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Old 10-24-09, 10:44 PM
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Pendleton closed to cyclists this weekend

I found out the hard way today that Camp Pendleton is closed to cyclists through Monday. I'm guessing by the amount of heavy equipment in the field off in the distance from the old landing strip that they're doing something and they don't want us getting squished.

So it ended up being a turn around affair since I have more brains then to tempt fate and ride on the 5.

Amtrak was also hosed today. We rode all the way back up to San Juan Capistrano and were supposed to catch the 2:15 train back to Anaheim. Yeah right. We never got the full story. First it was a disabled train on single track between San Clemente and SJC. Then it was a car in the crossing somewhere that got hit which backed up everything. At 7:20 this evening I was finally back at my car in the Anaheim parking lot. Rediculous. We weren't comped our train fare, we weren't provided any free snacks once we were able to get on the train at 5:30. And the hour we sat on the tracks at Irvine before being forced to another train was fruitless in getting any kind of compensation for the utter ridiculous waste of time. Next time I'll just ride back.

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Old 10-25-09, 09:19 AM
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You might write to Amtrak headquarters (National Railroad Passenger Corporation, 60 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002) and complain. Remind them that the the delay exceeded by several times the total amount of time you'd planned to spend completing your journey, and the apparent cause was Amtrak's own defective equipment.

Reading between the lines on https://twitter.com/PACSurfliners and elsewhere, a dragging wheel on an earlier Amtrak train required Metrolink and NCTD, who own the tracks Amtrak uses, to call out track inspectors to look for damage before train traffic could resume.

Be sure to include your ticket or reservation number (or a copy of your ticket stub) in your letter; I understand they're usually pretty good about providing some kind of adjustment after the fact.
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Originally Posted by anon_cyclist View Post
Be sure to include your ticket or reservation number (or a copy of your ticket stub) in your letter; I understand they're usually pretty good about providing some kind of adjustment after the fact.
Therein lies the problem. Both my buddy and I, as well as most of the passengers were told just to leave our stubs on the overhead hanger and swap trains as we only had a few minutes. Since we both had bikes to contend with where everyone else had shopping bags we ended up with a more condensed timeframe.

I'll still write and explain the scenario. Perhaps they'll still honor it. Thanks for the info!
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Any idea if Camp Pendleton is closed to riders this weekend (31st and 1st)? My dad and I are planning a trip from Long Beach to San Diego. What's it like going through the base? Do they stop you or does the PCH just continue through? If it is closed, is there a way around it?
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Originally Posted by lufalcon View Post
Any idea if Camp Pendleton is closed to riders this weekend (31st and 1st)? My dad and I are planning a trip from Long Beach to San Diego. What's it like going through the base? Do they stop you or does the PCH just continue through? If it is closed, is there a way around it?
PCH ends between San Clemente and Oceanside. You then go on a bike path, a frontage road past the SONGS, a state park/campground, another trail, then you have a choice of entering the base or using the freeway. It sounds more complicated than it is. Basically, you follow all the other cyclists.

If you go through the base, you'll need to wear a helmet and have ID.
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Old 10-27-09, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by GP View Post
PCH ends between San Clemente and Oceanside. You then go on a bike path, a frontage road past the SONGS, a state park/campground, another trail, then you have a choice of entering the base or using the freeway. It sounds more complicated than it is. Basically, you follow all the other cyclists.

If you go through the base, you'll need to wear a helmet and have ID.
Easy for you to say. I've done it over 100 times in the past year or so and I still get lost haf the time
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Easy for you to say. I've done it over 100 times in the past year or so and I still get lost haf the time
That is because you are hyperventilating and depriving your brain of oxygen while trying to maintain your position at the front of the paceline for the entire 12 miles!
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Old 10-27-09, 08:13 PM
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Since the base is closed does that mean you can use the 5 Fwy since that is your only option??
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Old 10-27-09, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by socalrider View Post
Since the base is closed does that mean you can use the 5 Fwy since that is your only option??
Yes, bicycles are allowed on the freeway from Oceanside to Las Pulgas.
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Old 10-28-09, 01:27 AM
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Originally Posted by socalrider View Post
Since the base is closed does that mean you can use the 5 Fwy since that is your only option??
Bicycles are always allowed on the 5 from Las Pulgas to Oceanside Harbor Drive, the only exception is that bicyclists must exit the highway at the rest stop found along that stretch...

It is an exhilarating way to force yourself to hit close to 30MPH going up a 1.5% grade...

but remember your headphones... the traffic noise along the highway is horrible and in my humble opinion it is better to ride that area with headphones in both ears!
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I remember many years ago that we had to use the freeway during a similar situation and you can get a great pace going but there is so much debris on the side of the freeway.
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And even though the shoulder is pretty wide, I never got used to those trucks passing next to me at 70-80 mph.
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And even though the shoulder is pretty wide, I never got used to those trucks passing next to me at 70-80 mph.
You need better headphones.
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I remember many years ago that we had to use the freeway during a similar situation and you can get a great pace going but there is so much debris on the side of the freeway.
I have never encountered any more debris on the 5 fwy than I have on regular surface roads. This section of highway is also cleaned by a street sweeper regularly.
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I have never encountered any more debris on the 5 fwy than I have on regular surface roads. This section of highway is also cleaned by a street sweeper regularly.
Well that is good news, the last time I rode the 5 fwy was 10+ years ago..
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Has anyone ridden through Pendleton lately?
I was turned away at the gate the week before last and when I told the MP that the site said cycling through was resumed, he said I must have made a mistake.
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Has anyone ridden through Pendleton lately?
I was turned away at the gate the week before last and when I told the MP that the site said cycling through was resumed, he said I must have made a mistake.
Rode through last Friday (11/13).
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Awesome, thanks.
I've been itchin' for a banzai ride to the coffee place in San Clemente.
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Right, Starbucks. I wanted to try that place Carol mentioned--Kaylani, I think?

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Kelani is OK but SC's bike path is a long slog through residential neighborhoods. Instead, Indolent and I turn right when we exit the beach trail and go to a bagel place that's less than a mile from the trail end. Last Friday I rode to Dana Point and stopped at the Coffee Importers.
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Thanks for the tip.
I've always just gone to Cafe del Sol (your bagel place?) which is just after the Carl's Jr. on Cristianitos but maybe I'll cruise to Coffee Importers for a real break this time.
You doing anything Saturday morning? I'm going to put on the TT wheels and see if I can keep the average above 20mph.
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Thanks for the tip.
I've always just gone to Cafe del Sol (your bagel place?) which is just after the Carl's Jr. on Cristianitos but maybe I'll cruise to Coffee Importers for a real break this time.
You doing anything Saturday morning? I'm going to put on the TT wheels and see if I can keep the average above 20mph.
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