Time to ride. Camp. Explore. Hang with the family. Here's what we did:
Van Nuys Amtrak Station
• Storing the bikes on board was as easy as pulling into a bike rack. Way easier than last year.
• The train ride was fantastic. We had never seen the coast along Hollister ranch. Wow.
Lompoc-Surf Amtrak platform
• A more gorgeous drop off point would be hard to find.
• 10 mile cruise with tailwind in to the town center, whoot!
• Check in to M6.
• Dinner at Mikes Café, marginal burgers.
• Drizzle with a side of fog and gloom.
• Tommy is off early toward Jalama Beach.
• I (Doug) have 4 hours till the second half of our group arrives at 1PM - and spend it riding up towards Vandenberg Village in a 10mi loop.
• Back to the beach platform, meet the guys, and back towards town - this time with a big right hand turn south towards Jalama Beach.
• A tough ride for us all. Heat, hills and heavy loads.
• The road and scenery, however, is wonderful: untouched grasslands and oak forests
• Hero of the day: Tommy. He started much earlier and was able to score a campsite - which are hard to get.
• The Jalama Burgers are pure heaven. So is the cold beer.
• With no cell service we are blissfully in another, more beautiful world.
• Busy, loud with oddball characters.
• Ants will cover everything you own.
• Next time we'll stop for lunch only and skip the overnight.
• Hero of the day: Chris. Convinced the store lady to use her "personal microwave" to heat up some refried beans we just bought there. Long story, remind me to give you the details. Seriously lady?
El Capitan Canyon store (Lunch!)
• Gourmet food
• Shady and cool
• Wow, we should have spent the night here instead of Gaviota. Doh!
- Like visiting an old friend. We know our way around (mostly) and know where to get those oh-so-awesome fish tacos and homemade potato chips.
- Check in to M6.
- Trip to a local bike shop. Add this to your itinerary, the bikers are a good crowd.
- The section from here to Carpinteria Beach is drop-dead gorgeous.
- Hero of the Day: Me (Doug) The mechanic strikes Chris's bike for shifting issues then a flat tire, but Elder did most of the flat repair work while I barked out instructions 😊
• Shared the hike and bike section with a scraggly homeless duo that likes to argue. But our fun and shenanigans drowned them out quickly.
• We had a nice afternoon napping on the sand after a swim.
• Dinner at Rincon Brewery. Good food, cold beer, life is good.
• Stop at the market on the way home. Chris gets firewood and... a plantain? (Ask Chris...)
• Hero of the day: Elder. He was handed the load of firewood to strap to his bike for the ride back to the camp. Thanks, Dad!
• Long 10 miles of rural/urban riding to the station
• Oxnard Transit Center - the station is clean and quiet
Van Nuys Amtrak
• We are hardened bikers who know the drill. We debark and are ready to start the ride home in just a few minutes.
• The orange busway bike path leads us back.
• Eventually we separate at an intersection
• See everyone next time!!!
A neat little video here: (Or see it online here: https://vimeo.com/276748674 )
Photo's by: Everyone :) Video by Doug.
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