Friday, November 5, 2010

More Dreams

San Diego
For work I'll be going to San Diego and I added a couple of personal days to it.  My thought is to sight see, visit aircraft carrier and possibly rent a bike and do a bike ride.  An option is to ride around the San Diego bay which is about 25 miles.  It looks like the east side goes through a lot of industrial areas though.  With Torrey Pines State Park and other interesting places being up north I though of doing the Pacific coastal tour from Oceanside back to San Diego.  It's about 45 miles one way and I could take the Coaster train (weekdays only) or Amtrak up to Oceanside with the bike.  Of course everything is contingent on what kind of bike I can rent.

Accross Iowa
Having completed the bike ride from Omaha to Ames the next natural step is to extend the ride across Iowa.  I have the following route in mind with overnight stops around Marshalltown (or a bit further west) and northern Iowa City.

Family Tours
Another thing I would like to do is to tour with the family.  As a trail run we might ride across town to a county hike-in camp site where we'd stay for the night.  It's about 10 miles and Oskar (7 years) should be able to do it on his own bike while Heidi (4 years) rides on the trail-a-bike.

The next step is a two day ride along the Raccoon River Valley Trail from Jefferson to Waukee.  We'd stay overnight at the Lenon Mill Park campground in Panora.  The trail is separated from the traffic so we would not have to worry about Oskar riding on his bike.

The ultimate family tour would then follow with a week long trip on the Kate Trail in Missouri.  Hopefully that will be next summer.

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