1st Sat. Picnic Ride for January -- CHIM/ELFINSCOOT!

  • January 5, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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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 machinesWe 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.

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  • Dave E

    People kept arriving and leaving; I think we averaged about a dozen. If you're listed and weren't there, or were there and aren't listed, please Email me so I can keep the records straight and give credit where it's due!

    January 19, 2013

  • Dave E

    BTW, we owe huge thanks to Joe Bride of the Del Mar Public Works Department. Not only did he call ahead to have the workers let us ride down that pedestrian-only walkway, but he had them move the cones and open the closed bridge just for us on the return. First-class treatment!

    January 10, 2013

  • Dave E

    Regarding the detour ramp we built to bypass the closed bridge: I said the number of 2x6's was a "triangular number" (TN) and someone asked what that was. Stacking 'em for a ramp, you need 1, 3, 6, etc. pieces; that many can form an equilateral triangle. Each level takes one more than the previous one did. The nth TN thus is the sum of n and all smaller integers: 1st is 1+0, 2nd is 2+1+0, 3rd is 3+2+1+0, etc. It can be expressed as n(n+1)/2, or half of (n-squared plus n). We used three levels: six planks (3+2+1) plus an extra 2x4 at the start. A 4-level ramp would need ten; I couldn't carry that many, and anyway three 1.5" planks reached within an inch of the top of the curb. The same equations pop up when considering whether the Egyptians built long ramps to get stones to the top of the pyramids, or the Stonehenge builders to get the lintel stones to the top. Should come in handy next time you need to ride up a curb, or build a pyramid. :)

    January 10, 2013

  • Dave E

    Perfect weather, we lucked out on the detours, the route was magnificent as usual, and the people were SUPERB!

    January 7, 2013

  • Adeline

    Sorry I missed your ride. I want to get back on track and join some of the rides this year.

    January 7, 2013

  • Wendi

    Thanks Dave and Sheryl for making my first group ride a fun one! Nice meeting you all!

    January 6, 2013

  • Ian W.

    Was an absolute pleasure to ride with you all. Thanks for putting up with the noise.....RING DING DING DING DING!!!!!!

    January 5, 2013

  • Zerinaut

    Thanks to Dave and Sheryl, always a pleasure riding with them

    January 5, 2013

  • Daniel R C.

    Won't be able to join the ride. I'm having an issue starting the bike. It's not the battery, it must be a fused that I need to dig in and change. Sorry

    January 5, 2013

  • Meg

    If my battery is charged(sadly, it was dead), I may swing by and join for the earlier part. I'll just tag along at the back if I do. I need to get some school work done Saturday.

    January 4, 2013

    • Dave E

      If you can get it started even once, come join us; both Sheryl and I carry jumpers and can start you for the rest of the ride. :) I'll adjust the RSVP's if you can come along. (That would make 52 meetups for you -- you're close on my heels!)

      January 5, 2013

  • Wendy P

    I originally RSVP'd for this ride bit tonight I feel like I might be getting a head cold. If I feel better tommorrow I may join, but please note I am removing my RSVP.

    January 4, 2013

    • Dave E

      Hope you feel better and can join us. Weather should be excellent. Don't worry about the RSVP; just come along, and I'll adjust the records.

      January 4, 2013

  • Dave E

    FROM THE DETOUR CHECK: Will have to carry a bunch of two-foot pieces of 2x6 and 2x4, to make a little ramp to get up the 5-1/2" curb at the bus stop just north of Soledad Lagoon. If you have room, bring one or two such pieces; I'll carry as many as I can, but the more the merrier. A bonus, though, is that there are rest rooms there.

    Again, a correction -- we DO go past the Carmel Valley Market, at the same time as previously estimated (10:45 to 11.) I'd misread the map showing where we exit that parking lot.

    January 4, 2013

  • Wendi

    Hi Dave - I'd like to meetup in the north - does the detour affect the meetup place or time you mentioned before?(Carmel Valley Market)
    I'll be on a red Suzuki Burgmen 400

    January 4, 2013

    • Dave E

      Wendi, I just came from there. IAGW, the detour brings us back to Carmel Valley Road 0.3 miles to the west of CV Market, so we still will pass by there. See you at the market, with smiles... :)

      1 · January 4, 2013

  • Dave E

    LATE BULLETIN: DON'T PANIC! The TV news describes a bridge closure tomorrow on Torrey Pines Road between the bottom of the hill and the Carmel Valley Road intersection -- and their video shows the WRONG BRIDGE. The closure is on the northern one, just south of CV Road, the one that's been one-laned recently for construction.

    I just spoke with Joe Bride from Del Mar Public Works. He says that just after crossing the bridge over Soledad Lagoon we'll cut eastward through the parking lot there, then out on McGonigle Road at the southeast corner and right on Carmel Valley Road over to El Camino Real. There will be detour signs to guide us. Actually it's a short cut, possible because the detour will lead through a lot that's normally gated with an admission charge; but we won't pass the CV Market.

    Mr. Bride is kindly calling the on-scene people to warn them to expect us between 10:30 and 11, so we should have no trouble. I'll ride up there today to check out the detour route.

    January 4, 2013

  • Dave E

    WEATHER UPDATE: Latest forecast has improved to a high of 69, light winds and a 4th straight day of sunshine. Keep your fingers crossed...

    January 3, 2013

  • Dave E

    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.

    As a special bonus, we've prepared a flyer describing landmarks and scenery along the route, and a glossary of the often-obscure, mostly-Spanish street names we encounter. Ride with us, and get yours while they last!

    January 3, 2013

  • Dave E

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! The parking lot at Fashion Valley Road/Hotel Circle North, NW of intersection of 163 and I-8, now is gated off for guests only--as is every other T&C parking lot. We'll meet in the trolley parking lot, a half-mile to the north on FV Road. (BTW, our route passes 12 gas stations before lunch, 15 on the return; the leader will have spare gas too, just in case.)

    January 1, 2013

  • Dave E

    Developing this ride for Amerivespa, we deleted some of the winding roads around Rancho Santa Fe on both "go" and "return." As so cut, it's 106 miles starting at T&C in Mission Valley and finishing at Vespa Motorsport on Pacific Highway. It's 99 miles if we end at Balboa/Genesee, and that's probably where most will leave the ride (from there to VMS is routine, though interesting for visitors.) We can cut out a few more miles by eliminating some more nice loops of winding roads on the return. Watch for updates, and let us know your preferences. We'll check out T&C to locate a good meeting spot there.

    December 29, 2012

  • Dave E

    With Amerivespa coming up, we're considering modified versions of some of our prettiest and most-popular rides to show off the best riding San Diego has to offer. Our personal favorite, the Chim/ElfinScoot, has the widest range of scenic roads; even though it's historically the most rained-out, we're going to try it this January. February will get an optimization of the equally-eclectic Mountain/River/Lake Escape, and there's also the Otay Lakes ride (mostly east-county country roads) and the counterclockwise Julian run we usually do in November. We'll add some delightful afternoon rides, all 50cc-friendly: the Scoot & Foot (Ride of Seven Footbridges) and the Miramar Lake visit, plus a simplified version of the Mission Bay CircumScoot (we needn't visit EVERY point and side road!) and a new Balboa Park Tuckerman Traverse. From these, we should have several proven rides to offer Amerivespa visitors!

    December 18, 2012

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