We Did It! Newport Beach to San Diego
Mike on the ferry to Coronado, a short float from our final destination of San Diego.
For our 24th anniversary, we did the unbelievable: We rode our recumbent trikes from Newport Beach to San Diego. And we had an excellent adventure along the way.
The first day we rode from Newport Beach to San Clemente. It was uphill most of the way, with a demon hill on Niguel Road, but what a gorgeous view! And, of course, there is the downhill to the Pacific Coast Highway. Time for lunch in Dana Point Harbor. The ride then followed alongside the ocean from Doheney Beach to a beach trail winding through San Clemente, where we stayed for the night. That was a 38-mile day.
The second day we rode along the San Onofre beach, a scenic, 3,000-acre coastal-canyon park complex on the old Route 101, which is now 11 miles of bicycle-only highway. It was just breathtaking as we pedaled close to the beach. One of the highlights was riding through Camp Pendleton (but watch out for the snakes!). Everyone passing through there seems to stop at the PX to get coffee or just for a rest break. Onto Oceanside and its lovely harbor, with shops and restaurants. After lunch, we rode to Carlsbad. It just doesn't get better than this (or so I thought).
The view to Torrey Pines from Encinitas.
Our last day’s ride took us through the various beach communities near San Diego and, at last, along the beach with a final climb up the real demon hill at Torrey Pines. Wow, it was just fantastic to see the views as we rode up that hill.
Nancy atop the big hill at Torrey Pines.
It was an amazing trip that we won't forget. We are already planning our next weekend-long trips.
Tip for this adventure: All of the views are fantastic. The sunsets are amazing anywhere along the way. It is a great route. As far as food goes, we had a delightful lunch at 333 Pacific in Oceanside, a very good dinner at Paon in Carlsbad (they have a wine bar next door that is a fun place for people watching). Finally, we had a great dinner at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.
Favorite local bike shop: Bent Up Cycles in North Hollywood, California.