Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 51- On to Oxnard

This morning’s weather was more of the same – cloudy and overcast- as we left Goleta. Bike trails and bike lanes are now the rule instead of the exception.

Crosstown bike trail, Goleta
Crosstown bike trail, Goleta
Science lesson on the trail
Science lesson on the trail
Part of the science lesson
Part of the science lesson

As we traveled out of Goleta and through Santa Barbara, we were on bike trails or side streets with our own lane.

Nice bike lane on shoulder as we traveled into Santa Barbara
Nice bike lane on shoulder as we traveled into Santa Barbara
Beachside trail/sidewalk in Santa Barbara
Beachside trail/sidewalk in Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf and Marina at Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf and Marina at Santa Barbara

Once we were out of Santa Barbara,

Looking back on Santa Barbara from above the freeway
Looking back on Santa Barbara from above the freeway

we traveled south through Coastal Village, Summerland, and Carpentiera – paralleling Route 101, but on a side road with a bike lane. After a coffee stop in Carpentiera at a Cupcake Shop, we headed out for what we thought would be at least a five mile ride on the 101, only to discover another beautiful paved separated bike trail along the water.

Well protected bike trail parallel to 101 from Carpentiera to Mussel Shoals
Well protected bike trail parallel to 101 from Carpentiera to Mussel Shoals

That took some money and was not even mentioned on the bike map so it must be pretty new. When the trail ended in Mussel Shoals, we were routed on to the Pacific Coast Highway, lined with huge RV rigs camped right on the oceanside.

Along the beach near Ventura
Along the beach near Ventura
Nice bike lane approaching Ventura
Nice bike lane approaching Ventura
Views east from Ventura towards the mountains
Views east from Ventura towards the mountains

When we reached Ventura, we were routed onto the Omar Raines Oceanfront Bikepath and from there had to travel about five miles on Harbor Rd. to reach Oxnard where we have stopped for the day.

Cycling 14.5 mph down Harbor Road at end of ride
Cycling 14.5 mph down Harbor Road at end of ride

After 50 miles of cycling, it’s nice to have a great view of the marina and listen to the seals in the harbor.

View from our room this evening - Oxnard - Channel Islands
View from our room this evening – Oxnard – Channel Islands

Tomorrow – Malibu!

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