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Bike Ride and Christmas Festivities in San Juan Capistrano

  • San Juan Capistrano Train Station

    26701 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA (map)

    33.501324 -117.663895

  • Meet at the Rail Road Crossing at the end of Verdugo Street. There is limited free parking in the lowest level of the parking structure and the outside parking lot.
  • Description:  The ride is roughly 8.5 miles each way on fairly flat bike paths.  We'll meet at the Train Station, ride through the charming and historic Rio District and get on the San Juan Creek Trail to the south end of Dana Point where we'll stop to stretch, refresh, take pictures.  Then we'll ride through Doheny State Beach past the campers and continue south next to PCH where we can enjoy a lovely ocean view as we ride.  We'll get onto the San Clemente Beach Trail which we share with human and canine pedestrians.  Please keep in mind that they have the right of way.  The SCB trail has a layer of sand on it; we will ride at about 7 mph. will follow the rules of the road, ie, when the sign says "Walk your Bikes", we will do so.  We'll have lunch at La Galette Cafe across from the pier about 1:30pm. They only accept cash, but the reviews are very good and the meals are light.  Here is the review and menu from Yelp: ;

    On the way back there are a few sections where we will ride in a bike lane next to PCH. There will be two intersections which I plan to cross in the crosswalks as directed by the signs

    We'll be back in SJC about 3-3:30pm; in time to enjoy the Christmas festivities in San Juan Capistrano.  There are usually carolers, local street musicians, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a nativity play that includes some actors who have disabilities.  The play is very heartwarming... one of my favorite events. If anyone is in the mood to listen to a live band, we can pop into the Swallow Inn for a while.

    Optional:  Christmas at the Mission.  Please check out this event.  I peaked into the mission grounds last year and it seemed like a wonderful event.  Here's the link:  I can't go but maybe some of you will want to go.

    NOTE:  Riders must be able to ride at about 10-12 mph on flat land. We ride to have each other's company, so the group stays together, even if it means we take a little longer to get there.   The end time is an estimate.  The actual time will vary depending on the speed of the group as a whole. I am looking for someone to do the "sweep"...  Any volunteers? 

    For photos and comments of a similar road trip please see:  

    Route:  Meet at the end of Verdugo Street, where the R/R crossing gate is.  Take the bike trail to the ocean. Then go south along PCH to San Clemente Pier. The return will be the same route.  If you prefer, you can take the train from the pier back to the San Juan Capistrano train station, however, I will be riding my bike back.

    What to bring: 

    1. You must have your own bike. Mountain bikes are OK, but beach-cruisers are not. A bike with at least 9 gears would be best. 

    2. Each rider will carry their own provisions including 1-2 liters of something with electrolytes.

    3. Bring helmet,  sunscreen, sunglasses, bike lock, spare inner tube, riding gloves some bike tools.

    4. Bring $15-20 in cash.  La Galette only accepts cash.

    5. Most importantly:   Bring a fun attitude and be flexible.  Follow bicycle etiquette and rules of the road.  Ride at your own risk!

    NOTE:  Scenic Biking and Other Fun Stuff is not a professional organization.  By attending one of our events, participants acknowledge and agree that they will not hold volunteer leaders, organizers or hosts, responsible for any mishaps or injuries.  Each participant is wholly responsible for their own comfort and safety.

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  • Maggie

    Running slightly late GPS shows 1208 arrival, sorry on my way

    1h ago

  • Mike C.

    I'm here, Mike[masked]

    1h ago

  • Shelley

    If for any reason you end up changing the time to earlier, like 9 or 10 a.m., I can come. I have to attend a Christmas party at 3pm in Riverside, so noon won't work for me, unfortunately!

    November 22

    • Nancy L.

      Hi Shelley, I'm sorry about that. It looks like a few people have already signed up, so I won't change it at this point, unless I get comments from all of them saying that they also prefer an earlier start time. We'll do this again in January! Sure miss you!

      November 22

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