THE FIRST PLANNED SDSS RIDE OF 2013! We've picked our personal best, a delightful, perennially 5-star favorite along varied scenic roads through Mission Bay, Soledad, Torrey Pines, the beach roads, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove, Escondido and the Del Dios Canyon. Of all our rides, this one has by far the widest assortment of road types and scenery, showcasing San Diego's many types of riding. It's a roughly 100-mile total, prototype for a possible Amerivespa ride, and will start near the AV headquarters (Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley) instead of our usual meetup at Balboa/Genesee.
Meet 9 AM, pre-ride talk 9:45, ride out at 10. Speeds will be moderate, suitable for smelling flowers or watching scenery safely. Beginning group-riders are welcome, though we don't recommend this one for 50-cc machines. We should be finished by midafternoon, long before dusk.
Check all your scooter's vitals (tires, brakes, oil, coolant, lights, etc.) and top off gas tank before the meetup (though we have a leg-stretch stop at a gas station and will pass 27 other stations.) Carry picnic lunch, snacks, water, extra clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, phone, etc. 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, stop signs or traffic lights; the "sweep" (last) rider will have radio to the leader (FRS/GMRS channel 16.)
NORTHERNERS NOTE: As is usual with this ride, northerners can join us at the Carmel Valley Market, Carmel Valley Road at Via Cortina, between 101 and I-5 (20 miles into the ride.) You'll miss the Mission Bay and Mt. Soledad sections, though, and your ride will be 40 miles shorter. We should pass by between 10:45 and 11. Let us know if you'll meet us there, though; otherwise we'll roll right on by.