July 09, 2007

Local Blogger does Bike Post and Dude Mucho Surprised and Happy

Joe Shaw, of the Orange County based Blog, Greetings from Huntington Beach, celebrates cycling in his fine city with a few pictures. ;-D

July 9, 2007 in Riding Orange County | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

January 31, 2007

New Bike Trail Plan in Costa Mesa Brings Questions 5

I wrote the 2 Costa Mesa Officials the following heads-up, on the 28th:

Dear Councilperson Foley, and Mr. Naghavi :

I recently read the OC Register story on the possibility of a new Bike Trail in Costa Mesa.

As a BikeBlogger, who lived in Costa Mesa for 2 years, writes about cycling in the city, and the Back Bay as well, not to mention writing about cyclling in the OC in general, I was interested.

I made a couple of trips to explore the route, as described, before writing my own story as a follow-up to the one in the Register.

Did you go wandering around for a look see, as well, before deciding to explore this idea?

The reason I ask is that, after checking things out for myself, I have plenty of questions. ;-D

I applaud your goal, but the article/map, give the impression that the trail would be continuous, when all the evidence I saw clearly shows otherwise.

I just completed a 3 part series, with pictures, and will add more chapters as the story warrants.

New Bike Trail Plan in Costa Mesa Brings Questions.

There is a link leading to the next chapter to make it easy to follow the story.

I, and my readers, would be interested in your thoughts on my report, and any more light you can shed on what is being planned.

Is there something on the City Website that I could check out for more info?

I'd even be willing to come down to your offices, and/or wander around the neighborhood again, for future stories. ;-D

Sincerely yours,

MR. KIRIL KUNDURAZIEFF
Santa Ana, CA.

I received responses from both.

On the 29th, Mrs. Foley replied:

Dear Mr. Kundurazieff:

Thank you for your questions and comments.  I read your blog and I was a
little surprised that you would not have waited until the study session
where the trails plan is presented before commenting in such detail. 

As you, I would love for us to have pristine, perfectly connected trails
throughout the city.  At this point in time, because we are predominantly
built out, I am trying to work with staff to make the best with what we
have. 

I guess the way that I see it is that even if a trail stops on the
channel and must cross the street and travel a bit down Bristol to pick up
the channel again, that is better than no trail at all.  I hope you agree.

I appreciate your comments and encourage you to attend the study session so
that as we do better define the trail, we will take into consideration the
needs of bicyclists.

Thanks for being involved.
Katrina Foley

I replied as follows:

To Paragraph 1:

Dear Mrs. Foley:

Thank you for your reply!

You should not be surprised that I would do a report.

Since y'all went public with this idea I felt it was important to check the route out, and write about what I saw, as part of my story on the OC Register report. ;-D

To Paragraph 2:

Working with what you have is what I figured you would be doing, and showing the public what is there, as opposed to what the OC Register article implies ( The reporter admitted visiting the area,  and said, in retroispect, he could have been more clear than he was. ) is what I hope is just a start to my covereage.

To Paragraph 3:

I agree wholeheartedly, that a break in the trail is better than no trail at all!

You can either have a striped lane from Bear to the channel, or cross the street  for a short extention behind those busineses along the same stretch to the underpass at Newport, I suppose.

It's the other connections I'm curious about as well, from there to the Bay, to see what you plan.

As you can tell from the route I created for a tour of the City, I am a supporter of efforts by city goverment to provide cycling opportunities for their residents.

My Blogging about your current effort is just a "New Media" version of the old standby where citizens appear at meetings to speak, or pontificate in letters, to their reps, or the local paper.

Citizen interest in the activities of government is important, and is often sorely lacking.

I am determined to do my best, on both my blogs to show an interest in my city ( Santa Ana ) , and the OC in general.

While I may not be able to attend meetings, since I often work 6 days a week, there are other ways I can learn to use to keep abreast of things.

When I creatred the Tour of Costa Mesa I had this notion of doing one for each city in the county, but life had gottten in the way of my doing that, short of a ride along a bike trail in Santa Ana.

This year, I plan to begin to rectify that by rejuvenating the project by 1st doing a tour of the city I hope to live in a long, long, time, Santa Ana.

To Paragraph 4:

When, and where, is the Study Session, and if I am unable to attend how can I learn about what was discussed.

I wish to do what I can to help gain support for your porposal.

Sincerely yours,

MR. KIRIL KUNDURAZIEFF
Santa Ana, CA.

Very cool! ;-D

Yesterday Mr. Naghavi responded, while CC'ing a few other city official with an interest in this project:

Dear Mr. Kundurazieff:

Thank you for your interest in Costa Mesa, and cycling in general.
What you may have read in OC Register is basically a very very
preliminary step towards consideration of a trail.

Costa Mesa Transportation consistently looks for possible ways to
improve our bike lane/trail system. As such, we may look at every avenue
available.

The trail you mention, while not quite continuous could potentially
provided needed links between Santa Ana River, and the Back Bay.

At this point, it is only "an idea", and accordingly lots of questions
remain. Once a direction has been provided, then staff will expend the
necessary time and effort to thoroughly explore all related issues.


We welcome ideas, and suggestions where practical, and will be happy to
talk to you whenever you would like to visit our offices.


Peter Naghavi
Transportation Manager
City of Costa Mesa

I replied:

Dear Mr. Naghavi ( And everyone else, hee, hee! ):

Thanks for replying!

I think that you are doing the right thing by exploring all aspects of your idea before proceeding, and  hope I am not the only user of the city trail system to contact you, or appear at meetings to opine.

As you can tell from this link ( NOTE FROM SNEAK TO READER: Included link to this post! ), and may have already heard from Mrs. Foley, I responded, in more depth, to her e-mail to me.

I would love to attend the Study Session she mentioned if I knew when, and where, and am able.

Alternatively if there is info posted online afterward, or is currently info online, I'd be interested in the links.

I'd love to come in for a visit, and will see what my work schedule is, and get back to you.

Sincerely Yours,

Mr. Kiril Kundurazieff
Santa Ana, Ca.

Very cool! ;-D

January 31, 2007 in Riding Orange County | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New Bike Trail Plan in Costa Mesa Brings Questions 4

I wrote the reporter of the OC Register the following heads-up, on the 28th:

Dear Mr. Overley:

I recently read your story on the possibility of a new Bike Trail in Costa Mesa.

As a BikeBlogger, who lived in Costa Mesa for 2 years, wrote about cycling in the city, and the Back Bay as well, not to mention writing about cyclling in the OC in general, I was interested.

I made a couple of trips to explore the route, as described, before writing my own story as a follow-up to yours.

Did you go wandering around for a look see, as well, or just do your story based on the what the Officials said?

The reason I ask is that, after checking things out for myself, I have plenty of questions. ;-D

I applaud their goal, but they, and by extention, your article/map, are giving the impression that the trail would be continuous, when all the evidence I saw clearly shows otherwise.

I just completed a 3 part series, with pictures, and will add more chapters as the story warrants.

New Bike Trail Plan in Costa Mesa Brings Questions. 

There is a link leading to the next chapter to make it easy to follow the story.

I, and my readers, would be interested in your thoughts on my report, and any more light you can shed on what you learned in reporting this story.

Sincerely yours,

MR. KIRIL KUNDURAZIEFF
Santa Ana, CA.

I received the following reply, the next day:

Hi there Kiril, thanks for writing ... I did drive and walk along a portion
of the route to get a taste of what the channels look like, albeit nothing
on the scale of your research. I hear you on it not being a continuous
route; but it would have been impossible to create our map to reflect every
break in the chain, so to speak.

Within my story, I used the plural on purpose -- "Dusty, weed- infested
gullies could become cycling havens" -- but you're right, I should have
been more clear.

Anyway, thanks again for touching base. If you'll pass on your number, I'd
like to talk with you in the event I do a follow-up story. Best,

Jeff Overley
The Orange County Register

Well, of course I passed along my number! Along with the following reply:

Hi there, and  Thanks for replying!

Score 1 for the "New Media" ! Hee, hee. ;-D

Seriously... I applaud the Register for making the story public in the 1st place.

How many folks would know the idea was even being contemplated if the Officials had not had the medias help to publicize it?

Just so ya know.... I work 6 days a week mostly, and those shifts begin as early as 1245pm, or as late a 3pm, thus meaning I don't have the chance to attend meetings, and the like, unless they fall on off days.

I commute by bus, and/or bike, where ever I go. ;-D

BTW, I list the OC OUTDOORS link as a resource in my sidebar, and have corresponded with Mr. Whiting about a story of his as well ( One which I had already broken a few years earlier, hee, hee! ), to answer a question he had in his piece about riding thru Camp Pendleton. ;-D

Sincerely yours,

MR. KIRIL KUNDURAZIEFF
Santa Ana, CA.

Very cool. ;-D

City Officials respond in Part 5.

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January 27, 2007

New Bike Trail Plan in Costa Mesa Brings Questions 3

After exploring the proposed route for the new Bike Trail, in Costa Mesa ( The story begins here. ), there was 1 more thing I needed to do: Discover where the 2 Concrete Channels meet, and become 1.

So I returned to Bristol St. and Bear.

Actually I got off the bus at Bristol and Baker, and rode south to a little side street, just before the 73 frwy., called Randolph, Ave., that heads east, and deadends at a gated Apartment Community called South Pointe.

Luckily the gate was opened by a person on foot, and so I ventured forth, riding around until i came to where the complex comes up against the Santa Ana Dellhi Channel as it heads south.

From there I saw that tthe merger I suspected was closer to the freeways, and so returned to Bristol, and Randolph, where there is a Business Complex across the street from the Memphis Restuarant.

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There, in the back, I found my Holy Grail. ;-D

The eastbound Paularino Channel, that stopped at Bristol, and Bear, re-emerges from under the 73, on its north side, next to the back parking lot, of the Business Park at 2900 Bristol.

The notion that this proposed trail would be continuous would be shot to pieces, by what I saw in this little corner.

Recreation aside, officials think the plan would spruce up downtrodden channels, which often abut homes but also lure vandals and transients.

"If it were improved and it were a place with a lot of people and a lot of activity, it would prevent a lot of deterioration," said Councilwoman Katrina Foley, who has been spearheading the proposal along with city Transportation Manager Peter Naghavi.

I agree that creating a Multi-use Trail along the route in question would improve the area, but there would have to be several, unconnected, Trails, with maybe Class 2 striping, on Bristol between the end of the accessable Paularino, and the start of the accessable Delhi, sections.

At the places where streets cross the path of the channels some way of getting to the other side would be needed, whether a cross-walk, or tunnel.

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After coming out from under the 73 the Paularino, takes a short jog, and merges with the Delhi.

Wanting to get a clear shot of the merger, and where it goes under the 55 and 73, I walk over where the complex, and the Delhi, are next to the 55.







I seriously contemplated climbing the fence, which would have been easy to do, for a nice un-obstructed, close-up, but with my luck the cops would magically appear, with me on the wrong side, and headlines of "Local Blogger Arrested for Tresspassing on Freeway! " being plastered on the front page of the Orange County Register, danced in my head. ;-D

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So I settled for getting close to the ground, and up against the fence, for this shot, instead.

The next, and final, piece of the puzzle, was now pretty clear to me.

I returned to Bristol, and rose south to where i had earlier seen the Delhi emerge next to the Acapulco Restuarant.

On the north side of the street are Bristol Mini-Storage, and Ganahl Lumber.

Locking my bike outside the lumberyard I ventured into the wilds of Ganahl's outdoor backlot, and discovered a little corner, up against the fence that separates the yard from the storage, and the fence that separates the yard from the freeway.

Climbing onto an unsteady perch, on top of a stack of some huge something-or-others, I got a nice, clear, view.

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Yup, you guessed it!

No Channel! ;-D

Nadda, nothing, nowhere. ;-D

It obviously is under the Mini-storage.







So there you have it.

The Channel returnes to daylight, after going under Bristol, as you can see in my final picture, then heads SE past Golf Courses, as shown before.

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As the article in the Register reports: "Naghavi said he has met with county officials about the idea, but that any design awaits City Council direction.

A study session will likely be held next month, Foley said."








Well, I plan to write to both, this weekend, about what I found, and see what they have to say about this.

I'd like to assume that they know of the complications I've detailed, but the article puts doubt on that assumption, so I figure that my report will, if not open their eyes to something unknown, serve as a visual reminder.

****UPDATE - 1/31/07****

The Responses have been coming in. ;-D

Proceed to Part 4.

****END UPDATE****

January 27, 2007 in Riding Orange County | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New Bike Trail Plan in Costa Mesa Brings Questions 2

When the High Poobahs of a city decide to look into adding a Bike Trail to the community landscape this is a good thing, but when a look around the proposed route leads to some very serious questions of viability one has to wonder what the Officials are thinking.

I have made 2 trips to the area, and in this, and the next post, will detail my findings.

I then willl let offialdom know, and see what more I can learn that might shed some light on the plans they say they are considering.

The article in the OC Register ( Linked in Part 1. ) tells what little we know.

Dusty, weed- infested gullies could become cycling havens under a plan in the early stages of study by city officials.

The "community trail" concept calls for topping flood-control channel levees with decomposed granite and unlocking the channel gates, giving cyclists a clear path through heavily urbanized terrain.

Similar flood-channel trails have been built in Irvine, Orange and Seal Beach, among others. Several years back, Costa Mesa built a 2.5-mile trail atop the Greenville-Banning Channel, which parallels the Santa Ana River.

That channel trail provides access to/from the Santa Ana River Bike Trail at Fairview Park on the west side of town.

The path now being studied would be of similar length and run along Paularino Channel, which begins near Fairview Road and Baker Street. It would meet the Santa Ana Delhi Channel near Baker and Bristol streets, and then run almost to Upper Newport Bay.

In Part 1 I showed you 3 pictures: A View the Paularino Channel at Baker/Fairview, a view of the Santa Ana Delhi Channel section, south of Mesa Dr./east of Irvine Ave. showing the route leading to the Back Bay, and the same channel off Santa Ana Ave./south of Bristol St. showing a locked gate with a No Tesspassing sign, blocking access to a posted County Multi-Use Trail.

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On my 1st visit, after leaving Fairview, I headed east on Baker, to Bristol.

After heading south, under the 73 frwy, I came to Bristol and Bear St.

MORE than 2 blocks south of Baker.

This is where the 1st trail meets the 2nd, and then they live Happily Ever After all the way to the Bay!

1 problem: There is a freeway blocking eastbound access.

The path beyond the gate is a short one that goes behind business I ride past as I head south/East on Bristol.

Okay, I thought, this is interesting. Where's the blasted channel?

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Just east of where the 55 and 73 meet, at Bristol st. and Newport Blvd., is an access road that leads to one of the freeways, behind a Mini-Storage.

Walking back there I discovered no view of the channels.

By now I realized that the idea of a non-stop trail was non-existent, and was curious to see what other surpises might me instore the rest of the way.

I returned to Bristol, and a block further east I came across the, now merged, Santa Ana Delhi Channel.

It is now heading SE next to a Golf Course.

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The access is next to a dirt lot used for excess parking related to the Extra Storage, and  Acapulco Restuarant on its west side.

Not exactly the best place to put a Bike Trail Access, unless you eliminate the dirt lot.

I continue east on Bristol, to Santa Ana Ave., and a short distance south of the intersection pick up the channel again.

Santa Ana Heights is a community with a Homeowners Association, and lots of Horse Lovers, and a few Horse trails including one that parallels the channel, to the Bay, as shown in the picture in pt.1.

This is where I came upon the locked Country Trail, as shown also in Part 1.

A man I met later gave me to believe that residents of the area may have keys that allow access to the trail, but I don't know for sure.

I went south on Santa Ana, then east on Mesa Dr., where I found the Channel one last time, at Irvine Ave., along with another Golf Course.

The trail runs east through the course before going under Irvine Ave.,, then south to Mesa Dr.

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As you will see from this, and the next pic, there is no access to the channel, just a gravelly area the short distance to Mesa.











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The Golfers have to cross the street to get to another part of the course, and there is no public access to the channel on either side of the street.









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With the course on the left, and the backyards of houses on the rigght, there is no public access.

Following the dead-end street that is just south of the intersection, and heads east, roughtly next to the trail, I can get closer looks at the channels, and the Horse Trail on the far side, once the channel leaves the Golf Course behind.

As you can see from the picture in Part 1 there is a lot of space over there, all the way to the Bay.

But what about where the 2 channels meet?

I was still puzzled about this, and decided to return for a closer look to see if I could find the answer.

January 27, 2007 in Riding Orange County | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 22, 2007

Who Killed Felipe Hernandez?

Almost every day since I moved into my apartment in Santa Ana I have used the Santa Ana River Bike Trail in my commute to work.

I've seen a lot of things in that time, from trash to transients, birds to squirrels, bicyclists to walkers, and more, but what I've passed on every trip since sometime in late July/early August, touched my heart, and finally peaked my curiosity:

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A memorial.

Under the 1st Street Bridge Crossing, it was being tended by someone who, when I stopped to look, from a distance, that 1st time, and called out a question, reacted in heated Spanish, so I rode on.

Every so often I would notice a change in flowers, and would marvel at the fact that no-one had removed it from the scene.



Not transients, not Law Enforcement, not County Clean-up Crews.

Not even God saw fit to wash it away during a rain.

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The Bike Trail passes it, and there are entrance/exit, lanes to/from the street, on either side of 1st.

I wondered if I was the only one to glance at it as I pedaled by, and if anyone else ever stopped to take a closer look?

Finally, on New Year's Eve, I stopped again, and decided to do more than just look.

I wanted to see if I could learn something more.

A search of the Social Security Death Index turned up 1 person by this name, who died in Santa Ana, but he was not this one.

That one was born in 1904, and died in 1965.



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Who was he why was he killed here, and how?

Someone who cared very deeply for this man was keeping his memory alive on this spot, maybe hoping the Memorial would spur someone to come forward.

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The black metal cross is strapped by a rope to a bucket full of rocks.

Roses, and other flowers, surround it, and there is also a glass with a white Novena Candle, behind the bucket.

The Candle shows some use.





Felipe was born on July 9th, 1966, and died on July 1st, 2006, just short of his 40th birthday.

A Google Search revealed that the Santa Ana Police Dept. had put out a Press Release about the case:

On July 1, 2006 at about 6:25 a.m. the body of Felipe Hernandez was discovered lying in the Santa Ana Riverbed near the 1st Street overpass.

The case is being investigated as a homicide by the Crimes Against Persons homicide unit.

Hernandez was last seen at the transportation center located at 1000 E. Santa Ana Blvd where he was to board a bus to Tijuana, Mexico to visit his wife.

Initial investigation indicates Mr. Hernandez was possibly assaulted and thrown off the 1st street bridge.

It is unknown why Felipe was in that area, or who was with him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Ana Police Department homicide unit at (714) 245-8319

Date: 7/13/06

Contact: Sgt. Lorenzo Carrillo (714) 245-8715.

There is a mystery, here, and it is not important whether Mr. Hernandez was in the United States Illegally, or not, though it's possible that if he was then that could have had something to do with his fate, and thus be important for solving his murder.

When was he at the Station, and when did he leave, who with, and why?

What led to his murder at the channel?

No-one should die the way he did, and maybe posting this story, here, will help spread the word of his case, and lead to its solving.

***A thank you to Sgt. Lorenzo Carrillo, of the Santa Ana Police Dept., for sharing the photo of Mr. Hernandez.***

***UPDATE -1/29/07*** The photo of Mr. Hernandez, that was here, has been removed out of respect for his family. A friend advised me that since Bloggers don't yet have all the protections that Mainstream Journalists have, I might have to get the family's permission to use the photo despite the Cops having the OK to distribute it. Anyone wishing to see the photo can request it from the Officer mentioned in this story.

***END UPDATE***

***UPDATE 2 - Spring 2008***

Recent rains brought enough water to flood the channel enough to reach the memorial, and sweep it away, and it has not been replaced, as of Mid-May.

I think whoever had been keeping it up took this as some sort of sign to move on with their lives.

***END UPDATE***

January 22, 2007 in Riding Orange County | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

January 19, 2007

New Bike Trail Plan in Costa Mesa Brings Questions

On Monday came word of a plan by the powers that be, in Costa Mesa, CA., to possibly create a new Trail in the city.

It would begin off Fairview Ave., south of Baker St., and head east.

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As I detailed, in creating a 27 mile Tour of the City, in 2005, there are several other Trails in town ( I plan to finally add pictures to this story, soon! ).

As Jeff Overley reports in the OC Register:

Dusty, weed- infested gullies could become cycling havens under a plan in the early stages of study by city officials.

The "community trail" concept calls for topping flood-control channel levees with decomposed granite and unlocking the channel gates, giving cyclists a clear path through heavily urbanized terrain.

Similar flood-channel trails have been built in Irvine, Orange and Seal Beach, among others. Several years back, Costa Mesa built a 2.5-mile trail atop the Greenville-Banning Channel, which parallels the Santa Ana River.

Upon 1st blush this idea sounds fine, and dandy. ;-D

It would end up by possibly connecting with the existing trail on the north side of the Back Bay, or coming close.

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I got nosey, yesterday, and spent 2 hours scoping things out, using the map that came with the article, and the article itself, as my guide.

To say that I have serious questions is a major understatement.

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When a clearly marked ( See the sign just inside the gate, on the left? ), short, County Multi-Use Trail has locked gates with NO TRESPASSING signs, it leads one to wonder what Officials are thinking.

That is not the half of it, though.

I have 8 other photos, and almost as many related questions, and detail them beginning in Part 2. ( Read Part 2 here. ) .

I plan to return to the area this weekend, and will be trying to learn more from the city after my report.

I wonder how many on the Council will remember my appearance at a Council Meeting, where I talked up cycling twice in comments to the council, and e-mails on other, non-cycling, issues, from the 2 years I lived in the city? ;-D

I remember sending word, by e-mail, to the council, about the ride I created, but don't remember hearing from anyone. ;-D

The OC Register article:

Costa Mesa Studying Bike Trail.

January 19, 2007 in Riding Orange County | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 19, 2006

Mts. to Sea Trail 1: Orange to Newport Beach

In the Spring of 2005 a momentious announcement was made as a new Multi-Use Trail was opened up, with plans for 2 more to follow in coming years.

At the time I took it upon myself to go ride the trail for a story, but barely 3 miles in my odometer batteries went dead.

The ride was great, and I knew I wanted to return.

In October I did just that, and took along my camera. ;-D

Let me introduce you to Orange County's 1st Mountains to the Sea Trail, the backbone of the 50,000-acre Irvine Ranch Land Reserve.

Depending on where you begin, and end, and if you skip one section meant more for those with mountain bikes, the 1 way trip is 20 to 24 miles.

The ride actually begins, if you want it to, with a visit to the Irvine Regional Park, located east of the intersections of Jamboree Rd. and Chapman Ave, or Santiago Canyon Rd. ( Where the Official Trail begins. ).

People with cars can get there on Jamboree, from the 5 freeway.

People, like me, with bikes can take any number of North, or Southbound, Orange Country Transit busses, depending from where you are coming from, to Chapman Ave. in Los Alamitos, Stanton, Garden Grove, Anaheim and Orange, to catch the #54 Bus heading east.

On Sundays, however, this bus does not go all the way to its normal end, at the nearby Santiago Canyon College, so you would have to ride the rest of the way, a mile or so up Chapman Ave.

Once at the end of the ride, in Newport Beach, riders who drove to the start can return the way they came, or take take the #57 bus from the nearby Fashion Island Mall to Chapman, and connect with the 54.

As an alternative folks can start at the Newport end ( Numerous busses take cyclists to the area. ) where there is limited parking at a couple of spots along the Newport Back Bay portion of the Trail, and on Sundays Cyclists can enjoy a great down hill jaunt on Chapman down to where they can catch the bus if they need to.

When I arrived at the college I got off the bus at the stop on Newport Blvd, just before the bus enters the college, then road east to Santiago then a short distance south to Jamboree.

You can begin here by turning right, onto the trail, or do as I did, and turn left to ride to the park.

There is a road that heads south to the tip of the park, and is a cool 1/4 mile ride past numerous Parking Areas. ( To plant your car for the day you need to pay a the entrance to the Park. )

At South Parking Area #15 is the entrance of the Multi-use Trail thru the park.

Mts_sea1 As you enter the trail you take a left onto a blacktop trail that follows the west side of the creek bed for just under a mile, passsing Horse Stables on your right.

You take a left onto a road that goes out of the park the way you came, onto Irvine Park Rd, then onto Jamboree.

Reaching the Corner of Santiago Canyon Rd. you return to the Official entrance to what is officiall called the Peter's Canyon Bikeway, a block further, at Chapman and Jamboree.



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It is clearly marked with excellent signage.

The Bikeway travels for almost a mile until it comes to the entrance of Peter's Canyon Regional Park.

It is here that you have a decision to make:

Is your bike able to handle dirt trails?





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Anyone else should continue on Jamboree the 3 rolling miles to the continuation of the paved trail at Portola Parkway.

If you want you can then ride the trail north from Portola, up to the exit from Peter's Canyon, and back, before continuing on Jamboree.





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I, of course, ventured into the park. ;-D





A careful roadbiker can tackle the park at their own risk, and will find the trail is not THAT hard to deal with, and worth the time, and effort.

The trail is a combination of flat, sometimes bumpy, loose, and hard-packed dirt that best suits knobby tires.





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Riding here one is surrounded by nature, in all its glory, and encounters the occasional walker, jogger, and cyclist ( It is busier on Weekends. ).

The place is very popular with families, and people walking their dogs, though I had to wonder about the guy with the Chihuahua ( Wasn't he concerned that there might be Squirrels bigger than, um , Tiny? )





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Once out of the park you turn right, and head around the Retarding Basin to the entrance of the clearly marked trail.

It is easy to miss the right turn if the the Official Trail Sign is missing, as it was the day I went thru.







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The paved trail hugs Peter's Canyon Rd, and is again called the Peter's Canyon Bikeway.

it is a shaded trail behind a school, and park, that crosses pioneer, and Tustin Ranch Rd., to Portola, and then to Jamboree.

The whole side tour is about 3 1/2 miles.

Once back on Jamboree the Official Trail continues its journey south.

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Shortly the trail goes under Jamboree, and contunues on the other side of the street as it passes several residential neighborhoods.

By now you will be noticing the nice green circles, with an arrow, in the pavement, that are another way you can tell you are headed the right way.





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Shortly the trail hangs a left, away from the hustle, and bustle of the street, and into the residential neighborhoods.





It continues through a tunnel then runs parallel to the Toll Rd. ( On your left. ).

Alas this marvelous bush, and tree, lined route whose trees will grow to add more shade, ends at Bryan Ave., and you turn left, onto the sidewalk over the Toll Road, and concrete river bed, then a very short left to return to the trail.

At this point you make one more left to continue south, under Bryan, with the river now on your right.

If you had continued north you would find yourself on another trail entrirely.

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The next stretch gave me a little concern by very briefly going too close to the river bed, but I was happy again when I returned above the river to the bushes, and trees beside the freeway.

When riding along next to the weed, and tree, infested river, and approaching areas where the trail goes under the streets, and close to the river, be aware of possible flooding, and being prepared to go up, and across the streets, when needed.





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It was along here that I came across a sign saying that the Bikeway was closed along the channel, and a left alongside Como Creek, for a block, was required.

Don't be confused by this because it is just the name given to the breif stretch of the trail that runs next to the railroad tracks to Harvard Ave.





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Here's where it gets a bit confusing.

As I cross the railroad tracks, at Harvard, and approach the Harvard Ave. Bikeway portion of the route, on the east side of the street, I see a trail heading east.

That is the Walnut Trail, and heads toward Sand Canyon Rd.

I head south next, with Harvard on my right, and seeing the signs in the pavement, and on poles, know I am heading straight, and true. ;-D

At the 11 1/2 mile mark ( Approx. ) of the ride, after passing several gated communities, I approach Barranca Blvd.

Look for the signs, and you will know that yo need to cross to the SW corner where you can enter the trail again as it heads west along what is now called the San Diego Creek Bikeway.

If you had crossed to the SE corner you could head east on the SDC Bikeway.

The nearby baseball field has water, and restrooms, and makes for a good place to stop, and refresh, and maybe eat any lunch you might have brought with you, or you could go down Barranca, in either direction, to find munchies before returning to the trail.

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As I continue on the ride I enjoy an upclose, and personal, look at the the overgrown, green, landscape of the creek on one side, and civilization, in the shape of apartments, and businesses, on the other.

Eventually the trail parallels University Ave., on the left, as I pass a golf course, a park, and UC Irvine.





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The San Diego Creek Bikeway ends at the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve, after going under Jamboree Rd..

The MTS. to Sea Sign points riders south, along the Upper Newport Bay Trail, to East Blluff, right along the sidewalk, and then right again, onto the trail along Back Bay Rd.

If you are so inclined, before heading south, as just described, you could head north, then west, for a more than 2 mile round trip exploration of the Bay Trail on the north side of the Preserve.

On the south side the trail winds its way for 6 miles along the south shore of the Preserve to Jamboree Rd..

Just before you get to Jamboree, though, is my preferred choice for the end of the ride.

On your right you will see a Bike Trail that leads to 2 options.

The right one takes you below Pacific Coast Highway, and past an RV, and a Trailor PArk, before reaching PCH itself.

The one, on the left, and the one I encourage you to take, heads up to Back Bay View Park, at the corner of Jamboree, and PCH.

At the top turn left, and go to the plaque, and once there turn around, and enjoy the view. ;-D

Now that you have finished your ride you are probably wondering where the sea is, right?

It is a couple of miles away, and well worth the effort.

Heading west on Jamboree you head over to Balboa Island ( Well worth exploring in its own right. ), and make your way to the historic Balboa Ferry on the west side of the island ( See the Directions page of the Official Site. ), for the 4 minute trip, across Newport Harbor, to the Balboa Fun Zone, and nearby Balboa Village ( Also well worth exploring. ), and Balboa Pier.

There is a Multi-use Trail that heads north from the Pier to the Newport Beach Pier, and shops.

Once you have seen the Ocean, and maybe had a bite to eat, return to PCH and Jamboree.

if you are going to take the Bus the best thing to do, so as not to be confused, is to ride south on PCH, turn left, at Avocado, and left at San Nicolas, and go to the Newport Transit Center.

There you can catch the #57, as described earlier, or several other busses headed to other parts of the county.

November 19, 2006 in Riding Orange County | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

October 19, 2006

Rail Trail Possible in La Habra, CA

According to a brief report yesterday, by Jaimee Lynn Fletcher, of the OC Register, the city of La Habra intends to  apply for a grant to study a possible Bike Path along the Union Pacific Railroad Corridor, crossing the entire city.

This route, according to my Thomas Guide, stretches from Valley Home Ave., between Story Ave. and Wilshire Ave,, on the west side of town, crossing Beach Blvd., Euclid Ave., and Harbor Blvd., before leaving town at Lambert Rd., between Harbor and Palm St..

The city is soliciting letters of support, which can be sent to an Engineering Inspector, in the Public Works Dept.:

Chuck Stephan

201 E. La Habra Blvd.

La Habra, Ca. 90631

I will see what more I can learn about this story, and visit the proposed route for a future report.

October 19, 2006 in Riding Orange County | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

San Juan Cap Bike Giveaway to Celebrate Bikeway Opening

The city of San Juan Capistrano will be celebrating the opening of a new Bike Trail Undercrossing, called the Verada Bikeway Undercrossing, in the city, on October 28th with a family friendly event.

The city is giving away 200 bike helmets to the 1st 200 kids who show up at the event.

The link has been under construction for 7 months, and is an important addition to the city trail system.

There will be a bike ride, and walk, refreshments, and more.

The event is at Descanso Park  ( Next to City Hall, at the end of Paseo Adelanto. ) at 1030 am.

The Trail System in this historic city is extensive, and has its origins in the adoption of both a General Plan Bike Trail System, (paved trails), and a General Plan Hiking and Equestrian Trail System, (unpaved trails), in the late 1970's, and due to the growing popularity of Mountain Biking those folks can now enjoy the unpaved trails if they dare.

You can see a map, with a dencent enlargement link, and learn how to pick up, or order, the paper map, on this city webpage.

October 19, 2006 in EVENT GUIDE (California and Selective Others), Riding Orange County | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack