San Clemente to Camp Pendleton

Today’s route was entirely on side roads that paralleled I-5. At the end of mile 1 I transitioned onto a bike path leading to the Trestles – a busy, well-known surfing area. And yes, it really was busy. The path was filled with surfers – walking, biking and skateboarding out to the beach trail.

Spotlights This Week:
Always: Hope Chapel Missions
Charity Spotlight: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Church Spotlight: Coquille Foursquare Church (Praise Center) – Coquille, OR

Then I passed the now-closed San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, with its twin domes that some locals refer to as “The Dolly Parton Monument”.


Most of the middle miles were along San Onofre State Beach, which from my vantage point was really just one long, linear parking lot – mostly deserted, but with a few clusters of campers and cars around the trailheads to the beach. It looked like a nice place to camp, but I couldn’t see much of the ocean and I couldn’t see the beach at all (the campground is on a bluff).

Here is the one and only scenic photo I got today – I like the ‘layers’ of sky, sea, land, and flora:


My final mile was (I believe) on Camp Pendleton property though I don’t actually have to go through the guard gate until tomorrow. There was signage warning that anyone entering was subject to search.  I was mostly walking on a long, flat, smooth, and VERY wide road that seemed unusual for the area – until I remembered that my biking book noted that this road might be closed at times because it also serves as an aircraft runway.

Please keep me in your prayers for all to go well for my access to Camp Pendleton tomorrow – 70 miles to go!


31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. ~ Romans 8:31-34

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