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Time to leave the safety and familiarity of San Francisco and head down the Californian Coast. We headed directly west from our accommodation at a reasonable hour (planned for 0830 departure, left at 0930 ... blame Lisa [we left the house at 9:10 thank you very much ;D]), and had the top down through the trees. This alone totally made up for missing out on Muir Woods and Lisa's dislike of corners was somewhat alleviated by the open air ...
... term 'rough, dodgy or a dump' when describing a less than desirable neighbourhood so having ruled plenty of areas out our search eventually led us to Ventura. The word 'sketchy' appeared a little bit in various reviews but nowhere near as much as other places!
What a delight it actually turned out to be. The small downtown area had plenty of shops, bars and restaurants and the waterfront area was pleasant enough and overall it all felt clean and safe. Our motel was a ...
... From there we made a code for celeb spotting. Hopefully we will have to use it a lot.
We caught the pier just at sunset. We got some great views over the beach. The pier reminded us of Santa Cruz with lots of rides and fast food carts. It was a very busy carnival atmosphere. After walking up onto the Main Street passing the beginning/end of Route 66 we decided we fancied Mexican for dinner. We walked along the front and up to 3rd Avenue and found a Mexican ...
... BIT MORE… WAIT TOO MUCH…. COME BACK - NOW YOU'RE STUCK, GIVE IT MORE POWER…" being English, we acknowledged their presence with a polite nod and then tried our best to ignore them, and not to the listen to the men folk discuss what exactly happens when you get electrocuted!? After some time, the whole noisy bunch of people of various ages were all settled and set up.
Later, once the wife and I have had dinner (one of the best ...
... came an exciting 5 mile descent into Santa Barbara. The CHP closed highway 154 behind us by running a traffic break. That allowed the riders to race down a long steep downhill without any traffic worries. I hit 46 miles an hour for my fastest speed....and several riders went by me at speeds over 50 miles an hour. But the riding news of the day for me was that I hung with the A group into the lunch time finish!!!! My ...