Friday, March 13, 2015

Bike MS Santa Monica to Santa Barbara

A 2 day ride along the Pacific Coast.

At this year's Tour de Palm Springs I met David Mimms and the bike MS recruiting crew and signed  up to ride the Bike MS Coastal Challenge - Santa Monica to Santa Barbara October 10th and 11th. 

I never ride up the coast through Santa Monica and Malibu. It's a nasty and congested highway with crazy drivers. There has been many bad car crashes along this part of the coast so it's best to avoid it when possible. That being said I'll take advantage of safety in numbers when bike MS goes through  the coastal towns on an autumn Saturday when traffic is light to begin with.

Then on Sunday comes another section that takes the ride from Ventura to Santa Barbara. Until recently this was a section I avoided because of a short section where riders are forced onto a super busy highway with cars and trucks traveling at 70mph. But now the La Conchita trail bypasses this dangerous stretch of highway making for a great ride to Santa Barbara.

David at the bike MS tent at the Tour de Palm Springs

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