This is a beautiful ride with light hills. We will start out from B. Barber Park onto the SDCT for a short ways and exiting onto Main St. following it down thru the business district and past John Wayne Airport’s runway.
If we are lucky maybe a plane will take off as we ride under :-)
At Red Hill Ave we will turn LEFT as we pass A Road Bike for You Bike Store and head toward the ocean. Red Hill will turn into Santa Ana Ave. These roads have a dedicated bike lane except for a small area on Red Hill as we cross Bristol (we will regroup here if needed to ride this section as a group).
This is an easy ride down to the coast most of it in a neighborhood type setting with posted speed limits at 30mph (slow cars). We will then make a LEFT onto 16th St. which will take us down to Castaways Park for a quick look at the Awesome Views!
As we leave Castaways we will take the path down. When we get to the corner of PCH we will turn LEFT and stay on the sidewalk over the bridge to Bayside Dr. and make a LEFT -- USE CAUTION AT THIS INTERSECTION, DON'T BUNCH UP, AND DON'T BLINDLY FOLLOW THE RIDER IN FRONT OF YOU. Ffollow Bayside Dr. thru the guard gate and over the Newport Dunes Bridge.
This is where we will be stopping for snacks and bathroom break. There is a nice grassy area and a gazebo to relax also tables and a water fountain to refill our bottles if needed. So bring some munchies!
As we leave Newport Dunes refueled and with the wind at our backs, we head into Back Bay. This is one of the nicest areas to ride in all of Orange County. Water, wildlife, great weather and fresh air! What more could you ask for?
At the end of Back Bay we will regroup at the look out.
We will then make a RIGHT onto Eastbluff which will turn into Ford and then to Bonita Canyon Dr. staying in the bike lane down to Shady canyon. At Shady canyon we go RIGHT onto the side path and thru beautiful Shady Canyon with great views and cacti. As we descend we will stop at Quail Hill Trailhead for a bathroom/water break.
As we leave, stay on Quail Hill Trailhead over the 405 onto Jeffery back to the SDCT and back to the start/stop point.
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3848202- 27.2 miles
18 Mile option you would stay on SDCT back to B.Barber Park insted of going RIGHT at Eastbluff.
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3849381 -18 Miles