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Old 08-10-2019, 08:09 AM
mass_biker mass_biker is offline
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Palomar suggestions

In SoCal for about a week - on Tuesday I have a window of a few hours where I can do a ride. Planning on driving over from the San Marcos area (where I am staying) to do a ride up/down Palomar. I've done a version of this ride from Rancho Bernardo which entailed going down Valley Center and up South Grade and back...the ride down/up Valley Center was pretty sketchy with all the traffic at the time.

Since I have a car, I have a bit more flexibility. Some posts have suggested parking at the Harrah's in Rincon, heading out 76 to Palomar, and up South Grade, down East Grade and back. That sounds like a plan, but I was hoping to squeeze in Cole Grade too.

It's been many years since I've done these roads - any updates on traffic conditions on the major roads I've mentioned above? Any thoughts on how to incorporate Cole Grade into the proposed loop?

Many thanks

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Old 08-12-2019, 06:25 PM
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cgolvin cgolvin is offline
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I'm not much help here on traffic etc. since I've only done Palomar once and know nothing about Cole.

I had limited time and my intent was to climb the East Grade, descend the South Grade, then reverse course. Unfortunately, I mangled the navigation and ended up at the sign at the bottom of South Grade, so I just parked there and did my plan in reverse. It was nice, not too much traffic (they were shooting a commercial on the South climb so held up the cars but let me through), but I'm not a big fan of jumping on your bike and immediately heading up an 8% grade. If I were to do it again I'd park somewhere near the base of the East Grade and do my original plan.

I think you might have better luck re-posting in "General Discussion" since this subforum tends to be about organized rides rather than help with routes for solo rides.
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