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    Carpinteria State Beach

    Hey everyone, I know this is very short notice but I need a bit of help. I am heading up to Carp tomorrow (Friday November 25th) with some friends and am planning on getting in some riding while the women folk make their anual shopping trek. Problem is I have no familiarity with the area.

    If someone can help me out with a good route I would be very apreciative. Ideally I would be looking for the following:

    60-70 or so scenic miles, zero to moderate climbing, nothing too serious. This will be a solo ride unless someone from the boards is interested in joining me for a leisurely (16-20mph depending on terrain) ride starting between 10 and 11am.

    I will be checking this thread tonight and also right before I leave at 8am tomorrow morning.

    Thanks all.

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    If you don't get any responses, you might want to stop by Bikesmiths in Carpinteria and I am sure that they can help you with a route. They might even have maps already made out with routes in the area.

    They are located at-
    5441-B Carpenteria Ave.
    Carpenteria, CA 93013

    Unfortunaletly,I am not familiar with the area at all. I have not been to California in quite some time and when I was there I stayed mostly in Santa Anna.

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    OOhhh.... bring your cameras, I've got a RIDE for ya! The trip will take you north at the base of the mountains to Santa Barbara. You'll get a great view down to the ocean and S.B. Then head down towards UCSB and take the bike-path back through Hope Ranch. Descend past City College and go through Santa Barbara along the beach back to Carp.

    OUTGOING LEG

    - Start at Carpinteria State Beach, head back out the way you came in.
    - Take 7th St. north (left)
    - right on Santa Ynez Ave. to cross over freeway
    - 1st left on Via Real (parallels freeway)
    - take Via Real about 5 miles (minor climb at Ortega Hill Rd)
    - becomes Jameson lane after Ortega Hill (go left at bottom of hill)
    - right on San Ysidro Road, minor climbing of 500ft over 2 miles
    - left on East Mountain Road (get the cameras ready)
    - road becomes West Mountain road in about 5-6 miles
    - then it starts coming down (stay right on Mountain)
    - take right on 192/Cathedral Oaks (Foothill)
    - (side-trip) left on Mission Canyon Rd. if you want to check out the Santa Barbara Mission, then go back to 192/Cathedral Oaks.
    - stay on 192/Cathedral Oaks/Foothill for about 10-miles (the Slurpee Team used to train on this stretch all the time)
    - left on Glenn Annie, go over freeway, it becomes Storke Road
    - take Storke Road to end, you'll see the two Francisco Torres dorms on the left
    - left turn into parking lot and find bike-path in front of dorms that parallels El Collegio road
    - stay on bike-path as it goes through UCSB campus
    - it will dump you out on the beach side of campus
    - cross over Ocean Road and continue on bike-path on the beach side

    RETURN TRIP

    - take bike-path downhill to Goleta Beach.
    - left 270-degrees over short bridge
    - immediate right at end of bridge onto bike-path again.
    - go about 5 miles on bike-path
    - bike-path ends left over foot-bridge and dumps you onto Arroyo Road
    - 1st right on Nueces
    - Nueces ends at a foot-bridge
    - go over bridge and you've crossed into Santa Barbara, Nueces continues
    - at 4-way intersection with Nogal drive, cross over onto bike-path
    - go pass equestrian grounds until bike-path ends
    - right on Modoc road, go up slight hill for 1.5 miles
    - right at top of hill on Via Senda, go 50m
    - right on Las Palmas into Hope Ranch
    - after 100m check out the La Cumbre Country Club's golf-course on the left:



    - road becomes Robles Drive, then Marina Drive as it winds through
    - after about 3 miles and long straightaway, you exit through back gate of Hope Ranch
    - right on Cliff Drive and go down hill, then up hill, about 2-miles
    - right at Meigs Drive, do down hill,
    - road curve left and becomes Shoreline Drive, go past City College
    - you're now on the beach, downtown Santa Barbara, might be a good time for a lunch break. The Shoreline Beach Cafe at Loma Alta drive across from City College is a good place on the beach. Or continue on to State St. and go right onto Stearn Wharf. Longboards is a good place for lunch as well.

    - Ok, continue south on Shoreline, it becomes Cabrillo Blvd, goes past the volleyball courts on the beach (sorority chics lose their bikini tops jumping around )
    - Cabrillo goes under 101 freeway
    - curves right on the other side and becomes Coast Village Road
    - go through Montecito, wave to the movie stars & Oprah
    - At the end, take left on Olive Mill Road (don't go straight or you'll have to merge onto freeway)
    - immediate 1st right on Jameson Lane
    - go about 3 miles and hits Ortega Hill Road again
    - becomes Lillie after Ortega Hill then Via Real
    - continue about 4-5 miles, and it ends after the 7-11 store
    - Right on Santa Ynez Ave
    - left on 7th St. and you're back in Carpinteria!


    Back in a little bit with a map...
    Last edited by DannoXYZ; 05-31-06 at 10:22 PM.

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    Ok, here's the course, about 65miles. Gimme a call in the morning and let me know your schedule. I might be able to meet you somewhere on your way out... Perhaps at the turn-off from Jameson to San Ysidro...



    View from Mountain Drive looking down at Santa Barbara:


    UCSB campus from the air:


    The view coming down Shoreline Ave. in front of City College:


    Longboard's is on the 2nd-story balcony of grey building behind the flag-poles:
    Last edited by DannoXYZ; 05-31-06 at 01:28 AM.

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    Looks a lot like the route for the Cool Breeze I rode last August. You'll have a good ride!

    Sheldon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldnblazer
    If you don't get any responses, you might want to stop by Bikesmiths in Carpinteria and I am sure that they can help you with a route. They might even have maps already made out with routes in the area.

    They are located at-
    5441-B Carpenteria Ave.
    Carpenteria, CA 93013

    Unfortunaletly,I am not familiar with the area at all. I have not been to California in quite some time and when I was there I stayed mostly in Santa Anna.
    Why would anyone come to socal and then stay in Santa Ana??? I know it's central and all, but really...Santa Ana?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1955
    Why would anyone come to socal and then stay in Santa Ana??? I know it's central and all, but really...Santa Ana?

    Ralph
    That made me laugh.
    My grandparents lived in Santa Ana.
    They moved out to California before I was born and ended up there.
    I wish that I had been into cycling when I was out there.
    SoCal looks like a great place to ride. Hopefully I can make it back there someday, but it is a long ways from Indiana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldnblazer
    That made me laugh.
    My grandparents lived in Santa Ana.
    They moved out to California before I was born and ended up there.
    I wish that I had been into cycling when I was out there.
    SoCal looks like a great place to ride. Hopefully I can make it back there someday, but it is a long ways from Indiana.

    I was brought up in Santa Ana and got out at about 23 years old, unfortunately I'm back again due to situations not so much in my control. It is a big city and there are some good parts and some bad parts (mostly bad IMHO).

    Where about in Santa Ana do your parents live? I'm in the south eastern most area near the South Coast Plaza, if you've heard of it.

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    Well I am back from Carpinteria and I must say it was a gorgeous day and a great ride. I wound up using Danno's route slip on Friday and except for missing the turn onto Jameson from Olive View on the return trip and having to double back I didn't even manage to get lost.

    The ride wound up almost exactly sixty miles in length and took me just over 4 hours to complete. This ride for me has the most climbing I have ever done, I know it may not be much to some but for a guy who has only been riding a few months and weighs 230lbs it was quite a bit. I had a few choice words uttered by the time I reached where east mountain road becomes west mountain road. If you have one I would enjoy seeing a topo map just to see how wimpy those climbs really were that damn near killed me in some spots, lol.

    Thanks a ton for posting the route on short notice Danno, I really apreciate it.

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    http://tinyurl.com/78jfk heres your route turn by turn enjoy. PS how did you post such great pictures ? All I know is how to post thumbnail Pictures. "please let me know. thanks."
    Last edited by Brian McDonough; 11-28-05 at 08:09 AM.

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    Hey, that's a pretty cool mapping site, I'll have to use that more!


    Quote Originally Posted by Jaye
    Well I am back from Carpinteria and I must say it was a gorgeous day and a great ride. I wound up using Danno's route slip on Friday and except for missing the turn onto Jameson from Olive View on the return trip and having to double back I didn't even manage to get lost.

    The ride wound up almost exactly sixty miles in length and took me just over 4 hours to complete. This ride for me has the most climbing I have ever done, I know it may not be much to some but for a guy who has only been riding a few months and weighs 230lbs it was quite a bit. I had a few choice words uttered by the time I reached where east mountain road becomes west mountain road. If you have one I would enjoy seeing a topo map just to see how wimpy those climbs really were that damn near killed me in some spots, lol.

    Thanks a ton for posting the route on short notice Danno, I really apreciate it.
    You're most welcome, glad you had a good time! I ended up riding that in reverse going out along the foothills first all the way to the end past Carp. Then back along the beach. We probably passed each other at some point!

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    I have never been to that part of California, but I sure would love to now. Those are some fabulous pics...thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,

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    You're welcome Brian, you gotta come out here and check these rides out. You won't want to move to Canada at all after being here!


    Quote Originally Posted by Jaye
    ...The ride wound up almost exactly sixty miles in length and took me just over 4 hours to complete. This ride for me has the most climbing I have ever done, I know it may not be much to some but for a guy who has only been riding a few months and weighs 230lbs it was quite a bit. I had a few choice words uttered by the time I reached where east mountain road becomes west mountain road. If you have one I would enjoy seeing a topo map just to see how wimpy those climbs really were that damn near killed me in some spots, lol.
    Heh, heh... I guess there's a steep spot or two, nothing too long though. Here's a topo:



    The first part going from the beach up San Ysidro is probably the most climbing in one stretch from 40-440ft or so. The Mountain drive kinda winds up to 800ft over 4-5 miles. But there is a bit in the middle going from 600 to 800ft in 1/2 mile that does get kinda steep. Triple-cranks are our friends. These rides will get you into shape in no time! Just wait until the next time you're back up here, that ride will be a piece of cake! Actually, I've got another ride that's even better!
    Last edited by DannoXYZ; 05-31-06 at 01:30 AM.

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    No triple cranks for me my friend, I was on my Orbea which is standard 52-39 with an 11-23 in the back. But like I said even with the burning legs and the choice words I had a great time. It was beautiful scenery and terrific weather. I guess alot of my situation with the climbing is that I live in a desert and my normal rides are either on short rollers or flat land so climbing for the first 12 miles or so of the ride was a bit of a chore for me, which consequently wore my muscles out a little bit and had me cursing any further hills longer than a freeway overpass, lol.

    As far as passing me I was out from noon-ish to about 4:30pm or so and I tried to wave to pretty much everyone I saw that was of the "serious roadie" variety not just the casual "ride along the beach with no helmet" variety. I was the guy in a generic blue jersey, and silver helmet riding an orange and yellow Orbea. So if we did see each other then "Hi". I would have given you a call but I wound up leaving late and figured you would have already had your day planned by then. Hopefully next time we can hook up for a ride if you don't mind being slowed up a bit.

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