No Foolin’ 60 for 60

Sunday was my 60th Birthday, so I decided to ride my bicycle 60 miles to celebrate. Last month wasn’t a big ride month so I wasn’t in optimal condition to take on a challenge like this.

I had originally thought about taking the train from Escondido to Oceanside, ride to Dana Point and back, which would have be 60 easy miles. Plans fell through, my friend was feeling under the weather Sunday morning, so I headed off alone, from home about 7:15 AM

Lake Hodges 8:00 AM

There was some overnight rain that was blowing out when I got up to ride, in the morning. These pictures try to capture some of the morning light filtering through the clouds. That’s one of the things I enjoy about bicycle riding, the changing weather can effect the views so what you saw last week, may look completely different this week in different light.

Early morning clouds over Lake Hodges

Early morning clouds over Lake Hodges


Shelter at Lake Hodges

Shelter at Lake Hodges


Another view to the east across Lake Hodges

Another view to the east across Lake Hodges

Felicita Park 8:30 AM

I’m seldom in this park in the morning. I usually stop near the end of a long ride. The light is different and the park feels cool and comfy in the early morning air. Lot’s of bird song as I ride through the park. I’ll have to make a point of visiting more often in the morning.


Creek through Felicita Park

Creek through Felicita Park


Another view of the creek

Another view of the creek

Harmony Grove Road 9:15 AM

Wasn’t that long ago this was rural, now it’s at the back end of an Industrial area of Escondido. You are unlikely to find this road by accident, you have to be looking for it. Most avid cyclists know where it is, from either end. 🙂 There are many beautiful views along Harmony Grove / Elfin Forest Road. And the light traffic this Sunday made the ride that much more enjoyable.

Harmony Grove Road

Harmony Grove Road


Almost looks like a waterfall, when I stopped I could hear the creek

Almost looks like a waterfall, when I stopped I could hear the creek


Bucolic scene along the Harmony Grove

Bucolic scene along the Harmony Grove


Spring is everywhere

Spring is everywhere

Elfin Forest Road 10:00 AM

It’s hard to detect that I’m only a couple miles roads that carry substantial traffic every day. IT feels like something from 100 years ago. I am passed by less than a dozen vehicles as I ride this road. Sometimes I feel I’m going the wrong direction, when I see cyclists coming down the long hill I am climbing.

Elfin Forest Road

Elfin Forest Road starts here.

Elfin Forest - Harmony Grove Volunteer Fire Department

Elfin Forest - Harmony Grove Volunteer Fire Department


Fancy signs for a rural fire department

Fancy signs for a rural fire department

San Elijo Hills 10:20 AM

Here’s the map of the first 19 miles of the ride, to San Elijo Hills.

Unfortunately my picture taking mostly stopped here. When I got back on my bike after the stop at San Elijo Hills Cafe, I seemed to concentrate more on my riding at the cost of my picture taking, I’m sorry to say.

Melrose and Rancho Santa Fe Road 10:50 AM

Melrose and Alga Road 11:00 AM

La Costa Ave and Rancho Santa Fe 11:15 AM

Carmel Valley and Pacific Coast Highway 12:40 PM

View from the end of the bike trail in Del Mar

View from the end of the bike trail in Del Mar

Home 3:00 PM

This is the last picture I took this day. It wasn’t because there were no more sites to capture, it was more because I was running low on power and just wanted to get home. I was in deep thought about what route to take back and ignored my surroundings more than early in the day. I probably should have stopped to eat again, it might have given me a better perspective.

I had a great day, and enjoyed the ride. I could tell my lack of recent rides was effecting my performance and my body isn’t in top condition for riding. I hope to do some overnight and three day rides this spring and summer.

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