Day-50: San Clemente to Oceanside

Today’s nearly 22 miles was totally coastal taking me past the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, that’s been shut down indefinitely since Jan 12 due to the release of small amounts of radioactive steam caused by premature wear found on tubes in the steam generators. I included a photo of the iconic containment vessels (aka the Dolly Parton Memorial). The path then continued through the San Onofre State Beach, a scenic coastal canyon park (I included just one of many breathtaking views).

Then a turn under the freeway to the other side led me onto Camp Pendelton. Cyclists can enter with just an ID, but hikers need a military ID. That also means that anyone with a military ID can sponsor a group entry!




  1. Claudia — 11-11-2012 at 9:52 am

    Hi Kurt!!
    I have been silent lately but read your blog religiously
    What a walk this has been and you are so close to the finish!! I only wish I could be at the mission to greet you pn that day! I feel like you have been on the Amazing Race and coming in first!!
    The Maui sun and surf are as wonderful as ever. Swimming every day..walking (more like crawling)
    Thanks for another geography lesson today!
    Love you dear friend!!

  2. Jackie Williams — 11-11-2012 at 9:58 pm

    Happy Veteran’s Day Dad! Thank you for your call today – great hearing from you! You sounded almost disappointed that your walk is coming to an end. So thrilled for you and know that Oma Rose is ready to have you home again. Send our hellos and love to Sean! I can imagine seeing the familiar sights between now and when you arrive at your last mission must give you a sense of being back home again. Congratulations in advance! We are so proud of you! Lv Jackie and family

  3. Joanne Lopez-Rojas — 11-12-2012 at 6:48 am

    Hi Kurt… As I was reading today’s entry, I couldn’t help but think… as much as we’ve missed you and are looking forward to you coming home… what are all your “fans” going to have at the end of day to replace checking out your Blog? Every evening… we’ve looked forward to it,laughed with it, flashed back to many of the places we enjoyed in the past that you visited, and learned a lot through your eyes and your photos… Thank You for sharing your amazing journey with us.. We Love You.. Delfino and JLoRo

    • kurt — 11-12-2012 at 1:15 pm

      It’s like all good things in life, they have to end and get replaced with something even better. I’ve loved hearing from you and all the “fans” who’ve inspired me. Love and hugs, k.