A couple of weeks ago ooga-booga asked the million dollar question - what's the best road ride in Orange County? After a prolonged discussion we decided that the best ride in OC must include the following: the 1984 Olympic road race course, Santiago Canyon, Newport Coast, PCH and Laguna Canyon. Being the local guy around here, I ended up with the mammoth task to create the actual route that would include all of the above. So here it is; come join us and decide for yourselves.
WHEN: Saturday, September 21 at 8:30 AM sharp!
Start from the Irvine train station (15215 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92618).
(L) on Barranca/Muirlands
(L) Los Alisos
(R) Vista del Lago
(L) La Paz (regroup on top of La Paz)
(R) El Toro/Santiago Canyon (regroup on top, about 2 miles from Cook's corner)
Coffee stop at Pete's Coffee and Tea (cnr. Portola and Culver) about 35 miles into the ride.
(R) on Portola (backtrack)
(L) Peters Canyon Wash Trail (use pedestrian crossing just before CA-261)
(R) San Diego Creek Bikeway(At Barranca)-Becomes Peters Canyon Trail (mi 40.2)
(L) Exit Peters Canyon Path (mi 42.3)
(R) Harvard (mi 42.3)
(R) Berkley Ave/E Peltason Dr
(R) Bonita Canyon
(L) Newport Coast (regroup on top just before Pelican Hill)
Coffee stop at the Crystal Cove Starbucks (7958 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92657) about 53 miles into the ride (and just about 1 mile after the turn on PCH - make a left on Crystal Heights(traffic light), then first right into shopping center)
(L) Laguna Canyon CA-133 (regroup at Laguna Canyon and Lake Forest Dr)
After Lake Forest Dr go to the next traffic light (Pavona St??) and very carefully make a left turn to stay on Laguna Canyon Rd.
Cross over I-405
(L) into the Irvine train station parking lot
Total: 68 miles, 3500' of climbing
Pizza and beer at Red Brick Pizza (6721 Quail Hill Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92603) about 4 miles from the Irvine train station.
Any questions? Google it, don't bug me. I'm not an organizer, doctor, babysitter, weatherman or in any shape or form responsible for anybody or anything that may or may not happen at this ride. We are just a bunch of guys getting together for a real fun ride. If you can't live with your own f***-ups, or if you don't understand the profound meaning of the words "shít happens", then this ride is not for you. We'll regroup fairly often and wait for the slower guys but be self-sufficient.
Who is in?
Uncle Jams Army
JimmyNH + 4
I will also provisionally pencil in Calamarichris and GP - they've got some unfinished business to settle.