California Dream Ride

October 7th to 12th, 2018
Santa Barbara to
San Diego

280 miles by bike

Travel Information

Dream Riders are responsible for their own transportation to and from the California Dream Ride, but we make it pretty easy. The following tips will help:    

Getting to San Luis Obispo

  • For those planning to drive, you can park your car safely at the hotel at the start of the ride, and return easily with your bike after the ride by train or shuttle.

    • Our first evening will be at the Quality Suites, 1631 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. (Telephone # 805-541-5001) Click here for driving directions.

    • To enjoy free parking for the duration of the ride, please be sure to inform the front desk staff that you’ll be leaving your vehicle while we’re on tour.  

  • For those arriving by train, consult Amtrak for schedule options.

    • The train station in SLO is located downtown several blocks from the hotel.  Please call the Quality Suites Hotel at 805-541-5001 when you arrive for a free shuttle.

    • If you’re using the Pacific Surfliner, be sure to make a reservation for your bicycle.  Bikes travel for free, but do require a reservation. Use the “Add Bike to Trip” button on the reservation form.  

    • If you’re using the Coast Starlight, bikes must be boxed. You may purchase a box at most Amtrak stations for $15. It’s a good idea to call ahead in case they are out of stock. Amtrak boxes are very big; you only have to remove the pedals and twist the handlebars to fit your bike inside. It is an additional $10 to check the box, so buying a box from Amtrak and checking it as baggage will be a total of $25.

  • Arriving early to enjoy San Luis Obispo? Contact Debbie@calbike.org to take advantage of our group discounted rate.

Returning to San Luis Obispo after the ride

  • Our last evening on tour (Saturday, October 8th) will be spent at the historic Hotel Normandie, 605 S. Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90005.  Phone # 213-388-8138.   If you wish to stay an additional night(s) in Los Angeles, please contact Debbie Debbie@calbike.org to make a reservation at our special group rate.

  • You will probably want to stay in Los Angeles for part of Sunday to enjoy Downtown Los Angeles.

  • You can easily return to San Luis Obispo by train. On Sundays, the Amtrak Surfliner departs at 7:50 a.m. (arrives 1:00 p.m.) and at 3:05 p.m. (arrives 8:35 p.m.). Bikes travel for free and unboxed, but remember to reserve a space. The Coast Starlight departs at 10:10 a.m. and arrives at 3:22 p.m. This schedule is subject to change. Many other options exist that include a transfer. Consult Amtrak.  

  • We will help you with your luggage. Please email your ride director to make arrangements for getting your luggage to the train station or back to the hotel in San Luis Obispo.

  • If you take Amtrak back to San Luis Obispo from the Los Angeles area, call the hotel at 805-541-5001 when you arrive in SLO for the free hotel shuttle back to the hotel to pick up your vehicle.  

Again, don’t hesitate to reach out to Debbie, your ride director, if you have questions or need any assistance with your travel arrangements. Debbie@calbike.org




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