ROUTE: We will start our adventure in the Trader Joe's’ parking lot at 3025 De La Vina St. in Santa Barbara. Starting time is 9:30 A.M. We will not have the opportunity to stop at another market before the campground. If you don’t have your food already packed, you might want to shop at Trader Joes. I suggest parking in the nearby residential neighborhood rather than the shopping center parking lot. This is a semi-loop. The route north will wind its way through nice residential neighborhoods until we reach the 101. Gaviota State Beach is about 32 miles from Trader Joe's. The return route, after exiting the 101, will follow mostly bike paths back to our start point and is about 34 miles. Riding on the 101 is not bad at all, there is a wide shoulder the whole way and the views are terrific. This route has no large hills but it does have more than a few moderate hills. You can check out the route by going to the two links below:
o Day 1: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/966017085
o Day 2: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/966030015
EATING AND SLEEPING: We will camping at Gaviota State Park Hiker/Biker. The fee should be $10.00 per person. You must bring food for dinner and breakfast. There should be enough room for all of us.
DIFFICULTY: I rate this trip as beginning to intermediate due to distance and a few hills best done with a low gear. None of the hills are large or very long. If you consider yourself a beginner who is up for a challenge and in good shape you are welcome to come. You should know that I use the word beginner with qualifications. I do not mean a beginning bicycle rider, I mean a beginning long distance loaded bicycle tourist: i.e., you can already ride 30+ miles at 10-12 mph on a bike loaded down with 30-40 lbs of clothes, food, and camping gear. You also know how to fix a flat.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING? You will need to pack as you would for a backpacking trip (but no backpack) and a multi-gear bike in good repair with very low gears. If your bike has a triple crank set, a compact crank set, or very large cogs, it probably has very low gears. If you have a mountain bike with knobby off-road tires. I suggest you install narrow road tires -- you will find your ride much less difficult. If you have a bike purchased in a department store (rather than a bike shop) you may have a very heavy bike, with poor bearings and unreliable hardware. If this is the case, I advise against using that bike. If all you have is a department store bike, but you are nevertheless a strong rider and still want to go, I can probably loan you an appropriate bicycle -- don't bring your department store bike. You should also have spare tube, etc. You will need panniers or a trailer to carry your stuff. If you need help with equipment or you would like to borrow a set of panniers, a trailer, or even a bicycle set up for touring, you can email me or call me at 310-266-8592.