Santa Barbara to Ventura Beach 33 miles

Trip Start Jan 28, 2014
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Woke in the middle of night with loud noises from room above, it was 3.30 am. Peter woke & after a while said I'm going up there, as he was naked I really panicked - but he put clothes on & went up and I could hear him banging REALLY loudly on a door. Got back in bed & no more noise, I guess they thought they were dealing with a psycho! Next morning breakfast was just a coffee, muffin & instant oats you brought to you room then off along the promenade, beautiful morning, sun was out & we actually wore shorts for the first time. Found the coast bike path & it was really nice cycling till we got to Carpenteria a really pretty seaside town and we stopped for lunch (or maybe brunch) of scrambled eggs with potatoes & tea - large omelette for Peter, food was excellent. Found a bike shop for two inner tubes as both spares now used then along the coast path again, it's really lovely cycling - there are lots of RV sites here that let them park right on the ocean, must be lovely at night with the sound of the waves (apart from the occasional train!). Then there's a diversion for the bike path as there's road works & we have to go along the 101 but facing the oncoming traffic going North but there is a concrete barrier for us to cycle behind so it's great but then the barrier goes & we're not sure whether to carry on the highway facing oncoming traffic or go down a cordoned off part. Looks like we should carry on so we do but then it gets really scary with lorries coming straight at us, looks like we did it wrong! We turn around pretty sharpest & go back and down the cordoned off part, terrifying - why no signs for the bike path anywhere?
Ok back on bike path into Ventura, pretty town but we ring a few hotels & find The Inn on the
Beach for $99, our ground floor room has a balcony that's right on the beach, amazing. Just a short walk away is a fish& chip shop so we go there & the Alaskan cod is great then next door to a brewery, what more could you want. Back early as knackered tonight, hard going on the butt today too, think tomorrow our ride to Malibu will be hard as there are the Santa Monica mountains, still for now let's open the patio doors for the sound of the ocean.
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