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Tour du Avila – 22.8 miles – Moderately Easy*

Ride Summary: A diverse, mostly out and back tour taking in the Bob Jones Bike trail, Avila Beach and the historic Harford Pier. No major climbs, unless you want to explore up See Canyon.

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0.0       RR station. Go north on Santa Rosa Street away from the station back toward downtown.
0.4       TL onto Higuera and take this out of town.
5.0       TR onto Ontario Road just after crossing underneath US 101.
7.0       CS at San Luis Bay Drive to stay on Ontario Road.
7.8       TR onto the Bob Jones Bike Trail just before a bridge. Trailhead parking to the left. Follow bike trail signs.
8.7       CS at San Luis Bay Drive to stay on Bob Jones Bike Trail. CAUTION: Rough pavement.
10.0     TR onto Avila Beach Drive.
11.4     Harford Pier (Port San Luis). End of the road. Check out the pier and enjoy the sea lions. Several restaurants. Return the way you came to SLO. For an interesting detour, TL onto San Luis Bay Drive from midway on the Bob Jones Bike Trail, ride for about a  half mile, then TL up See Canyon Road. See Canyon Road climbs several miles along a pretty canyon until the road turns to dirt.
21.8     TR onto Marsh as you enter the downtown area.
22.4     TR onto Santa Rosa Street.
22.8     RR station. End of ride.

*How do you determine difficulty ratings?

It is challenging to come up with a difficulty rating system that is relevant for everyone. A very fit cyclist might consider our “Moderately Strenuous” trips to not be hard at all, while someone who exercises infrequently or is not used to cycling might find a “Moderately Easy” tour to be quite a challenge. Our bicycle tour rating system is based on the approximate fitness level of a casual recreational cyclist who rides at least once per week and rides over fifteen miles on a regular basis. If you ride less or more than this, please adjust your expectations of the tour accordingly. To flesh out the rather subjective difficulty rating, we also include the distance for each tour and a terrain description.

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