Springtime Local Stuff

With my current work schedule  as well as both of my boys playing hockey  I have been staying pretty busy.    This has forced me to spend more time hitting my local stuff than spending the time to get to farther away trails.   As such I have found a revived bit of stoke for the stuff right on my way home and nearly right out my front door.    This is not so much as a ride report as some random pictures from some various bits of the local goods.

Stopping to smell the flowers at Daley Ranch.  This place is always a good place to get your butt back in shape and about 15 minutes from Casa Del Bill.

La Costa is about a five minute drive from my house and while a fairly small area it can be connected with other areas for 50 plus miles of nearly all dirt riding.  For the last few years La Costa has been the starting point of the Archipelago Ride.

Calvera Lake is less than two mile from my house so it is pretty nice to roll right from the garage.    It is a pretty time of year there as things are still green. 

Tom is checking out one of the Calvera locals.

This local was down for a closeup. 

Los Penasquitos Canyon is right on my home so it gotten back onto the mid-week schedule.    I finally got a chance to check out the Cam Ru trail.   I must say this a pretty cool trail.  It is great to see that San Deigo County Parks and Recreation department can create a real trail when they want to.  

The flowers have been blooming for some time now in the canyon.  I felt pretty lucky to have this hummingbird nearly fly in front of  camera.


Deer are often a spectator of your efforts if you are chasing daylight.   I have seen a bobcat in the canyon as well but he did not let me get my camera to eye before slipping into the brush.

It has been nice to remind myself that you don’t have to travel far to get in some ride stoke in this part of SoCal.

A Coast-to-Coast Big Laguna Ride

Back in the summer of 2008, while on a business trip to Philadelphia,  JD showed me around one of the local riding spots.  It was good stuff so I was glad to return the favor when my schedule and JD’s line up this past week.   One cool thing about air travel in the westward direction is the time zones work in your favor.  JD took the first flight out of Philly on Monday and was in San Diego just before lunch.    I met him at the airport with an extra bike and we headed east.   Well not directly east.  JD got here before lunch but his luggage decided to catch some brunch back in Philly and catch him at his hotel later.     A quick stop by a local bike shop netted JD a fresh set of SPDs and some shoes before heading out.

The Big Laguna Trail system in the Laguna Mountains Recreation Area was the designated “off-site conference location”.    Sure there are gnarlier bigger rides like the Tour De Noble nearby but this area is super pretty this time of year and we did not have all day. 

 Cruising the ridge off of Red-Tail Roost.   I’m a big fan of Red-Tail Roost followed up by Los Gatos Ravine.

Cruising the north side of the meadow.


 Yeah, Work Sucks!   I think we talked enough shop to confidently say we were not playing “hookie”.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 

We did a pretty good chunk of trails in the BLT system.  On our final segment back to the truck the afternoon light started to make some of the colors in the meadow pop which made for a nice way to finish off the ride.   That’s the way Monday’s should feel.