San Bruno Gas Blast Memorial Ride/Crystal Springs Dam Road Farewell Tour

  • September 26, 2010 · 8:30 AM
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First let me say that I live 3000' from ground zero blast and I thank God my house, family and neighbors survived unscathed. Others were not so lucky.

The Trail head to Crystal Springs trail at the corner of San Bruno Avenue & Skyline Blvd, is not far from the blast zone on lower Glenview Drive. I propose that bikers take BART, SAMTRANS on El Camino or carpool to the area and ride up San Bruno Avenue to meet at the Peet's Coffee inside the north-west entrance at Lunardi's Market. If you carpool, please park on Glenview on the SOUTH side of San Bruno Avenue. The parking lot opposite here is being used as a staging area for the fire cleanup and Lunardi's does not have enough of a parking lot for long term parking. The meetup time will be at 8:30AM in Peet's and I'd like to get the ride started at 9:00AM.

From Peet's Coffee at Lunardi's, we will ride east on San Bruno Avenue then make a u-turn at Crestmoor and ride west past the Crestmoor Canyon to view the damage. At the top of Glenview Avenue, we can have a gathering to hold a brief memorial for those who lost their lives and who survived that face the task of rebuilding their homes and lives. Then we will ride south down the Crystal Springs to Sawyer Camp Trail, over the Crystal Springs dam, which shuts down in another week. If enough riders are willing, we can continue down southbound on Skyline to car-free Sunday on Canada Road. This might be our last chance to ride over the dam road as it is scheduled for demolition at the end of September and the replacement is due for a 2013 completion date and will have 15' more of bike and pedestrian paths. How far down we ride will be up to a consensus of us riders. I would like to ride at least to Edgewood Road in Woodside, but the ride is basically down and back. If a long ride is not up to everyone's pleasure then from the dam we can ride back to the point of origin and call it a day. A leisurely pace is about an hour each way if we stop at the dam; an extra couple hours to go to Edgewood and back. Please invite guests, family and friends to join us. While no fee is being charged for this ride, please make any contributions to the Red Cross in the name of the San Bruno Relief Fund.

It is suggested that you bring a packed lunch. In San Bruno near the BART station, there is a Subway Sandwich Shop in the Towne Center just north of the Shops at Tanforan. The best deli is Roma's on San Mateo Avenue, just south of the Huntington Avenue & the Bart Station. There is also a Quizno's in the Bayhill Center along Cherry next to San Bruno Avenue and Lunardi's Market also has a deli, although a bit pricier. You make the choice and San Bruno Avenue is a stone's throw from any of these. We can picnic at the Pulgas Water Temple or any number of picnic areas along the Sawyer Camp Trail. I can provide you specific instructions on flattest route to Lunardi's as it's all uphill, but there are ways to ease the climb, just email me for details.

Suggested nearby lunch outlets to brown bag:
Subway Sandwich Shop, 1310 El Camino Real, San Bruno (in the Town Center just north of Tanforan on west side of El Camino Real); big sandwiches, inexpensive, not far from Sneath Lane. (approx. 0.4 miles from BART)
Roma's Italian Delicatessen, 424 San Mateo Avenue, San Bruno (Just go south on Huntington, right on San Mateo Ave to end by El Camino Real) real big, good sandwiches, a little more expensive, a little out of way but not too far from San Bruno Ave. (Approx 1.1 miles from BART, can take Crystal Springs by San Bruno Park right by Senior Center up to Cunningham, go north, at end left under 280 then right on Shelter Creek Lane to San Bruno Ave, the west up to Lunardi's)
Quiznos, 851 Cherry Ave. San Bruno (In the Bayhill Shopping Center, by Carl's Junior, in the back of Bayhill, north side toward Mollie Stone's; more $ than Subway, you decide. On the way to San Bruno Ave via Sneath Lane.
Lunardi's Market, 2801 San Bruno Ave. West, San Bruno, inside the store by Peet's Coffee, most $$$ but this is the meetup site.

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  • Jeff

    It was only two of us, but it was a nice leisurely ride to and over the dam. The fire damage from the catastrophic gas line explosion was visible from San Bruno Avenue and it is remarkable that it was contained to this small area, as if it had happened on a windy evening, the town east all the way to the airport would have been at great risk. The road on the dam is going to be removed after September, so this is the last week to ride over it until the new road with extra 15' of lanes for bikes & pedestrians is finished. We finished the ride just before it started to get really hot.

    September 27, 2010

  • Jeff

    I think the dam is as far as we'll go. It's going to be a hot day and with the early start will be spectacular weather. Plenty of time after the ride for other activities too.

    September 25, 2010

  • Jeff

    Hi Liz, fortunately the ride is entirely on pavement, and pretty good at that, as the reservoir trail is all asphalt. It has a few bumps from movement of the fault, but is seam-sealed and no potholes that swallow Volkswagens like some of the city streets. Your road bike will be just fine.

    September 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jeff - sounds like a mountain bike, or at least a hybrid with nubby tires, is recommended?

    September 21, 2010

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