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Old 03-31-16, 10:04 AM
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Credit Card Tour from SB to Carlsbad: Apr 1-3

The GF and I are taking our bikes on the train up to Santa Barbara tomorrow morning, and riding back down along the coast this weekend.
Here's the thread with pics from my last tour in 2013. (Can't believe 3 years have already passed?!)

We'll probably be hoteling the first night in Ventura, and the second night somewhere around Long/Huntington Beach.
I'll be on my cc-tourer, white Schwinn Peloton wearing my usual La Vie Claire finery, and my Sweetheart will be on her red Masi.



Give us a wave if you see us on your ride! (Or maybe bark like a seal, so I know it's you.)

I was astounded at how bike-friendly our state had become that last time I rode this stretch. Curious to see how much things have changed over the last 3 years.
Will post up the updated pics in this thread.
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Have a good ride! You will really like the new bike path along the 101 north of Ventura. No more sharing the lane with big rigs.
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We saw that last year. One of the loveliest stretches of road in California, even with the freeway there.
Looking forward to riding that again.





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Sounds like a great ride something I definitely want to try with the lady in the future as well.

I'm a bit biased here but might I recommend you stay in Long Beach as there's plenty of great eats / drinking spots in different areas! Bixby Knolls / 4th Street / Downtown LB. You could probably take LB to Seal Beach and then go along the bicycle path along PCH southward.

Curious about what do you carry in your travel kit and do you wash your cycling kit every night at a hotel?
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For 2.5 days: two pair of shorts-n-socks, two jerseys, a yellow windbreaker, toiletries, Teva sandals, a change of non-cycling clothes for walking around at night (surf trunks and a long-sleeve T-shirt.)
It all fits in this seatpost rack.
As always, camera, phone and tube/lever/pump pack in jersey pockets.



Thanks for the tip on LB. Any decent hotels there? We're spending Friday night in Ventura, but still undecided on Saturday.
Really, really looking forward to this trip. It was huge fun last time I went solo. I forced myself to stop twice a day for a beer, as a reminder rein-in the ponies.
It made me patriotic about our State, and I couldn't wait to do it again as soon as I got home. (Can't believe 3 years have already passed!?)


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Here, roughly is the route we're taking. Subject to all manner of whims, larks, and idylls.
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one small rerouting recommendation once near lunada bay on the palos verdes peninsula. once you ride past the curve of lunada bay
on paseo del mar, you'll come to a stop sign before the next intersection with palos verdes dr west. make a left at it-via anacapa-and
your next right-paseo lunado-and continue along the coast just a little longer to christmas tree cove-a little gem. follow the road for a
quick uphill zigzag back to pv dr west.


if good beer is still on the docket, there is also a decent beer bar-o'flaherty's tap house-in the golden cove shopping center just down the
road at the intersection of palos verdes dr and hawthorne. smooth riding and blessed weather-enjoy!
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Many thanks for the tips! Good beer is always on the docket.

So right on Anacapa, to hug the coast a little tighter to see Xmas Tree Cove, comme ca?
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
Here, roughly is the route we're taking. Subject to all manner of whims, larks, and idylls.
Be carefully on the two railroad crossings at N. Front St in San Pedro, particularly the second one before turning right to Pacific Ave, if you're not familiar with the areas. The tracks before Pacific Ave was very tricky. If order to cross them at a right angle, you'll have to turn to against the Pacific Ave traffic.

Have a good and safe trip!
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yah right on via anacapa then another quick right onto paseo lunado (which runs along the north side of the elementary school). there is another nice viewpoint enroute to xmas tree cove
but requires a quick dismount.

there's another little diversion just down the road once southbound again on pv dr w. a right on calle entradero drops you into a newish expensive homes area with some ocean views
and then deposits you right at golden cove shopping center at pv dr/hawthorne. not as nice as xmas tree cove but nicer than the comparable stretch of pv dr w.

if the time of day isn't right for o'flaherty's tap house, the adjacent yellow vase resto serves a pretty decent bfast or lunch and has a nice ocean facing patio w/room for bikes.
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Will you win a bet and get 1.2 M if you complete the ride in 48 hrs?
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
Many thanks for the tips! Good beer is always on the docket.

So right on Anacapa, to hug the coast a little tighter to see Xmas Tree Cove, comme ca?
I think you mentioned in your previous thread how Wilmington felt terrible on the lungs. A former boss of mine used to work there in an office outpost and commented how it has high rates of cancer in citizens due to the refineries located in the city. Be careful in that area depending on time as it's a very big rig heavy area! (Port of La/Lb)

If you're planning on getting to LB towards the evening you can stay in the downtown area for lodging. It's a bit expensive and I would probably suggest finding cheaper lodging somewhere in LB? I'm not sure what your time table is either. Hotel Maya has this decent bar / restaurant with a great view of the Queen Mary / surrounding area if you're needing lodging + food but beyond that I wouldn't make it a point to stop there.

However if you're in the DTLB area then try checking out Congregation Ale House! Small gastropub with a good selection of drinks/snacks. If you're in the mood for some fancy pizza you can check out Michaels Pizzeria right next door or Beachwood BBQ.

2nd St in Belmont Shores has plenty of restaurants that you might fancy as well as local bars. It turns into a bit of a college town though after 9 PM as a heads up though.

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You've got to get the garlic chicken wings ... the dude knows me because I order it every single time haha.

Roscoes Chicken & Waffles is a block or two away if you're interested as well.

Also Steamed Organic is a pretty good option too..
https://www.yelp.com/biz/steamed-orga...e-long-beach-2


Saw that the ride started today ... hope this message reaches you! Enjoy the ride, be safe, and have fun!

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Originally Posted by soom
Beachwood BBQ.
I second this recommendation. Good food and predictably, a bunch of IPAs but my favorite when I went was the milk stout. (Udder Love)
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Originally Posted by hsuehhwa
Be carefully on the two railroad crossings at N. Front St in San Pedro, particularly the second one before turning right to Pacific Ave, if you're not familiar with the areas. The tracks before Pacific Ave was very tricky. If order to cross them at a right angle, you'll have to turn to against the Pacific Ave traffic.

Have a good and safe trip!
Thanks Hsuehhwa! We made it home safe. I know exactly which crossing in San Pedro you describe. We were fortunately going slow enough that I could hop over both tracks, one at a time, and thankfully Terah made it fine too.
We didn't make it all the way back to Cbad. Did a lot of farting around, exploring, looking at junk, talking to strangers... I had to work on Terah to leave her HR monitor strap at home for this one.
The drivers in Malibu were worse on this trip than my last one, but that might have been because it was getting late and chilly by the time I passed through last time. We caught it at the prettiest and therefore most trafficky time of the day this time. Lots of cars illegally parked on the shoulder, and we had to pull out into the 55mph (and of course everyone in LA obeys the speed limits) lane. It was chilly, so I had to blow my nose periodically ...over my right shoulder. Sorry for the mucous citation, illegally parked cars.
A recent wind had blown snowdrifts of sand up on the bike path through Redondo, Manhattan, and Hermosa Beaches.
We found the Yellow Vase, (and then saw another one further south on the PV peninsula.) Great spot, and it was full of cyclists. And we shared a bottle of wine and said hello again to Jacques at Rive Gauche--he remembered me from two years ago. Cool dude.
Pretty bushed now. Will post full report with many pictures later this week.
If you ever get a free weekend, every Californian cyclist should ride this route. It really is spectacular, even in the ugly spots. (Heck, our ugly roads are pretty than many other states' prettiest roads!)
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I think you mentioned in your previous thread how Wilmington felt terrible on the lungs. A former boss of mine used to work there in an office outpost and commented how it has high rates of cancer in citizens due to the refineries located in the city. Be careful in that area depending on time as it's a very big rig heavy area! (Port of La/Lb)

If you're planning on getting to LB towards the evening you can stay in the downtown area for lodging. It's a bit expensive and I would probably suggest finding cheaper lodging somewhere in LB? I'm not sure what your time table is either. Hotel Maya has this decent bar / restaurant with a great view of the Queen Mary / surrounding area if you're needing lodging + food but beyond that I wouldn't make it a point to stop there.

However if you're in the DTLB area then try checking out Congregation Ale House! Small gastropub with a good selection of drinks/snacks. If you're in the mood for some fancy pizza you can check out Michaels Pizzeria right next door or Beachwood BBQ.

2nd St in Belmont Shores has plenty of restaurants that you might fancy as well as local bars. It turns into a bit of a college town though after 9 PM as a heads up though.

edit: totally forgot to mention...
Rebel Bite - 247 Photos - Gastropubs - Long Beach, CA - Reviews - Yelp

You've got to get the garlic chicken wings ... the dude knows me because I order it every single time haha.

Roscoes Chicken & Waffles is a block or two away if you're interested as well.

Also Steamed Organic is a pretty good option too..
Steamed Organic Vegetarian Cuisine - 404 Photos - Vegetarian - Long Beach, CA - Reviews - Yelp


Saw that the ride started today ... hope this message reaches you! Enjoy the ride, be safe, and have fun!
Nuts. Just saw your post now, home safe. Terah is already looking forward to doing the ride again. Perhaps in more of a serious miles-making mode next time. I enjoyed just farting around and exploring, and even finding a few dead-ends, but this is such a great ride, it deserves practicing and mastery. If I didn't have to work this week, I would like to take a rest day tomorrow and then take the train back up to Santa Barbara and do this ride again on Wednesday!
We're so lucky to live here, and I feel like a fool for letting two years lapse before doing it again.
Thanks for the tips. Will write them down for the next trip in a few months or weeks.
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[MENTION=100027]calamarichris[/MENTION], a quick question - who makes the seat post rack and bag on your bike? I'm thinking a similar ride is in my future Thanks in advance!
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@calamarichris, a quick question - who makes the seat post rack and bag on your bike? I'm thinking a similar ride is in my future Thanks in advance!
Ahoy Vic.
I believe it was just a cheapie Blackburn made for Performance, and a Jandt bag that fits perfectly with velcro straps. My gf recently bought a Blackburn adjustable one, but with adjustability comes increased weight & wonkiness.
It affects the handling slightly, but you get used to it. I was climbing a fairly stiff grade up from the beach path, just before Malaga Cove, and nearly wheelied over backward a few times--kinda like a mountainbike.
The biggest difference is when you're getting on&off the train, walking around with your bike, and remembering not to roundhouse-kick the darn thing every time you get off the bike. The full pack weighs about the same as my heavy, 80's steel bike.
But it's cool when you get it up to speed and the increased momentum seems to just hold you at speed. Also cool not to have to wear the same chamois 3 days in a row, or walk around Ventura bars in black lycra shorts that invited stares at your circumcision scar.



Edit: It's a Performance Transit Seatpost rack. Also came with a mounting tab that fit my Ravx blinky light perfectly. I wouldn't use it with a carbon seatpost however.


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Ahoy Vic.
I believe it was just a cheapie Blackburn made for Performance, and a Jandt bag that fits perfectly with velcro straps. My gf recently bought a Blackburn adjustable one, but with adjustability comes increased weight & wonkiness.
It affects the handling slightly, but you get used to it. I was climbing a fairly stiff grade up from the beach path, just before Malaga Cove, and nearly wheelied over backward a few times--kinda like a mountainbike.
The biggest difference is when you're getting on&off the train, walking around with your bike, and remembering not to roundhouse-kick the darn thing every time you get off the bike. The full pack weighs about the same as my heavy, 80's steel bike.
But it's cool when you get it up to speed and the increased momentum seems to just hold you at speed. Also cool not to have to wear the same chamois 3 days in a row, or walk around Ventura bars in black lycra shorts that invited stares at your circumcision scar.



Edit: It's a Performance Transit Seatpost rack. Also came with a mounting tab that fit my Ravx blinky light perfectly. I wouldn't use it with a carbon seatpost however.

Thanks Chris! I've been looking online at a Topeak rack. This one.

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They also have a bag that can quickly click on and off the rack.
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Another fun run! The traffic was a little worse through Malibu this time, and there were more cars illegally parked on our riding shoulder, but it was still wonderful.
We were eager to get rolling, so we didn't spend much time in Santa Barbara. State Street was still under construction and seemed less inviting. We rode straight to La Cava in Montecito, which seems to have gone down hill a little.


Next stop was Carpenteria, at the Island Brewing Co. They have decent beer, but the real draw is the patio just off the railroad tracks.


The new path along Ventura Highway is a treat.




But the frontage road seems pretty rough after riding on that smooth beauty.


And if you make an adventurous turn at a certain beach campground, it gets even worse (or better)...


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Spent the first night in Ventura. If you eat at Rice Thai Food, don't order the food hotter than 3, because when they say "spicy", brother they mean it!
The next morning we farted around in Ventura, cruised through some neighborhoods on the way to Port Hueneme that had mini-dunes of sand piled up in the street, apparently due to a recent windstorm.


The Missile Garden is always worth a stop.



That's the idea... Glad to see the military hasn't lost its sense of irony since I got out.


I was kicking around the idea of getting a Dr. Strangelove pic, but there were signs against it, the missiles were filthy, and I had a white seat on my bike.



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nice pic at the korean bell in san pedro. never get tired of it or the view.

don't mess with the thai "heat" index. i'm okay with chinese or mexican
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Point Mugu.

Same spot, two years ago.



Same bike, two years ago; minus one Sweetheart.


The shoulder's nice & wide on the Southbound 1, and the traffic is still pretty light this far from Malibu.




And by the time the traffic starts getting bad enough, there's a dedicated bike path down on the beach.


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And the bike traffic eventually gets heavy enough until it slows to foot traffic on the Venice Boardwalk. Even walking around in tight, garish colors, we looked like a couple of normals in this crowd.


We both got a little high just from the ambient environment of Venice. (At least that's the excuse I use for getting a henna tattoo on my leg.)


It started getting late, so we had to pedal on to our hotel in Hermosa Beach. Fortunately much of this stretch was dedicated bike path, away from the auto traffic.

Ballona Creek.


Same path, two years ago.


Some poor sailboat got blown up onto the shore. Wonder how long it's been there.


Spent the night at the Hotel Hermosa, which had very hip decor. Neat place, they had a whole mess of celebrity mugshots in the bathroom.
Had a great Indian meal at Ackbar, but we ordered it too spicy again. Glad I had Tums along on this trip.

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There was a lot of sand blown up on the bike path from Venice all the way to Redondo Beach, so a little chain TLC was in order before we set out the next morning.


I really love this fountain at Malaga Cove, and was delighted to see we had enough water for the mermaids' bewbies once again. Being a patriotic Californian, I made a contribution.



After a nice brunch at the Yellow Vase, (thanks for the tip, Oogity-Boogity), we visited Jacques at Rive Gauche for a little Roman breakfast.



Palos Verdes is always a special treat. And it always seems to be windy and chilly out on the peninsula.



Same spot, two years ago. (Kinda fun seeing how close I can get these pics a few years later.)


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Hey I remember this spot from the last trip, where the avalanche happened.




Looking around for the Korean Friendship Bell, we found these old WWII artillery batteries.


And finally, the Bell.



Turns out the Friendship Bell has a gnarly tractor beam, and it grabbed a Millennium Falcon kite from out of the sky.


Looks like the ceiling had recently been repainted.


And San Pedro is still a lovely place to not ride a bicycle. The sign 30 yards ahead says, "End Bike Lane."
We took it easy again, and fortunately the wind was blowing today, so it was slightly less toxic. Heaven help the poor humans who have to live or work here.
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