Southern California Coast Tour

October 13-20, 2018

Led by Bridgette DeShields

Registration opens February 6, 2018 at 7 pm

Early registration opens January 25 - you may ONLY register now if you were registered in 2017 and could not attend the rescheduled tour

Maximum #participants: 28

This tour will take you from Santa Barbara to Imperial Beach with an optional trip to the U.S. / Mexico Border. The return to Santa Barbara will be by train (Amtrak). The total mileage for the tour is approximately 300 miles. There will be up to three different pace groups, ranging from A to B Pace, led by tour staff. The tour will be open to 28 participants.

The tour will be of the “Inn to Inn” style.  Also known as a “credit card tour.”  Participants will be responsible for getting themselves to Santa Barbara (with carpooling opportunities) by the afternoon of October 13 and home after the tour on October 20.  There will be two SAG vehicles with trailers/racks that will provide support (including snacks and lunch), transportation for luggage from hotel-to-hotel each day, and transportation for bikes back from San Diego while participants are on the train. 

Approximate Costs

Hotels (most of which include breakfast) and dinners (at restaurants) will be paid for directly by participants, with the exception of the final night dinner where there will be a beach BBQ provided by the tour.  The per person cost for accommodations for 7 nights will range from about $1,200 total for single occupancy, $600 for double occupancy, and less for triple or quad occupancy.  During registration, you will be able to indicate if you will share a room with a spouse/partner/friend or would be willing to be paired with someone to share a room, which will lower the overall cost.

Blocks of rooms are being held and have been contracted at SRCC rates at each of the hotels. You MUST stay in the contracted hotels. After registration, there will be instructions about how to provide a credit card guarantee for your room. Hotel information and dining options for each location are HERE.

Once registered, we will organize room arrangements, pace groups, carpooling options, etc. If you drive a personal vehicle to Santa Barbara, there will be parking at the Amtrak station available for $5/day.

The fee of $425 per person to SRCC will cover:

  • Breakfast (where hotels do not provide)
  • Lunch and snacks each day (including at least one catered lunch)
  • Dinner on the final tour night (beach party)
  • SAG/gear/bike transport during the tour
  • Train (Amtrak) and ferry (to Coronado) tickets
  • Insurance and support including a tour leader for each stage.


Registration opens at 7:00 pm on February 6. $50 is due at the time of registration by PayPal and the balance is due within two weeks by check.

Cancellation Policy

·         Within 30 days of registration, you will receive a full refund.

·         90+ days before a tour starts, you will receive a full refund less a $25 handling fee.

·         60-90 days before a tour starts, you will receive all monies paid for the tour, less a $200 fee*.

·         Less than 60 days before the start of the tour: No refunds will be granted for a cancellation and the full tour fee is payable*.

*If SRCC is able to replace you with someone from the tour waiting list, you may receive a full refund less a $25 handling fee. In the case of medical or family emergencies, refunds of the full tour fee only, less any costs expended and not refunded to SRCC due to the cancellation, will be granted; if a replacement can be found, the full tour fee will be refunded.

We reserve the right to cancel or modify trips for any reason if circumstances make it necessary. In the event that SRCC needs to cancel, we will do our best to provide a 30 day notice and a full refund for monies received. Refunds will be for the tour fee only, less any costs expended and not refunded to SRCC due to the cancellation, and do not include transportation, hotel or other expenses incurred on the part of tour participants. Tours are generally held rain or shine.

Tentative Itinerary

 Date Route Miles Elevation Additional Features Hotels
Sat 10/13Arrive Santa Barbara  Arrive in Santa Barbara by 3:30 pmLa Quinta
Sun 10/14Santa Barbara to Oxnard 48 1400 Hampton Inn 
Mon 10/15Oxnard to Marina del Rey 53 1600 The Kinney
Tue 10/16Marina del Rey to Sunset Beach 55 1800 Ocean Surf & Suites
Wed 10/17Sunset Beach to Oceanside 63 2500Includes riding thru Camp Pendleton
(all participants need to be U.S. citizens and have background checks)
Best Western
Oceanside Palms
Thu 10/18 Oceanside to Imperial Beach/Chula Vista 54 1800 Hercor Hotel
Thu 10/18Loop to border & back to Chula Vista 18 400 Optional 
Fri 10/19Train back 08 100 Ride from hotel to Amtrak San Diego station - arrive in SB ~6pmLa Quinta
Sat 10/20 Depart    

Preliminary route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12985095

Palos Verde option: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18294816

Tour information and a description of each stage can be found HERE.

Tour Staff

  • Gary Graver - transportation/SAG
  • Ride Leaders/SAG (alternating):  Jose Martinez and Len Hirschi


More details will be posted soon. Check back later!

See this blog for some great photos a similar tour in 2015: http://srccturtlestours.weebly.com/blog

Also, if you have questions, please email them to mailto:bridgettedeshields@sbcglobal.net

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