

That route happens to be home to an awful lot of bike shops, especially in La Jolla.

Be looking for a turquoise-colored folding map produced by SanDAG. There may be copies of it available at some LBS's, or various tourist-information kiosks, and it is generally available at the Santa Fe train depot in downtown San Diego, near the Embarkadero (waterfront dock area). That map shows some nice roadbike rides, including PCH and many great inland routes.

Riding along Sunrise Highway along the top of the Laguna Mountains is a treat. You can get in about 40 hilly miles at 6000 ft, and a challenging climb up to it if you start from Pine Valley. You might even see snow this time of year.
re: SoCal San Diegomaxwicks
Jan 1, 2003 8:08 AM
i need a route from the santa monica pier to san diego- i also need someone to tell me how to post an original message- i only know where the reply button is- thanks
Use "Post Topic" at the top of the page ...Humma Hah
Jan 2, 2003 2:38 PM
... to post a new message.

There's a century that runs that general direction, the "Amtrack", sponsored by the Orange Co. Wheelmen, every September. Runs from Irvine to downtown San Diego. It basically follows the Pacific Coast Highway.

At Camp Pendleton, the PCH is interrupted, and only I-5 goes thru for civilian traffic. You can get about halfway thru the base using the state park road parallel to I-5. After that, you must use the base roads. That's the tricky part. Used to be there was not much trouble getting onto the base, but you were subject to search and had to stay on the right route. Nowadays, I'm sure things are tighter.

An alternative is to hop an Amtrack or a Coaster commuter train. A limited number of Coasters go thru the base, and they all have bike racks. About half of the Amtrack passenger trains, those with "California Cars", have bike racks.