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Event Name Ojai-Carpinteria-Ve­ntura-Ojai Bicycle Camping Tour
Event Date/Time 5/20/2017 9:00 AM to 5/21/2017 4:30 PM
Location in Los Angeles, CA
Event Type Backpacking, Camping, Road Biking, Mountain Biking
Event Description

START: We will begin our tour in Ojai at 9:00 A.M. (depart by 9:30) from Libby Park in downtown Ojai. You can park your car for the weekend in one of the nearby residential neighborhoods.

SATURDAY ROUTE: We will ride down the Ventura River Trail Bike Path until we get to Hwy 150 and ride that road over Casita Pass and down into Carpinteria where we will camp for the night. I estimate about 35 miles.

SUNDAY ROUTE: From Carpinteria, we will ride to south on Hwy 101 for a few miles and then a frontage road to Ventura. From Ventura we will ride up the Ventura River Bike Path back to Ojai. I estimate about 30 miles.

FOOD: From Ojai, be sure to bring lunch and snacks along since there will be no place to buy food for lunch. In Carpinteria we may eat out or shop at the local grocery store for dinner and breakfast. We can barbecue at the campground if we wish.

CAMPGROUND: The hiker-biker camp fee is $5.00 to $10.00 per night. The campgrounds have flush toilets and hot showers (you'll need a few quarters for the shower) right next to the beach-side Hiker-Biker campsite. We can purchase firewood and beer from the campground store. The campground is flat with plenty of room for tents.

DIFFICULTY: I rate this trip as intermediate due to distance and a big climb on Saturday. 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. I also think cruiser, BMX, and mountain bikes with dirt tires are a bad idea for this kind of riding. You can make a mountain bike into an acceptable touring bike by installing light road tires. If you don’t have the right kind of bike, but you are nevertheless a strong rider (an unusual combination) and still want to go, I can probably loan you an appropriate bicycle. You should also have spare tube, pump, tire levers, 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.

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.

MAPS: Check back to this page in a few days for links to maps of the route.