We did have a recovery ride planned today. The meeting spot was the 7-11 store. Guido and I met at the corner of Black Mountain and rolled over to Casa Voris out of habit, not expecting to see anyone; we did not. John and Len joined us for the 8 am start and we all agreed a route heading back to the coast was in order. Guido suggested to head north on Espola and make our way toward Elfin Forest, good route. After passing Maderas Golf Course I turned us onto Cloudcroft Drive to tour the neighborhoods around Stoneridge before getting back to Pomerado. We rode over the Hodges pedestrian bridge and then back over I-15 as we made our way towards Harmony Grove.
The recent fires burned lots of the Harmony Grove Road and all the land has been moved with the planning for the future houses, all barely recognizable from last year. Guido took to the front and powered us toward Elfin Forest. The skies to the west looked ominous, dark clouds building and even some sprinkles. I paid the price for being an electronic Luddite and had to turn up Via Ambiente. I wanted to get home by 11 am to watch the Tour de France show on regular television. Guido, Len and John rolled toward San Elijo and presumably the coast; I was heading back via Del Dios and RSF.
The roads were wet on both the ascent and descent of Via Ambiente. Thunder boomed to the west and I was hoping to get back east before any rains arrived. I took it very easy up and down before turning onto Del Dios. I stopped for a water break before climbing Three Witches and made it home just before the start of the show. 50 miles, about 3,800 feet of climbing and no rain.
There was no camera today so no real proof that we did the group ride, except Strava of course. Here are a few photos from our Oceanside & Bonsall adventure from Saturday.
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