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Oxnard to Ojai Bike Overnight

  • Aug 17, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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The next in the series of "Bike Overnights" takes us to lovely Ojai, once nicknamed the Shangri-La of Southern California, nestled in the Topa Topa Mountains north of Ventura.

We'll meet at the Oxnard Metrolink Station, less than 2 hours' drive from the OC. Our ride will take us along the coast, through Ventura, and along a beautiful, mostly tree-lined bike trail that parallels Highway 33 into Ojai. With an elevation gain of only 1,000 ft over a stretch of 25 miles, it's a fairly easy route.

We'll have lunch at Papa Lennon's in the town of Meiners Oaks, after which we will ride a few more miles to the campground at Lake Casitas Recreation Area. There will be plenty of free time to explore the lake or relax in the afternoon. You can rent a boat, go on a hike or enjoy the 3 mile bike trail that circles the lake. Please see the recreation area's website link above for more information on what the lake offers.

In the evening, we'll have to be sure to not miss Ojai's famous "pink sunset".

We'll decide what to do for dinner as a group. It would be ideal to have a second vehicle with us so that we could all drive to dinner in town. Volunteers?

Accommodations:

Camping: I've reserved sites M48 and M49 which hold 8 people each. The first 14 people to contact me can stay with us at those sites for $8 per person. If you miss out on that, you can make your own reservation here. Try to reserve something near us if you can, and do it as soon as possible. The campsite is reserved beginning Friday afternoon, so if you want to come up and join us then, please let me know.

Hotels: If you prefer a real bed, reservations can be made at a local bed & breakfast or inn. Options in town are the Su Nido Inn, the Lavender Inn, and the Chantico Inn. You can also look for vacation rental options such as on www.airbnb.com. Participants are responsible for making their own overnight arrangements.

Sunday morning we'll explore downtown Ojai. Libbey Park is in the center of town and is a great place to people watch. There are a few cafes nearby for coffee and breakfast. There's a unique outdoor bookstore called Bart's Books; day spas such as the Ojai Oaks where you can get a massage or facial; the Ojai Museum; a farmer's market; or antique shopping at any number of local shops.

After lunch we'll head back the 35 miles to Oxnard, which will be mostly downhill the whole way!

As with the last Bike Overnight, my husband will provide gear transport from Oxnard Metrolink to the campground Saturday and back on Sunday afternoon. Depending on the # of people in attendance, and the amount of gear we'll have, a second vehicle may be necessary.

Carpooling from the OC to Oxnard is highly encouraged. You can also take Amtrak, which will put you in to Oxnard at about 10:38am. But you'll have to carry your camping gear and bike with you. If you've taken Amtrak up, please plan accordingly for your return trip on Sunday so that you can make your train. Ideally we'll all leave Ojai at the same time, but that depends on your departure time.

The Gear List should be the same as last time but I will distribute it again to those who RSVP for this event, sometime in early August. If no one takes Amtrak, we could meet earlier on Saturday than 10:45. That's just when the first train arrives.

This should be a great weekend and I hope you can make it!

Routes (subject to change):

Oxnard to Meiners Oaks

Meiners Oaks to Lake Casitas

Lake Casitas to Oxnard via Ojai

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Boy, sounds like I missed a great event... :'-(
    @Christina, did you get my check in the mail?

    August 23, 2013

    • Christina C

      I did, Barry. Thank you. Hope you're past the flu by now.

      August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved everything about it. The hills, the downhills, the hot wind, the scenery, conversation, laughter....everything.

    August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first out-of-town biking adventure is a success! I had a great time, thanks to all.

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved it. An adventurous weekend. Thanks for taking me out of my world for a bit.

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trip! Great people! Thanks Christina for hosting an awesome ride. Thanks to Dave for being our gear support. Can't wait for the next one!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Each camping/bicycle trip gets better! Fun times!!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Christina C

    What a great weekend it was!! The trail was beautiful, the campsite overlooked the lake, and we enjoyed some fantastic food together. The weather was warmest in the valley but great at the beach. Thank you all for coming and sharing a memorable weekend with me. Off to plan the next one!!

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I got hit bad with the flu bug and won't make it. I'm better but still coughing so between the exertion of the ride, sleeping outdoors, and you having to hear me cough all night, it's best if I stay home. Enjoy all! @Christine: I still sent you a $10 check because I don't want everyone else to have to pay more.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have also been hit bad with flu bug this week. I am better but still not 100 %. I have been looking forward to this and badly want to go. I plan to make a decision in AM. I will also pay my $10 if I don't go. Christine could you email me a contact no. so I can call or text if I am not going to make it so that you don't wait for me.

    August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be at the Ventura Amtrak Station around 2 to 2:30 so I will arrive at the campground by 3:30 at the latest or I can go straight to Ojai since it's around the same distance. I'll call you guys when I get there to see where you are. It looks like a beautiful day for an adventure! Judy

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Mike W.

    Just a heads up: There will be a FULL CLOSURE of the 405 freeway between the 605 and Valley View St. from 9 PM on Saturday 8/17 through 5 PM Sunday 8/18.

    August 11, 2013

    • Christina C

      Yes, thanks Mike. Here's a link to suggested detours for our Sunday return from Ojai: http://octa.net/Freew...­.

      August 11, 2013

    • Christina C

      We are planning on taking the 101 to the 5 to get home Sunday afternoon.

      August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Christina, do you have any dinner plans for Friday evening, and when is the earliest time for arrival at the campsite on Friday?

    August 14, 2013

    • Christina C

      I was thinking to avoid eating out so much, that we might pick some things up in town and maybe combine it with some things from home, and eat at camp Friday night. Check in is at 2:00pm. We plan to be there around then. If you beat me, use my name, Christina Casad, to check in.

      August 14, 2013

    • Christina C

      Also, Judy and I were thinking about wine tasting either Saturday night or Sunday afternoon on the way back to Oxnard (it's all downhill, so I'm hoping we can handle it). Let me know if you're interested.

      August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The weather is looking good for our August 16-18 trip, the highs seem to be around 85, no rain. Even if it gets up to 91, that still seems pretty bearable. we can always duck into a winery if it gets to be too much to bear, hee hee. Low 50's. Yipee!

    1 · August 2, 2013

  • Christina C

    Absolutely. Please join us.

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds fun. Are there camping spots left

    August 2, 2013

  • Christina C

    A "Gear List" has been uploaded. Please go to the Menu at the top, click on More, then Files, then Gear List Ojai.

    August 1, 2013

  • Mike S.

    sounds fun, haven't camped since army days in the 70's. what do you need for the trip? sleeping bag. tent, tooth brush???

    July 22, 2013

    • Mike S.

      ok

      July 25, 2013

    • Christina C

      Are you coming? There's still space for you!

      1 · August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thinking about going. Any camping spots still available?

    July 29, 2013

    • Christina C

      Absolutely!! Please join us.

      July 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great! I'm in.let me know what you need from me and how to pay you. Looking forward to this trip!

      July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just signed up into site, as a single dad I am obligated to stay local. Have fun.

    July 23, 2013

  • Christina C

    We have 3 camping spots left. If you've been thinking of going, now's the time to sign up. Hope you'll join us.

    July 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Christina...how do we pay you? Am I signed up officially?

      July 18, 2013

    • Christina C

      Here's the list of "official campers": Jackie, Coleen, Anthony, Kristina, Joe, Judy, Herb, Barry, Vince, Nicole +1, me and David. That's 13. We have space for 16, so that leaves 3 additional people that can join us. I will send those of you who have RSVP'd my address in a separate email for payment purposes.

      July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Christina, I sent you an email a week ago & was curious if you received it? I was confirming you're including me in the camp & saving me some space to take my gear up. Also how do I pay you?

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first overnighter with my bike, which has been a goal for me for some time. I have a touring bike & camping gear; however, I'm not sure I'll be ready for the ride with the gear. I noticed that your husband will transport the gear via car - please save some room for me.

    June 19, 2013

    • Christina C

      You got it. These overnights may eventually lead into full-blown bike with gear types of trips, but for now, these are much easier!

      June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Welcome to the club!

      July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm just going to ride sat & ride back the same day is anyone else doing the same? I plan on meeting the group at the start of the Ventura river bike path....any guess as to ETA.

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going up on Friday via Amtrak, which means I will need to ride with my gear. If you are worried about riding with your gear, you can take the Amtrak all the way to Ventura. Then it's just 12.5 miles to the campground. I pack light and I have backpacking gear (Small and Light) There is the problem of getting back to the Starting point (Oxnard on Sat Morning) If there is not extra room in the cars at the campsite, I will just ride as far as Ventura and meet you all on the way. (Because I don't want to miss the main event) David (Christina's husband) will bring the gear back to Oxnard Train station on Sunday so that's no problem. If you want to join me on this extended adventure, e-mail me through Meetup. Remember 2 things:
    #1) Amtrak requires a reservation for bikes now.
    #2) Amtrak requires that you can lift your bike to shoulder Height. I get around this by wearing a backpack with my heavier gear for the train and then repacking before I start riding. See you all in August! Judy

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Camping with you for sure, but haven't decided whether to drive or take Amtrak (depends on amount of camping gear I'll take). Either way, I'll need help transporting my gear to the campsite!

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join you Friday.

    June 20, 2013

  • Christina C

    Also, please see that I edited the write-up a bit and added that David and I are going up Friday afternoon. If you wish to join us, you are most welcome - no extra charge.

    June 20, 2013

  • Christina C

    If you're thinking of taking the train, which I think is great, consider the additional load of carrying your camping gear with you. You will be restricted by how much you can carry, so you won't be able to bring a camp chair, cooler, etc. Just keep that in mind. I think carpooling is better, but then you haven't seen how much I bring with me on camping trips!! Maybe you pack lighter!

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to take the train, too, for adventure and I want a camping space. Please count me in and let us know how to pay you.

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will probably take Amtrak to Oxnard becuase I luv trains and it adds to the adventure. Judy

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope to carpool from the OC or drive to Amtrak Oxnard. Please save room in your car for my camping gear. I am a definite yes for this trip, thanks!

    June 19, 2013

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