Team Fun was (as to be expected after a long-ish climb) scattered a bit with Heather K, Judy, Jill & Andy in the lead group, zooming through at great speed. A few seconds later came Julie, Ariel, Dee & John, then my steepie-climbing partner the Vzrd and Sian bringing in the rear. I snapped a few shots as they rolled by before scrambling back on the bike to play catch up.
|Heather K, Judy, Andy & Jill on Lake Wohlford Rd.|
|The lead and the chasing group in the process of disappearing up N Lake Wohlford Rd.|
|Smokey's Lake Wohlford Cafe.|
|Smokey's Halloween bar mate.|
|Smokey's cozy and well spooked out interior.|
|Step trail to Lake Wohlford Lookout.|
|The merry gang at Bates Nut Farm.|
We turned west on beautifully repaved (with still not much shoulder to ride on) Lilac Rd and suffered our way up the steeper pitch on Old Castle Rd (not quite my preferred cycling road due to traffic, but you can't have everything your own way!) before enjoying the fast and curvy downhill run to Champagne Blvd (Old 395). I had hoped to sneak in a mid-downhill stop for a new good pic of the Woreland Castle in the Pamoosa Valley on the south side of the road, but Sian and I were being passed by a couple of trucks just then and it just wasn't safe to do a pull-out maneuver.
|Heading west on Lilac Rd in Valley Center.|
|Looking back east on Old Castle Rd just before the crest.|
Fortified with pizza and iced soda in my insulated water bottles I headed back south on Champagne Blvd which turns into Centre City Pkwy upon entering Escondido. It's marked as a bike route, I think due to the presence of a wide bike lane, but I really wouldn't recommend riding on this thing for longer than a block since it keeps getting interrupted by uncontrolled merging lanes! After braving a few of those I gave up and scooted one block east to continue south on the quite safer-to-cycle Escondido Blvd instead.
|Rolling back to Welk Resort north of Escondido.|
|Heading south on Champagne Blvd to Escondido didn't earn me any level-ground riding!|
|Cycling-unfriendly high speed Centre City Pkwy... and its many uncontrolled on/off ramps.|