MTB Trail Report- Arroyo Trabuco – Tijeras Creek Loop

The Quick and Dirty:
Location – Starting off at the south end of O’Neill Regional Park on Mesa trail, the Arroyo Trabuco – Tijeras Creek loop takes you around the city of Ranch Santa Margarita. See route on geoladders.com.
Distance – It is roughly a 14-mile loop if you don’t miss the turnout to Tijeras Creek like we did.
Terrain Type – Mix of double track and single track.  Rocky stretches, creek crossings, wood stretches and sand.
Difficulty – Good for beginner-intermediate mountain biking with a few climbs where I had to descend my bike and walk up the hill
Best Time – Year-round, there are a few stream crossings that can get quite deep after a big rain storm. Personally, I do think spring is the best time to see this trail, because everything was still lush from the recent rain events.
Parking- Parking at O’Neill park’s main lot is not free, we park on El Camino Montana Road parallel to the Mesa Trail.

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Chasing the sunlight at the end of the ride

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Thanksgiving in Copenhagen, Denmark

Every year for Thanksgiving, Louis and I try to take advantage of the four-day break and make a week-long vacation out of it. Holding true to the tradition, this year we went to Copenhagen, Denmark. We bought the plane tickets way back in April and had plenty of second thoughts while waiting for the trip to arrive. We worried about the cold Scandinavian weather and the short amount of day light at the end of November (~8 hours) but in the end, we were so glad we went!

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Nyhavn, Copenhagen

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Ciclavia LA 2013

My friend Lisa and I attended the past weekend’s Ciclavia in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). The day was originally planned to go bridesmaid dress shopping in Korea Town but when we found out it was Ciclavia, we changed our plans to check out this massive biking event.

History of Ciclavia
Ciclavia originated from Bogata, Columbia over 30 years ago to give residences a break from the daily congestion caused by automobiles. It’s now an event that’s celebrated throughout Latin America and United States. During Ciclavia, a predetermined area is closed off from vehicular traffic. Only bikes and pedestrians are allowed to travel on the road.

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