Who's hungry for pie ?? Well, yer gonna have to earn it first. This ride has been discussed somewhat in this thread , but I figure it's about time we start rounding up some BFer's and get goin on the details.
First, the basic route: Start in Valley Center (Northern San Diego County) and climb Mt Palomar via South Grade, at the top of the climb, you can opt for an out n' back up to the observatory (about 9 miles round trip). We'll descend Mt Palomar via East Grade and head over to Mesa Grande via Hwy 76. After Mesa Grande we'll head over to Julian on Hwy 76 & 79 for a some well deserved Apple Pie . The route heads towards Ramona via Hwy78/79 and then take city streets and back country roads through Bandy Canyon. We'll travel through Escondido via Hwy 78 and then takes some urban streets back towards Lake Wohlford Rd.
The total route is 120 miles and has a lot of climbing. I'm not sure of the total climbing feet. I would guess it's around 10,000'. CJbruin did a elevation profile on Delorme Topo and came up with ~15,000 this has got to be way off. If anyone reading this did the 2004 Tour De Cure Mt Palomar Challenge, and knows the total climbing, please let me know. This route is identical to that ride, except the added out and back to Julian.
So far the dates discussed have been Saturday Jan 7th and Saturday Jan 28th, it seems to be leaning towards the 28th. Dog Hair has a hilly 68 mile route in North San Diego County (78 and 15 fwy I believe) that we're talking aobut doing the week after Xmas or maybe Jan 7th as a warm-up. Let's start getting a rider list together for both rides.
I don't want to discourage or scare anyone away, but be warned that this is a pretty tough ride (i.e. not a good "first century"). We hope to find a couple of good "Bail Out" spots on the route, although I don't know of many other than just going back down South Grade. Oonce you've descended East Grade, you're on the other side of the mountain and you can take 76 back to the start, after that you're screwed . Hopefully we'll get someone to drive a support vehicle, my58vw had offered at one time, hopefully his (her?) offer still stands. Weather may also be an issue, it's very possible to have snow on Mt Palomar, we'll have to watch as the ride gets closer.
I can't think of much else for now, you can PM with your email address if you want a PDF of the route slip, for now it's just premliminary until we have the rest stops figured out. Once it's final, I'll try and post it in this thread. So who's in ??