Bonus Time in California

Eleven rides and close to 400 miles during a week when everyone in Orange County, CA couldn’t stop talking about, and apologizing for the rain. I’d say that’s a great getaway, and a terrific week of training!

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We are six weeks away from the start of our epic ride across the country and the excitement is mounting.  

at our favorite rest stop along the San Diego Creek Trail
at our favorite rest stop along the San Diego Creek Trail


Our second weekend on the left coast features a tandem club ride organized by the So. California Tandems.  Special guests Mel and Barbara Kornbluth (of Tandems East fame) are in town and that calls for a celebration.  

This is the view from the ride start park... life is good!
This is the view from the ride start park… life is good!
An impressive turnout for the ride!
An impressive turnout for the ride!  Alfie the dog did not come along.

15 tandems enjoy a brilliantly sunny day and a coastal ride from Solana Beach to Oceanside and back.  Thanks to Jonathan Gerber for making this ride happen.

riding on the Pacific Coast Highway
riding on the Pacific Coast Highway
we did get spoiled with these spectacular views
we did get spoiled with these spectacular views
rest stop at the Nautical Bean in Oceanside
rest stop at the Nautical Bean in Oceanside
the marina in Oceanside on a gorgeous day
the marina in Oceanside on a gorgeous day


The following day we brave a cool morning to ride once again with Brit and Kevin.  It’s a treat to get a few more rides in with them.  

the metrolink passes us along the Walnut trail in Irvine
the metrolink passes us along the Walnut trail in Irvine

It’ll probably be well over a year before we see them again because they are going to set sail for the South Pacific right around the time we dip our front wheel in the Atlantic Ocean (late April).  

rest stop in Shady Canyon
rest stop in Shady Canyon

We wish them bon voyage, and a safe journey.
Our final ride, before storing the bike with Nancy and Michael, is a remote start from Dana Point.   

this road used to be a runway near Camp Pendleton
this road used to be a runway near Camp Pendleton
pretty sky on our final ride of the visit
pretty sky on our final ride of the visit

The bike rack has opened up so many more options for us and we are taking advantage of exploring different routes. We have mostly protected riding on our way to Camp Pendleton.

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2 thoughts on “Bonus Time in California

  1. Great pictures! Especially good pic of Roger and Kevin in our group shot. Thanks for including us in your training. The rides with you have been my most favorite. 😊

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