Looking at my route today, I knew it was going to be a long ride at about 65 miles, but if I only knew how long it was really going to be, I might’ve made some different decisions :p
A Little Too Smooth…
I left at around my usual time at 6:00, and getting to the Ventura/Oxnard area was pretty smooth. I thought I was going to have to ride on the freeway along the coast but found that there’s actually a bike trail connected to the freeway.
It’s so weird because I’ve driven that stretch of road so many times and never noticed.
I rode through the beach area where a bunch of people were out surfing.
And saw more palm trees than I’d ever seen before in one place.
I grabbed a bite to eat around 10:30 thinking to myself:
This ride’s not so tough after all. I’ve only got like another hour and a half tops.
Here’s Where It Goes Off the Rails
As some of you may know, there’s a big climb on the freeway into Thousand Oaks, but from what I understood, bikes aren’t allowed on that part of the freeway. So, I looked at a route that went inland a bit, but through some of the hills and popped you up top into Thousand Oaks (it looked good on paper at least.)
I got a ways in and came to the beginning of a dirt path.
Not knowing if there was any other way to go, I pressed on.
Then the path began to narrow.
And I ran into a makeshift bridge where I had to cross a creek.
But I’ve come so far, do I really want to turn back now?
Because I have a road bike with all my gear, I really couldn’t ride on these trails, so I had to push my bike with all my packs, slowing me down quite a bit. At this point, it was about noon, and the sun was beating down on me.
Some of the dirt hills were so steep that my feet were sliding and losing traction as I tried to make my way forward.
I finally made it through around 1:30 to the end, which culminated in a crescendo of stairs that I lifted and carried my bike and gear up.
I Made It!
All in all, I’m going to call today a character building exercise. Knock on wood; I’m pretty sure the rest of the journey will be all downhill from here (well not literally, but you get the idea.)
Tomorrow I’ll be in LA!