Day-51: Oceanside (Motel) to Mission San Luis Rey and Return

A 14.7-mile round trip took me to Mission San Luis Rey via the San Luis Rey Bike Path that ran along the (you guessed it) San Luis Rey River. The low of 38 deg F didn’t deter any cyclists or joggers (or even hikers) from plying their sport. This 18th (of the 21) mission was named after the French King Luis IX (as was St Louis, Missouri) who ruled in the 13th century–and hence called the king of the missions. He was the only French King to be canonized. (I’m standing next to the statue of St. Luis, normally situated above the main altar.) The mission is still undergoing a state-mandated seismic retrofit, due to be completed by Jan ’13. Although mass is now held in the huge Serra Center, one can still visit the old mission and sense its former grandeur. It was built in the shape of a cross (only one other one was as well) and it claims to be the largest of the missions.

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1 Comment

  1. Claudia — 11-12-2012 at 6:21 am

    Happy Veterans Day Kurt! Thanks for serving our country. Remembering bear’s stories of when the two of you were hooch mates in Vietnam back in 1968-69.
    Glad you are almost at “the end of the road” I am sure you must have mixed feelings. It has been an incredible adventure and I for one thank you for sharing. I sincerely doubt that any of us reading your blog will ever attempt this. You are an inspiration to all.I look forward to seeing you the next time you visit the girls in SF!! Love and big BEAR hugs from me and of course the BEAR!! xxoo