Santa Barbara to Los Angles
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September 29th, 2009 – by: tridantri
- Cycling Time: 6h 7m 54s
- Average Speed: 16.6mph
I had the best days cycling so far today. The ACA provides no elevation profiles for the section of the route between Santa Barbara and Mexico and I now see why. It was pancake plat all day with the exception of a few small hills around Malibu. I also had a strong tailwind, warm sun all day and I was cycling right next to the beach all day so I really enjoyed the scenery. It got very busy going through Malibu (I had been warned of this) and took a lot of concentration to avoid erratic drivers and people opening car doors without looking.
I met some racing cyclists just outside LA so I put in the effort to stay in their draft for a few fast miles. It was nice to go at race pace for a change. Once in LA there was a bike path that ran through the beach, which I found a bit of a novelty, although the patches of sand on some corners made me a little nervous.
It was dark by the time I got to the youth hostel, which was huge. Unfortunately the youth hostel was a 45 minute ride inland, so I would have to do the reverse of this the next day to get back to the coast.
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