Sep 22: Camarillo State Beach to Leo Cabrillo State Beach (53.4 miles)

It was a noisy campground- lots of Friday night partiers and cars/campers arriving. My earplugs did their best but it was not good enough.

This morning I was greeted by Drew who has been following my blog since the PCT days and lives in Carpinteria. He rode his bike down to the campsite just to say “Hi”. That was so cool!

Today is an average distance day down coast to one of the last coastal campsites north of LA, but with no real hills and a likely strong tailwind.

A stop at a local Starbucks got me going and I was off. The ride was mostly along Hwy 1 with a generous bike lane, some nice bike-only trails, a few streets through Ventura and Oxnard, and a short stretch on Hwy 101.

I passed by the Pt. Mugu Naval Air Base and viewed their outdoor museum. I recognized the F4 and F18

But not this one

I captured a view looking back at Pt Hueneme

And a view of a great looking beach near Pt. Mugu

And arrived at tonight’s destination: Leo Carillo State Park. This park is a few miles south of my intended stop, but I got there early and this spot is the last campground before LA.

It is very windy here, and given the huge fire that burned near Carpinteria last year I am surprised to see that campfires are allowed. Oh well, hope this plays out well…

At first I was worried about the state and location of the Hiker/Biker site when I saw this sign

But it turns out we are off the road in a beautiful grove of old Sycamore Trees

We are far enough away from other campers that I think I’ll finally have a nice quiet evening!

Tomorrow I hope to reach Long Beach where I will need to get a cheap hotel or stay at a biker-friendly residence through the WarmShowers app. The end is in sight! I’m hoping to arrive at the Mexico Border on Wednesday!

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