Lakeside, Santee & Mission Gorge August 5, 2010

Distance: 46.8 Miles

Moving Average: 11.2 MPH

Total Climb: 3091 Feet

Max Speed: 36.4 MPH

Max HR: 169 BPM

Avg HR: 129 BPM

Click on an image to see a full size view.

This is the long view. If you want to see the entire route take a trip over to RideWithGPS where I’ve posted the entire route. It was a challenge with a big climb starting less than five miles in.

Once I topped out on Scripps Poway Parkway, it was a long downhill. But getting there was a challenge as you can see in the profile above and in the picture below looking back, from the Summit.

Summit of Scripps Poway Parkway

Summit of Scripps Poway Parkway

I managed to ride a low traffic route, as I made my way toward Father Junipero Sera Trail in Mission Trails Park. I was quite surprised how few cars I encountered. And the roads weren’t too bad either, except for Railroad Avenue, which looks like it hasn’t had any maintenance in 20 years.

Sign to Father Junipero Serra Trail

Campground and Dam are on Father Junipero Serra Trail

This is one of my favorite roads to ride in San Diego County. I don’t think I passed a single moving motor vehicle through the whole park.

Highway 52 West coming out of Santee

Highway 52 West coming out of Santee, Parking lot at rush hour

I could have ridden fewer miles, but a tougher climb if I used the bike path along Highway 52 west. It’s not one of my favorite routes. It’s a long hot grind.

Father Junipero Serra Trail

Father Junipero Serra Trail

Whenever I ride through the park, I feel like I stepped back in time. The landscape looks so natural, not landscaped by human hands. I can imagine the first European settlers, or the Kumeyaay who were here when the Europeans arrived.

Have you ever seen a bluer sky?

Have you ever seen a bluer sky?

This is a case of missing  something for many years then seeing it new for the first time. I’m sure it’s been there for years, I just failed to notice this sign-sculpture. It’s a gate into the park. But it’s not on Father Junipero Serra Trail. If you get a chance, check it out. It’s an amazing art piece. The more you look at it the more you see.

Mission Trails Regional Park sign

Mission Trails Regional Park sign

The other side of the gate

The other side of the gate

Sign detail

Sign detail

Some of the “rocks” in the sign have thing impressed into them. I thought I saw some racoon tracks, and you can clearly make out a leaf in the orange rock in this image. Click on the image to see a larger view.

I was starting to run low on energy and looked for a place to stop. I saw Starbucks and remembered that I had some gift cards in my wallet. Had a cup of coffee, a cheese danish and a blueberry oat bar. Yum!

Starbucks

Starbucks

I normally don’t frequent Starbucks, but free is hard to resist.

Pomerado Road looking down into Poway

Pomerado Road looking down into Poway

The diagonal road in the center of the picture is where I’m headed and near where I started my ride this morning. I get up to about 35 mph going down this hill when everything is working for me.

Dennis went off roading Tuesday, wrecked his bike and cracked or broke some ribs. Looks like he’ll be off the bike for a few weeks. I love riding and Dennis might not have been up for the ride I did today, but It’s not near as much fun riding by myself. Here’s wishing Dennis a fast recovery.

Keep the rubber side down, and be careful out there.

The Velo Rambler

velorambler at gmail dot com

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