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Traveling from Santa Barbara to Orange, CA have extra time looking for quiet route

Old 04-21-12, 07:48 PM
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Traveling from Santa Barbara to Orange, CA have extra time looking for quiet route

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I am planning to ride from my home of Santa Barbara to Orange, CA for the lightninginabottle festival. I have recently damaged my ears and I am on a noise fast to help them heal. I am looking for the quietest possible route to Orange, and am willing to go out of my way for a pleasant ride!
Straight down the coast seems the simplest but I'm really dreading the area around Malibu. I am considering traveling into Ojai through Casitas and then into Santa Clarita. I would finish by going from Santa Clarita to Orange, or maybe even spending some time in the forest area and stopping at Big Bear before hitting Orange.
Any advice on the possible roads, certain ones to stay away from, crazy motorcyclists / whathaveyou? Any info is greatly appreciated! I plan on leaving around ~ May 20th
- dylan -_-
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Old 04-26-12, 09:51 PM
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Just got my front rack and almost ready to go, anybody out there with advice? ^_^
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Old 04-27-12, 12:28 PM
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You can go east at Oxnard and come through Moorpark or a little farther north and come through Fillmore.Your trying to get to Palmdale and then across the desert north of the mountains.It's a long ways out of the way and you'll be on the wrong side of the mountains.

Or it's come through Simi Valley,San Fernando,Glendale area,you'll be on the correct side of the mountains but there will be lots of traffic like on the coast.You can catch Valley Blvd/Foothill(route 66) and take it across town,then drop down wherever you want and head south towards Orange.

It's either ride through Simi Valley or through the desert,then cross the mountains and end up in San Berdoo and backtrack home.

The coast is a nice ride,even going through the beaches.I'd stick to the coast route unless you like the adventure.

It's going to be noisy anywhere towards L.A.,8 million people live here and they all have cars.

Have Fun!

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If you do not mind extended climbing or some gravel road sections I would recommend a backroute via 150 at Carpinteria then 33 North over Pine Mountain Summit [5000 feet] to the turnoff at the Ozena Station on the Lockwood Valley Road that leads East to Mt. Pinos and then Frazier Park @I-5. Then take frontage roads and I-5 to Gorman and head East on 138 for 2? miles to the Old Grapevine Route heading South/right to reach the Santa Clarita area. You know the ways to reach Big Bear and the rest of your route.
The Lockwood Valley Road portion in Los Padres NF is lovely with lots of variety of terrain and except on weekends has very limited traffic. The same applies to 33 and Old Grapevine route.
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Maybe it's Bikini season on the beach, that can make it interesting, at least.
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