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Pre-election Moorpark to Ventura Bicycle Tour
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Posted 11:08 AM 10/19/2012
This thread has been created as a forum to discuss the following trip:
Trip Name: Pre-election Moorpark to Ventura Bicycle Tour
Date: from 11/03/2012 8:30 AM to 11/04/2012 5:00 PM
Posted by: Gregg Beytin
Please post any question or comments about the trip below.
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Posted 3:45 PM 10/31/2012
Considering going for Saturday only and taking Amtrak back:
Departs: 5:16 PM
Sat Nov 03 2012
Ventura, CA (VEC)
Arrives: 5:59 PM
Sat Nov 03 2012
Moorpark, CA (MPK)

Does this seem doable for the Sat bike ride timeframe? Plus, I'm going to check w/Amtrak, but if you've taken your bike onboard and have any tips, let me know. Will try to confirm in/out by tomorrow afternoon.

-Sue
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Posted 4:40 PM 10/31/2012
Sue, I also am planing on taking the Amtrak back on Saturday and I believe you can carry the bikes on the train. If you actually talk to someone at Amtrak (I just called but didn't feel like waiting 41 min, lol) posted here please.
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Posted 10:10 AM 11/1/2012
I did a little research and the Amtrak takes up to 4 bikes per train but it sounds like to be certain you need to reserve to be sure (and probably sit on hold the phone for a while).

I also checked the mileage, and it's not that much longer of a drive from Santa Monica for me to Ventura (61 mi) vs. Moorpark (43 mi) - could park in Ventura then take the Amtrak ($14) back to Moorpark for the start of the ride. Then no need to stress if there are any unexpected adventures along the road, and enough time to relax and enjoy dinner in Ventura afterward before heading back.

Departs: 7:23 AM Sat Nov 03 2012
Ventura, CA (VEC)
Arrives: 8:05 AM Sat Nov 03 2012
Moorpark, CA (MPK)
Duration: 0 hr, 42 min

Looks like the Starbucks is only 1/2 mile from the Amtrak, so should get there in plenty of time for the 8:30 bike departure.
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Posted 10:35 AM 11/1/2012
Sue
I just got off the phone w/ them, it's first come first serve (your correct, 4 per train) and they don't take reservation on the carry-on bikes.

Amtrak you suck!
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Posted 1:18 PM 11/1/2012
OK, I signed up. In for Sat only, will drop off car in Ventura, just booked the early Amtrak to meet in Moorpark.
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Posted 6:12 AM 11/3/2012
This might be a good spot when we get in Ventura, http://anacapabrewing.com/
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Posted 6:51 PM 11/4/2012
Thanks for a fun trip, gang! Hope the wind treated you kindly Sunday :)
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Posted 7:58 PM 11/4/2012
Thanks Sue. Glad to have you along. The ride today was difficult but wonderful.