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Old 06-27-11, 11:59 AM
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What is the best route to go from huntington beach to san diego?

In 2 weeks I am gonna ride to San Diego and stay the night and ride back up the next day. Are there any other good routes besides PCH? Also around where does the bike lane start on the 5 freeway?
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Old 06-27-11, 12:29 PM
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Here are some good links to help you find your way around that part of the route:

https://www.ocw.org/Amtrak/Amtrak2002...waySection.asp
https://www.efgh.com/bike/old101.htm
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Originally Posted by aprevo15 View Post
In 2 weeks I am gonna ride to San Diego and stay the night and ride back up the next day. Are there any other good routes besides PCH? Also around where does the bike lane start on the 5 freeway?
You can go east on the SART then south through Corona, Temecula, Fallbrook and Escondido.

I recommend going through the base instead of I-5.
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thanks guys.

so I-5 is out then.
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Originally Posted by GP View Post
You can go east on the SART then south through Corona, Temecula, Fallbrook and Escondido.

I recommend going through the base instead of I-5.
I, on the other hand, prefer taking the I-5 instead of going through the base. I've ridden Irvine to La Jolla five times and three of those times, I took the fwy. I've never ridden the return trip via the I-5 as I always managed to get a lift home from San Diego.

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Old 06-27-11, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by idoru2005 View Post
I, on the other hand, prefer taking the I-5 instead of going through the base. I've ridden Irvine to La Jolla five times and three of those times, I took the fwy. I've never ridden the return trip via the I-5 as I always managed to get a lift home from San Diego.
Lots of riders prefer I-5. I've never timed it but I assume it's faster. If I was making my first trip though, I'd go through the base.
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I am really looking for the safest route.
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Safe and boring = on the base
Very exciting and loud = I-5

With the exception of Camp P, there are many other routes that you can use to go south and north but they all involve lots more hills. El Camino Real starts again in Oceanside and will get you to SD as well.

Northbound on the 5 is just fine, just remember to exit at the rest stops (north and south) and only ride the 5 from Oceanside Harbor Drive to Las Pulgas.
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Try the I-5 once, and you'll likely never want to go back to riding on the base. It's not as dangerous as you assume it is.
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Old 06-28-11, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Extort View Post

Northbound on the 5 is just fine, just remember to exit at the rest stops (north and south) and only ride the 5 from Oceanside Harbor Drive to Las Pulgas.
That's good to know. What entrance do you get on going northbound?
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Old 06-28-11, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by idoru2005 View Post
Try the I-5 once, and you'll likely never want to go back to riding on the base. It's not as dangerous as you assume it is.
Yeah I was thinking about this last night. I think taking the 5 would be the quickest route. since i will be leaving around 1pm saturday, I need to save as much time as possible so I don't arrive in SD when it's dark. When I am riding back up Sunday morning, i can take longer route since i have all day to ride.

How is old pacific hwy?

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Old 06-28-11, 09:50 AM
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I would stay off El Camino Real from Oceanside to Carlsbad. Yes, there's a good bike lane, but lots and lots of crazy, distracted drivers trying to get in an out of the big shopping center there. I've almost got right hooked there a couple of times.
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Originally Posted by idoru2005 View Post
Try the I-5 once, and you'll likely never want to go back to riding on the base. It's not as dangerous as you assume it is.
Why don't you like riding on the base? It's quiet, has a few rollers, cool things to see, etc. I can understand wanting to take the 5 if you're commuting or need to get somewhere more quickly but if you're going to put the miles in, why not do it on a more enjoyable section of road?
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Old 06-28-11, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by cjbruin View Post
Why don't you like riding on the base? It's quiet, has a few rollers, cool things to see, etc. I can understand wanting to take the 5 if you're commuting or need to get somewhere more quickly but if you're going to put the miles in, why not do it on a more enjoyable section of road?
I've done it a couple of times. Depending on where you started from, you may not want to deal with the rollers. Cool things to see? Meh, all I saw were barracks, and barren, uninteresting terrain. About the only cool thing about riding the the base is hearing mortar fire in the distance. I really don't like sharing the road with large military vehicles. They spew hot exhaust into your lungs, and kick up dust and dirt as they blow by you. There are several bridges to cross where you have to take the lane or ride on the line. I think I've mentioned it before on another related thread, you actually have a greater buffer between cars and your left elbow if you ride on the I-5.

Finally, and this is the most important thing, leaving the base and heading into Oceanside, you have to contend with LOTS of dense, high-speed traffic coming and going to the freeway. That section is just plain scary. And after having tired yourself out riding the rollers through the base, you have to hammer in this section just to stay alive.
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Old 06-28-11, 10:52 AM
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You guys are really scaring me now. lol.
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I've never had that experience riding through the base...not saying you haven't. I can never recall seeing a large military vehicle on the road...pretty much just regular autos. The bridges are very short and I've never had another vehicle around when I crossed them. Never felt any danger near the exit in O-side. As for the rollers, they are really gentle...even for a clydesdale like me (well...I was one the last time I rode through there).
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Don't be scared about either route... I have never had a problem using either path. Since you are leaving at 1PM you might miss the cutoff for entrance before 5pm and be forced to take the freeway. (https://www.cpp.usmc.mil/scout/archiv...vise/cycle.asp)

Northbound entrance onto I-5 is also Oceanside Harbor Drive. It looks like you are riding into the base, but the highway entrance is on the left.

As for the Oceanside\Carlsbad shopping center - There are risks associated with riding a bike. Pay attention to the road and other people using the road and you will be fine.
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Originally Posted by idoru2005 View Post
That's good to know. What entrance do you get on going northbound?
Harbor Dr.

Originally Posted by aprevo15 View Post
You guys are really scaring me now. lol.
If you're starting at 1 on a Saturday, the base is the least of your problems. I'd worry about the traffic in Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach.

The base is pretty quiet on weekends but idoru2005 is correct about the little section from the front gate to Oceanside Harbor. Go as fast as you can, avoid the storm drain grates and pray through that stretch.
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Aprevo, Either way you go, you will have fun! We all have our preferences and you'll form your own as well. Going Southbound after San Clemente and through San Onofre/Campground, can get a little boring. But once you enter the Camp P (at the end of the campground) it does get rather scenic. There's a section where you actually ride on what looks like an old airstrip, you can get pretty fast on that road. Once you get through that section, you''l have a choice whether to hop on the 5 or head into the base. Again, either way, It's a blast. Once you are in Oceanside, take an opportunity to hit up one of the bars at the harbor. It's a good place to take a break.


Read this site, it's a great resource:

https://www.efgh.com/bike/old101.htm

It includes maps of the various cities you'll travel through on the way to San Diego. It will help you bypass most of the high-traffic areas.

One more thing: Make sure your tires are in GOOD condition and your spare tubes are good. Once you enter San Diego county, you'll see that the roads are in pretty bad condition compared to the roads in OC.

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Be careful in Newport Beach. Whenever I ride through there some kid in his mom's Mercedes won't change lanes to pass me and tries to force me into the door zone of parked cars. Camp Pendleton and I-5 are child's play in comparison.
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I'd also try to avoid CDM and Laguna Beach during the beach hours (8-10 pm) unless you like getting doored.
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Alright after reading the suggestions from everyone, I am gonna try to avoid the PCH as much as possible. Also I will take the 5 fwy. I am not exactly going to downtown San Diego but just north of San Diego since my friends can drive up a bit to meet me. I just want to get in my 100 miles.
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Old 07-15-11, 05:11 PM
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Have you done this ride yet? How did it go?
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Originally Posted by idoru2005 View Post
Have you done this ride yet? How did it go?
I postponed it til mid August. I'm in the process of changing my work so I got a lot of things going on. I can't wait to do this though.
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