18 MILES PER HOUR BIG RIDE:
TOPANGA TO OJAI • APRIL 18, 2011
Rented a house for a week up in Ojai, California, for some much-needed rest for both of our families. Beautiful.
Then one evening, with a month or so to go before this trip, during glass #3 of Cabernet, Rhys posed the question: Why not just ride from home to this vacation destination? Sounded logical, sensible and even profound. Done.
In vino fortitudo.
Google mapped it, Rhys printed out a lovely, self-laminated course map complete with ride profile and the morning of the 18th, off we went.
WHAT IT WAS LIKE:
Up Topanga Canyon, over Santa Susanna Pass (easy), westward across Simi Valley (uneventful), Turned north and over Grimes Canyon (crazy, hypnotic artwork carved into the sand hillside), Stop for coffee in Fillmore, long westward straightaway to Santa Paula (getting better), Turned north for a climb up N. Ojai Road / hwy 150 (beautiful, stream flowing next to the road, great scenery), down into Ojai Valley and right into a hot Jacuzzi in our cycling shorts (the best).
In the end, I think I’ll do the ride from Fillmore to Ojai again. Maybe make it a 40 – 50 mile loop. The rest of the ride I could do without. No offense to the proud residents of Grimes Canyon, just an opinion.
HERE ARE THE STATS:
• 70 miles
• 3 mountain passes
• 5 hours (slow pace, stopped to take pictures, and that’s enough excuses for now)
• one dingy denim cap in gutter
• one filthy, pervy-looking, white, fishnet tanktop in the road
• first 50 miles are industrial-boring
• last 15-ish miles are spectacularly gorgeous
• one amazing rented house with jacuzzi
• 3 Mexican beers in said jacuzzi
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