It was a nice start to the day as I managed to catch all of the family to bid farewell. Maureen was super sweet and offered to chaperone us thro her ‘hood when we reached LA! So we have a day of sightseeing lined up!
We left at 9 and headed first to a supermarket to get some supplies. I had to get toothpaste and picked up a tomato for dinner. The route was promised to be flat and beautiful and it didn’t deceive. We had a bypass to the highway most of the way. The ride to capenthia was dull, but once we hit the ocean facing road, it was just gorgeous riding, at some point, we got into a brand new bike path which was separated from the highway and right next to the waves crashing on the rocks. We met a local cyclist eh pointed to some interesting bits and we got to Ventura, about 45 km, without even breaking a sweat.
I had a burrito for lunch (if food remains this good in Mexico, I am in for a treat). And we rode out on the bike path again. We reached the town of Oxnard after 20 km and found that the city is oozing wealth in every pore. Imagine this, they had rows and rows of houses, on the Marina. And not only that, the front of the house has a driveway and the back has a boat parked. You could drive home from work, grab a picnic basket, hop on the boat and head into the ocean! Oh, the decadence!
The next bit was looping inland to avoid a naval base and before we could say, canyon, we were near the campground. The first one we got to didn’t have a biker spot and was right on the beach. No shelter or trees or showers and was 35$. Duh. We decided to get to the next one and this one was 5 mins walk to the water, plenty of trees, shade, showers and nice elderly couple for camp hosts. The best part was it was 10$ for the site! Cool.
A quick dinner followed by a walk to the beach for another perfect sunset! Days don’t usually get much better!
Route: Santa Barbara to Sycamore canyon campground
Distance: 90 Km
Ascent: 750 ft
Descent: 1500 ft
Expenses: $ 31.88
Comment: No wonder SoCal is such a sought after place to live