Thursday, November 26, 2015

the obesity paradox

The irony is that as a scientist, I heard it first on NPR.  I was taking a trip to our storage unit to get out some winter coats, sweaters, gloves, and hats and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me came on.  They were cracking jokes, as usual, and cited a study that DIDN'T link obesity with early mortality.  In fact, this phenomenon has a name, "the obesity paradox" and it isn't a totally new idea.

I couldn't tell you the countless minutes of each day I spend telling myself, "we shouldn't be letting ourselves get this fat" and then eating a few more pieces of halloween candy.  The guilt and shame of being overweight is momentous due to society's expectations of beauty.  Add to that a generous helping of medical studies that link obesity to decreased life expectancy, and you get a recipe for body image demons.

I read a great book many years back called "Learning Curves" which attempted to reprogram one's thinking about self and food.  But I think the ultimate goal of the book was to get an overweight or obese person to lose weight and achieve that "Normal" weight status.  The scientific data shows that as a person ages, being in the "Normal" weight bracket isn't necessarily going to extend one's lifespan.  In fact, those who are carrying extra weight in their 60s and 70s have a boost in life expectancy compared with their peers.

And, this may sound horrible, but for me in my 30s or my husband in his 40s the probability of death is not even doubled by having a BMI of 35 (or 32, respectively).  I guess one wouldn't want to knowingly engage in behaviors that would knowingly double one's risk for death, but we do dangerous things all the time.  I don't know what it is that makes my weight go up and down, it's complicated.  I've tried using electronic devices, tracking calories, beating my body into submission to get into that "Normal" bracket.  Unfortunately, happiness is more difficult to quantify.

At least knowing about this obesity paradox is going to help me relax and ease off the self-deprication (the silent soundtrack in my mind) this Thanksgiving.  I'm going to be grateful for the health I do have and enjoy the body as is.  We're heading to Zion National Park for some hiking this weekend and I have no doubt my body will perform.  Maybe the extra fat will come in handy with the winter weather we're having right now.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Edit this

“Editing is the very edge of your knowledge forced to grow--a test you can't cheat on.”
S. Kelley Harrell

I've been up to so much since my last post, and the more time that passes makes it more impossible to summarize everything I've learned in one post.  But procrastination is the enemy of productivity and I may have to go on a ramble to get caught up with myself.

November almost didn't exist.  I was so focused on the activities of October.  National Chemistry Week (Oct 18-24, 2015), for example.  We went to San Diego Miramar College.

"Chemistry Colors Our World"
I still need to do a write-up of all the hands-on activities visitors to our booth were invited to interact with.  Many of the items involved recycled materials, we really kept our costs down this year.

After the ChemExpo, we headed to Downtown San Diego for the bike summit (Oct 25-28), which I did summarize in a previous post.  What I didn't discuss was my play-day in the bay.

"Cat" Niki de Saint Phalle (1999) 
I have always loved the Niki de Saint Phalle's work and it was a real treat to walk along the bay with my dog, Edna.  I had an idea to walk to Cabrillo National Monument, which I didn't quite make.  I got as far as the USS Recruit and hopped on a BikeShare bicycle to ride back to where I started.

After that, it was time to prepare for the American Chemical Society Western Regional Meeting (Nov 6-7, 2015) in San Marcos.  It was a real treat to visit another CSU campus.  I saw a handful of friends, old and new, and it was a good retreat from the everyday teaching life.

Mission San Juan Capistrano
After the meeting ended, I drove up the coast to Dana Point.  While waiting for the check-in time for my hotel across from Doheny State Beach, I visited the Mission San Juan Capistrano.  It was gorgeous!  I had made it a goal to see the California missions in a previous post.

It looks like camping at Doheny State Beach costs $35/night for up to 8 people, 2 vehicles.  The campsites are right on the beach.

Pedestrian Overpass (33.458311, -117.672942)
There are restrooms and showers and a place to get firewood.  This is definitely something to consider for a bicycle camping adventure.  There's a Ralph's grocery store in Dana Point.

I wanted to start this post off with a quote about "editing" because I feel like that's what my life needs right now.  There are so many opportunities to "say yes" to various activities.  Just like with one's wardrobe, it can be tempting to put on every neckalace, bracelet, watch, ring, and pair of earrings but good outfits need editing.  The same is true with writing.  The same is true with life.  I feel like my New Year's resolution this year will involve editing.  Learning how and when to "say no" to various activities will prevent me from feeling overcommitted and exhausted.

Monday, November 2, 2015


Breakfast Plenary Session

Tony Dang, California Walks
Michele Hasson, Counsel for Justice & Accountability
Chanell Fletcher, Safe Routes to Shool National Parternship
Estuardo David Mazarigos, TRUST South LA

TD: We have to remove the financial strings attached to getting involved in advocacy
Case in point: I had to pay $200 for a one-day attendee registration fee!

MH: There's no data to use in proposals b/c safety issues are not accurately reported

Lead Organizer Estuardo Marzariegos
TD: Walking plans are in place for only 50% of communities, plans should be community-driven rather than consultant-driven.  Residents should define where they want to go.

EDM: Create a community that can stand up for itself.  Host bike rides.  Survey at the street level.  Recruiting people in this way will empower them.  Collect their stories.
Hold press conferences.  Visit Councilmember's offices.  Make inequity clear.
Out of 123 surveys, 38% of people have been in accidents, 67% use a bicycle as a primary form of transportation.  Collecting the voices of constituents (mothers, workers) has been convincing.

CF: Complete streets need reporting; climate health, equity.  If the project doesn't collect data the funding will be pulled.  The new idea of "Low Carbon Roads."

MH: When a continuing dialogue is ongoing with politicial leaders, it's easier to push when the time is right.  Continuing education at every interaction.


Best Marketing & Promotion Practices

Cory Wilkerson, City of Santa Ana
Ryan Johnson, Alta Planning + Design
Nathan Wheadon, Orange County Transportation Authority

CW: $150,000 grant for direct education (school assemblys, bike rodeos), marketing & design

RJ: Community surveys conducted including key stakeholders (police, engingeering & public works, city staff, Spanish language translators)
8 month funding cycle, which took 3-4 months to secure contracts
Survey results were translated into word clouds (Wordle): the prompt was
"How would you describe Santa Ana in 1 word if it were a person?"
Goals of the image campaign: not graphically violent, not humorous b/c humor can be lost in translation, more simplistic/positive/uplifting, the expectation is "Travel Safely"
How a single person in a single day can be all 3: pedestrian, cyclist, driver

Outcomes: 12 bus stop posters (3 months, $17,000)
36 pole banners placed in areas of high bike-ped collisions
Printed brochures, safety sheet, webpage
18 school assemblies during April/May
"Safe Moves" coordinated the bike rodeos
10 new League-Certified Instructors were inducted in an LCI seminar
1000 helmets were distributed

NW: A SWOT analysis is a way to begin a project, decide what/when to say something, choose a relevant/topical message, the audience is educating drivers
The best teachers use humor, voices, antics! If you can come up with a campaign and get the support of the more conservative board members, then it may eventually be approved.
Next campaign [B]right... be safe, be seen.

The video should be less than 60 seconds, educational, entertaining, positive, funny/creative.
The video should NOT be inspiring fear or victim-blaming.
The video can be distributed using social media (digital), at events (face-to-face), through email marketing, through print media (magazines, local newspapers) through a formal press release, and through your own network of contacts (city staff and bike advocates) ask them to share it!

It takes 2 months from the concept for a video to a publicly posted video, 2 weeks of filming
5 videos were made at a cost of $20,000


On the Cutting Edge of Quantifying the Public Health Benefits of Bicycling

Dan Gallagher, San Diego Association of Governments
Sherry Ryan, San Diego State University
David Flores, Casa Familiar
Peter Jacobsen, Public Health Consultant
Sean Co, Toole Design Group
Carla Blackmar, Public Health Alliance of Southern California

DG: The built environment effects community behaviors, correlations between the geographical environment and health factors were calculated and used to prioritize infractructure projects
Active Transportation (trails, parks, sidewalks), Injury Prevention, Nutrition, Air Quality
all granular data fed into the model... Compared San Ysidro versus all San Diego County
Partial Correlations Analysis used to determine which factors had the most impact on health

SR: the percent difference between San Ysidro versus San Diego city was used to identify ramps and lighting, landscaping, traffic calming, new parks, wayfinding, crosswalks, bike lanes that could improve the health of San Ysidro
DF: promotoras are community leaders of health that volunteer to boost community awareness
they receive in exchange for their leadership training in first aid, zumba, which builds their skills.

PJ: He was a contributor to the Bike Plan for the City of Pasadena and noticed that the amount of cyclists in a city actually decreased the risk of injury (collisions b/w cars and cyclists)
If you double the # of cars, you double the # of collisions b/w cars but the same is not true for cyclists/pedestrians "Safety in Numbers"
The reasons for this are twofold 1) physiology 2) psychology
Physiologically we evolved to understand a 15 mph pace, beyond that our minds simplfy situations and ignore some of what is going on.  This is a learned behavior
Psychologically, rare events are hard to detect.  When there are fewer cyclists, drivers simply don't recognize them or "see" them.  If cyclists are commonplace, they're easier for drivers to "see"
Driver education alone is insufficient/unsuccessful, it's better to encorage more people to bike/walk

SC: Montlhy pass riders in Washington DC choose to take BikeShare instead of walking (35%) or taking public transportation (45%), but ~13% of them would have otherwise taken a car or taxi.
The motivation was for time savings (73%) and exercise (41%) even though 23% admit the BikeShare is more costly than other means of transportation.

CB: Public health benefits are important to measure and will be required as a part of future proposals for funding.  Active Transportation has a greater impact on quality of life benefits when compared with "Low Carbon Driving"  Water infrastructure should be a part of complete streets plans

Active transportation accounted for a 7% reduction in depression and 5% decrease in breast/colon concer, a 13% reduction in cardiovascular disease and diabetes, a 9% reduction in dementia


Modeling Benefits & Costs for Equity & Connectivity

Sherry Ryan, San Diego State University
Laura Cohen, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Michael Jones, Alta Planning + Design
Eric Anderson, City of Berkeley
Brett Hondorp, Alta Planning + Design

We rode past this counter on Wed 10/25/15
SR: $300,000 investment to monitor 37 sites in San Diego County
24 bike-only counters (in street) Class II, III bike infrastructure
9 bike/ped counters for Class I bike infrastructure
4 ped-only counters (sidewalks, urban)
Goal: track trends over time as the bike network was built out

SR: when a buffered bike lane opened, the # of cyclists per month jumped from 1000-1500 to 1800-3000 per month, which is roughly double.  On a scatterplot this data looks awesome.
New "rules of thumb" found that 16.5% of cycling activity occurs between 4-6 pm regardless of whether the counts were done in San Diego or Maricopa counties is the link to live count data
Class I bike paths were more used on weekends, whereas Class II and III were used on weekdays

LC: Trail Modeling and Assessment (T-MAP) tool
3 year $1,200,000 effort to collect data, model the data, and disseminate the info to the public
"Trail Score" likened to Walkability score.  The question is "What % of the population can get to a majority of their destinations using a low-stress route?"  The goal is that by 2020, 90% of Americans will live within 3 miles of a trail system

MJ: National Bike & Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) recommendations stipulate that if you do a bike/ped count only once per year that it happens on the 2nd week of September.  You may consider 4th of July the peak and try to count on both weekday and weekend.
Rather than choosing random placement of counters, consider relevant places within your transportation network.
Key Findings: 76% of walking trips and 29% of biking trips are for work or essential activities
70% of respondants biked once per week

MJ: Alta Benefits Cost Model (ABC) takes into account reduction in greenhouse gases
Property values (of real estate) increased $2,200,000 within 500 ft of bike/ped projects

BH: Strong & Fearless = will ride no matter what; Enthusiastic & Confident = need bikeways; Interested but Concerned = the majority of people; No Way, No How = won't ride anyway
To reach all people there was a random sampling by zip code and a door-to-door survey on a tablet showing streets in their community with either: no markings, sharrows, bike lanes
The streets shown in the mock-ups were residential all the way to arterial streets
A segregated cycletrack was preferred and least desirable was a 4-lane arterial with fast traffic

Note: this graphic was re-created in Google Sheets based on percentages presented in the session


Coronado Bike Tour

Mariah VanZerr, City of Coronado Transportation Planner
John Holloway, KTU+A Planning + Landscape Architecture

Met some good people on this outing!

If you ride from Los Angeles to San Diego, it can be done in 2 days, camp at Doheny!

Monday, October 19, 2015


These two bikes have been our hardcore commuter bikes. The definition of hardcore is "having an extreme dedication to a certain activity," which I can say we have had over the past two years.  One guy on the train recently asked us, "Why do you prefer the 'fat tire' bike?"  I can honestly say I have no idea.  But when I'm riding down Santa Monica Blvd over all the humps and bumps, I'm grateful for a bike that can handle off-road terrain.  We also took them down some paved gravel trails in Elysian Park, which was totally fun and something I wouldn't feel comfortable doing on a road bike.  Maybe I'm on a solvent-high right now, since I've been taking a toothbrush to the chain and chainrings to clean it up, but I will never fall out of love with my husband's Trek or my Bridgestone.

Right now, they're both equipped with a rear rack.  Each bike has a single water bottle cage, although the Trek has room for one more.  The Bridgestone at one point had a Slurpee holder on the handlebars, which has since been replaced by a GoPro mount.  They both have front and rear lights.  The Bridgestone has a bell.  Both bikes have reflectors on the front wheel.  They could definitely use more reflectors, on the rear wheel for example.  Both used to have reflectors on the handlebars, which should be replaced.  The Bridgestone has a non-functioning reflector on the seatpost, which is blocked by the grocery-getting basket on the back.  I have always loved having a basket because you can deliver just about anything, including birthday cakes and pizzas.

Right now, I'm awaiting delivery of an order from Niagra Cycle which will contain two front racks, two front panniers, and two USB-rechargable taillights.  We love our rechargable lights.  They're super bright and eco-friendly since we're not constantly replacing batteries.  We bought a dog-carrier for the Trek, which prompted the purchase of the front rack.  Since the dog carrier is soft-bottomed, it bows down when our dog is in there and sitting upright.  To prevent the dog carrier from rubbing on the front tire, we got a rack that is called a Porteur.  This type of rack is wide and flat, and was originally used for delivering newspapers.  I'm hoping the installation of the racks will be easy, not requiring a trip to the hardware store.  Both bikes have eyelets at the top and bottom of the front forks.  I'm hoping that the added weight of the dog will be equivalent to the added weight of two (lightly) packed front panniers.

Installing the Porteur was no problem, it came in 4 pieces with assorted washers, nuts and bolts.  The weight-carrying capacity is 40 pounds.  I can't wait to ride with Edna Jo.  The look of this bike is different, but not so much so that it's unrecognizable.

Installing the other rack, was a problem.  I had to adjust my cantilever to connect the rack to the top of the front fork.  It's like that TV show "The Swan" which is an extreme makeover with cosmetic surgery.  After all this, we can take some awesome bicycle camping trip.

What we ordered from Niagra Cycle:
  • Sunlite Quick Release-Tec Adjustable Front Rack, Black (821471) $38, max load 45 lbs.
  • Gamoh Kcl-3f King Carrier, Front Bicycle Rack, Black (437320) $68, max load 40 lbs.
  • Seattle Sports Company Fast Pack Panniers, Orange (738710) single, $36, 12 L total volume
  • XLC Expedition Pannier Bag Set Large, Black (440749) $66, 28 L total volume
  • Infiniti Lava USB Rechargable Safety Light Rear (739542) $26 can attach to helmet

We ordered these items on Sunday, October 4th.  Shipping was free.  The items arrived on Monday, October 12th.  Everything was correctly installed and in working order by October 14th.  We took our first long weekend trip on October 16-18th.  Thanks Niagra Cycle!  BTW I love your motto, "Because Everyone Should Be Biking."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Community Gardens

Thinking of Glendale Active-Lifestyle Meetup Group possible activities include a walk or ride to the following community gardens.  If we could schedule it together with a workday, that would be great!

Information about the following community gardens from

Verdugo Garden Community Park (4.4 mi from Glendale Metrolink Station)
1621 Canada Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91208
Contact: Armen Tagakchyan

Verdugo Garden Community Park 
Palmer Park (1.1 mi from Glendale Metrolink Station)
610 E. Palmer Avenue
Contact: Armen

Palmer Park Community Garden
Geneva Gardens (2.8 mi from Glendale Metrolink Station)
626 Geneva Street
Contact: Alek Bartrosouf

Monterey Road East | Monterey Road West (3.1 mi from Glendale Metrolink Station)
870 Monterey Road | 827 Monterey Road
Glendale, CA 91206
Contact: Alek

Monterey Road Community Garden
Glassell Park Community Garden (1.5 mi from Glendale Metrolink Station)
3304 Drew Street
Contact: Margarita Darett

Norman Harriton Community Garden (3.2 mi from Glendale Metrolink Station)
2037 N. Sanborn Avenue
Contact: Mia Trachinger

Norman Harriton Community Garden
Manzanita Street Community Garden (3.7 mi from Glendale Metrolink Station)
1101 Manzanita St

Manzanita Street
Elysian Valley Community Garden (3.2 mi from Glendale Metrolink Station)
1816 Blake Ave
Contact: Cyndi Hubach

Elysian Valley Community Garden
Jardin Del Rio (3.9 mi from Glendale Metrolink Station)
2363 N. Riverdale Ave
Contact: David De La Torre

Jardin Del Rio

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I am a cyclist

Six years ago, I classified cyclists into four groups. Today I propose a fifth category: the commuter!

Originally, I classified myself under "Lonely Loner Laboring" because I spent time alone on my bicycle. People are buzzing about how Southern California is shifting to a more bicycle-friendly landscape. There are bike lanes and sharrows on more of our roadways. Either I'm connecting with more cyclists, or there are more people out there on bikes now.

Just when I think I'm alone, I look around at a red light and Voilà, there are two more cyclists coming up behind me. I love it. Also, I rarely ride alone now. My dear husband is usually right there with me.

Reflecting on my classification scheme (don't get mad, it's what scientists do!) I realize now that with more diversity in cycling, it's useless to try to fit cyclists into boxes.  Many of us crossover into more than one category.  When I wrote that post, I had just started riding with Riverside Bicycle Club (for three months) and I was upset that folks were peer-pressuring me to ride in spandex.

Wavy Bob
I read a lot of articles from Bicycling magazine, which is great but also tends to push people to buy stuff.  You definitely don't need to buy stuff to ride a bike, with the exception of a bike.  It's also good to have lights, a helmet, and some reflectors.  But other than that, wear what you want!  There are many creative solutions for commuters.
Wavy Stacked Bob
The biggest apprehension I hear from people that are unsure about riding a bike to school or work is that they will mess up their hair or outfit.  That's where a little creativity comes in!  For me, it is easier to maintain a haircut that looks great straight out of a helmet.  When my hair is longer, and in the cooler winter months, I use a silk scarf under my helmet to create a hair-flip.  You're not going to come out of the helmet looking this glam, but a haircut like this can get smooshed under a helmet, dry a little bit smooshed and come out looking wavy and soft.  The longer version is best for winter, covering a little of your neck and ears.  The shorter version is good for summer, to keep your neck cool.

Another hairstyle that worked great for me was a pixie.  Now I understand that this hairstyle may send your boyfriend or husband into a tailspin, but it's not on his head!  You will want to stay cool, but still look cute and then this haircut is for you!  It was great for me when I was doing lots of cycling AND running.  Just enough hair to dump a cup of water on it and cool off, but not a mop of hair to trap the heat in.

Another thing I consider when I commute is not wearing light-colored pants.  I got lots of great colored jeans from Express (and the Goodwill), some of my favorites right now are Gloria Vanderbilt.  Obviously, from the picture you can see that Express jeans are for when I'm leaner and the GV brand is more accommodating to a curvy frame.  I wear tall-ish socks and tuck the bottom of the jeans into the socks (in the Winter) whereas in the summer, I roll up the bottom of the jeans for a capri-style that's a bit cooler for my ankles.  If you get a grease-mark on a dark pair of jeans, it isn't as noticable.  And if someone does notice, just tell them that riding a bike is awesome.   Say proudly, "yeah, I bike to work."

As for shirts, I rock a tank-top as a base layer.  I don't wear a sports bra for commuting, but a regular bra with a camisole-built-in-shelf thingy is a good combination for all-day support.  In hot months, I will wear my reflective vest directly over the tank top and put my work shirt in my backpack.  In cooler months I wear my reflective vest over a button-down shirt.  I don't mess around with safety.  Even though I call these my "dork vests" I feel like it's a seat-belt.  Something that is pro-active.  We saw a guy riding with one of these last night, he had not fastened it in the front, so the vest was billowing around him and it really looked like an angel was flying along with him.  He wasn't even riding fast, but he looked like he was because of his vest flapping.
Summer Safety
Winter Safety

I have written a lot about shoes, and the only thing I will say is that I always tuck in my shoelaces.  The last thing you need when you're riding in traffic is to get your shoelace caught in your chainring in the middle of an intersection.  I've ridden in sandals, sneakers, cycling shoes, and boots.  I've not ridden in high heels (pumps) but that's because I don't really wear those.  Not to say it isn't possible.  The only thing to be wary of is that if you're wearing platforms, you might want to raise your seat up accordingly, or if you're wearing flats (to the point of Barefoot shoes) you may need to lower your seat.

I tried the lifehack called Penny in Your Pants to ride in a skirt.  My commuter friends said it looked like I had balls, so I prefer to ride in a skirt with cycling shorts underneath.  It is fun to ride a bike in a skirt, but doesn't work well in a pencil skirt.  I have some pencil-ish skirts with stretch and a nice slit in the back that can work, but more A-line or even circle skirts work better.  The thing I liked about "Penny in Your Pants" is that you don't have to buy stuff to make it work.  And that's what I love about commuter cycling style.  It's not about the look, but you don't have to look awful.  It's more about creative solutions to adapt to the lifestyle.

However you ride, the important thing is that there are many types of cyclists.  You don't have to fit into a box to call yourself a cyclist.  You don't need a $200 kit.  And if you don't know what a "kit" is, then don't worry about it.  Just ride.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mission Tours

1) Mission Santa Barbara

Could take Amtrak Pacific Surfliner for $29 (bike reservation required at no extra cost),0.pdf
It's a 2.5 mile bike ride to the mission from the station.

2) Mission San Buenaventura

Could take Amtrak Pacific Surfliner for $23 (bike reservation required at no extra cost),0.pdf
It's a 0.3 mile walk to the mission from the station.

3)  Mission San Fernando Rey de España

We could meet at Glendale Metrolink, ride to Van Nuys, bike ~5 miles North to the Mission.  Although it would have to be on a weekday since the Ventura County line doesn't run on weekends.  It would be $10 each way to take Amtrak to Van Nuys, but it is possible, on Pacific Surfliner also.  We could bike it for free (18.5 miles each way with 738 ft of climbing) but it would not be a ride for beginners.  It's easy to find though, up Glenoaks to Hansen Dam, Left on Montague, Right on San Fernando Rd, Left on "Brand" in San Fernando and you'll arrive at the mission (on right) at Brand Park (in Mission Hills).

4) Mission San Gabriel

This is about 11 miles (entirely by bicycle) from the Glendale Metrolink station via York Blvd, South Pasadena and Alhambra. It's only 4 miles from the Metro Gold Line - South Pasadena station.  We could get to the Gold line by taking the Antelope Valley Metrolink to LA Union Station.

5) Mission San Juan Capistrano

From the San Juan Capistrano Metrolink Station it's only a 0.1 mile walk to the Mission.  From Glendale, we would take the Antelope Valley line into LA Union Station and then the Orange County line down to San Juan Capistrano. If we brought bikes, it's only 3.7 miles to Doheny State Beach via the San Juan Creek Trail

6) Mission San Luis Rey

This landmark is in Oceanside, 5-6 miles from the Oceanside Metrolink Station. From the station Turn left onto S Cleveland St, Keep left to stay on San Luis Rey River Trail, Turn right onto Fireside St, Turn left onto Mission Ave and you should see it from there but if not Turn left onto San Luis Rey Ave.  From Glendale, we would take the Antelope Valley line into LA Union Station and then the Orange County line down to Oceanside.  The Metrolink weekend pass ($10 all day) is a better deal than the Amtrak fare, plus you don't need bicycle reservations.

7) Mission San Diego

From the Glendale Metrolink Station, take the Antelope Valley line into LA Union Station and then the Orange County line down to Oceanside. Transfer to a Coaster train and ride south to San Diego - Old Town stop. Take Taylor Street NorthEast around Presidio Park. Taylor turns into Hotel Cir S. After passing Bachman, follow Hotel Cir under the I-8 and then take a right on Camino De La Reina. Travel 2 miles East. Three quick zig-zag: Turn left onto Qualcomm Way, Turn right onto Rio San Diego Dr, Turn left onto Rio Bonito Way, then Slight right onto Friars Rd for 1.1 mile. Take the Mission Village Dr ramp, Turn right onto Mission Village Dr, Turn left onto San Diego Mission Rd and follow that for less than 1 mile. The mission will be on the left at Booth Hill Rd. The COASTER train is $11.00 round trip for 3 zones (Oceanside --> Old Town).