Day 17: Huntington Beach

Today I went for a bike ride from Newport Beach up the Pacific Coast Highway through Huntington Beach all the way to Sunset Beach, about 12 miles up the coast.

Ride from Newport Beach to Sunset Beach Along Highway 1, Map charted on

About a half an hour into the ride I reached the Main Street Pier in Huntington Beach. There was a small Farmers’ and Crafts Market on the beach side, and two large surf wear shops were having sidewalk sales on the town side of the highway. I passed by the markets for the moment and continued up the coast another half an hour to Sunset Beach. I left the highway and rode along the back road behind the beach houses and stopped a few times to look at the ocean and watch the kite boarders. Continue reading

Day 15: More of… the same?

Today I rode my bike down to the Buena Creek station and took the Sprinter, the train that runs between Escondido and Oceanside. It took just over 10 minutes to bike down from the house, and just over 30 minutes to reach the coast. A one way trip on the Sprinter is $2, and is included in the $5 all-day pass. The Sprinter is much smaller than the Coaster, with only a single level and fewer cars, but also has places to put bikes. Continue reading

Day 14: Public Transportation

Today’s mission was to explore San Diego county via public transportation and by bicycle!

The current trend in public transportation is to have bike-friendly buses and trains. The buses in Park City and San Diego have a 2-bike rack on the front and the trains have set aside spaces for bikes with restraining straps against the walls. For $14 practically every form of public transportation (regional trains, trolly, buses) in the county is open to unlimited use. The all-inclusive day pass as well as monthly and multi-day passes require the purchase of a $2 compass card. Much like NYC’s metro card you can load money onto it, or purchase multi-day privileges.

Exploring San Diego County via Public Transportation

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Day 13: Massage

This morning I woke up with an ache in my lower back which felt only slightly better after stretching out. I continued my job search this morning, and got the wild and crazy idea of actually continuing the research I had started as an undergrad, or at least using that field, which I am quite obviously interested in, to write up whatever would be required of me to obtain my MS from UCSD. Last night I edited my LinkedIn page and added my publications. Curious about how the work was proceeding, I took note of two papers published since my graduation.

The next exciting installment of the osteogenically-induced hMSC bead saga!
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Day 12: Coastal Ride

A beautiful coastal ride

This morning I began my ride just off of Vista Way, the end of highway 78, in Oceanside. I followed highway 101 down the coast in the company of many other road cyclists, and a fair number of joggers and pedestrians along the beach areas. Continue reading

Day 10: Biking

As you know, my entire motivation for this journey to San Diego was to get a free tune up for my bike. Everything else was just an aside.

When I purchased my Giant Sedona at the UC Cyclery just off the UCSD campus I intended to ride it around the San Diego area to get from place to place. As a hybrid cruiser model, it did quite well roaming Rose Canyon and Mission Bay. After hauling it across the country to NY, reassembling it when mom flew out to Park City a few years ago, and riding it around some muddy mountain bike trails it has desperately been overdue for a proper tune-up! One of the perks of purchasing my bike through UC Cyclery is lifetime tunes, so why pay $75 in Park City when I could just come down to La Jolla and get it tuned for free? Continue reading

Day 7: Purpose

Slept quite well and enjoyed a cup of tea and yoga – pure luxury. Headed to UCSD, parked on La Jolla Shores Dr and headed towards Pacific Hall under the cool overcast skies. Spoke with Cathy Pugh, administrator of the graduate program, about the possibilities of obtaining a Masters Degree in Biological Sciences from the program, and started the ball rolling on that front. Went to career services center and began my research into the San Diego Biotech industry. Read through lists of top 10 biotech companies and companies to work for in the San Diego, Orange County and Bay areas and took notes. Continue reading