Camino Real Double

3rd week, Saturday, February

http://planetultra.com/

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Cost

High

Registration Convenience

Complex

Accommodation Convenience

Average

Website Information

Average

Parking Convenience

Average

Ride options

Few rides

Route Sheets & markings

Good route sheets and well marked

Food at rest stops & finish

Excellent food and drinks

SAG Support

Ham Radio, quick response

Road Quality & Scenery

Excellent roads and scenery

Course Safety

Some street, bike paths, low traffic

Staff Friendliness

Well staffed, friendly, courteous

Overall Enjoyment

Fun ride

Perks

Minimal Schwags, poor start/finish

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    The Camino route is shaped like a dog bone, with loops on each end of an out-and-back course. Beginning at the La Quinta Inn, you’ll head to the coast via the rolling hills of Irvine and Turtle Rock and get your first view of the Pacific Ocean as you blast down Newport Coast and hang a left on PCH. After riding through a bit of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach on PCH, you’ll hang a left and head back inland, meandering up Laguna Canyon Road. Hang a right on El Toro, and make your way through Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel, then blast down Crown Valley to the Coast and Dana Point. From Dana Point you’ll be on the coast through San Clemente, and along the bike path through San Onofre, all the way to Oceanside. From there, you’ll head inland, heading towards Bonsall and lunch at the All Seasons Campground. The climbing starts again after lunch, with a beautiful loop out towards Fallbrook. You’ll wind up back in Bonsall, and repeat the course back to the coast, and north through Dana Point again. The final leg is basically the reverse of the old Butterfield route: Up to Antonio Parkway via Ortega Highway, through Trabuco Canyon, across Santiago Canyon and then the mostly downhill finish on Jamboree to Portola and back to Sand Canyon. This route is a huge improvement, safety-wise! No more of that crazy traffic by the Pechanga Casino; no more drunken, bottle-throwing drivers in Lake Elsinore; and no more traffic lights on every corner through Temecula. It does remain, however, particularly urban – but in the best and safest parts of Orange and San Diego Counties. Please note that due to the urban nature of this route, it’s impossible to provide checkpoint locations evenly spaced at perfect distances. That said, there are countless mini-marts and gas stations along the course where you may get water and snacks, if necessary. If you’re running low, and find yourself a good distance from the next checkpoint, please stop at one of the many conveniences along the route and refuel/re-hydrate. 198 miles with about 8,500′ of climbing. (Riders opting to go through Pendleton will climb a bit more, and end up with an additional 3.4 miles).

    Cost

    High

    Registration convenience

    Complex

    Accommodation Convenience

    Average

    Website Information

    Average

    Parking Convenience

    Average

    Ride options

    Few Rides

    Route Sheets & markings

    Good route sheets and well marked

    Food at rest stops & finish

    Excellent food and drinks

    SAG Support

    Ham Radio, quick response

    Road Quality & Scenery

    Excellent roads and scenery

    Course Safety

    Some street, bike paths, low traffic

    Staff Friendliness

    Well staffed, friendly, courteous

    Overall Enjoyment

    Fun Ride

    Perks

    Minimal Schwags, poor start/finish

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