March 3, 2013 · 12:30 PM
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THE "RIDE OF SEVEN BRIDGES" rides again, this time in the afternoon! Central San Diego near Balboa Park is dotted with delightful little footbridges of wood, steel and concrete. They include old and modern, truss, arch, cantilever, even suspension bridges. We're going to ride to each (10.2 miles to the 7th bridge, 13.7 or 14.5 back to the start), discuss their history and (optionally) walk across all seven on our list. (Last time in 2011, one was closed because a tree had fallen on it; but it's been repaired.)
Meet 12:30, pre-ride talk 12:45, ride out at 1 PM. Speeds will be moderate, suitable for smelling flowers or watching scenery. This ride is suitable for new riders and 50-cc scooters -- even strongly-ridden bicycles! It's a perfect "first ride" for new scooterists. We'll end up back in Balboa Park around 3:30.
Check all your scooter's vitals (tires, brakes, oil, coolant, lights, etc.) and top off gas tank before the meetup. Carry snacks, water, extra clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, cell phone, etc. You may want to bring along a notebook to take notes at one of the bridges. We strongly recommend sturdy shoes or boots and protective clothing.
Ride maps and/or turn lists will be provided. No scooter will be left behind, whether at hills (if any), stop signs or traffic lights; the "sweep" (last) rider will have radio to the leader.
This ride is an afternoon, non-picnic version of the Saturday event. You can do either one -- even both if you wish! (RSVP separately.)