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Ojai to McGrath State Beach Bicycle Camping Tour
Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 START: We will begin our tour in Ojai at 10:00 A.M. (depart by 10:30) from Libby Park in downtown Ojai. You can park your car for the weekend on one of the nearby residential streets. ROUTE: 28 mostly flat miles. We will ride down the Ventura River Trail until we arrive at Old Town Ventura. From there we will ride down the bike path to near Ventura Harbor, and then a few miles more to McGrath State Beach. On Sunday, we will retrace our steps back to Ojai. FOOD: On Saturday, we will eat lunch in Ventura. We will eat in camp Saturday night. If you need to buy groceries, there is a Vons Supermarket on the route just north of Ventura Harbor. Sunday morning, we can breakfast in camp or in Ventura. About nine miles before we reach Ojai, there is a nice park where we can stop for a picnic lunch CAMPGROUND: The hiker-biker camp fee is $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 Hiker-Biker campsite. There is no camp store. If we want firewood and there is no camp host, we may have to make a special trip back to Vons. DIFFICULTY: I rate this trip as intermediate due to distance and a long but easy climb on Sunday. 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 crankset, a compact crankset, 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 a 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 message me. COMMUNICATIONS: If you sign up, please message me with your name and cell phone number so that I can better reach you if we become separated on the ride or you need assistance. Please do this, even if you are convinced I already have your information. 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.

Libby ParkOjai

S Signal St · Ojai, CA

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    Once every 4 to 6 weeks, Southern California Bicycle Camping organizes an overnight weekend bicycle tour. We ride to a campground (20 to 60 miles) and camp. We are usually self supporting -- that means we carry all our gear without a supporting vehicle (SAG Wagon). Once or twice a year, a longer trip (3 to 9 days) is organized. We emphasize having fun and socializing. Our trips are not races. Nevertheless, riders must be in fairly good shape with appropriate gear in good repair.

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