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    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2014
     
    The Schwinn Lawyer:That one photo of the abandoned cars against the wall looks like it could be from a middle eastern battle scene (excepting the trees).


    That was something we came across on the army base. It was totally unexpected that something like that would be so close to the road. I really wanted to explore it, but I also didn't want to accidentally commit some kind of federal crime.
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    Michael,

    Great trip, thanks for sharing. Those coastal mountains have got some heft to them, I admire your effort to get out there. The weather looks as if it was cooler and maybe damp. I did enjoy the sunny roads as you headed south at the end of the tour. Who is that rider in image 118? He looks familiar. A long distance rider wandering the endless roads before him? Hmm....

    Well done!

    OKB
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2014
     
    Old Knotty Buoy:Michael,

    Great trip, thanks for sharing. Those coastal mountains have got some heft to them, I admire your effort to get out there. The weather looks as if it was cooler and maybe damp. I did enjoy the sunny roads as you headed south at the end of the tour. Who is that rider in image 118? He looks familiar. A long distance rider wandering the endless roads before him? Hmm....

    Well done!

    OKB


    Ah yes, he should look familiar!
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2014
     
    Old Knotty Buoy:Michael,

    Great trip, thanks for sharing. Those coastal mountains have got some heft to them, I admire your effort to get out there. The weather looks as if it was cooler and maybe damp. I did enjoy the sunny roads as you headed south at the end of the tour. Who is that rider in image 118? He looks familiar. A long distance rider wandering the endless roads before him? Hmm....

    Well done!

    OKB


    Would you believe a chance encounter on the coast? Small world...
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2015
     
    Anyone have any recommendations for mixed-terrain riding in Santa Barbara county? I've gone along the coast and up/over Refugio to Solvang, but not much else other than that.
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    Im staying at refugio next weekend, Refugio Road is no joke. Dont know and off-road trails Road routes I'm planning to ride Gibraltar/Painted Cave/Old San Marcos Pass, and over to Solvang for Happy Canyon/Figuroa Mountain.
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    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2015
     
    Nice! Thanks! Those look like awesome roads. I did Refugio from the beach last year and went down the other side (ignoring all road closed signs). At the bottom we were stopped by road closure and construction workers telling us to go back where we came from. No way that was happening. We went back a half mile or so, jumped a fence and followed double track and cow trails through a ranch and private property until we hit pavement near Solvang. Apparently the road is open again.
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    Thanks for all the great posts guys! I've been inspired by you and learned so much from the links and advise you all have shared. And it was the "teaser" ride joining you Mr. Futch and gang from Alpine to the Julian area bike packing trip that spurred the bike adventure bug!

    My old college buddy is flying out to SD from London and planning a tour from SD to Boston? where he will have about 3 months to git er done. I plan on joining him, but only have about 7-10 days off work to ride with him in April. We have not started planning anything yet but he wants to roughly start from SD to Las Vegas in April and then start heading toward Albuquerque NM, then head North into Colorado and hop on the TransAmerica Trail at some point to head East. I will probably join him for one of the most "beautiful and fun" legs in the South West area. Any advise?

    All the dry desert looks mighty boring to me but he shared this link about a Vegas to SD route that seemed cool, maybe reversing it would be cooler?

    http://journals.worldnomads.com/thefuegoproject/story/27699/USA/Las-Vegas-to-San-Diego-by-bicycle-the-Desert-Sessions

    Have any of you guys rode in the desert and enjoyed it? I only have 7-10 days to ride with him so I'm trying to pick an awesome leg of it. I know I won't be able to ride too far each day, maybe 50 miles a day w loaded camping gear etc?

    Thanks in advance!
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    mfutch: I did Refugio from the beach last year and went down the other side (ignoring all road closed signs).

    Ive been tempted to try that. I've also heard you can ride Cielo dirt road from top of Refugio along the ridge to San Marcos Pass. I think I will try that once I build myself a CX bike.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2015
     
    I'm a big fan of riding in the desert. That route looks fine - but why not do it all in one ride :D ? Take a look at the ACA Southern Tier. That's the well documented way to head East from here and will have a lot of guidance.
    • CommentAuthormfutch
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2015
     
    Awesome Bobby! Looks like a great route!
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2015
     
    My friend Mark (who runs Inland Empire Biking Alliance) is putting together a 4 day bike tour.

    Aug 10 to 14
    A tour through the Deschutes and Umpqua National Forests with spectacular rivers, lakes and peaks.
    356 miles and 22,800’ climbing
    Included:
    Bike and baggage delivery to Portland and back to SoCal
    Hotel in Bend one night
    10-12 meals plus riding snacks and drinks
    Camping (Hotel or cabin options available at extra cost)
    Transport to and from airport
    Full SAG vehicle
    Transport of your personal baggage each day of tour


    If you don't do facebook and want to communicate with Mark, send me an email and I'll connect you with him sam (@) bikesd.org

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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2015 edited
     
    Around the world by bike.

    Alt. video link
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2015
     
    Sign up for America's Finest Bicycle Tour

    San Diego county is one of the premier destinations in the US, offering beautiful, varied terrain from deserts to mountains to the Pacific Ocean, excellent weather, plentiful produce, and award-winning craft beer. Our ride showcases all the amazing offerings of this wonderful location in one experience-of-a-lifetime ride!

    AFBT is a supported ride of about 130 miles total, with no single day over 45 miles. This ride presents opportunities for novice cyclists to try something new, and for seasoned riders to enjoy amazing scenery and camaraderie throughout the ride. We look forward to riding with you soon!

    Proceeds from AFBT support the work of BikeSD, working to make San Diego the most bicycle friendly city in the world!



    Above photo is from Beth and Liz, currently on an amazing cross country tour.
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2016 edited
     
    Had the chance to go to Patagonia in Cardiff for a movie screening night and ended up buying the Roll With It media book which included a free movie download for $20 bucks. One of the best touring videos I've seen. The cast almost had varied modern cyclo-touring rigs except for one fellow who was scouring craigslist for an affordable tourer. Then the he asks the mail man, "Hey, Do you have a bicycle to sell? To make a long conversation short. He then asks the mail man, "Would you like that vintage Schwinn in your garage or two hundred dollars?"

    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2016
     
    Spotted this on the web and it is too good not to share. The event is being held at Irvine Lake in the OC. There are several great routes from MetroLink, Coaster and AMTRAK stations to this venue. The Serrano Creek trail provides a dirt path through Lake Forest to MTB trails in Whiting Ranch, the Aliso trail provides both paved and dirt trails and there is also a mostly dirt route from San Juan Capistrano (information on this route can be found on this sdbikecommuter site). The AMTRAK/MetroLink stations in both Irvine and San Juan Capistrano and also the MetroLink station in Laguna Niguel provide pretty good access to these routes. AMTRAK requires advance reservation (impossible to get on weekends) for bicycles and allows only 6 bikes per train. No reservation required for Coaster, MetroLink and no specified limit to number of bikes. Another option would be Coaster to Oceanside and then paved ride through Camp Pendleton (preregistration required to enter military base) or for the more vigorous, just roll from home.
    -GTB

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    A friend from Long Beach visited San Diego this past weekend. On this trip he rode his modern Pedersen. He even conquered the inner grade of Torrey Pines State Park. I am amazed.

    • CommentAuthorRohler
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2016
     
    Hi Mark,
    Are those Carradice panniers on your friends Pedersen? If yes, would he offer me an impression?
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2017
     
    I have a 4.5 hour window for a ride this Saturday morning starting from Rancho Bernardo. MTB is out because everything will be muddy from the heavy rain that is expected on Thursday and Friday. Can anybody suggest a nice road route? Maybe 40-50 miles (depending on the hills) would be good. Dirt roads would also be OK if they are well-drained and graded. Showers are still in the forecast for Saturday, but I'm hoping it's not a washout and I'm willing to ride in the rain as long as it's not too heavy. Lightly-trafficked roads preferred, obviously. I'll be on 35mm touring tires probably.

    Thanks!
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2017 edited
     
    Bikepack with Giants (VR)
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