47th Annual Hostel International San Diego Christmas Bike Ride
Runs from Dec 26 through Dec 31. Six days, approximately 400 miles
with options for more.
For more information: http://sandiegohostels.org/bikeride/index.htm
During the last days of 2003 five members of the NYCC, Stan
Oldak, Paul Hohferr, Ellen Jaffe, Henry Joseph, and Maggie Schwarz,
headed out west to do this ride. In past years a number of NYCC
members have done this ride, in some cases numerous times. Among
them: Karin Fantus (10 times), Debra Feiger (several times), Fred
Steinberg (2 times), Henry Joseph (4 or 5 times) and others.
The ride starts in San Diego (at the University of San Diego)
and makes stops at Pine Valley, Warner Springs, Palm Desert, Hemet,
and Fallbrook before returning to San Diego. The group (70 this
year, usually about 90) stays in several churches, a school, and
a youth rec center. Sleeping arrangements are sleeping
bags on the floor where ever you find a good spot. Some people
bring tents and sleep outdoors (Fred did). Breakfast and dinner
provided and cooked by people from the group (you sign up for different
jobs: cook, clean, stack tables, etc).
The ride had lots of mountain
climbing and some long, fast descents as well. Elevation gain in
six days: approx 18–19,000 ft. Not an easy
ride. (no C's, only
strong B's and A's can manage this ride) This year proved unseasonably very cold!!
The second day featured a 9 mile climb on ice and snow and "black
ice." Especially tricky on the descent. There were lots of
falls in the group—one serious.