Our long time bike riding friend Frank was down in Southern California this week. Linda and I loaded our bike on the car and drove down to Del Mar. We met Frank at about 10:00 and started riding south along the coast.
Not long after we started down the beach we came upon the famous Torrey Pines park and hill. It is famous among cyclists because of the hill, but the views are also spectacular. We continued on past UCSD and Scripts. After a bit, we stopped for coffee and an early lunch. We then continued South toward Mission Bay. We were able to use a combination of roads and bike paths to get down to San Diego Bay and skirt around the airport. We rode along the Bay until we got to the ferry crossing which is a block or two from the Main train station in down town San Diego.
We bought tickets for the ferry and were able to board just as they were getting ready to leave (no waiting!). The ferry took us across the bay to Coronado Island. The ferry ride was a great way to see the skyline, and we were treated to a beautiful view on a clear and cloudless afternoon. We road around Coronado, went down to look at the hotel Del Coronado. After we saw the old hotel, we rode straight back to the ferry and caught the ride back to down town San Diego.
We rode a couple of blocks from the ferry landing to the old Union Station (Santa Fe Terminal) whee we purchased some tickets for the Coaster. Riding the Coaster is pretty painless compare with riding on Amtrak. The tickets are much cheaper and the conductors are hospitable rather than hostile. We rode up to the Solana Beach station and rode about two miles to Frank's.
After we loaded up the bikes, we had all had a quick supper and then Linda and I headed home to Mission Viejo. It was a great to ride with a friend and we had a perfect day for it.