We are looking forward to Echelon’s SLO overnight ride on October 8th and 9th. It’s a great way to spend a couple of days with like-minded folks with some challenging, but not overly difficult days of riding.
We have some volunteers to drive to San Luis Obispo with our luggage, as well as to bring us lunch on day one. Other than that, the ride is unsupported (no SAG), so it will be important to be equipped for flats and on-the-bike nutrition. We will provide more details in the coming weeks about where to drop off luggage the day before the ride starts.
We don’t have a minimum headcount for this ride to happen, but it is still important that you register on the Echelon Website echelonsantabarbara.org and that you book your lodging soon before rooms sell out. Because we will be providing lunch on day one, we really need to know well in advance how many participants we will have. Also, we welcome your non-Echelon friends to join us, but we also ask that they sign a waiver of liability which will be provided before we roll out on Saturday October 8.
Unlike years past, we will not be reserving blocks of rooms. We ask that all riders book their own accommodation and do so as soon as possible. Most places allow cancellation until the day before so there is little risk in doing so. If you are looking for a roommate, send me a note at email@example.com and I will do my best to connect with others in the same boat.
Most of the lodging options in SLO are at the north end of town, close to Cal Poly. We ask that you limit yourself to this area to simplify luggage delivery/pickup. Also, the lodging options are sometimes cheaper if booked through Booking.com.
Here are some good options with reasonable rates:
Inn at San Luis Obispo (formerly Best Western) https://www.innatsanluisobispo.com/
Nice motel, recently renovated with a pool.
Sands Inn & Suites https://sandssuites.com/
Motel with pool at across from Inn at SLO.
Day one is the same as last time we did this. In years past we have met and parked at Santa Ynez High School, but that lot may not be available this time. We will send updated info about parking prior to the ride. The route takes us up Foxen Canyon and through Sisquoc with hard regroups along the way. We will stop for lunch at Preisker Park in Santa Maria. One or two of our drivers will bring bread, cold cuts, chips, etc. It is important that we get a headcount for lunch so another reminder to sign up. Here is the route on Strava: https://www.strava.com/routes/3000476732137977572
For the return trip, we will head down Higuera Street in SLO and pass through Shell Beach and Pismo on our way to Guadalupe and Los Alamos. We will grab lunch in Los Alamos and then make our way back to Santa Ynez. The route below is via Drum Canyon and is just a proposal. Drum Canyon is not in great shape, but it is a pretty ride and the tailwind on 246 is helpful. We can decide in Los Alamos whether to take Drum, Foxen or 101 from there. Some riders may decide to go all the way to SB. Here is the route via Drum: https://www.strava.com/routes/3000475447500146404