SoCaL Trippin' - a gas tank at a time...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by black 8, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    ~ Prolouge 12 July 2017

    I was a New York transplant and moved to San Diego, CA in 1994 when my job transferred me out west. My job assignments bounced me in-and-out of Southern California over the past 21 years but I've since retired. I decided to stay in SoCaL for now because of the mild sunny weather throughout the year lending itself to outstanding riding opportunities.

    I ride all over San Diego so I might as well take a few photos along the way and turn them into Day Trippin' ride reports so I can give highlights of the roads, weather, destinations, and scenic views. As the title implies I'll do this over a period of time so I'll just continue to add day trips to this thread whenever I venture out.

    The alternative reason I'm doing this is to record my motorcycle rides so I can look back at these someday and remember the goods times...

    Cheers inmates...
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  2. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    ~ One of the perks living in Southern California is riding along US Historic Route 101 from Oceanside to Del Mar. I left around 9am to take advantage of the overcast skies and cooler weather before the sun burns off that cloud cover...

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    Trinity will be out for this coastal ride...
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    Back in the day from the 1920s, 30s and 40s; US Historic Route 101 was one of the main coastal routes running north-south and was also known as Hill Street. Businesses lined these coastal communities to support the car phenomenon with cafe's, restaurants, and other services before the I-5 was built.
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    Oceanside Pier is one of the longest wooden piers on the west coast and has a Ruby's Restaurant at the end.
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  3. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    A typical California road lined with Palm trees...
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    Although Oceanside has worked hard to change the name from Hill Street to US Historic Route 101 as part of the Coast Highway Master Plan, some evidence of Hill Street still remains.
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    Carlsbad is known as the "Village by the Sea" by the locals and a tourist destination for visitors. Some good places to dine out here...
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    Carlsbad has a 7 mile stretch of the coastline.
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    I never get tired of riding along this gorgeous coastline...
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  5. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    Encinitas and Solana Beach are great beach cities to visit, it’s lined with popular shops and eateries...
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    Another of my favorite spots along the 101 is just after you pass through Del Mar and go down to Torrey Pines State Park. There are great hiking trails in Torrey Pines that lead down to the beach...
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    A very well known Golf Course...
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    La Jolla and Mount Soledad in the distance...
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    Trail down to La Jolla Pier.
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    Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla Cove.
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    La Jolla children's pool in the distance... the seals took it over at one point.
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    Shots of La Jolla cliffs looking back at Torrey Pines...
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    La Jolla is a popular place for visitors with multiple posh restaurants and store fronts.

    The park is a great place to see the sunset in the evenings...
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    Just a short 2.5 hour ride along the coast.

    Until next time inmates...
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  8. Beaumont Paco

    Beaumont Paco Adventurer

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    Nice that is something I would want to do as soon as I recover from my shoulder replacement surgery, on my Dr. the stretch from Del mar to the La Joya Cove brings back memorys of my running days (La Joya half marathon)
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    That is one of my all time favorite rides and do it at least once - if not twice a month. Sometimes I will take it all the way down to San Diego's Mission Beach...
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  10. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Nice posts'!

    You folks in the SD area have so much to offer, especially east, my favorite area! 58 years in SoCal, and I recently made my first trip to Sunrise Hwy & Mt. Laguna. :thumb

    I sure look forward to some more of your post's.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    +1 on riding opportunities in SD with the coastlines, mountain twisties, Ocotillo Wells, and mild city riding in downtown SD and Coronado...
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  12. Doug Matson

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    I remember staying in the pink hotel in the pic above and hanging out in that park. Basically So Cal from the beach to the mountains and deserts is a riding paradise! Dirt to street is has everything, just to many people but if your retired that changes everything because you can go riding when everybody else is going to work.
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    :thumb Yup - I usually start my rides at 8am or so in the morning when it's cool before it gets too hot out...
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    black 8 , beautiful little ride around , thanks for posting ,lots of little shops and eateries all along there great pics
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    Keep 'em coming
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    One of the reasons I stayed in San Diego..
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    Will do...
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    Used to live off Santa Fe Drive, right up from Swami's...........

    Miss the north county ocean, we had some great times there. My 2 stroke Yamaha street bike mostly stayed in the garage in those years. What was I thinkin' :bluduh

    Starting a family didn't leave much time for 2 wheeled pursuits, but no regrets! Thanks for bringing back some good memories. :beer
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    Red eyed and Rollin Been here awhile

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    I was a Border Patrol Agent many moons ago at the checkpoint at San Clemente. Beautiful area!
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    That's prime motorcycle riding therapy specially at 7am on the weekends...
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