April 21, 2002, Part 3
Riding Home Along the Blue Pacific
||After a night of unimaginable debauchery at the Carpinteria Motel 6,
I wake up, get a light breakfast, load my panniers, zero out my bike computer
and turn in my room key. I'm on the road by 6:30.
||A couple of miles into the ride I am dumped onto Highway 101. The shoulder
is consistently wide and traffic is light, so it's no problemo.
||In Ventura, I turn right toward the coast rather than turn left into
Downtown. Today I am taking the coastal route. If much of yesterday was
a Tour de Suburbs, today's ride will sometimes feel like Tour de Wealth.
More on that later. For now, here's a photo of the Ventura Pier.
||Yesterday, I avoided Oxnard. Today I get to ride through a long swath
of it. This bridge over the Santa Clara River takes me from Ventura into
Oxnard. I find Oxnard an interesting city. Its future, I believe, is very
much up for grabs. But for now I simply enjoy the sound of my bike tires
rolling over the metal planks of the bridge's bike path.
||Let me show you two of Oxnard's many faces. For one thing, it is home
to this large, prosperous-looking marina in Channel Islands Harbor.
Am I the only one who hears the theme from Gilligan's Island when looking
at this photo?
||Oxnard, at least on its fringes, also continues to be an agricultural
community. Not too far from this field was an almost-finished subdivision.
"Houses from the $300s" according to the sign.
How much of this land will be given over to the developers and what
the rules will be for development will shape the future of this city for
many years to come.
|Nearby Port Mugu is home to a naval air base. One of the sights along
Navalair Drive is Missile Park. Ever want to see what a Bullpup Missile
looks like up close? Well, this is the place to go.
The air base was to host an air show on this day, but a hastily drawn-up
sign said it was cancelled. When I got home I read in the Times
that the day before one of the planes in the show had crashed and someone
||From Point Mugu, I ride onto California's famous Pacific Coast Highway,
Highway 1.This part of the highway is in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational
Area. There is no commercial development that I can see and traffic is
light to moderate. It's a nice place to ride.
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