April 28 & 29
1: Book a Room! A block was more expensive than individual online booking; With a Senior Discount for those who qualify, the room is $86.39 for 2 people; $95.03 with taxes. You can book Motel6 # 471- "Carlsbad Beach" for a Senior rate lower than the "My6 Deal" price ....
2: Register in advance with the USMC! (or else you may have to ride the freeway shoulder between Las Pulgas Rd & Oceanside - Legal, and shorter, but not as scenic as Camp Pendleton)
3: Confirm you are a current member & dues are up to date through April 29!
4: Sign Up Here with PayPal or send in your $20 fee
(+$20 & form to join BCI or renew = $20+20)
or $15 for just dinner / not touring....
Payable to BCI c/o Bill Sellin, 405 E Wilson Ave Orange CA 92867
5: Show up at the Irvine Train Station on April 28th at 8am, load luggage, sign in & Ride out together at 8:42 (when SB Train 857 arrives at 8:42*)
Thanks to Marsha who scouted out our detour options on Trabuco Creek south of San Juan Capistrano: Path is closed but easy to get around...
Registered Participants So Far: Bill & Dev, Penny, Marilyn, Mike & Joveth, William & Judy, Tim & Karen, Dave & Marsha, Sangeetha & David, Marty & Nancy, John & Patty, Norm, Richard - Add your name HERE!
We will meet at the train station in Irvine @8; Park inside the parking garage for shade. (Look for us outside at the rental truck or trailer) We are still looking for a volunteer to handle renting & driving the truck again this year or Bill & Dev will; & Load gear on the truck, sign in & leave together at 8:42 from the tracks when John arrives for the ride to Carlsbad.
Train Options: If the ride is a bit far, you can hop on the southbound Metrolink 857 at 8:42 with your bike & skip the first bits - starting the ride at Mission Viejo or San Juan Capistrano or San Clemente - or even Oceanside; The Metrolink train is an easy way to travel with your bike & cheap; (1/2 priced for 65+ senior rate!)
The OC Line (600's) and IE-OC Line (800's) both roll along close to our route from Irvine to Oceanside.
Get off and start riding at Laguna Niguel to skip the first 9 miles. ($4.50 / $2.25)
Start riding at San Juan Capistrano to skip the first 13. ($6 / $3)
Get off at North San Clemente to skip the first 20 miles. ($7.50 / $3.75)
Stay on all the way to Oceanside to skip the first 46 miles... ($10 day pass / $5.50) and ride through Oceanside to Carlsbad with VERY fresh legs!
You could also ride the first 20 miles & train from San Clemente to Oceanside... skipping Camp Pendleton & still get to lunch in Oceanside or Carlsbad before the rest of the tourists arrive!
Saturday the truck will be ready to receive your gear when you check in after 8am. It will be waiting, locked, at the Motel6 for you to unload when you arrive. Bring what you need but be reasonable! Everyone will be moving bags to find their own, so a few small duffels (labeled) are better than a big one. DO bring a folding chair for dinner or be ready to sit on the ground for dinner. You don't need an ice chest: you can visit the Ralph's market 2 blocks away for snacks or beverages.
SATURDAY EVENING we have a nice sunny lawn on the edge of the pool for our social time @ 4:30 and dinner @6 When you roll in, check in, enjoy the pool or take a nap, then join the group at 4:30 PM for some Cosmic WimpOut, social time and dinner delivery on Saturday evening. If we can't eat on the lawn by the pool area (rules change) we will hang out on the lawn by the parking lot. For those with dietary concerns, we will have Pizza's delivered (veggie & meat) and salad and fruit and sodas - There is a market 2 blocks east if you need to find extra/other food or BYO beer/wine... or want to grab some snacks to share during the social hour...
After dinner we usually take a short walk to the beach to watch the sunset @ 7:33 then head back to Motel6 to sleep...
SUNDAY the truck will LOAD from 7 to 8, and will get to Irvine by NOON so your gear will be waiting for you until A): the last rider picks up their stuff at the earliest, or B): latest until 3:50 PM after the 858 train rolls in... Anything still there will be taken home by Bill & he will hold it until a later time; so Label with name & DON'T pack your car keys in it!
One Day Options: Can't spend the whole weekend?
Ride down with us on Saturday & come back on a Train: You will miss the fun dinner but get most of the scenic ride in!
Just get to Oceanside to catch either of the MetroLink trains north at 1:24, 2:51, 4:28 or 5:36 (sun set is at 7:33)
Sunday - You can take the 8:42 train south Sunday & find us in Oceanside after breakfast at 9:55 & ride home with us.
One way costs $10 for weekend day pass or $5.50 for 1/2 price seniors.