|A view of the hills of Encinitas.|
I loved riding the hills around the San Diego area. The view from the peak of Soledad Mountain was brilliant. But the millions of Pruises and Lexi crawling over the hills does tend to diminish the overall experience.
The best ride of my short stay in the area was in Encinitas, about a 30 minute drive north of downtown SD. The route was brilliant, 38 miles of looping, up and down, mostly car-free roads through lemon groves, western sycamores, and golf courses.
Such is the genius of this route that while you’re only ever one wrong turn away from high-traffic roads, most of the ride is peaceful country riding. Whoever mapped out this beauty knew how to cheat the traffic, to highlight the best of southern California, and hide the worst.