Sunday January 29, 2012

Sunday we a great day to be out riding in San Diego County. I started from Poway rode to Mira Mesa to join my friend Dennis. Then we headed toward downtown. We made a short stop at Montgomery Field to watch a few planes take off and land. Then we went out Murray Ridge and down to Mission Valley. We visited Liberty Station, Spanish Landing, Shelter Island and had a great lunch.

Ride Map

This is the route I took

And here are some graphs about the ride.

Graphs

Here’s a ride profile with some other data about the ride, like how fast I rode. And the grade.

Here are some of the people we met along the way.  We had a very nice visit with Greg and Arda. Good thing I wrote down their names. I never would have remembered.

Greg & Arda

We met Greg & Arda right near the entrance to Liberty Station. Greg was studying a map, so we stopped to see if we could help. Greg and Arda said they were visiting from Virginia. We encountered them several more times as we rode around the area. Sorry the picture sucks, I’ll have to remember to bring my camera next time, instead of trying to use my phone.

On the other side of Harbor Drive from Liberty Station is Spanish Landing. Volunteers from the San Diego Maritime Museum are building a replica of the San Salvador, the first European ship to land on the west coast.

Replica of the San Salvador

Building a replica of the San Salvador at Spanish Landing. It was the first European Vessel to reach America’s west coast

You can read more about the San Salvador on the San Diego Maritime Museum web site.

We had lunch at Point Loma Seafoods near the Sport Fishing docks. They are remodeling and operating from temporary facilities next door. As always the food was marvelous. Dennis had a crab meat sandwich and I had fried squid. Sorry, no pictures, we were too busy eating. We met another nice couple, also from Virginia. Didn’t write their names down, so I don’t remember.

 

MegaYacht

We saw this Mega Yacht sailing out of San Diego Harbor as we rode around Shelter Island

We see a lot of boats and ships around San Diego, but rarely have I seen one of these Mega Yachts underway. I’m not sure you can make it out, but there was  a helicopter on the back deck. Wish I had gotten a better picture. Explore boating supplies to keep your boat fully-equipped and well-maintained at all times.

Tunamen's Memorial

The tuna fisherman helped build San Diego in the early years. All the Tuna Boats have left for ports where the labor is cheaper and almost all the canneries are now closed.

It was another glorious day in San Diego. I ended up with 65 miles for the day, my friend Dennis about 45 or 50. We met some great people and had some great conversations along the way. This has to be one of the better places to ride bike in January.

Ride safe and keep the rubber side down!

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