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Gregg Beytin (leader)
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Event Name Lompoc-Gaviota-Goleta Bicycle Camping Tour
Event Date/Time 5/16/2015 10:00 AM to 5/17/2015 3:00 PM
Location in Los Angeles, CA
Event Type Adventure Travel, Camping, Road Biking, Mountain Biking
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Lompoc-Gaviota-Goleta Bicycle Camping Tour

Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th

ROUTE: We will begin our tour at the Goleta Amtrak Station. The train (the 1761) departs the station at 10:34 A.M. It is a good idea to purchase your tickets online before you commit to this event. Amtrak now “requires” reservations for bicycles. You can park at the train station or on one of the nearby streets. If you can’t get a ticket for the 10:34 train, you could get a ride on a earlier train and meet the group on Lompoc. We will take the train to Lompoc “Surf” station where we will begin our approximately 40 mile ride south through scenic Santa Ynez Valley along scenic Santa Rosa Road (a few wineries) to Buellton (lunch and shopping for food for the evening meal) and over Gaviota Pass south along 101 (good wide shoulders) to our night's destination, Gaviota State Beach where we will camp for the night. On Sunday we will ride approximately 23 miles back to the Goleta Amtrak Station. Alternately, you could drive to Lompoc, do the ride and then train back to Lompoc.

CAMPGROUND: The hiker-biker camp fees are $10.00 per night. Gaviota campground has flush toilets and hot showers. We might be able to purchase fire wood and beer from the campground store or at least firewood from the Camp Host. (Be aware, however, that camp stores are not always open.) The campground is flat with plenty of room for tents. Alternate campground: If we get to Buellton and feel like spending the night there, there is a campground (Flying Flags) with full amenities including Jacuzzi for about $42 per tent. This makes sense if you want eat in a restaurant.


DIFFICULTY: I rate this trip as intermediate due to distance and a few hills best done with a low gear. 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.


I ask that you wear a helmet. On one ride we would have most likely lost someone forever had he not been wearing a helmet.


WHY: The ride, the camping, the shared beverages, and the jokes. And I hope to introduce more people to the joys of bicycle touring and camping.