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Old 10-08-12, 10:30 AM   #1
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Conejo Valley to Santa Barbara

Yesterday, fulfilling a wish list item for this year, I rode from Agoura to SB. It's not that it's a super long ride, rather, it's just one I wanted to do. I thought it would be cool to go out my door and go the distance.

Left at 7 am, just before the sun came up. Temps cool but not cold. Warmed up through Hidden Valley and then had a nice drop into Camarillo. The next section was the only part I've not ridden at some point, as I cut across Oxnard towards Hueneme, ultimately making a right on Ventura Ave. Passed fields of red, ripe bell peppers. Truck traffic was minimal and the wind mostly nil. Road surface decent.

Didn't have much in the way of traffic lights to slow me down. Had a nice cruise out to Channel Islands Harbor, over the bridge and then out along the coast where I picked up some headwind.

Stopped at C St. Ventura to eat my PBJ and pick up some water. I had planned out the route along with time markers. Sent texts to the family at check points along the way. Generally I was right on time and left VTA at 10:15. after enjoying some bench time at the beach.

The long slog north continued. I wish they would get around to paving that stretch. It's always bumpy and mentally, it was a bit of a grind as I now reached close to the 50 mile mark and the legs were feeling it a bit, although I was maintaining average speeds in the high teens.

Funny, once I reached the 2-1/2 mile stretch on the 101, I flew! Dang...trucks were super close, although I was riding as far right as I could. Maybe I got some drafting as the traffic was heavy. I'll be glad when they finally get the new bike lanes done out there in a couple of years.

Enjoyed the stop at Bates for the final text checkpoint and then onward through the fields. One group passed me and I was hoping for a pull but didn't have the legs to hang on as I was over 60 miles by then. Mile 65-71 was more of a sufferfest. Not terrible but just slowing down a lot compared to earlier and I was mentally getting beat.

Once I got to Olive Mill and then caught a glimpse of the wharf, I knew I was going to live! Arrived at the parking lot and just a few minutes later, my wife and her parents, and our teenage daughter pulled in. Our timing was right on the mark! We went across the street to one of our favorite sea food restaurants for a victory lunch and then afterwards, spend time at the art fair.

Yes, we drove home! I wasn't looking for a 150 mile day!

Stats: 75 miles, about 2100' of climbing. Seat time: 4:40 and overall elapsed probably a bit over 5 hours. And now I can say I've gone from my house to SB!
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Old 10-08-12, 10:37 AM   #2
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Congrats. Nice ride. I'll do the same ride someday. I hear it's beautiful.
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Congrats. Nice ride. I'll do the same ride someday. I hear it's beautiful.

PJ, I've done the same ride many times. Hidden Valley and Sherwood CC are gorgeous. We could all do that ride, starting out from Westlake Village. That could be an alternative to the Tour of the Alpacas.

To the OP, if interested send me an IM. I live in the area and I am always looking for others to ride with.
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To the OP, if interested send me an IM. I live in the area and I am always looking for others to ride with.
I generally do the Serious Cycling (old Bicycle John's in Agoura) Saturday shop rides. (and occasionally, CVC's rides) There is generally a pretty good group. Come down and join us. It's a nice bunch of regulars. We leave at 8 from the shop on Thousand Oaks Blvd/Kanan.
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Good show! Not only a good trip and a great report, but also congrats on achieving a personal goal.

Next time you might look at staying a bit further North when you cross the Oxnard plain; perhaps up Las Posss then West on 5th Street to the coast.

And ditto about the rough roadway along the Rincon... Sadly Ventura County has very screwed up budget priorities.

And also ditto about flying along on the freeway shoulder; I always seem to pick up about 3mph there. I'm sure some is the draft from the vehicles, but I suspect part of it is just adrenalin!

Stearn's wharf and back is on my goal list (much easier fro Ventura!) but I don't know if I'll get that done this year or not now that the days are shorter. But maybe next year...

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