This is the 23rd year of our Summer Solstice weekend party.
The tour has returned the challenge of touring from Irvine to Carlsbad; the on up to Vista, 10 miles inland from Carlsbad in north San Diego county.
MOTEL6 (until just recently a Americas Best Value Inn & Suites)
330 Mar Vista Drive, Vista, California 92083 Phone: 760-726-2900
Book your own; but DO NOT make reservations on line. The property was scheduled to convert to a Motel6 on May 22nd; Instead, call the property directly, identify yourself as a member of the BCI group for a deep discount price for June 22nd. Room mates: put both / all names on the reservation so the first to arrive can check in. THE BLOCK OF ROOMS WERE ONLY HELD UNTIL MAY 31st! BOOK TODAY!
ROUTE instructions, regroups & good company make it fun and trouble free!
Starting from the Irvine Station we will leave at 9 AM on Saturday with a "Metric Century" ride to the motel. Traditionally the Summer Solstice Tour is the flattest route possible; It still is, but those last 10 miles will climb inland up to scenic Vista. A group of us tried the initial planned route & found it TOO hilly - a flatter, though less scenic final route is now laid out from Carlsbad up to Vista.
You can see profiles & details posted on the free Ride With GPS website:
Saturday route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2322960 (revised after tried May 17th!)
Sunday includes the San Luis Rey River Trail: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2323026
Everyone finds their own snacks or lunches & breakfast on the route. There is no SAG to sweep the course, provide food & water or flat repair so be prepared to be on your own adventure & fill up before you get into Camp Pendleton.
Printable PDF Route Sheet
Metrolink Options: $10 Weekend Pass will cover any / all options both days!
The OC Line (600's) and IE-OC Line (800's) both roll along our route from Irvine to Oceanside.
Check in & load your bags on the truck at the station at 8AM, see everyone off @9, then catch the south bound train. Get off at Laguna Niguel & skip the first 9 miles. San Juan Capistrano & skip the first 13. Get off at North San Clemente & skip the first 20 miles. Get off at Oceanside & skip the first 46 miles... You could also ride the first 20 miles & get ON in San Clemente... but still get to lunch before the rest of the tourists and climb up to Vista with fresher legs.
SATURDAY TRAIN SCHEDULE
If you want to short-cut on Sunday, you can catch a train to Irvine on the way North:
Sleep in & have a leisurely breakfast or rise early & skip breakfast to get to Oceanside depot by 8:15 to catch a train part way or all the way back to Irvine. Ride to San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano or Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo& board to beat those last 20, 13 or 9 miles of Summer heat !
Luggage should be at Irvine by Noon for those fast riders & finishing off on the 665 train
SUNDAY TRAIN SCHEDULE
Driving Options: Some folks knock off 20 to 24 miles by starting from San Clemente: Check in & load your bags on the truck at the station at 8 AM, see everyone off @9, then train or drive south & park near Metrolink or the Carl’s Jr. in San Clemente... (see train options above & park in Irvine!)
Some would rather drive all the way to the motel & do a day ride loop Saturday; You can check in with the crowd at the start in Irvine & get to the motel in about an hour...
The 'Best of the Tour' 30.9 mile loop will enjoy a preview of the Sunday northbound Tour route descent down the San Luis Rey River Trail to Oceanside Harbor where the tourists should be rolling in for lunch, then ride south to Carlsbad's Linda's Frozen Yogurt where the tourists traditionally reload, and then take the same route back up to the motel with the tourists. You can continue up the coast from Oceanside into Camp Pendleton as far as you want and u-turn on your own to add miles, or to join the tourists you see rolling south. 30.9 miles with +/-1,339' elevation or more... http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2322820
Sunday you can do it again, with breakfast at the Sunrise Cafe, or explore Vista on your own before driving home... or try the original proposed hilly route back up from Linda's! (see pg4 of the route sheet)
Saturday the trailer will be ready to receive your gear when you check in after 8am Saturday. It will be waiting, locked, at the motel for you to unload when you arrive. Bring what you need but be reasonable! Everyone will be moving bags to find theirs, so a few small duffles are better than a big one.
DO bring a folding chair for dinner & snacks & small cooler if you want to BYOB to share as there is no market near the motel.
Sunday the truck will LOAD from 7 to 8, get to Irvine by NOON & wait until A): the last rider picks up their stuff at the earliest, or B): latest until 3:45 PM after the 858 train rolls in - after that luggage will be held for pick up from Bill (NO BCI Mtg on Wednesday!)
SATURDAY EVENING we have a nice sunny lawn area for our social time and dinner with a sunset view high above the June Gloom at the beach. Enjoy the pool, spa, tennis court, take a nap, then join the group at 4:30 PM for some Cosmic WimpOut, social time and dinner Saturday evening. Seating is limited so DO bring a folding chair with your luggage & there is no market near by, so if you want to bring snacks or a bottle to share, pack it along from home.
SUNDAY BREAKFAST is at a great place called Sunrise Cafe that starts serving breakfasts at 6 AM & doesn't get busy until 8 or so... so plan to load gear at 7 AM & roll out at 7:30! More options will be available down Santa Fe Avenue... if you want a later breakfast there is Beach Break & Nautical Bean at Oceanside Harbor 15 miles downhill from the motel.
COST for the weekend including the luggage truck & trailer and dinner is
$25 per person. For non-riding participants the cost is $15 per person for dinner.
This tour is available to BCI members only. If you are not yet a member, please join! Membership details: http://bikeirvine.org/join.php
Membership is not required for non-riding guests; but the cost is $15 for dinner.
No registration form: just send payment with your BCI# & email address
(on the memo line is fine) payable to the Bicycle Club of Irvine to
Bill Sellin SS XXIII
405 East Wilson Avenue
Orange CA 92867-4832
before June 15th. (or call Bill NOW!)
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