Day 35: Ventura – Santa Monica

Day 35: Ventura – Santa Monica

Distance: 68.14 miles.
Time: 6:32.
Average Speed: 10.4 mph.

Although it was to be a shorter day than the previous few, I was keen to get on the move. After setting off, I headed along the Ventura coastline, passing Surfers’ Point which was a hive of activity despite it being 8:45 on an overcast morning.

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Rolling along some peaceful residential streets, I turned the corner and was amazed to see the backyards of the houses I’d just passed by.

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Continuing to Port Hueneme, I pedalled right through town and out the other side looking for somewhere promising to breakfast, before backtracking and finding ‘The Best Breakfast Cafe’.

Soon I was back on Highway 1 and back on the coast, admiring the view at Point Mugu.

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continuing on to Leo Carillo State Park where I saw the very specific random collection of vans and trailers that suggested a film shoot was nearby, and there it was, further along the beach.

Next up was probably the most dangerous part of the route so far, as I passed through Malibu for the next 21 miles. There was a car width shoulder throughout, but most of the route was along busy beaches and the shoulder was lined with cars. It was a fine line between leaving room for opening car doors, and staying off the carriageway. I took a break half way through, stopping at Malibu Seafood for some Clam Chowder and Fish Taquitos.

Then, at 5 o’clock, I reached the outer reaches of the Los Angeles coastline, moving onto the beachside bike path to head along the coast through Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

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It was still overcast so the volleyball courts were empty, but the bike path was crammed.

Returning to Santa Monica, to check into my Hostel, I spotted a new restaurant next door, North Italia, deciding to give it a try, and staying until it was time for bed.

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