I still savor the days of biking 40 or 50 miles from my home near San Diego’s Old Town. I would head up the coast along Pacific Coast Highway through a series of idyllic beach communities — Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff by the Sea.
A steady breeze kept the cycling temperate most days, the view of sea, sand and sashaying palm fronds was unrelenting, and even the steady scurry of vehicle traffic along Pacific Coast Highway never intimidated, thanks to the road’s broad shoulders.
Fast forward about three decades. I still ride weekly, but I’m middle-aged and a bit rounder. And now I find the good-size hill along the route is intimidating.
When I recently made the trip...