Date: April 16th, 2017
From/To: Los Angeles, CA/Ventura, CA
Daily Mileage: 60 miles
Total Mileage: 2655 miles
Conditions: Sunshine and minor headwinds. 75 degrees.
The pressure is off, finally. I feel as though I can breath easy once again. I’m no longer racing from one point to the next, but on the other end of the spectrum I no longer have that feeling of progress I once had. I’ve completed the crossing, I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again now. The continuation of this trip from LA was something I’d put much thought into back in the early planning stages. My original idea was to go from Bar Harbor, Maine to San Francisco, CA. Obviously the winter weather played a huge factor in that revision. In the past, I’ve taken the Pacific Coast Highway from San Luis Obisbo to San Francisco, it’s unlike anywhere else in the world, even by car. I want to do it not because it would factor in on the scale of crossing the continent, but rather as a time to reflect and enjoy this wondrous line dividing the sea from the mountains. To do it by bike is a dangerous but rewarding feat. The road at certain points is not designed for biking, and drivers out here don’t necessarily have the perfect reputation when it comes to driving safety. Nonetheless people have done it before, many times. I’m out here and I have the time to spend, I’m going to venture on.
I left the Santa Monica Pier around 11:00AM. Jamie did me a huge favor by driving me out there to bypass the LA traffic. Besides, that was where I’d left off so I might as well start there again. I already knew something was different about this ride. To my right were mountains, nothing new there. To my left, the Pacific, still a sight of amazement to my weary eyes as I biked along the shore heading north.
I made it to Ventura around 3:30PM. I stayed at a motel right off the shore and a quick walk away from town where the local bars, shops, and other cool attractions were. From what I saw Ventura was a moderately sized town, but compared to Santa Monica it was a breath of fresh air. The beach was open and people weren’t so crowded. You could find some open space without looking very far, my kind of place. I walked into a restaurant overlooking the beach and enjoyed a tuna melt while watching the Dodgers lose to the Diamondbacks. I was at Dodger Stadium the previous evening when they won, it was quite a different ballgame today. After dinner I walked around town to get a feel for the area and the people that lived here. It was pretty laid back, I enjoyed the easy going vibes after a busy weekend in LA. I returned to the motel and prepared for tomorrows ride to Santa Barbara. I’ve heard great things about that place, I;m excited to finally see it.
Enjoy The Ride,