Amazing ride from Santa Barbara to Ventura


Wow, today was one of the most beautiful rides of the trip so far. Almost all flat, mostly along the ocean. Great separated bike paths.


I enjoyed all the palm trees as I rolled out of Santa Barbara this morning. Pretty soon they gave way to various bikeways. I stopped in the cute town of Carpinteria to grab lunch at the local natural food store, Pacific Health Foods. I was delighted to discover some packaged deli items there from Evolution Fast Food, in San Diego! That is one of my favorite vegan restaurants in San Diego, and I hadn’t realized they sold their food elsewhere. I guess I’ve officially arrived in SoCal!

I continued south from Carpinteria, marveling at the miles of sea views from the separated bikeway.

I arrived at my wonderful Warmshowers host’s house after dark, and we shared a nice meal and chatted about travel, while her adorable dog looked on.

I biked 40 miles today, which is surprisingly on the longer end of what I’ve been used to. (I had initially planned on 30-50 miles roughly every other day on this trip, but it’s often been less, for various reasons.) I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep, and then 29 more (flat, yay!) miles inland to Moorpark, where I’ll be staying with friends.

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