Monday, September 16, 2013

Itinerary & Details - Ride Week!

A few pieces of information that will likely be of interest to those on the ride follows. Please email me if you are attending and haven't received an email from me this week so I can add you for any details in the next few days.

Please note this year's route is different than last year's.  We are going with a more direct route (shorter) and different scenery.  The biggest downside to this option is we'll be riding on Highway 67 for a good portion of the ride.  It has a large shoulder and is really pretty, but will probably result in more miles with higher speed traffic.
  • Updated itinerary follows, map is here.
    • 6:30 AM - I'll be at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach welcoming everyone
    • 7 AM - Ride begins!
    • 12:30 PM - Lunch break, potentially in Ramona
    • 5:30 PM - Arrive in Julian.  Cabin address is 2112 Whispering Pines Drive, Julian, CA 92036
      •  (Google Maps estimates 7 hours, 32 minutes for the 65 mile ride.  Adding an hour for lunch and two additional hours for cushion puts us around 5:30 PM but may be a bit later than this - we really want to arrive by nightfall and this should be plenty of cushion.)
    • 7:30 PM - After a bit of rest and showering up head to Bailey BBQ (2307 Main St  Julian, CA 92036) for dinner.  Great food and in-house brewery.  Fun will be had!
    • 8 AM (Next Day) - Gather up things and head back down the mountain toward Ocean Beach
    • 2 PM - Estimated arrival time in San Diego / Ocean Beach.  As we approach OB we'll probably split off for our various homes instead of taking it all the way to the ocean.  The way down is much, much, much easier.

  • Support vehicle 
    • We'll have a 2003 Ford Focus station wagon as our support vehicle.  Inside will be water, snacks, bike repair gear (pump, some tire tubes, etc.).  We'll also have ratchet straps for putting bikes on the top if necessary and some righteous tunes.  If you have a tent, bag, or other items you can put them in the car at the start instead of carrying them but please pack light so there's room for all.
  • Gear 
    • Saturday is looking like a high of 77 in North Park, temps will rise as we head inland so be prepared and bring water with you. Some other items that you will probably want (and I'll have most of these in the support vehicle as well):
    • Water bottle 
    • Suncreen 
    • Bike repair kit (tubes, pump, etc.) 
    • Lights for bicycle! 
    • Helmet 
    • Cash - for snacks, drinks, lunch, etc. 
    • Phone (with charger) 
    • Tent - everyone is welcome to stay at the cabin I've rented but we won't have room inside for everyone
Please share with anyone that might be interested and I'm looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

If you can take photos or videos along the ride I would appreciate it so I can post them after the event and use for promoting next year's ride. Also, tweets (hashtag: #RiverRide), facebook posts, emails, and other ways of spreading the word about this awesome event would be great!

Email me if you want to join in the fun and looking forward to a great time. Of course, you can show up on the day of the event but I'd appreciate a heads up in advance.

Excited for a great ride and see you soon!

- John Anderson