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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2009 edited
     
    use this thread to ask about the best routes around town.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009
     
    i can share my daily route. I ride from South Park to Kearny Mesa everyday, there are only a few options to get there. My suggestion after riding a few different ones is.

    Take University to Hillcrest, if you head over to the UCSD Medical Center, you will find Bachman Place. Its a huge hills, so if you ride brakeless, be sure you are up for it. Head down Bachman and ride through Fashion Valley.

    When you get onto Friars, head east and hang a left onto Ulric St. This hill is a monster going up, but once you get to the top, you are at Linda Vista Rd, take that right and follow it right into Kearny Mesa.

    Use the same route home, using caution on Ulric this time as you will be flying down it.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009
     
    Im a big fan of Linda Vista RD. for some reason it's just a fun climb. it's also cool once you're at the top to cruise around the college campus.
    • CommentAuthorcoma13
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009
     
    My current daily route:

    Point Loma to Pacific Beach

    Funnel your way down from whatever area of PL (or further south/east San Diego locations) to find yourself on Sports Arena Blvd, or Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Your immediate target is the Sunset Cliffs SD River bridge, most specifically the two way bike path on the west side of the bridge. If you are on Sports Arena, jump on the bike path that runs parallel to the river and take it west to the Sunset Cliffs bridge.

    Once over the bridge, continue straight down the path onto Quivira road, which runs more or less parallel to Mission Bay Drive for a bit. Hop onto Mission Bay Drive at your first convenience and continue towards Mission Beach.

    Once you arrive in Mission Beach, turn right onto Mission Blvd, and continue north to whatever your PB/La Jolla destination may be.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2009
     
    thats a fun route, i rode something similar to that last week. though we made a stop in OB on the way.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009
     
    I ride from Rancho San Diego to Coronado. This gives me the options of Univ/El Cajon into La Mesa then over to Casa De Oro area, or Market/Imperial. The ferry is free in the morning/afternoon for commuters, and it's a nice break after the ride in. Besides, some times the tourist are hot.

    I used to take Jamacha BLVD for the final stretch, but 3 years ago, they dumped cement barriers in the bike lane. LAME.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2009
     
    Some pretty good sized commutes guys! Kudos!
    I've been really slacking on riding and my commute is a breeze.
    Most days its Adams Ave to South Park via side streets that run parallel to 30th.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
     
    anyone here take the trolleys with their bikes? or busses? is it easy?
    • CommentAuthorcoma13
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
     
    I ride public transit with my bike with frequency. Trolley's are easy, as long as you hold on tight enough since you have to stand with your bike in the back of the sometimes very rock 'n rolly cars.

    The most annoying thing is waiting for a bus when you are attempting to get somewhere in a set amount of time only to have the whopping TWO bike slots are occupied. Then you're SOL until the next one comes.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
     
    i've heard that sometimes when your on the bus that pedestrians have been known to walk up and steal the bike. anyone else heard that?
    • CommentAuthorcoma13
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009 edited
     
    I worry about this constantly. I always try to sit somewhere that I can see my bike from the inside of the bus. It would be extremely easy to do if someone was so inclined.
    • CommentAuthoruno-speedo
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
     
    Up and down PCH from La Jolla to Solana Beach everyday, well I did do (quit my job). Pretty safe for the most part, 100% bike lanes and loads of cyclists to share friendly nods with.

    A cloudy morning.



    Bike to work day last year. I pissed my pants in laughter as all these drivers faced long delays heading north. I cruised on by. Note the long line of cars!



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      CommentAuthorMhotai
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    who knows the best way between Clairmont and North park?
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    [quote][cite] Velo Cult:[/cite]anyone here take the trolleys with their bikes? or busses? is it easy?[/quote]

    I can take the trolley: the company I work for gives me money to take public transit.

    Plus: a good bail out, faster on some sections (getting to east county perhaps).

    negative: you gotta stand with the bike, slower on some sections (I can beat the trolley from 33/commercial to american plaza with out to much effort).

    With a monthly pass, and a bike, you can get around pretty well with out much drama.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    [quote][cite] Mhotai:[/cite]who knows the best way between Clairmont and North park?[/quote]

    Check out danarels' commute (he works over by Aladdin Cafe and lives a couple blocks from Velo)
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    I live/work in Linda Vista, but head to University Heights/North Park/Normal Heights all the time for errands and taking work to cafes. I usually head up Bachman, up University, over Washington St. on the bridge, then through University Heights to 30th, etc. (Mhotai - you can do this too if you head down to Morena, over to Friars and behind Fashion Valley - or just head up Washington since they *finally* resurfaced the bike lane).

    I don't drive much at all, and enjoy riding everywhere around town for transportation. I take a folder on the Trolley sometimes. When I have more time, I like riding 1) the Cliffs, up through Pt. Loma College, out to the lighthouse, and back via Harbor/downtown/Balboa Park; 2) up the coast to Encinitas or Carlsbad and back. I can post routes if anyone new to town doesn't understand this.

    Building a mountain bike right now - I'll probably be riding more of East County when that's done. Haven't doe that since college.
    • CommentAuthorDavbu4
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    Looking for the best route linda vista to miramar
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    i would say Kearney Villa Rd. it's a strait shot all the way and fast as heck. not many intersections at all to deal with. not many cars either. it follows near the 15 freeway and goes to Miramar road from Linda Vista.
    • CommentAuthorDavbu4
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    Thanks
    • CommentAuthorSDAlien
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2009
     
    My gf lives on Home Ave right off Fairmount and the 805. I usually just bomb Fairmount from University to get to her house. But what is the best route to get downtown or even south park from Home Ave? I could just mash up Fairmount all the way to Market or Imperial, but I feel thats taking me out the way. BTW Fiarmont changes into 47th street and it drops you off by Linclon High school on Imperial..
    • CommentAuthorSDAlien
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2009
     
    [quote][cite] Protorio:[/cite]I live/work in Linda Vista, but head to University Heights/North Park/Normal Heights all the time for errands and taking work to cafes. I usually head up Bachman, up University, over Washington St. on the bridge, then through University Heights to 30th, etc. (Mhotai - you can do this too if you head down to Morena, over to Friars and behind Fashion Valley - or just head up Washington since they *finally* resurfaced the bike lane).

    I don't drive much at all, and enjoy riding everywhere around town for transportation. I take a folder on the Trolley sometimes. When I have more time, I like riding 1) the Cliffs, up through Pt. Loma College, out to the lighthouse, and back via Harbor/downtown/Balboa Park; 2) up the coast to Encinitas or Carlsbad and back. I can post routes if anyone new to town doesn't understand this.

    Building a mountain bike right now - I'll probably be riding more of East County when that's done. Haven't doe that since college.[/quote]

    I take that route thru Linda Vista when I ride to work. To get to Kearny Mesa, I bomb Bachman and up Ulric St which spits me out on Linda Vista Rd.. Ride that all the way till it turns into Convoy, then right on Balboa. All in all its about 11 miles one way. My favorite part is bombing Ulric st on the way back..
    • CommentAuthorsmashtown
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2009
     
    Does anyone know a good route returning from Point Loma (Sporta Arena area) back to South Park? I have to commute there for work, and getting there is easy because India/San Diego Blvd, but they are one way North bound and I'm not too sure about taking that section of PCH coming back South... I've been taking the Trolley and that gets kinda frustrating. Any suggestions? I'm not quite sure about Harbor Drive either, I would be coming from Midway and Sports Arena, where they intersect...

    Any suggestions would be totally appreciated!
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2009
     
    [quote][cite] smashtown:[/cite]Does anyone know a good route returning from Point Loma (Sporta Arena area) back to South Park? I have to commute there for work, and getting there is easy because India/San Diego Blvd, but they are one way North bound and I'm not too sure about taking that section of PCH coming back South... I've been taking the Trolley and that gets kinda frustrating. Any suggestions? I'm not quite sure about Harbor Drive either, I would be coming from Midway and Sports Arena, where they intersect...

    Any suggestions would be totally appreciated![/quote]

    if im down that way, i usually ride up Presidio, then through hillcrest into NP/SP.

    or, you can fly down harbor and take broadway back. broadway has a steep hill near the beginning when leaving downtown, but is not to bad. if you dont like harbor, just ride until you can jump on a side st like india.
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2009
     
    How about the best way from Mission Hills to South Park? there's say many options and many of them are dangerous or not fun. Is there a fun and save way?
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2009
     
    I'd say your best bet from Mission Hills to South Park is University to 30th. If you don't like that, you can go South to Upas once you East of Florida. Upas is much less busy than University, and will take you East. But you pretty much have to take 30th/Fern to get to South Park.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2009
     
    I've ridden University for YEARS and never had a problem. Nor El Cajon. Nor Market. Nor Imperial. They aren't so bad as people might think.
    • CommentAuthorbfinch
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2009
     
    I'll try to make this short. I just started commuting from Clairemont Mesa to SDSU. My current route is roughly Balboa-Kearney Villa-Aero-Murphy Canyon bike trail-Camino Del Rio-Mission Gorge-Montezuma. I think the climb up Montezuma is unavoidable (although the trolley stop at 24-hour fitness is awfully tempting), but is there a better route for my return commute? After coming down Montezuma, I was thinking of the stadium to Mission Village-Ruffin, or stadium to Mission Village-Gramercy-Sandrock.....all to end up going west on Aero. I realize the climb is ultimately to the same elevation, but anything that has more flats in between climbs and/or less/slower traffic is good for me. Any experience/opinions with this route? Thanks, folks.
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    Hey bfinch, I think that's a tough area to get through what with all the freeway on-ramps and everything. That's pretty much the area I go through since I need to get to clairemont from my house near 40th/Imperial. I take Imperial east to Fairmount and then go down fairmount all the way to Rancho Mission Road. I have yet to take the Murphy Canyon bike path (I just go up that road that goes into Qualcomm) and then shimmy up to Aero. It's definitely a bit heavier on the hills than I'd like it to be also.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2009
     
    smashtown:Does anyone know a good route returning from Point Loma (Sporta Arena area) back to South Park? I have to commute there for work, and getting there is easy because India/San Diego Blvd, but they are one way North bound and I'm not too sure about taking that section of PCH coming back South... I've been taking the Trolley and that gets kinda frustrating. Any suggestions? I'm not quite sure about Harbor Drive either, I would be coming from Midway and Sports Arena, where they intersect...
    Not many choices coming south there. I'd probably take Midway to Barnett to PCH. It's a little narrow around the bend onto PCH and for about a 150 yards or so until you get past the entrance/exit of the recruitment depot. After that, you've got bike lanes and wide lanes most of the way.
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2009
     
    billd:
    smashtown:Does anyone know a good route returning from Point Loma (Sporta Arena area) back to South Park? I have to commute there for work, and getting there is easy because India/San Diego Blvd, but they are one way North bound and I'm not too sure about taking that section of PCH coming back South... I've been taking the Trolley and that gets kinda frustrating. Any suggestions? I'm not quite sure about Harbor Drive either, I would be coming from Midway and Sports Arena, where they intersect...
    Not many choices coming south there. I'd probably take Midway to Barnett to PCH. It's a little narrow around the bend onto PCH and for about a 150 yards or so until you get past the entrance/exit of the recruitment depot. After that, you've got bike lanes and wide lanes most of the way.


    I bike that route frequently and DO NOT ride down into the merge between PCH and Barnett! It's too dangerous! You have a 12 foot wall on your right and cars are flying down the hill from PCH into a confined space that usually has standing water. Take the sidewalk on the west side of the street.

    There's couple ways to get up to South Park. And I guess it depends if you live in the northern end of SP or the Golden Hill side of SP. One: from PCH take Washington up (or skip PCH and go up Presidio or Juan through Mission Hills to) , exit on University, right on Front st., left on Robinson, left on Florida, right on University, right on Grenada (or whatever) left on Upas, right on 30th. North side of SP

    Two: PCH all they way downtown, up Broadway to 30th. South side of SP

    There are other ways...
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2009 edited
     
    I bike that route frequently and DO NOT ride down into the merge between PCH and Barnett! It's too dangerous! You have a 12 foot wall on your right and cars are flying down the hill from PCH into a confined space that usually has standing water.

    Barnett feeds in two lanes, and PCH feeds in two lanes which produces 4 lanes for PCH. It's not like the cars from PCH are coming up behind you (they're two lanes over). The cars on Barnett are, however, which is why I take the lane when I get down near the bend and keep it until I pass the entrance to the recruitment depot. The cars are forced to go around.

    Take the sidewalk on the west side of the street.

    Riding on the sidewalk is very dangerous if there are any pedestrians. That sidewalk is particularly narrow. You also end up with a conflict with cars at the recruitment depot and a need to jump a curb.

    Bicycles belong on the road.

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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2009
     
    Billd - I disagree with your assessment. That merge is unsafe for bicycle travel.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2009 edited
     
    I can't tell you how to ride, but bicyclists have a right to be on the road. If we don't use the road; if we let ourselves be intimidated into hiding on the side walk, then the same old wrong belief that bicycles don't belong on the road is perpetuated.

    I highly recommend the Bicycling Street Smarts site for learning where and how to ride in the road. A lot of people think they are riding safer when they are actually riding in very dangerous ways. Appropriately asserting your right to be in the road is usually safer.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2009
     
    I would like to ride through Camp Pendleton from the North (San Clemente) side to Oceanside. I read somewhere, however, that the base is only accessible to the public from the South (Oceanside) gate and that the North gate is closed to civilians.

    Can anyone confirm that there is no public access to Camp Pendleton from San Clemente (North) for bike riders? Thanks.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2009
     
    i have never heard that although i've never tried. i will say that the most popular bike touring route in the world is the west coast route which goes from Canada to Mexico and all those people go though Camp Pendleton. you need your ID so don't forget that. otherwise you will be riding on highway 5 (which is legal on that stretch).
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2009 edited
     
    For the record, I rode through Camp Pendleton today, and the base is accessible from both directions: From the North, the base gate is at Las Pulgas Rd (where there is limited parking); from the South at Vandegrift Blvd in Oceanside. You will need to wear a helmet and show ID at the gate(s). I found the most pleasant section of the trip to be to the North of the Las Pulgas Rd. gate and up to Christianitos Blvd. in San Clemente, where no military "check-in" is required - it is open to the public with no check point. Here's a great map for the trip between San Clemente and Oceanside:
    image
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2009
     
    great map. thanks for posting that.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    I ride from Normal Heights to South Park everyday and I just started riding on 32nd as opposed to 30th. Its very chill. A lot less traffic and nice residential hoods. It also avoids the canyon right before you hit South Park.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2009 edited
     
    Having been solidly fed up with the miniscule size of the "official" San Diego bike route map (published by SANDAG/Ridelink, available for free) that I need spectacles to get any information from, I decided to scan the area of town I use the map for the most: Central/Western San Diego, south of I-8, north of I-94 and west of SDSU. This way, I can look at the map on my computer, and magnify it to the print size I need to read it!

    Having scanned it I decided I might as well as post it here so that others in my predicament, eyesight wise, can benefit from it, too - here it is (click, and then click again, to magnify in your browser):

    San Diego Central Bicycle Routes Bikemap

    Legend (from best to worse):
    RED: Bike trail or path
    BLUE: Bike Lane
    GREEN: Bike Route
    YELLOW: Other Recommended Routes

    In order to magnify the image - if you need it - copy it to your hard drive, and use an image viewer.

    Enjoy!

    Sigurd
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2009
     
    good work! thanks :face-smile::face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorDrew
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2009 edited
     
    Njord Noatun:I would like to ride through Camp Pendleton from the North (San Clemente) side to Oceanside. I read somewhere, however, that the base is only accessible to the public from the South (Oceanside) gate and that the North gate is closed to civilians.

    Can anyone confirm that there is no public access to Camp Pendleton from San Clemente (North) for bike riders? Thanks.


    Njord, I'm guessing you rode inside the base to the east, rather than down the freeway. I've done the 5 a couple of times and found it to be awesome. If you can ride on a busy street, you can ride the freeway. Next time you go through Pendleton, try it.
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      CommentAuthorseabass
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    I live in Golden Hill and commute to Sorrento Valley. But I usually just ride to the Coaster stop downtown, then ride from the Sorrento Valley station in to work. It makes for a pretty short and fast commute, but the Coaster is damn expensive. I've been trying to map out the best route for me to go the entire distance on my bike, and here's what I came up with. (Note, the small stretch on I-5 is a bike lane. I've seen several bikers on this stretch and it looks to be pretty safe.)

    Long Ass Google Maps Link

    Any suggestions/modifications?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009 edited
     
    oh god no. forget about that route unless you are a animal at climbing. you would be climbing up to Clairmont Mesa and then going up and down through 4 or 5 canyons as you follow Genessee.

    re-do your directions this way: head east to Pacific Highway and turn right, that turns into E Mission Bay Dr.

    go along Mission Bay dr (fun stretch of road) and then get onto Mission Bay Dr.

    turn right on Damon (you will be on here for only a couple hundred yards

    turn left on Santa Fe st. after a mile or so this will become a bike path. the bike path is another fun stretch

    turn right when the path ends and you'll be on La Jolla Colony Dr.

    turn right on Palmilla dr

    right on Arriba

    Left on Regents

    left on Genessee. from there you can follow your directions onto the 5 freeway and onto work.

    this will save you a whole crap load of climbing and this way you'll be riding with bike commuters your whole way.
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      CommentAuthorseabass
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    Well, I'm certainly not a climbing animal, so this is very helpful, thanks! I was just shooting for the most direct route, and I didn't really take into account the hills on Genessee.

    I've done that bike path b/w Santa Fe and La Jolla Colony, and it's a fun stretch, I just hadn't taken it into account for commuting since it seemed a bit out of the way. Thanks for the tips, I'll try it out sometime soon and let you know how it went.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    have you ever tried www.mapyourride.com? it's pretty helpful for mapping and also you can see other peoples rides too if you are looking for a route. often those routes are for the spandex crowd though and not always best for commuters as commuters are looking for the easiest way around.
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      CommentAuthorseabass
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    I've actually only tried mapmyRUN.com, didn't know about their 'sister' site.

    I'll add it to my bookmarks.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> seabass:</cite>I've actually only tried mapmyRUN.com, didn't know about their 'sister' site.

    I'll add it to my bookmarks.</blockquote>

    It does elevation profiles too.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2009
     
    This is probably not news to anyone here, but I was excited about the new modification on my commute from North Park to Bankers Hill. I avoid University Ave altogether by riding on Georgia St then heading left on Robinson and then right onto Park Blvd. Finally I found a pedestrian bridge that crosses Park that connects with El Prado to 6th Ave. So I have a few minutes of auto free riding.

    My commute is absurdly short, but I like figuring out how to make it even more fun.
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      CommentAuthorseabass
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2009
     
    I think I know the bridge you're talking about, near the Critical Mass fountain. That's a pretty great commute, nothing but Balboa Park in your way. Not many riders in the country are that fortunate.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2009
     
    seabass:I live in Golden Hill and commute to Sorrento Valley.
    ...
    Any suggestions/modifications?
    Yikes. Sorry I haven't looked at this thread in a while. You've got 4-5 moderate to serious climbs in there in each direction.

    Sky nailed the route. I used to live at 28th & A St. and commuted up to Campus Point Dr. (NE of UCSD off Genesee) with pretty much the exact route that Sky gave. It's a much better route.