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Event Name Bicycle Camping Tour: Moorpark-Heritage Valley-Ventura
Event Date/Time 12/19/2015 9:00 AM to 12/20/2015 4:00 PM
Location in Los Angeles, CA
Event Type Backpacking, Adventure Travel, Camping, Road Biking, Mountain Biking
Event Description

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ROUTE: We will start our adventure just west of Simi Valley at the Starbucks in Moorpark (561 New Los Angeles Ave). Starting time is 9:00 A.M. I suggest parking in the nearby residential neighborhood rather than the shopping center parking lot. We will take country roads with one long climb and decent South Mountain Road near the cute little town of Fillmore in gorgeous Heritage Valley. After a possible tamale stop, we will continue our trek west on South Mountain Rd. to Santa Paula where we will continue on to our destination, Old Town Ventura. I estimate this route to be about 45 miles. On Sunday, we will ride back to our starting point by the same route or a shorter route up the same valley as Moorpark is in (about 30 miles).

If the number of miles and hills is too much of a challenge, I suggest starting in Filmore and meeting up with the ride where Hwy 23 intersects with Bardsdale (about a mile south of Filmore)

 

EATING AND SLEEPING: Some of us may stay in one of the many Hotels near Old Town Ventura. Others may wish to camp in the Hiker/Biker at Emma Wood State Park (good grass, a bit wet and windy, no hot showers) on the beach next to Old Town. The plan is to eat out in Old Town. We should eat well as there are many good restaurants in Old Town. 

DIFFICULTY: I rate this trip as intermediate due to distance and a few hills best done with a low gear. One of the hills is very long, if not very hard. 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.