Irvine to Oceanside, and back via Metrolink

This is the first in a series of what I hope will be quarterly "Bike Overnight" trips, where we'll take our bikes on out of town rides. We'll either camp or stay in hotels, depending on the location, the weather, and time of year. For this first one, we plan to camp along the way.

We'll meet at the Irvine Metrolink station Saturday morning at 10:00am. My husband will provide the SUV to carry our coolers, tents, overnight bags and spare bike parts. He will meet us later. The rest of us will start our adventure pedaling the 20-25 miles to San Clemente where we'll have lunch at a casual place. After lunch, we continue another 3-4 miles to San Mateo Campground (click here for campground information). Check in is 2:00pm. Once we have our camp set up, we have the rest of the afternoon to either head to the beach, do more cycling on our own, go into town for some sightseeing or stay at camp and relax. That evening we'll make a camp fire. 

Sunday morning after breakfast we pedal 20-25 miles to our final destination, Oceanside.   We'll be going through Camp Pendelton, so you must have your ID.  Depending on our arrival time we either have lunch or do some sightseeing.

From the Oceanside Metrolink station we take the train back to Irvine. Trains leave Oceanside at 1:20, 2:50, 4:30 and 5:30pm. Let's plan on taking either the 1:20 or 2:50. We'll decide this in the morning. Forty-five minutes later we're in Irvine, where our SAG support vehicle will meet us with our gear.

It will be a fun weekend of biking, camping and camaraderie with fellow cyclists.

Come join us!

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  • Christina C

    What a great weekend! The weather couldn't have been better, nor the company. The ride took us through parts of towns we'd never seen before and Camp Pendelton was a real adventure, especially when we got yelled at! The campsite was very nice and it was great to have Jeff and Stella join us just for the camping part. It was a great way to enjoy cycling, nature, and make new friends. Thanks everyone for coming. I look forward to another bike overnight adventure with you in the near future!

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Judy S.

    Super awesome!

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Judy S.

    Where are we going next?

    2 · May 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Had a super great time and can't wait for the next adventure!

      May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of the BEST weekends I've had in a long time! Thank you everyone!

    May 19, 2013

  • Pam

    AWESOME 2 day biking excursion with camping with the nicest people of all the cycling community!!! Love you guys!!!! Great planning and fun adventure. Beautiful seaside views riding from Irvine, San Clemente, Dana Point, San Onofre to Oceanside. Best weekend I've ever had in a long time!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, hurt my knee this week and its not healed yet. I feel bad and don't want everyone else to pay more because of me. Can I send a $10 payment to Judy via PayPal or something? Send me how to pay. You all have fun!

    May 18, 2013

    • Judy S.

      Don't sweat it. We'll see you on the next one! Judy

      May 18, 2013

    • Christina C

      Sorry to hear that. Will miss you. We'll see you at the next one.

      May 18, 2013

  • Judy S.

    May 16, 2013

  • Christina C

    Cost breakdown: Campground is approximately $5.00 pp. Fee for campground is payable to Judy Shepler. Metrolink ticket is $10.50 one way for return trip on Sunday. No charge for SAG support. All meals are on own.

    May 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome!!

      May 15, 2013

    • Christina C

      The cost for camping is more like $10 per person (total was $86 with all these added fees and such) given the small size of our group, but Judy will take $5 if that's easier for you. Please bring cash for her.

      May 16, 2013

  • Christina C

    I will be driving to San Clemente later today to check out the campground and local restaurants. Will report back on my findings.

    1 · May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for all your efforts towards coordinating this fun event!!

      May 15, 2013

    • Christina C

      It is my pleasure!!

      May 15, 2013

  • Judy S.

    I vote for Eat out so we don't have to pack too much gear but we are flexible. I'll pck the Smores! Judy

    May 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I also have a bundle of firewood in the trunk of my car, it's been there for awhile :)

      May 15, 2013

    • Christina C

      We can also buy firewood there for $7

      May 15, 2013

  • Kristina

    I am so sorry I can't make it. : ( I think it's great you are doing this, though. Looking forward to hearing about it.

    May 13, 2013

    • Judy S.

      We are so sorry you can't make it. But Christina is already planning another one. Please try to come down in the evening for the campfire. The trip is shaping up into a fun group! Dogs on Leashes ok at State parks. Judy

      May 15, 2013

  • Brent

    1 · May 7, 2013

    • Christina C

      You can if you like, or arrive early on Saturday and get it then (in Irvine), or just buy it on Sunday.

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will get mine on Sunday since I'm only riding on Sunday :)

      May 15, 2013

  • Christina C

    I scoped out San Clemente yesterday and will email the participants directly.

    May 15, 2013

  • Pam

    Thanks Christina for heading down to San Clemente to check out the restaurants! Should I pick up a weekend pass at Metrolink?

    May 14, 2013

  • Christina C

    If you're going, or thinking of going, I've just posted a Gear List for the weekend. Go to "More", then "Files" on the menu above.

    May 13, 2013

  • Judy S.

    Herb and I are going!

    May 8, 2013

  • Stan R.

    Sounds great

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I plan on staying overnight on Saturday and riding on Sunday (trying to rearrange an appt. I have on Saturday "day" to join you)

    1 · May 7, 2013

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