Ave Speed (mph) = 9.3
Max Speed (mph) = 21.9
Time (h:m) = 4:41
Cabrillo Blvd., Summerland, Old Coast Village Rd., Jameson Way, Barry Spiegel Bike Path, Sheffield Dr., Via Real, Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, Highway 1 S, Highway 101 S, Highway 1 S, Thomson Blvd., Ventura, Harbor Blvd., Oxnard
I left the hostel at 9:30 am on the way to Oxnard. First, I did a quick tour of Stearns Wharf. Many yachts were moored or anchored in the bay. A nice scenic bike path lined with palm trees paralleled Cabrillo Blvd. on the way out of town. Passed the zoo on the left and the beach on the right was populated with beach volleyball activities. After Cabrillo Blvd., I continued on Old Coast Village Rd., passing the little village of Old Coast Village. The route continues on Jameson Lane and the Barry Spiegel Bike Path. Jameson Lane becomes Sheffield Drive. I rode to Via Real and later crossed the freeway to continue on Carpinteria Avenue which paralled Highway 1 S for many miles. When Carpinteria ended, I had to jump on Highway 101 for less than a mile. An exit at Seacliff took me on Highway 1 S toward Ventura.
Most vehicle traffic moves on freeway 101 so Highway 1 becomes a good alternative with relatively low volume of traffic and moderate to wide shoulders. The highway is also part of the Rincon Annex Parkway where RVs can park and dry camp overnight for $28/day ... almost on the beach with fantastic views (South of Carpinteria before Dulah). The Emma Wood State Beach is on the South end of this parkway. A miles long bike path along the ocean starts right after this beach.
Spencer Makenzie's Fish House is a popular seafood dive in Ventura on Thomson Blvd. I had their very tasty and fresh Giant Fish Taco for lunch (voted best fish taco). They have their own hot sauces. This is a recommended stop.
On the way, I turned right on Seaward toward Piedpont. At the intersection with Piedpont, there is an interesting Seaward Village with several authentic looking restaurants.
I continued on Harbor Blvd. to the Mcgrath Campground in Oxnard. But alas, it was closed. I continued on for several more miles to Oxnard's Channel Islands Harbor. I ended up booking a room at the Hampton Inn in the marina area at the last minute.
Tomorrow will be a short ride day to the Leo Carillo State Park. The park was named after Leo Carrillo (1880-1961), actor, preservationist and conservationist. Carrillo served on the California Beach and Parks commission for 18 years, and was instrumental in the state's acquisition of the Hearst property at San Simeon. Leo's greatest fame came from his portrayal of Pancho, the sidekick to Duncan Renaldo's Cisco Kid, an early 1950's TV series.