Sloan Canyon was next and it was spectacular ! Here we are within spitting distance of San Diego and there is this wild remote looking canyon with oaks, cottonwoods, willows and it was quiet and just beautiful.
|Coming into Sloan Canyon|
After the canyon I was on some city streets with nice bike lanes for a very few miles, then onto the Sweetwater Trail system. Some really nice pieces of urban trail.
|Nice Hike-a-Bike to get up here|
|Ferry Landing on Coronado Island|
|Off the Port Bow of the Midway|
|At Torrey Pines State Beach near sundown - time to head inland|
Spend a few minutes looking at the ocean again and then turned my back on it and headed east on Sorrento Valley Road. Stopped at Performance Bicycles, bought a few GU's and pumped up my tires and then on to the Penasquitos trail system. This is where I started to really realize that my bike lights ( Fenix LD22 flashlight ) is just not up to riding single track in the dark. I rode along with frogs croaking near a stream in the dark, and it got chillier and finally I crossed under the Ted Williams freeway and went to a 7-11 to get a burrito, a couple of Cokes and some stuff for breakfast.
I got close to the Black Mountain Rec center, saw an area that was a little higher ( so as to not be in the bottom of a freezing cold wash ), and got over in the grass and spread out my bivy and went to sleep. In the middle of the night it was pretty chilly and I dug out my Sol Emergency bivy and was nice and warm afterwards.