Wow, what a weekend! Let’s see, there was the Amtrack Century, the Pacific Coast Triathlon (results here), Doheny Days (daze?), and the Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point. Being a hot day and feeling lazy, our reporter cruised over to Dana Point and submits these pictures as evidence that he was there and not in Long Beach attending the CNU Transport Summit.
The first two were taken at the end of the harbor where there is an apparent lack of good cycle parking facilities. A few requisite pictures of tall ships and pirates, but no wenches were found on the benches.
Leaving the end of the harbor, a Bike Valet sign was spotted at the beach. Curious he sought out the oasis for bikes and found it mostly empty until two hours later when it was filling fast!
Perhaps nothing better illustrates the purchasing power of the cyclist community than seeing their number reflected in the bike pen. Each bike represents a paid admission to the event and attendant purchases (food, drink) in less square footage, with zero pollution, and a smile on darn near every face riding in. Compare with a full parking lot, side streets overflowing, and shuttles having to run throughout the day getting drivers to and from their cars.
Our thanks to the folks at the Irvine Lake Mud Run and Doheny Days for putting on the bike valet service. The sound of the cowbell as tips found their way into the tip jar was encouraging. For those that missed out on the dirty fun of mud running – don’t despair, 10/13/12 marks the inaugural mud run at the Santa Fe Dam just at the end of the SGRT! Riding and dirty running – oh yeah!