Group Ride Saturday, October 21: San Marcos Loop

Hi, Evedybody! (Hi, Dr. Nick!!!)

The Weather lady is calling for temps in the low- to mid-80s this Saturday in Escondido and Escondido before another Santa Ana heat spell Sunday-Wednesday. We haven’t done a ride in North County in a long time, so let’s ride in San Marcos this Saturday, October 21, starting at the T. Ryx shop at 10:00 (directions below). We’ll do the route John and I developed, which includes part of another route that Art led us on a while back. This is our favorite route for our Wednesday rides. From the shop we ride up into northern San Marcos in horse country; we then head down behind Palomar College; then down to Cal State San Marcos, over to Jack’s Pond Park, and finally back to the shop. The total is approximately 24-26 miles. There are at least two well-maintained restrooms at parks along the way, and there are several places to turn back if you need to. This is a really nice ride with bits of country, residential, commercial, and college areas. Parts of the route are on well-maintained Class I Bike Paths, others on Class II Bike Lanes or Class III Bike Routes. There are some challenging but ridable hills, but even those can be avoided by all or some riders. We can stop for lunch after the ride in our shop’s complex.

Remember, anyone can dehydrate on any ride, in any weather, so bring plenty of water and/or NRG drinks. Bring snacks for a boost along the way, and bring flat repair kits and other tools you may need, sun and/or rain protection, and anything else you might want to make this an enjoyable ride. If you have eAssist, remember to charge your battery (ies). Keep in mind, we are not an official cycling club at this point, but all riders are required to wear helmets, obey all traffic rules/laws, yield to pedestrians, and be otherwise safe when riding with us. But a key point is that we are riding to have fun, and get some exercise while we’re at it.

**NOTE: Please keep in mind that you’re not going to be dropped (left behind) if you can’t keep up on our rides. On the other hand, you won’t improve your riding skills or your health if you don’t push yourself at least a little each time you ride, whether with our group or on your own. That is not to say that you should overdo it! By all means, take breaks when you need them, and listen to your body! But make sure someone else knows what you’re doing if you’re in a group. It may take time for you to notice improved skills, weight loss, faster average riding times, or other benefits of working harder, but it’ll happen. Always simply coasting along or relying on your granny gears in all conditions is not going to help you keep up with the “big dogs” when the going gets tough. (Getting faster is a good way to keep away from the real big dogs, too.) When crossing some intersections or in other potentially hazardous situations, you may also need to be able to move quickly out of harm’s way. Remember, it’s difficult for another rider to help you ride your own steed up a hill when you’re struggling. The other rider will just be able to stay with you and give moral support. On some hills, it may be best for everyone in the group to ride at his/her own pace and then meet up with the group at the top. Bottom line: working at improving every time you ride will help you in a lot of ways.**

The T. Ryx shop is located at 1322 E. Mission Road, approximately 0.6 mile west of Nordahl/Auto Parkway, 4 doors west of Stater Brothers, in San Marcos. The overhead sign reads simply “BICYCLES”, and the T. Ryx sign is in the window. You can also find us using Google Maps, MapQuest, or your favorite map app.

Let’s try to make it a really big group this time. New riders, even on upwrong bicycles, are always welcome, so bring your friends and families.

I hope to see a bunch of you on our ride on Saturday!

Bye, Evedybody! (Bye, Dr. Nick!!!)

Terry Hoppy Dean

T. Ryx Recumbent Trikes

Bike Vault


1322 E. Mission Road

San Marcos, CA 92069

Shop: 760.489.8083

Cell: 760.500.8418

Email: tcd (Please note this new email address. Hoppy is no longer active.)

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