Surf ‘n Turf Ride to Benefit CalBike

Seems like a long way to go just to avoid Laguna's perils

This first of its kind CalBike Tour avoids Laguna’s perils

Getting in shape

Getting in shape

CalBike’s Executive Director Dave Snyder had me on the phone a few weeks ago,

Why don’t you come along on the Surf ‘n Turf Ride?

I was just looking for an excuse to do a multi-day ride; this one begins in Santa Barbara and ends in San Diego. Since I’ve only done the southern half of this route, I’m looking forward to the Santa Barbara to Santa Monica segments.

My contribution, besides raising $2,500 to benefit CalBike, is to offer advice on routing the group through Orange County. See my route map here – I called it “Stay off Coast Hwy”. Debbie Brubaker gave me a call to review my route suggestions.

As you can see, I’m recommending the group get off Coast Hwy — and why not? Who among these statewide bike advocates will know of the extensive off-road trails through Huntington Beach and Irvine? Throw in the Balboa Island ferry and route them along the Back Bay onto the San Diego Creek Trail where they’ll ride without worry — out where it’s quiet at mid-day, suitable for chatting up new friends. This route does turn the Queen Mary to San Clemente segment into a full 55-mile ride, but it’ll be low-stress and mostly flat. Consider coming along for the day.

Help me make it to my fundraising goal — make a donation.